Hit My Chest When Serve

Table Tennis Serving

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Yazid Ehier

Yazid Ehier Asked 8 years ago

Hi alois . when i do a pendulum serve my paddle always get hit at my chest . What i can do to not get hit at my chest again. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Yazid,

This is actually the best way to serve.  It does get uncomfortable when you are doing it a lot.  Some players will put a towel or padding on their chest when they are doing serving practice to stop the pain.

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mat huang

mat huang Posted 8 years ago

Yea, I have the same problem. Sometimes after the swing, I just do the reverse motion so I don't hit my chest and it also add disguise to the serve.

Johnny Long

Johnny Long Posted 8 years ago

I remember on this question you've talked about a similar topic. http://www.pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum/serving-recoil/

It seems that some top players doesn't follow-thru or 'hit their chest' as much. Alois stated they are using the whipping action of the bat the bat recoils after contact in the other question I linked.

So is it easier to just follow-thru at this stage? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

It bounces off your chest and helps to stop the bat and get it back to the next position.

Johan B

Johan B Posted 8 years ago

 If you stand up a bit straighter (which isn't ideal for recovery) you can hit your abs instead, which might be less painful? Or just follow through in such a way that your arm or wrist crashes into your body instead of your hard paddle

Bennett Brown

Bennett Brown Posted 8 years ago

i have and still have this problem.  its a bit different but i am used to tossing thr ball near my body so ive been trying to break the habit

toby kim

toby kim Posted 3 years ago

Wouldn’t you at some point damage your intestines or rib cage? I noticed that I hit my rib cage hard. It’s like a non stop drum stick pounding on myself.

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