Is it difficult to serve the ball in table tennis? The content shared will be a summary, and instructions on how to table tennis serve for beginners.
There are a few things to keep in mind when serving in Table Tennis. The first is to hold the paddle correctly. You will want to grip the paddle in your dominant hand with your fingers spread wide apart. Place your thumb on top of the paddle and rest your index finger on the back edge of the paddle.
The second thing to keep in mind is to stand in the correct position. You will want to stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Bend at the waist and lean forward so that your arm is extended out in front of you.
When you are ready to serve, Please follow the steps below.
What are the rules of Table Tennis serve?
The game starts with one player serving the ball. The player must serve the ball from behind the end line and over the table into the other player’s half of the table. The ball must bounce once on that side of the table before it is hit by the receiver. If the server fails to do this, then it is a let and the serve is repeated.
Common table tennis serving mistakes include:
- Not serving from behind the end line
- Not bouncing the ball before it is hit by the receiver
- Not hitting the ball into the other player’s half of the table
- Not making the ball bounce once on that side of the table before it is hit by the receiver.
If the receiver fails to hit the ball before it bounces twice, then it is a let and the serve is repeated. If the receiver hits the ball before it bounces, but not into the other player’s half of the table, then it is a let and the serve is repeated.
A point is scored if:
- The server serves and the receiver fails to hit the ball before it bounces twice,
- The receiver hits the ball into the other player’s half of the table and it bounces twice, or
- The receiver hits the ball before it bounces, but not into the other player’s half of the table.
When serving, the player must stand so that no part of the feet is touching the end line or any part of the table. The racket may be held in any way.
Table Tennis Serve Tips for Beginners
1. Use a relaxed grip
When you are first starting out, it is important to use a grip that is comfortable and not too tight. A good way to practice this is to hold the paddle in your hand and then make a fist around it. You should be able to do this without feeling any pain in your hand or fingers.
2. Use your whole arm
When you are serving, you should use your whole arm to generate power, not just your wrist or elbow. As you swing your arm forward, snap your wrist at the last second to hit the ball. This will give you more power and accuracy.
3. Follow through
After you hit the ball, make sure to follow through with your swing. This will help you generate more power and keep the ball on course.
4. Use spin
When you hit the ball, you can also add spin to it by using different strokes. A backspin stroke will cause the ball to spin backward after it hits the table, while a topspin stroke will cause the ball to spin forwards. Adding spin to your serve can be a great way to keep your opponent off-balance.
The only way to get better at ping pong is to practice. Serves are not easy, so don’t expect to master them overnight. Set aside sometime each day to practice your serves, and you will see your skills improve over time.
How to Table Tennis Serve for Beginners
Step 1: Hold the ball flat in the palm of your hand.
Step 2: Keep the ball above the table and behind your serve line
Step 3: Keep your racket hand below the table to hide it.
Step 4: Throw the ball at least 6 inches (15 cm) up in the air.
Step 5: Strike the ball when it’s falling.
Step 6: Bounce the ball on your side before it goes over the net.
Step 7: Hit anywhere on the table if you’re playing singles.
Step 8: Hit the opposite diagonal if you’re playing doubles.
Step 9: Move your free arm away from the ball once you’ve served.
The basic way of serving table tennis is not difficult, if you master the knowledge and skills of serving, this is extremely simple. However, to become a good ping pong server you need to practice hard and combine the skills in table tennis together. Good luck!