Legal serve

Table Tennis Rules

Last updated 8 years ago

Sidney Kuo

Sidney Kuo Asked 8 years ago

I saw in the video by Jeff that in a serve, the ball must be tossed straight up, yet, I saw in many videos, on Pingskills and international competitions in which the balls were tossed sideway backwards. So what is the legal boundary?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Sidney,

The rule says that you need to throw it up almost vertically.  In tournaments you tend to get away with quite a lot.  It is a rule that needs some tightening up.

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