Receiving a Serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 6 years ago

U Ghani

U Ghani Asked 6 years ago


I know that there is a neutral, standard position of receiving a serve, crouched in a way on the backhand side if the table with the racket in a neutral position.  However, I see players, just before the server makes contact on the ball, getting up as if becoming readier.  Could you please explain this to me?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago


Yes a lot of the top players do this to be in motion as the ball is coming.  If you are static it is more difficult to get into motion.

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U Ghani

U Ghani Posted 6 years ago


Thanks that is very helpful but what if they start moving their body forward and then a long serve comes.  Do they know which serve is going to be played so they can move to play their shot?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

They have very good movement.  If you watch them when the ball then comes long they are still able to jump back into position to make the long ball.

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