Sudden Serve

Table Tennis Rules

Last updated 6 years ago

Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Asked 7 years ago

Hi PingSkills.

can we do a sudden serve ? (for example when i take the ball up then i suddenly serve, or any kind like that)

is it still legal or fault ?

please for the answer :D

thanks.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Frendy,

You need to wait till your opponent is ready.  The umpire would probably call a let and get you repeat the serve.


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Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 7 years ago

oh i see.. thank you :D


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 7 years ago

anyway, if we do a sudden serve then the ball is out is it still let or out ? (just for participation if the someone do that)


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

I guess it depends on the umpires judgement but you might lose the point. Hence it's probably best to try and play fair and serve when the player is ready.


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 7 years ago

yes.. i know it... my friend do that and shocked me x_X

thanks for the answer :D


Douglas Hill

Douglas Hill Posted 7 years ago

I played an opponent who would wait till I was set to receive, then hop to the forehand side and serve immediately. So far as I know, the hopping itself is legal, but I don't think it was legal to toss the ball over to the forehand side so he could hit it as it descended. He never did it in front of an official.


Martin Elliget

Martin Elliget Posted 7 years ago

It's funny what people will try when not in front of an umpire/referee. I remember one guy who used to try to surprise his opponents about when he was going to serve. He'd pause for a bit, look across the room away from the table and, when his opponent inevitably looked around to see what he was looking at, he would all of a sudden do a fast serve :) As umpire, I called let on these surprise serves.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Douglas,

That would be a fault as the ball wasn't going up almost vertically.  Hard to call when there is no proper umpire though.

Martin,

Yes some players will try anything... I have seen these done to Jeff a few times too... oops... that was by me in our match.


Martin Elliget

Martin Elliget Posted 7 years ago

hehe Alois


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 7 years ago

lol, that's funny~


bertus bertus

bertus bertus Posted 6 years ago

I like to experiment with the mental part of TT. Kinda fun to "annoy" the opponent just a little bit. :)

I.e.

- When opponent makes a nice score streak I pause the game by grabing a towel or tie my shoes.
(break his rithem)

- When serving, act like you are going to serve soon and then when the opponent is all ready and focust to receive, bounce the ball on the table a few times more and then serve.
(Hopefully the opponent loses his concentration a bit)

- If the opponent is emotionaly weak, make a nice and loud "shooeeeeww" sound while staring at opponent when scoring a good point. (could get him even more frustrated and as a result he could make even more mistakes)

Are these kind of tacktics unfair behavior in your opinion?


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 6 years ago

i like them ! lol
me too, i always shout HOSA ! very loud as a victory for me when i get score. anyway, it's a fault if you shouted while the ball is not in (until the umpire said it's score then you can shout as loud as you want xD)

but sometimes people said i'm crazy because of that shout :( whatever xD


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

I think it is more important to focus on yourself playing well rather than making your opponent play worse.  Once you start to focus on upsetting the other player you have taken your focus away from your game.


Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 6 years ago

yap, i agree... shout is only to make a big spirit ! 



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