Hitting the Edge

Table Tennis Rules

Last updated 6 years ago

Subash Poudyal

Subash Poudyal Asked 10 years ago

If the ball skimmed through the edge, then is it in or out?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Subash,

The ball would be in.  It just has to hit anywhere on the top surface of the table to be in. 

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Subash Poudyal

Subash Poudyal Posted 10 years ago

thank you :D

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

No problems.

mazen hassan

mazen hassan Posted 6 years ago

Hi alois

So if the ball hits the edge in a serve is it allowed ?? 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Yes it is Mazen.  As long as it hits some part of the top of the table it is in.

thomas tomi

thomas tomi Posted 6 years ago

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Marcin Lonak

Marcin Lonak Posted 6 years ago

Lots of people think, it might be great to learn to aim for edges and netballs. In general those are beginners without a good basic knowledge about Table Tennis. Because I am a beginner with some basic knowledge, I try to write why it is not a good idea.

1. This idea strangely doesn't come to the pros. Why they don't want to give it a try?

Ok. Because this idea comes mostly from beginners, i try to explain the beginners situation first.

If you are a beginner, you obviously can not execute for example 10 short heavy under spin serves in a row. So if you try to learn how to hit the edge, you will do it automaticly with the straight slow serve, wich is probably particularly good for aiming. Let's say after a half year of training you are able to do it 10 times in a row.

So what are the benefits for you to use it? There is just one. The ball becomes unpredictable for the opponent with the second bounce.

What are the looses? The serve is very week in terms of speed and spin. Also very risky. Slight difference, disturbance in the wrong way and it's a fault serve. You as a server can not deal with possibilities, what ball might be coming back. unpredictable after hitting the edge, is also unpredictable for you.

Most important: those serves are all long! That means as Supercoach teaches, a good opponent will attack every of those, if it's not a really slight edge. 

So I think, the pros know very well, that it's not a benefit at all.


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