Drop serve

Table Tennis Rules

Last updated 7 years ago

morgen williams

morgen williams Asked 7 years ago

Is the drop serve illegal?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Morgen,

The ball has to go up off your hand and be clear of your hand by at least 16cm.  Here is the relevant rule:

The server shall then project the ball near vertically upwards, without imparting spin, so that it rises at least 16cm after leaving the palm of the free hand and then falls without touching anything before being struck. 

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