Position When Serving and Receiving

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 9 years ago

Byron Polinga

Byron Polinga Asked 9 years ago

How am I in the table when serving and receiving? Is it the same or different? 

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 9 years ago

Hi Byron,

When serving you can stand fairly close to the table. For then pendulum serve you can even have some of your body past the end line at the side of the table.

When receiving, as a guide, stand just far enough away so that you can just touch the table with your bat in your receiving position. You want to be close enough that with one step you can reach if the ball is served short and far enough back that if the ball is served long and fast you can cover it and play a topspin stroke.

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