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Updated 5th Sept 2015
Things you need to know to perform a good serve in Table Tennis
1. Follow the rules
According to the official table tennis rules, you need to throw the ball above the table 16cm. you cannot use your hand to cover the ball. Your paddle also need to be above the table where your opponent can see.
2. Keep it low
Keeping the ball low, just barely over the net to the other side of the table. This is important because it prevents your opponent from attacking on your serve.
3. Put in varieties and get ready to attack
Put in varieties in your server. Try different spins mix with long and short, fast and slow serves so that your opponent cannot guess or get used to your serve. Putting in varieties in your serve can also surprise your opponent causing him/her a bad return. Get ready to attack that return!
4. Use your wrist
With the swing your forearm, use your wrist to control the spin and speed of your serve. That’s where you can make what looks like a backspin serve to be a top spin. That’s where you can swing your arm slowly, but turn your serve into a surprising fast serve.
5. Keep it short with backspin to be safe
OK. If you have figured out how to use your wrist to control your serve yet. You cannot really get a point from your serve. You need to at least keep your opponent from getting points from your serve. Here’s how: Low and short serve with backspin. So low that the ball barely make it over the net. So short that if the ball bounces twice on the other side of the table, it will still be on the table. Most people (most, not all) will only be able to return this serve with a defensive backspin.
How To Chop?
For defensive players, chop is the essential weapon. Here are the basic to do a chop.
– Stay away from the table, wait for the ball to drop to about thigh height.
– Your body should be facing side way so that one of your shoulder is facing your opponent.
– Hold your paddle at about head height while keeping the your paddle open, facing almost fully up.
– Swing your elbow as the ball reaches to your at waist height.
– Accelerate your forearm and slight underneath the ball.
– Snap your wrist when you are connecting the ball; at the same time keep your bat face to point almost entirely upward.
– Finally follow through the swing.
Basic Position and Forehand Stroke
Basic Ready Position
– Stand about 50-70cm from the table. If you are a righty, place your right foot slightly further back than your left foot.
– Shift your weight toward the front but don’t lift your heels.
– Your weight should evenly distributed between your legs.
– Bent your knees, keep feet around 1.5 times your shoulder width apart.
– With your right shoulder slightly behind the left, getting ready to swing your arm.
– Keep the elbow about 90 degrees, and the paddle above the table.
– Keep your eyes on the ball
– The paddle should be about 45 degree.
– Slight pull your right arm back and turn your hips, waist, shoulders. Get ready to swing and strike the ball.
– Complete the swing after your hit the ball.
– Go right back the ready position after the swing.
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