What is unique about Zhang Benzhi and Ma Long's high toss serve? Can amateurs do it?
The results of 2020 Men's World Championship have been summed up. As a result, Fang Zhengdong and Ma Long won championship and took second place, respectively.
Today we're looking at a recurring failure at World Championships. In World Championship semi-final match between Ma Long and Zhang Bengzhihe, Zhang Bengzhihe led at start 3-1 but lost 4-3 to Malone at end, blocking Zhang Bengzhihe in final.
In this game, key to final turnaround and Malone's victory was that timing of timeout in Game 5 was just right.
The high tossed serve from right also played a decisive role in second half of game. In subsequent game, Ma Long gradually broke Zhang Benzhihe's receiving and receiving connections, serving, opening up situation and thus changing course of game. did high throw serve have a miraculous effect on game?
Let's first take a quick look at high throw serve, which was developed from Heli serve created in 1964. Its main feature is that when serving, tossed ball reaches a height of 2-3 m and even higher, compared to a low tossing serve, ball after tossing falls back for a longer time, forming a slower rhythm. if you get too used to it, it will increase difficulty of receiving serve.
In game, Ma Long switched to a high throw serve, mainly because he wanted to break opponent's serve rhythm, change opponent's receiving habit, and reduce quality of Zhang Benzhihe's catches and serves, thus creating more offensive opportunities for himself .
If it's said that Ma Long made a difference and won game with a high tossing serve, I think that's a bit of an exaggeration. losing sixth game too quickly. After chasing two games in a row, mentality fluctuated too much, and final game was too unsettling; second point is Ma Long's own control of game. The ability is extremely strong, and serve can be said to be just a breakthrough , but being able to win game is still a display of Malone's own abilities.
What are advantages over high and low toss? High throw serve because ball is tossed high, so speed as it falls is also high, which increases ball's pressure on racket, thus increasing hitting speed and suddenness of serve. A good high throw serve can often create favorable conditions for a dash or tackle.
When using a high toss serve, first thing to consider is to throw ball steadily, trying to get ball up as close to vertical as possible and landing in front of right side of body. For this reason, when tossing ball, ball holder's elbow should be close to left side of body, and tossing ball up predominantly with forearm. Secondly, be careful not to hit ball too far from body, it is usually best to hit ball about 15 cm from right waist. Thirdly, to master movement of arm back so that you can confidently control ball.
Among high-level athletes, there are many who like to serve with a toss, such as Hugo from Brazil, Shang Xiaon from Germany, Xu Xiaoyuan from South Korea and so on. As main delivery method, we amateurs can also explore it.
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November 17, 2023