Stomp while serving

Table Tennis Serving

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Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De Asked 7 years ago

Hi Alois

Why does people stomp their foot while serving?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Yap,

It is usually just as a follow through of their service action.  As they come forward with their foot and move into the next position in the rally it makes a noise on the ground.

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Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De Posted 7 years ago

Why you don't have this follow through

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

I land a little lighter on my foot.

Yap Zhi De

Yap Zhi De Posted 7 years ago

Does landing lighter affect the serve, like the spin and speed?

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

No Yap, that doesn't have any affect. What does is using your wrist to generate bat speed and brushing the ball finely.

Igor Kirman

Igor Kirman Posted 6 years ago

One other benefit of stomping the feet is deception. Since it may be hard to spot the precise point at which contact is made (and therefore to see whether a serve has topspin, under spin or side spin), a foot stomping may mislead the receiver into believing contact was made when they hear the "noise."  It's a reflex. And that creates deception; usually you stomp a little earlier than true contact and mislead the receiver. 

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