Zig Zag Serve

Table Tennis Serving

Last updated 7 years ago

Aryaman Kumar

Aryaman Kumar Asked 8 years ago

Is it really possible to execute a zig zag serve? 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Aryaman,

No it isn’t.  The ball will spin one way or the other.  You may get the illusion that it is zig zagging because of the action of the server but in fact it moves one way.

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Marcin Lonak

Marcin Lonak Posted 8 years ago

I think there is a zig zack illusion ( from certain points it looks like zig zack) if you looking at some side/top spin seves. Because after first bounce the ball is slower and curving strongly, the second bounce kicks the ball off, so it's faster and looks like its a more straight line.

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Yes that certainly is true Marcin. Thanks for pointing that out.

Tushar Verma

Tushar Verma Posted 7 years ago


In this video at 0:40 Alois does the serve which is bit like a zig zag serve but unfortunately it is an illegal serve. 

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi still only puts one type of spin on the ball, he just moves his bat the other way after the contact to try and make it look different.

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