Serving in table tennis - the only thing that the opponent can not influence

A good game of modern tennis will not take place if it does not start with a perfect serve.

The attack begins with a serve

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Tennis is a very popular and well-known sport.

Like most other active sports games, this one has its significant advantages, which somehow serve as the reason for the growing popularity of this sport in the world.

There are many ways to complete the innings in this game, each of which may be somewhat different from the classic version used by professional athletes.

Nevertheless, the main provisions remain unchanged.

The goal of each player is to use his racket and ball to create a situation where the opponent can not repel a blow in his own half. To begin to carry out such a task is immediately from the first throw - from the pitch.

Serving in table tennis is now gradually becoming one of the most important attacking techniques, allowing you to immediately earn a point. With its help, the ball is introduced into the game and the construction of the attack for the opponent is complicated. The type of the first blow largely determines how the point will end.

Serving in table tennis can be performed both on the right and on the left side (from the palm and from the back of the racket, respectively). Each player chooses his own strategy and convenient option.

Serving the ball in table tennis refers to the only hit that the opponent is not able to influence, as the athlete throws himself the ball.

The feed must be counted. Don't forget the rules

table tennis serve rules

The table tennis submission rules can be divided into two components: the ball throwing technique and the execution of a direct hit.

The racket must not touch the ball before it crosses the line of the table surface and reaches the end of this line.

The goal is to hit in such a way as to hit the playing field right away in your own half and at least once on the opponent’s side.

When tossing the ball with an open hand, you should put your thumb to the side, at this time the rest of the hand in the extended position must be tightly closed. The hand with the ball lying on it should be in front of or on the side of the player’s body. This is the most convenient position suitable for performing a toss. It will also be necessary to remember to ensure that the position of the hand in which the ball is located is fixed at the level of the table (not lower), does not cross the continuation of its back line and is not on top. If one of these points is not fulfilled, the serve in table tennis will be counted as completed not in accordance with the rules of the game.

The height to which the ball will be thrown can be any, but above 16 cm. Since this is the minimum distance that allows the opponent to see the ball and provides the pitching player with the convenience of a swing during the first hit. A deviation from the vertical direction of the trajectory along which the ball moves during the toss is allowed by no more than 45 °. Some players manage to throw the ball high, which allows you to use its kinetic energy when falling. Nevertheless, the most important point in the process of serving in table tennis is the very interaction of the ball with a racket.

If all the rules are followed, but the ball has caught the net, the player will have to repeat the kick.

Feed options

table tennis pitching training

The feeds differ from each other:

  • form of movement of the racket and hand;
  • the trajectory of the ball in flight;
  • rotational direction, etc.

The “pendulum” feed is characterized by the movement of the forearm and hand, in which the racket is located, in accordance with a trajectory resembling a pendulum. From left to right - the strike is performed using the back of the racket, from right to left - the palm side.

You need to know the specific nuances when playing table tennis. Feeding training involves the acquisition of skills to implement the fan strategy. For her, the right-hand stand is best suited.

This serve gives the player the opportunity to give the ball any rotational movement. Everything will depend on the point in time at which the ball touches the racket. This may be a period of movement:

  • elementary;
  • average;
  • finite.

The direction of the rotation of the ball will depend on this:

  • lower;
  • lateral;
  • top
  • mixed.

During the serve, the opponent should closely monitor when exactly the contact of the racket with the ball occurs. Otherwise, it will not be possible to calculate the type of rotation of the ball.

Neutral Fan Stand

Serving "fan" is performed mainly using the palmar side of the racket.

A hand will need to describe a semicircle. Its convex side should be directed upwards. A “fan” can be made from left to right. In this situation, the player should be in a right-handed stance. The left-hand direction during this submission will require the tennis player to stay in a position facing the table. The hit on the ball, as in the case of the previous type of innings, can be performed in the zone of the ascending part of the trajectory. For this, both the top point and the end of the movement are suitable. This will determine the different direction of rotation.

Fundamental nuances


It makes sense to start serving by choosing the right version of the starting position. This is important to ensure that the tennis player is ready for the blow that follows her.

It is imperative to closely monitor what the angle will be at which the racket will be tilted when it interacts with the ball. This point will be involved in determining the accuracy of the hit.

The game is very uplifting.

Rackets from different manufacturers within different price ranges can have different parameters, which, of course, affect the course of the game.

More expensive models allow you to perform various feints with which you can, and even need to, defeat your opponents right from the first pitch.


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