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How To Serve

Table Tennis Strokes & Techniques

Having problems with a basic serve? This lesson gives you simple pointers that make it easy for you to start serving legally.

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Rawan Mouhandes

Rawan Mouhandes , thought...

on the 24-Jun-2012 10:37:00 PM

Thanks .. was a useful lesson


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills said...

on the 24-Jun-2012 10:42:56 PM

Glad you liked it Rawan.


Ravish verma

Ravish verma , thought...

on the 23-Jul-2012 09:11:58 PM

thnx..........now startg gettng grip on m serve.....

thnx again

 


Kautilya Katiha

Kautilya Katiha , thought...

on the 26-Jul-2012 09:20:38 PM

real vry useful...

 


Suman Pyakurel

Suman Pyakurel , thought...

on the 21-Aug-2012 06:23:43 PM

i am a penholder....so i want the penhold service video


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 22-Aug-2012 03:21:58 AM

Hi Suman,

It is exactly the same with penhold.  Apply the same principles.


Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen , thought...

on the 17-Sep-2012 10:06:03 PM

very good!


abdo maged

abdo maged , thought...

on the 30-Sep-2012 10:30:02 AM

good

 


kier barra

kier barra , thought...

on the 11-Oct-2012 07:54:06 PM

nice one

 


david herrera

david herrera , thought...

on the 18-Nov-2012 04:41:05 AM

hey!thanks guys that was very useful

 


david herrera

david herrera , thought...

on the 18-Nov-2012 04:41:06 AM

hey!thanks guys that was very useful

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 18-Nov-2012 06:13:49 AM

Thanks guys.  Good to hear.


Yang Kun

Yang Kun , thought...

on the 26-Nov-2012 02:25:52 PM

I cannot open the video. Why?


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills said...

on the 26-Nov-2012 09:03:02 PM

Hi Yang,

I'm not sure why. The video is posted publicly on YouTube. Are you able to watch other videos on YouTube?


Alexander Omorodion

Alexander Omorodion , thought...

on the 02-Jan-2013 09:08:11 AM

this video was very good. helped me very much on my serve. thanks guys


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 02-Jan-2013 09:13:34 AM

That is good to hear Alexander.  Hope you get a chance to take a look around our other free lessons on the site as well.


Javier Avella Rodriguez

Javier Avella Rodriguez , thought...

on the 12-Jan-2013 11:40:49 AM

MUY BUENO PERO PODRIAN AÑADIR SUBTITULOS DE APOYO YA QUE SOY LATINO Y NO ENTINDO MUY BIEN EL INGLES


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 12-Jan-2013 10:03:00 PM

Unfortunately we don't have the ability to do this at the moment.

Lamentablemente no tenemos la capacidad de hacer esto en este momento.

 

Hussein Abdelaziz

Hussein Abdelaziz , thought...

on the 05-Feb-2013 09:45:37 PM

I like this website very much. And I like the way you teach Mr Rosario and Mr Plumb you both are very nice and you made me really want to play this game. thanks


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 05-Feb-2013 09:48:12 PM

Thanks Hussein.  We appreciate your comments.


Manan Vaid

Manan Vaid , thought...

on the 13-Apr-2013 08:47:57 PM

Thankyou so much!!! But there's a question that can I serve with penhold grip??


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 13-Apr-2013 09:02:04 PM

Hi Manan,

Yes you can serve with the Penhold grip.


Juliana Bumagat

Juliana Bumagat , thought...

on the 22-Jun-2013 07:53:30 PM

This video is very useful for beginners like me!!!!!! thanks again!

 


Abhishek yadav

Abhishek yadav , thought...

on the 11-Jul-2013 03:31:19 AM

wow guys this was a awsum video.....i've improved my serve thank u once again

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 11-Jul-2013 07:03:28 AM

That is good to hear Abhishek.


santosh bedarkar

santosh bedarkar , thought...

on the 02-Aug-2013 01:51:33 AM

will definitely help me


Eric Shin

Eric Shin , thought...

on the 07-Sep-2013 09:41:29 PM

i love all your videos!! but it's hard to sort of copy because your a lefty~ no offense, just one of my wishes~


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 08-Sep-2013 05:25:36 AM

One of our other readers watches the bodies in a mirror to make me Right handed.  I thought that was a great idea.


Nick Mukherjee

Nick Mukherjee , thought...

on the 04-Oct-2013 08:06:45 PM

Thanks!!!sir,I learn always new things from your videos.

 

 

 


yash patidar

yash patidar , thought...

on the 09-Jan-2014 04:49:42 AM

thnx pingskills,,,it's damm usefull

thnx again..!!


wafiq rusli

wafiq rusli , thought...

on the 18-Mar-2014 01:04:26 AM

I can't balance the ball on my palm so the result is the ball still quivering a little.Can I carry on throw it up and hit the ball.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 18-Mar-2014 02:41:00 AM

Take a little time to steady the ball.  You can take a few seconds that will allow you enough time to relax and become steady.


wafiq rusli

wafiq rusli , thought...

on the 18-Mar-2014 02:55:12 AM

Thanks Alois


Michael Geldert

Michael Geldert , thought...

on the 13-Apr-2014 11:36:05 AM

Bless you for sharing it!

It was very helpful to my wife and I. We are we have both played a lot as kids, and thought we really knew how to play, but this video showed us that we really did not learn from the pro's, and we love your videos so far. The fact that you share them with us proves to us that you !HAVE YOUR HEARTS IN THE RIGHT PLACE!

 

This video was extremely helpful to us in our quest to learn "How to hold the paddle".


Hung Quach

Hung Quach , thought...

on the 01-Aug-2014 08:41:01 AM

It is very clear. Thanks.


lou t

lou t , thought...

on the 30-Sep-2014 06:05:53 PM

can you slice the ball

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 30-Sep-2014 06:35:05 PM

Yes you can.  By brushing under the ball you will get some backspin or slice on it.


Tyrone Shiham

Tyrone Shiham , thought...

on the 16-Nov-2014 01:12:23 AM

Thank you it's helped me

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 16-Nov-2014 05:11:20 AM

Thanks for letting us know Tyrone.


Dieter Verhofstadt

Dieter Verhofstadt , thought...

on the 20-Nov-2014 03:16:50 AM

Very good video for beginners.

I just wanted to point out that, although I have accustomed to spinny serves, both by myself and my opponents, it's a good thing to practice with basic non-spinny serves for a long while. In fact I'm regularly playing training matches with no-spin serves to practice rallies. Here are some reasons why I think a beginner (and all of us) should not dismiss no-spin serves:

  • if we want to vary such serves, it can only be done through placement and speed
  • one learns to play short serves by opening the bat and pushing a ball close to the net and to play fast serves by closing the bat speeding up the motion and let the first bounce be close to our edge of the table; this is a good preparation for real serves with backspin and topspin
  • with spinny serves we usually only think of variation in spin, or we mess up the variation in placement and speed because we never learnt the basics and started with spin first
  • basic serves lead to easy returns and rallies so you learn to be ready for the next shot
  • in contrast, learning spinny serves can lead us to rely on winning easy points on serve; from a certain level onwards this will not work anymore and then we have never learnt to rally
  • still the variation of slow/fast to forehand/middle/backhand gives us the advantage of anticipation and this is how we should think about serving

So, in retrospect, I'd want to play competitively using basic serves instead of spoiling myself with convoluted serves. What do you think about that idea?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 20-Nov-2014 10:31:09 AM

I think if you do both at different times you will get the best of both worlds.  It is important to develop your serves. It is also important that you develop your follow up after the serves.  You can also practice your rallying.


Maahir Marathe

Maahir Marathe , thought...

on the 19-Feb-2015 05:07:41 AM

What is  the point in spin?undecided


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 19-Feb-2015 06:04:58 AM

It makes it harder for the opponent to control the ball.  With topspin it allows you to hit the ball harder because the topspin will drag the ball downwards.


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills said...

on the 19-Feb-2015 07:24:36 AM

Backspin can be very important for serving too as it makes it harder for your opponent to attack the ball.


Maahir Marathe

Maahir Marathe , thought...

on the 20-Feb-2015 09:54:54 PM

Oh, Thanks Both


Anantha Hegde

Anantha Hegde , thought...

on the 01-Aug-2015 10:07:18 PM

Hello ping skills . can you please make a video on how the returns for spinny services will be . I'm unable to understand boomerangs on my service properly .

(Also if possible can you also tell me that when a spinning ball strikes the rubber does it grip and start spinning the opposite way or it grips and still keeps spinning the same way )


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 02-Aug-2015 08:09:43 AM

Hi Anantha,

We have a series of lessons in our Receiving Secrets series that covers in detail the principles of returning spin serves.  If you can join the Premium membership you can access all of these which I think will help a lot.

With regard to what happens with the ball, it does grip and come out in the opposite direction.  That is why the grip on the rubber os so important.


Anantha Hegde

Anantha Hegde , thought...

on the 02-Aug-2015 02:23:59 PM

Ping skills I think I framed my question incorrectly  . I do a spinny service . my opponent returns it on the table . and then the ball sometimes behaves in a way I cannot understand . there's still some residual spin from my service and I don't know how it works . 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 02-Aug-2015 08:24:49 PM

Ah, yes there is.  Especially when you put sidespin on your serves.  So if you spin the ball left to right, when they push it back it will break right to left on your side of the table.  It is a matter of getting used to the reaction.  It is something that is predictable once you get used to it.


Erix Gonzales

Erix Gonzales , thought...

on the 04-Sep-2015 02:52:48 PM

SO COOL

 


Rafsan Rahman

Rafsan Rahman , thought...

on the 15-Dec-2015 10:56:35 PM

Now my friends cannot return my serves


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 16-Dec-2015 05:04:48 AM

Well done Rafsan.


mats langsjo

mats langsjo , thought...

on the 14-Mar-2016 07:12:17 AM

Hi Alois and Jeff. Im greatfull for every lessen im watch on ,its sow god . I like when you show whith both hands, Tanks  god lock in  2016 from mats långsjö 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 14-Mar-2016 09:03:32 PM

Hi Mats,

Always nice to hear from a happy customer.


Doris HOLLANDER

Doris HOLLANDER , a premium member said...

on the 24-Mar-2016 12:50:41 PM

Hi,

Can I serve from anywhere on the table as long as I keep behind the while line and throw the ball up at least 6 inches?


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills said...

on the 24-Mar-2016 04:33:33 PM

Yes you can. We talk about this more in our Service Rules video.


Parker William

Parker William , thought...

on the 31-Mar-2016 02:16:53 AM

Are you using the rook bat in all of your videos?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 31-Mar-2016 04:59:42 AM

Most of the videos I use the PingSkills Touch.


Majid karkhaneh

Majid karkhaneh , thought...

on the 05-Apr-2016 11:56:33 PM

Hi.can not speak English.soory.I am can not watche video.what need saftwar?


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills said...

on the 06-Apr-2016 09:54:03 AM

Hi Majid,

You don't need any special software. This video is an embedded YouTube video and with any modern browser you should just be able to hit play.


Majid karkhaneh

Majid karkhaneh , thought...

on the 06-Apr-2016 10:13:17 PM

Hi.Thank you.


Harlan Abraham

Harlan Abraham , a premium member said...

on the 01-Aug-2016 10:19:48 AM

This video is very good in explaining the serve.  It also shows to those who don't do the serve correctly how one could get to the point of serving the ball correctly.

 


Zaki Roshnaiwala

Zaki Roshnaiwala , thought...

on the 18-Aug-2016 01:27:53 AM

is that serve countable if i serve a low and the ball. just touches the top of the net and falls in the opponents region? 

thank you. 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 18-Aug-2016 08:28:12 AM

That is a 'Let' and you stop and reply the point.


Zaki Roshnaiwala

Zaki Roshnaiwala , thought...

on the 18-Aug-2016 12:07:51 PM

means it is not countable?


Captain America

Captain America , thought...

on the 12-Sep-2016 03:34:04 PM

Sir, 

how can we make the serve more faster ?

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 12-Sep-2016 07:51:30 PM

Hi Atheendre,

Hit the ball flatter.  When you are practicing, aim to hit the ball long off the ned of the table to start with  This will allow you some freedom to hit the ball harder.


Margie Hadden

Margie Hadden , a premium member said...

on the 18-Dec-2016 04:31:11 AM

This was a very good break down of how to serve and very useful for me coaching players with intellectual difficulties. Keeping the hand close to the ball etc. I especially like the idea that as the ball is thrown up the bat stays low and ready to be driven forward when the ball comes down. Thank you! 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 18-Dec-2016 06:01:45 AM

Glad it is helpful.

Yes the bat and ball close together works well for beginners.  I use it for very young players in particular and I find that they can usually get a serve on the table.


Ali Salahnezhad

Ali Salahnezhad , thought...

on the 25-Feb-2017 02:39:10 AM

It was perfect and very usful.I have a question .if we we serve from froward of the end line of the table would it be counted as a fail or not?

thanks for your videos


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills said...

on the 25-Feb-2017 05:44:02 AM

Hi Ali,

You lose the point if you serve it from over the table.  You have to hit the ball when it is behind the end line.