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I just watched the video you posted Jan 18, 15 titled "Must Know Service Rules" which left me confused about being behind the line. I always thought it was only necessary that the ball be tossed and hit from behind the table line.
I did not think it was necessary for my body to be behind the line as well. Your video indicated that the body could be to either side of the table ends but it still had to be behind the end table line. Which is it?
I'm right handed and sometimes stand at the left side of the table a bit when doing the pendulum serve. Although the left side of my body (left hip and shoulder) may be past the end line, I always toss the ball vertically from behind the line as well as the contact with my paddle is also made from behind the line. Is this legal or not?
P.S. We recently had this debate at our table tennis club. I was very confident on my original position that only the ball and the contact of it needed to be behind the end line. So I went to PingSkills.com to bring a copy of the service rules only to find more confusion when I saw this recent video.
There is a previous answer (from Alois) to Tom Foster last updated on 22 Jan 11 at 11:02:56 pm that indicates the body doesn't have to be behind the line which is in conflict with this video. Has this rule changed in 2014-2015? It would be helpful to clarify this question and maybe send an attachment to this new video "Must Know Service Rules" which would eliminate any confusion.
Thanks again for "PingSkills" leading and active role in world of table tennis! It is so appreciated.
Your body doesn’t need to be behind the end line it is only the ball. As log as the body isn’t in the area between the ball and the two net posts it is OK.
Sorry about the confusion. Hopefully they will all believe you now.
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