A companion to
this serve is another sidespin version, this one being stroked left to right,
with a bit of top spin added (left). The ready position and toss are the same,
except that the stance is a half crouch. The crouch lets you strike the ball
when it is closer to the table surface, thus cutting down the angle of the
bounce and keeping the ball lower as it crosses the net.
Much more wrist
goes into this serve than the preceding one. The wrist, moving from left to
right, briskly snaps the racket head over the outside top surface of the ball
and, again, the brisker the snap and the finer the grazing action, the more the
spin. This serve should ricochet off Fink's bat like a bullet. By using these
two serves alternately—and only when you really need a point—you will make them
Now you have the
push shot, the forehand drive, some strategy and two serves. There may be no
holding you. So much for Fink.