Hiding the bat or ball by body in Service

Table Tennis Rules

Last updated 2 years ago

Md Musabbir

Md Musabbir Asked 2 years ago

Can a player hide the bat or ball or both by his body during the service? Is there any written clause? if Yes, please mention.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 2 years ago


The bat doesn't have to be seen by your opponent but the ball does.

In the rules the relevant rule is 2.6.4

From the start of service until it is struck, the ball shall be above the level of the playing surface and behind the server's end line, and it shall not be hidden from the receiver by the server or his or her doubles partner or by anything they wear or carry.

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