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Serving in Table Tennis

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Steps

  1. To serve legally, you first have have to hold the ball flat in your hand. This is so your opponent can see that you have the ball, but more so because this is the official rule. Actually, by having the ball flat in your hand you are not able to spin it.
  2. Do not telegraph your serve. Hide your bat behind your body. Beginners should not serve too fancy, simply hit the ball over the net, on the table and in the correct area. Do not lose points by errors.
  3. Plan your serve to exploit your strengths and your opponent weaknesses.
    • Against an penholder, aim to the backhand side.
    • Against a shake hands grip, aim to the backhand side and the bat itself.
    • If your opponent is too close to the table, make a deep driving topspin.
    • If your opponent is far from the table, short in height or slow in moving, do a short serve. Beware of the greater angles of service return with short serves.
  4. Image titled Serve in Table Tennis Step 2Without having it bounce, throw the ball up and hit it with your paddle.
  5. Serve the ball and make it bounce before the net and after it.
  6. Once the serve is over, get ready for the return! You have the advantage of knowing the first spin and speed - your serve. Your opponent had a brief time to read the spin and is at a disadvantage. The service return can be narrowed down to certain lines of return and spins that can be imparted on the ball, you have the advantage. Get ready to keep your advantage and win the point.
    • Winning is not hitting hard or soft, using topspin or bottom spin, or playing offensively or defensively. Losing is acting without a purpose.Image titled Serve in Table Tennis Step 3 Winning is exploiting the edge you have in serving and holding on to the edge. Your opponent will tire quicker, without an edge, and will most likely make more mistakes.
  7. When your opponent is playing emotionally, let him (or her) defeat himself. Smashing the ball continually is not the best plan of action, the best plan of action is the one that helps you win the game. Smashing may make your opponent feel better and that is about it. Table tennis is a physically and mentally demanding game.
  8. Later, when you get better, slice the ball or use some variation of spin and speed. Side spin makes the ball go in a different direction when it hits the table and more so when it hits the rubber on the paddle.Image titled Serve in Table Tennis Step 4 Topspin and under spin serves makes to ball go longer or shorter and adds depth and a vertical element to your serves.
    • Use a topspin serve against an opponent who plays close to the table. The topspin tends to overshoot the table and will drive your opponent back. A fair number of your points will be from balls at the back edge of the table and some that clip the back edge of the table.
    • Use a bottom spin (the slice is an extreme bottom spin) on an opponent, who has mistakenly taken a receiving position too far away from the table, for a possible ace. Even if you do not ace the serve, your opponent will have to run forward, to return the bottom spin serve which tends to fall short and will be in an awkward position.
  9. Keep on trying, because you know what they say; practice makes perfect!
    • Practice a variety of serves - top, side, flat, top and side, bottom and side, short, long and to different parts of the table.
    • Serve with speed variations and rhythm variations. A type of rhythm variation is to serve, as soon as it is possible to do so, and you could score a couple aces this way or have an advantage by catching your opponent flat-footed. Generally, do not rely on trickery too much, it is not as effective as playing a solid but variable game.
    • Serve with accuracy by hitting targets on the table such as a coin.
    • Copy world class players: they disguise their serve by turning their body sidewards, they toss the ball fairly high for greater speed, they hold their paddle arm close to their body for greater strength and they play a fast-paced game.
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