Creating service spin
Someone emailed me the following question (this is just an excerpt): "I can't generate heavy spin just average spin.... Any tips that may help me." Since this is a common problem, I thought I should put my response up here.
How serves have evolved.
Check out the simple serves used in this clip of 2-time U.S. Men's Champion Marty Reisman versus 5-time World Men's Champion Viktor Barna (1:50) in 1949, or between Reisman and Bobby Gusikoff (26 sec) circa 1960. Compare these to modern serves, such as Men's Singles World Champion Zhang Jike of China versus Jun Mizutani of Japan (13:05) - quite a contrast. Now check out the serve of Japanese star Keiko Okazaki!
Yesterday I updated the Celebrities Playing Table Tennis Page (two days early!) with 28 pictures of 14 new celebrities. There are now 1262 pictures of 734 celebrities playing table tennis. This month's contributors: Benjamin Ott, Greg Mascialino, Jonas Sandqvist, and Chris Kane. New pictures this month:
Dirk Nowitzki forehand sequence
This German doesn't just play basketball for the Dallas Mavericks; he's got some nice forehand technique! Well, pretty good for a basketball player anyway.
Justin Bieber versus Greyson Chance
Who would win in a matchup of these teenage heartthrob singers? Here a picture of Justin Bieber playing table tennis, and here are three of Greyson Chance: photo1 photo2 photo3. But now we have the video! Here's Justin on the Ellen DeGeneres Show (where they compete serving balls into a bowl, starting 55 seconds in), and here's Greyson playing at a party (short clip starts at 1:28 in). Time for them to drop all this singing silliness and focus on the Olympic Sport of Table Tennis!
In case you haven't seen this, and are very hungry...
Yes, a man ate his ping-pong paddle. But it was hardbat, so it was okay.
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