Hiding serving hand

Table Tennis Rules

Last updated 2 years ago

Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson Asked 2 years ago


I was wondering if I am allowed to hide my serving hand (holding the bat) before I strike the ball for a serve? I might use different grips for different serves and don't want my opponent to know what serve I am about to do. So could I keep my hand behind me while setting up for my ball throw?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 2 years ago

Hi Michael,

Yes you are allowed to hide your serving hand.  There are no restrictions on this.

It can be a good strategy to disguise the serve you are doing for a little longer and give your opponent as little time as possible to gauge the serve that is coming.

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