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I've watched many ITTF tournaments and couldn't help but notice that quite a few players hide the contact point of their serves. It's impossible to notice from the standard viewing angle, however the slow motion recap shows it all. So far, I've seen 2 variations of this. The first one is moving the non-dominant arm aside during the ball's downward trajectory. It's made to look as if the ball can be seen throughout the entire service motion, however in reality the non-dominant arm hides the ball just as it touches the racket. Another variation is hiding the ball behind the chin. After tossing the ball upwards, the player makes a very subtle forward movement which allows them to hide the ball behind their head/chin during its downward trajectory. I feel so frustrated whenever a player who hides their service wins an outright service point. What are your thoughts about this?
This is a big problem in the game. I am not sure of an answer apart from throwing out the rule and allowing players to do whatever they want in this regard. This would mean a more level playing surface as those who try to do the right thing won't be disadvantaged.
Would be interested to hear other reader's thoughts.
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