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Learning How To Serve – For beginners and coaches

November 5, 2019

Welcome to PingSkills lessons, we are doing
to talk about the basic serve today. Now this is one of the most important things you must
learn because every rally starts with a serve. So it’s really important to get this right.
Now Alois is go through the very basics here with you so take note and enjoy.
Thanks Jeff, the serve to start off with need to be kept really simple. To start off with
all you need focus on is to get them to be able to hit the ball with a hit bounce on
your side bounce on their side. Hit, bounce, bounce. If you actually say those words to
the kids to start off with you will find they will be able to pick that up a lot easier.
So it’s hit, bounce, bounce. And it doesn’t need any more complicated than that. The things
to really focus on are getting kids to get the bat and ball nice and close together,
about that far apart so there isn’t much margin of error and then all their focusing on is
the hit. So it’s just hit, bounce, bounce. And that’s the basic serve. As I said don’t
make it any more complicated, keep it as simple as possible.
Okay once the player can do the hit, bounce, bounce the next level to focus on is to make
sure that their hitting that ball from behind the line of the table. One of the rules of
serving so in a real game you hit the ball from over the line it’s the other persons
point. So now we want to get the kids to focus on being behind the line. So from here the
next level is hit, bounce, bounce behind the line. Hit, bounce, bounce. Hit, bounce, bounce.
Again keeping it simple and just giving them one simple level at a time to work on. So
behind the line hit, bounce, bounce. The next level of serving is to get the players to
be able to hold the ball correctly and also throw the ball up again another rule of serving
in table tennis. So what we are going to focus on now is to hold the ball on a tray, tray
being their hand. The next thing is to get them throw the ball up and hit the ball forward.
So we are going to get them to practice throwing the ball up and catching it to start of with
on a tray and then we can get them to throw the ball up hit the ball forward. Throw the
ball up hit the ball forward. Throw the ball up hit the ball forward. You will find that
with a lot of the players to start of with their bat will go up as they throw the ball
up . Which leads to the ball bouncing very high on the serve. So what you can do is just
get them to focus on their bat staying still while their right hand or the ball hand goes
up. So up and forward. That gets you a nice low serve over the net.
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  • Reply PingSkills February 15, 2008 at 11:50 am

    We are glad to hear you can serve well. We hope you can find some useful tips from our other videos.

  • Reply PingSkills April 20, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Yes, that is one of the rules of serving. You must throw the ball up at least 15.25cm (6 inches) for all serves in all matches

  • Reply kosarka321 May 24, 2008 at 9:12 am

    how many balls they got? For every server he takes other ball

  • Reply Yu2Kal June 3, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    how crap, how about spin and speed and keeping the ball low…. crap serves i could smash those serves easily….

  • Reply idnumber002 June 25, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Hey pinkskills!

    I was at my local club last week and my friend served a backspin serve. He had his hand palm flat, but UNDER the table…It kind of put me off…and when he raised the ball it wasn't very clear…

    Do we have to have the ball above the table throughout the serve?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Reply PingSkills June 26, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    You must have the ball above the level of the playing service during the entire serve. If you have any other questions then jump onto our website and use the Ask the Coach section.


  • Reply smillingpasta July 29, 2008 at 8:09 am

    simple n easy to understand ping pong serving skill for a beginner like me…

  • Reply proffsetjohan September 5, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    OMFG he could at least show a serve which dont suck

  • Reply Maica September 6, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    i believe this is for begginers,
    but MY GOD please dont make TOO NOOB serves

  • Reply PingSkills September 9, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    It is for beginners or people who have never played before. When teaching young kids at schools who have not played before, the hit bounce bounce concept really helps them to learn how to serve. And then by gradually adding in the concept of throwing the ball up the kids learn how to serve legally.
    If you can already serve well take a look at some of our more advanced videos. We also sell a DVD "Serving Secrets Revealed" on our website which teaches you a range of serves including the pendulum.

  • Reply MateuszTorun January 6, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I saw your serve, you r good. 😉

  • Reply PingSkills February 11, 2009 at 10:09 am

    It's not to get more spin. The way to get more spin is to hit the ball finely with a brushing action and to have a fast action (i.e. swing the bat fast).

    The foot stamping is often done out of habit. It can also be used to try and disguise the amount of spin put on the ball. The ball makes a different sound off the bat when hit flat as opposed to hit with a lot of spin. The stamping of the foot can make it harder for the receiver as it takes away one of his senses (sound).

  • Reply JtS February 26, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    It's a little bit hard to hear you guys.

  • Reply Rupe March 14, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    i didn't like it how he said kids. you could be a beginner adult who still needs to learn the basic serve.

  • Reply Mike Hawk June 12, 2009 at 5:33 am

    Do you HAVE to hit the ball diagnoly onto the others players side? or can u hit it anywhere on his side

  • Reply PingSkills June 13, 2009 at 1:49 am

    You can hit it anywhere on your opponents side!

  • Reply PingSkills June 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    The line is used in doubles. In doubles you have to serve from the right hand box to your opponents right hand box.

  • Reply Obamacarez4you June 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    are you any good at ping pong

  • Reply osidetg19 July 31, 2009 at 6:28 am

    what are the best type or brand of balls to use when playing?

  • Reply Mitha4 September 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm


  • Reply Mitha4 September 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    yeh keep YOUR comment to YOURSELF

  • Reply CZnoob October 19, 2009 at 10:57 am

    rofl the sound in the end of the vid is the same as our school bell lmao

  • Reply pbsmick October 31, 2009 at 4:07 am

    I use DHS because they last longer, they do cost more but are worth it.

  • Reply pitbylllson December 30, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    give the guy a mic

  • Reply Phua JiaWei February 5, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    ohhhhh sooooo basic

  • Reply milot preteni February 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    please make a video on how to choose a good tt racket ?!

  • Reply SLGamingTV March 5, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    can you make a video with table tennis ges
    please, thanks

  • Reply Marvin Lozada May 6, 2010 at 1:35 am

    are tacky rubbers good for serving??

  • Reply PingSkills May 6, 2010 at 11:45 am

    @harrypotter12377 Yes tacky rubbers are good for serving. You really need a reputable Table Tennis brand to ensure you have a decent rubber. This is important for generating spin. Try the ask the coach section of our website if you have any other Table Tennis questions.

  • Reply Marv Arc July 24, 2010 at 1:36 am

    hit bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce…….on the floor

  • Reply Remix November 29, 2010 at 1:19 am

    what happens if there's enough spin to hit my side, the other players, and then mine again afterwords?

  • Reply PingSkills December 1, 2010 at 1:02 am

    @122333pls If your serve does this and your opponent doesn't hit the ball then you win the point.

  • Reply Ben James December 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    do u have to throw the ball 6 inches in the air before hitting it

  • Reply PingSkills December 24, 2010 at 6:34 am

    @Scooter360Madness Yes in a match you have to throw the ball 6 inches before hitting it. We explain this as a step in the learning process.

  • Reply PingSkills March 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    @MrJowik It certainly is for beginners as mentioned in the title.

  • Reply PingSkills March 26, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    @TableTennisDaily Hi Dan, quite a few people comment on this but a white shirt has never bothered me. I can always still see the ball.

  • Reply Sai Srinivas Tippa June 14, 2011 at 5:59 am

    this is for begineers……….. but i'm not a begineer….can u give some more tips ?

  • Reply PingSkills June 19, 2011 at 8:16 am

    @sai0024 Head over to our website. We have heaps of information there that will help you.

  • Reply PingSkills July 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    @PCHelperPH Serving a float serve basically means serving with no spin. The key to making this effective is to have another serve that looks similar but actually has a lot of backspin. To serve with no spin means you need to hit the ball quite flat and without brushing the ball.

    We actually have a video of this available in our premium lessons during the service topic which members get in week 25-28.

  • Reply kevintoti October 3, 2011 at 12:09 am

    @qwertypenis On the championship point "Hit, bounce, bounce thats all i gottta to" The receiver smashes to ball and hits a convincingly winner. lol

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