Table Tennis Serve Tutorial: Ma Lin “Ghost” Serve

Welcome back to the channel of coach EmRatThich. Today I will show you
3 key points to do the “ghost serve” like Ma Lin. This serve is the most amazing
“trick serve” in table tennis. I also show you the best way to return this
tricky serve. WHAT IS “GHOST SERVE” ? “Ghost serve” is considered as a “tricky serve”,
with heavy underspin. This serve is
the trademark of Ma Lin. There are 2 types of serve in table tennis:
tricky ace serve and set-up serve. Chinese players focus more on set-up serve
because at the high level, you can’t win the game by just using
ace serve. “Ghost serve” is the trademark serve of Ma
Lin because he has the greatest touch in the China National Team. Penholder has also the advantages over
a shakehand player because of more freedom in the wrist movement. The
way that penholder holds his racket allows him to freely use the wrist. With Liu Guoliang, Ma Lin is the best server
in China Team. He used a lot of
fake motion after the serve, that’s why his serve is so tricky. So when people talk about Ma Lin, they think
of his serve. If we talk about Wang Hao, we think of his
beautiful reverse backhand. For Zhang Jike, it’s his solid physical strength
and the “explosiveness”. For Ma Long, it’s his super consistent and
powerful forehand. So every player has his own specialty. It’s because of their “micro-adjustment”. If you don’t know what “micro-adjustment”
is, look above for my explication. Practicing “Ghost serve” is the best way to
improve your feeling, and learn how to impact the spin into your serve. This serve is not very effective in the real
match. For your match, focus on “set-up” serve. Add sidespin to control the placement. Watch my video “How to serve short with sidespin”
for the reason behind. Since then, Ma Lin just won few points with
his “Ghost serve”. The most famous
one is this point with Zhang Jike. Now, I will give you 3 tips to do this “ghost
serve”. Using these 3 tips, you will know how
and when to accelerate the ball. First, to do this “ghost serve” effectively,
or another serves in general, you should hold your racket loosely. Look how Joao Monteiro holds his racket. Put your thumb higher
on the rubber, hold at the side of the blade and vertical (like the penhold). Holding the racket like this will increase
the freedom of the wrist. This is crucial because you want to accelerate
and spin the ball with your wrist. Second point. This point is very important. Put your elbow close to your body. To serve
effectively, you need a quick acceleration, and short movement (explosiveness). Unlike
another stroke (like forehand loop) which require a long and full movement, a good serve requires a short but quick movement. So you don’t need to use forearm
here. Put the elbow close to body to stabilize the
shot. Amateur players don’t know this
important point, so they can’t accelerate into the ball correctly. Where to contact the ball? The contact point is very close to your body. The closer you
contact the ball, the easier you control it. New players tend to contact the ball too far
from the body, and then there is not enough spin in their serve. The two rotation axis are: first your body. You must rotate your body to add spin, and
power to the ball. Rotation from the body also controls the trajectory
of the serve. If you want your serve short, rotate your
body a little. If you want your serve longer, rotate more. If you want to serve to the right side of
the opponent, rotate your body a semi-circle. If you want to send the ball to the left side,
rotate a full circle. Please
remember: Don’t use the forearm. Fix the elbow and the forearm. It’s your body rotation that controls the
length and the direction of your serve. This is
the keypoint of a good server. Because with a little change (rotate more
or less), you can suddenly change the direction of your
serve. Surprise factor, and quality factor. Body rotation is the first rotation axis. The second is your wrist. Wrist is where you
accelerate and make the ball spin. Wrist movement is very fast. Without wrist, you can’t
make a spinny serve. Again, don’t snap with your forarm around
the elbow but use your wrist. “Explosiveness” all comes from the wrist and
the body rotation. We don’t
need your forarm and elbow in your serve. And my 3rd tip is: To make this serve tricky,
add “fake motion”. That means after you
contact the serve, move your hand up like you are making a topspin serve. Ma Lin always add fake motion after the contact
point. You should also do a “psychology” game. Before doing this “ghost serve”, serve some
topspin serves with a clear “up motion”. And then at the crucial points (9-9) or (9-7),
use this tricky serve with the same “up motion”. This way, you can easily trick your opponent. How to return “GHOST SERVE” ? “Ghost serve” is a pure underspin serve. This serve is also slow. So a simple “drop shot”
can easily return this serve short. That’s why, you should learn how to add “sidespin”
to your serve, which will make your serve more
dangerous. I’ve shown you 3 tips to do this serve: Hold
your racket loosely, Put the elbow close your body, rotate your body, accelerate with your
wrist, and add fake “motion” after the contact point. Now, you can see Ma Lin’s serve in slow motion. Now you can see that everybody can do this
serve. The key point is knowing how to
accelerate with your wrist. And this is the “XXL version” of Ma Lin ghost
serve. 😀 Look he has the same “national coach” as Ma
Lin. I really prefer this “XXL” version than the
“original” version. That’s it for today. Hope enjoy this tutorial. See you, EmRatThich. SPECIAL THANKS TO (SHARING AMAZING FOOTAGES)
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