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How To Serve

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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Basic Strokes

Basic Strokes
Back to Strokes and Techniques 0% COMPLETE 12 LESSONS
1 Introduction 1:08
2 How To Hold a Table Tennis Bat 4:03
3 How To Serve 3:58
4 The Most Important Skill 2:58
5 Basic Stance 2:16
6 Which Strokes To Learn First 2:04
7 Forehand Counterhit 4:04
8 Backhand Counterhit 4:54
9 The Finish Position 3:21
10 Backhand Push 3:13
11 Forehand Push 3:17
12 Summary and Outcomes 0:24

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Rawan Mouhandes

Rawan Mouhandes Posted 5 years ago

Thanks .. was a useful lesson


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Glad you liked it Rawan.


Ravish verma

Ravish verma Posted 5 years ago

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

thnx again

 


Kautilya Katiha

Kautilya Katiha Posted 5 years ago

real vry useful...

 


Suman Pyakurel

Suman Pyakurel Posted 5 years ago

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


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hi Suman,

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


Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen Posted 5 years ago

very good!


abdo maged

abdo maged Posted 5 years ago

good

 


kier barra

kier barra Posted 5 years ago

nice one

 


david herrera

david herrera Posted 5 years ago

hey!thanks guys that was very useful

 


david herrera

david herrera Posted 5 years ago

hey!thanks guys that was very useful

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Thanks guys.  Good to hear.


Yang Kun

Yang Kun Posted 4 years ago

I cannot open the video. Why?


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

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 Posted 4 years ago

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


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

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 Posted 4 years ago

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 Posted 4 years ago

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 Posted 4 years ago

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 Posted 4 years ago

Thanks Hussein.  We appreciate your comments.


Manan Vaid

Manan Vaid Posted 4 years ago

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


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Hi Manan,

Yes you can serve with the Penhold grip.


Juliana Bumagat

Juliana Bumagat Posted 4 years ago

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

 


Abhishek yadav

Abhishek yadav Posted 4 years ago

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

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

That is good to hear Abhishek.


santosh bedarkar

santosh bedarkar Posted 4 years ago

will definitely help me


Eric Shin

Eric Shin Posted 4 years ago

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 Posted 4 years ago

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 Posted 4 years ago

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

 

 

 


yash patidar

yash patidar Posted 3 years ago

thnx pingskills,,,it's damm usefull

thnx again..!!


wafiq rusli

wafiq rusli Posted 3 years ago

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 Posted 3 years ago

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 Posted 3 years ago

Thanks Alois


Michael Geldert

Michael Geldert Posted 3 years ago

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 Posted 3 years ago

It is very clear. Thanks.


lou t

lou t Posted 3 years ago

can you slice the ball

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

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


Tyrone Shiham

Tyrone Shiham Posted 3 years ago

Thank you it's helped me

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Thanks for letting us know Tyrone.


Dieter Verhofstadt

Dieter Verhofstadt Posted 3 years ago

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 Posted 3 years ago

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 Posted 2 years ago

What is  the point in spin?undecided


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 years ago

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 Posted 2 years ago

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


Maahir Marathe

Maahir Marathe Posted 2 years ago

Oh, Thanks Both


Anantha Hegde

Anantha Hegde Posted 2 years ago

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 Posted 2 years ago

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 Posted 2 years ago

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 Posted 2 years ago

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 Posted 2 years ago

SO COOL

 


Rafsan Rahman

Rafsan Rahman Posted 1 year ago

Now my friends cannot return my serves


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Well done Rafsan.


mats langsjo

mats langsjo Posted 1 year ago

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 Posted 1 year ago

Hi Mats,

Always nice to hear from a happy customer.


Doris HOLLANDER

Doris HOLLANDER Posted 1 year ago

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 Posted 1 year ago

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


Parker William

Parker William Posted 1 year ago

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


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

Most of the videos I use the PingSkills Touch.


Majid karkhaneh

Majid karkhaneh Posted 1 year ago

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


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

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 Posted 1 year ago

Hi.Thank you.


Harlan Abraham

Harlan Abraham Posted 1 year ago

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 Posted 1 year ago

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 Posted 1 year ago

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


Zaki Roshnaiwala

Zaki Roshnaiwala Posted 1 year ago

means it is not countable?


Captain America

Captain America Posted 1 year ago

Sir, 

how can we make the serve more faster ?

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 year ago

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 Posted 11 months ago

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 Posted 11 months ago

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 Posted 8 months ago

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 Posted 8 months ago

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.


ashraf jessani

ashraf jessani Posted 3 months ago

Very informative and really enjoyed the teaCHINGS.  awesome JOB 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 months ago

Thanks Ashraf.



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