Modern Table Tennis 102 DVD

Item# VADM2
Type: DVDs

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1996 Olympic Team member Wei Wang and five time US Men's Champion and Olympian Sean O'Neill explain serve motion, serve strategy, receive motion, receive footwork and receive strategy. All basic strategies are covered, including:

The Serve:
- Forehand Top- and Sidespin Serves
- Forehand Underspin Serve
- Backhand Top and Sidespin Serves
- Backhand Underspin Serve
- Serve - Attack Drills

Receiving Serves:
- Forehand receives
- Backhand receives
- Receive Drills

Stop and slow motion are used to clearly show all movements. Examples from international competitions are used to show how each technique is applied. Includes practice drills.

Since this program was produced, the international rules of table tennis regarding serves have been modified to state: "As soon as the ball has been projected, the server's free arm shall be removed from the space between the server's body and the net."

In some of the serves in this program, Wei's arm remains in front, which under that rule change is no longer legal. All technical portions of this program remain valid, with the modification that the free arm must be pulled back after the ball is projected.
Very little shown, low movie quality low slow-motion quality

The video came on a DVD-Recordable disk, not as a hard-burnt DVD. The whole DVD only shows forehand and backhand serve with top, under and side spin, and returning the serves by pushing, dropping, flicking and sliding. The picture quality is substandard, low-resolution, fuzzy and jagged. The slow motion is just a slowed-down regular frame-rate interlaced video, not a video recorded at a higher frame-rate and played back more slowly. As table tennis is a very fast sport, the result is that there are no frames that clearly show the critical moment of the contact of the paddle with the ball and the paddle movement at that time. There is also no detailed zoom on the paddle which together with the fuzziness of the video makes it impossible to see details of what the players are actually doing. The narration explains how it should be done, but it cannot be seen from the video.

- Jiri Kripac, CA