Service Contact Height

Table Tennis Serving

Last updated 2 months ago

thomas mcnamara

thomas mcnamara Asked 2 months ago

Hi Coach. What do you think is the optimal contact point to hit serves? In other words, height of the net for backspin and slightly lower for top and side spins? Or do you use inches off the table as a guide or position on the body, like belly button? Thanks.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 2 months ago

Hi Thomas,

If you watch the better players when they are serving you will notice they hit the ball at around twice the height of the net.  By the time they hit this into the table it then bounces low over the net on its trajectory.

It is difficult to talk about it in relation to your body as it depends on how tall you are and also how much you are bent over on contact.

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thomas mcnamara

thomas mcnamara Posted 2 months ago

Thanks Alois. I never would have guessed that it's generally contacted about a foot from the table. I just assumed to keep it low it was a  much lower contact. Of course, it makes sense as you can adjust with your bat angle, contact, and body position. This does give you more room for error and variety. Fantastic tip! Thanks again.  

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 months ago

No problems Thomas.

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