Basic Serve in Table Tennis | PingSkills

Hi I’m Alois Rosario from PingSkills. Jeff Plumb
and I are going to show you how to do the very basic serve. If you have never played
Table Tennis before and you are wondering how do you serve, let me show you some basics.
The first thing is that when you serve in Table Tennis you have to hit the ball so it
bounces on your side of the table and the other persons side. You can’t just hit the ball straight over
to the other side of the table you have to hit it down into your side first. That is
the only time in the game where you do hit the ball onto your own side. You might be finding the basic serve fairly
complicated to start with if you are here’s a really simple tip. Start with your bat and
ball really close together and then all you need to do is to do the hit. So you are doing
the hit and the ball will bounce on your side of the table and then your partner’s side
of the table. So it is hit, bounce, bounce. Really important to just keep practicing this
to start off with just the hit, bounce, bounce. Once you are feeling fairly comfortable with that
you can move on to the next level of serving. So the next level of serving is to make sure
that the ball is behind the end line of the table when you are throwing it up and hitting
it. So you are not allowed to hit the ball from over here for the serve, it has to be
behind the end line. So let’s have a look at that. So now we are going to do the hit,
bounce, bounce from behind the end line. Let’s progress a little bit further. The next
thing we are going to do is to get this serve legally correct. You need to have the ball
on the flat palm of your hand. It has to be on the palm, it’s not allowed to be on your
fingers or thumb and your hand has to fairly flat. You can get away with having your hand
a little bit cupped like that but it needs to be basically flat with the ball on the
palm of your hand. The next thing is that you need to throw the
ball up at least the height of the net off your hand. So around that high off your hand
before you hit it on to your side. This is what a serve looks like. The ball on the flat hand, throw it up and then we do our hit bounce bounce. Now that you have got our basics right you
are holding the ball correctly behind the line now we are going to try and make the
ball travel a little bit faster and to a better position. To get the ball faster
we need to get the ball lower over the net. We also need to make sure that we are hitting
the ball forward. If you hit the ball on it’s head the ball is going to bounce high. You
want to hit the ball on it’s back to get the ball moving faster. When you hit the ball, the ball also needs
to be fairly low. If you throw the ball up and try to hit the ball from here it has to
bounce high over the net. So make sure after you throw the ball up the ball
comes down back to your bat level and your bat moves forward. A common error I see
is that when people throw the ball up they also lift their bat up and so then they are
going to hit the ball from too high. When you throw the ball up keep your bat steady
and then it just comes forward to get a nice low fast serve. I hope now you have got the basics of the
serve. Make sure that you progress to a level where you are able to hold the ball
on the plan of your hand and you throwing the ball up to the correct height from behind
the end line of the table and getting that serve nice and low. If you have found this lesson useful and have
learnt how to serve correctly go to and learn a whole lot more about Table Tennis.

100 thoughts on “Basic Serve in Table Tennis | PingSkills

  1. Greetings Coach
    My donic black devil blade got hit on the table and the top most layer of the backside of blade probably the carbon layer peeled out from the boundary. Now my question is the balde now useless or it can be pasted back with glue or something .
    Awaiting your response.ย 

  2. I started Table Tennis and I am going to try your skills and see if i turn out out to be a good player. I will tell you how it goes soon. Thanks @PingSkills

  3. Very good tutorials, step by step breakdown is very useful for teaching children.ย I'm a P.E. teacher and use them in my lessons, thank you!

  4. Guys i have a table tennis tournament at mah school and i registered even when im a noob… But i would give le try.. ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘

  5. My friends and i got into Table Tennis. We watched your videos and learned alot. We joined many competitions and always came in the top 3. Thank you so much!

  6. I want more variation in my serves, all I can do is a heavy sidespin to the right, but I need more options.. do you have any tips on how I can find serves / improve my current serve?

  7. can you stand in any position for the serve? Can you you stand to the far left or far right on the side of the table as long as you stay behind the horizontal line?

  8. it's good to know that the way I've been serving for the last 10 years is horribly illegal. Good thing I've never played in any sort of competition.

  9. Ping pong I'm in year seven ik how to do easy serve can u teach me where you have spin power speed please not too complex not too easy either

  10. i used to make the mistake of pulling the bat up while throwing the ball up during serve…now i dont..thanks to this video..every video teaches me sth…thnks a lot….we dont have the privilege of getting trained under a professional player or coach…so ur videos r a great treasure…

  11. i used to make the mistake of pulling the bat up while throwing the ball up during serve…now i dont..thanks to this video..every video teaches me sth…thnks a lot….we dont have the privilege of getting trained under a professional player or coach…so ur videos r a great treasure…

  12. I'm new to Ping Pong, so this might be a stupid question, but when people are rallying and standing further and further from the table, why don't they ever tap it to hit it short? Or does this defy the physics of the game and that's not possible?? It just seems like whenever I see a long rally, people are just returning it with the same power instead of switching up short and deep shots. Or when one player is fixated on attacking and smashing, he just keeps going at it trying to break the defense instead of hitting a tricky drop shot.

  13. This was really helpful, as I am hoping to get better in table tennis and your channel is a perfect guide. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Thanks! this really helped alot. The sportsfest at school is tommorow and i still have no idea how to play table tennis. (well I know how to serve atleast) wish me luck.

  15. Great video dude~
    ( helped me realize how idiotic I look at 3:10 when I do the same thing sometimes xD )

    Btw my serve's pretty good (quick and ends in a tough spot) but I lack any control or spin , what should I do?

  16. Story time
    My high school gym class is having a table tennis competition soon, hopefully. I haven't lost a match yet, I just want to ensure my victory. So I've been watching all these videos just to dominate in the game…
    Am I a bad person?

  17. Just a beginner but your TEACHING skills helped my TABLE TENNIS skills.Thanks and a lot of respect from๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ตNEPAL

  18. I my school I don't know to serve from now seeing vedio I love to serve

  19. My racket is so heavy , but its okay, sometimes i cant concentrate to the balls and cant serve good but i promise i will do my best to win in the game

  20. alright soo im watching this cuz like for intrams i got picked for table tennis and i was like I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO PLAY THIS LIKE WHAT DO I DO I DONT EVEN KNOW WHERE TO PRACTICE LIKE UGH

  21. why whenever i watch ping pong everyone hits with their left hand? Is ping pong a left handed sport lol

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