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How to Serve Legally in Table Tennis / Ping-Pong


The serve is one of the most important strokes in table tennis - after all, every rally has to start with a service! Unfortunately, the service rules are also one of the most complex areas of ping-pong, and are subject to change on a regular basis as the ITTF try to find the ideal service laws.

In this article, I'll walk you through the current service rules, and explain how to follow them properly and serve legally. I'll update the content as any new changes to the service laws are introduced, so you can be confident that you are always getting up to date information.

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Photo of Ways to Hold the Ball Before ServiceStart of the Service - Law 2.6.1Diagram of The Ball Toss - Legal and Illegal ExamplesThe Ball Toss - Law 2.6.2Diagram of The Ball Toss Part 2 - Hitting the Ball on the Way UpThe Ball Toss Part 2 - Law 2.6.3Diagram of Hitting the Ball Over the NetHitting the Ball Over the Net - Law 2.6.3
Diagram of Serving in DoublesServing in Doubles - Law 2.6.3Diagram of Ball Location During the ServiceBall Location During Service - Law 2.6.4Diagram of Hiding the BallHiding the Ball - Law 2.6.5
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