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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 PingSkills.com and learn a whole lot more about Table Tennis.

David Frank



  1. magesticmaniacc Posted on October 13, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Very basic, and very helpful, thanx.

  2. Niranjan Nagesh Posted on October 19, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Alios Sir,

    I am not able to do faster serve. I need help to improve the serve speed

  3. anand chandak Posted on February 11, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    I indeed learn a lot watching your tutorial videos 🙂
    Thanks for the fantastic explanation!!

  4. Marcus Unanue Posted on February 12, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    thats wack yo

  5. Nitin Bhandari Posted on April 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    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. 

  6. k k Posted on April 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    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

  7. Zoe Jones Posted on June 15, 2015 at 8:06 am

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

  8. Original Kundukulangara Posted on June 18, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    What if the ball touches the edge white line,is it a point to me or the opposite partner???

  9. CUFC 4EVS Posted on June 28, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I had a tournrnament with my school and I came third thanks to your tutorials

  10. IzzThatTrue Posted on August 11, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Guys i have a table tennis tournament at mah school and i registered even when im a noob… But i would give le try.. 😋👍

  11. Harry's Darcy Posted on September 26, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I joined a Table Tennis competition. We came in 2nd😊But it would be better if we were 1st

  12. Leevi Posted on October 10, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    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!

  13. omgtim Posted on October 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    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?

  14. Jonathan Robles Posted on October 20, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Anyone else notice the random flying ball at 2:52?

  15. PingSkills Posted on October 20, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I think it's an insect at 2:52 Jonathan Robles

  16. BlackFrost Gaming Posted on October 23, 2015 at 9:28 am

    what sir I got champion…….

  17. Os He Posted on December 5, 2015 at 5:21 am

    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?

  18. Forbidden Fruit Posted on December 19, 2015 at 3:36 pm


  19. Sport DudeZ Posted on December 31, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    You helped my sister learn how to to the basic serve and she is 7 years old

  20. Explosions and Stuff Posted on January 12, 2016 at 4:57 am

    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.

  21. Talvinder_cool Gamer Posted on March 13, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    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

  22. prajakta bhosale Posted on March 19, 2016 at 9:17 am


  23. Peter Mclaughlin Posted on April 14, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I learned a lot from this. Thank you!

  24. Wasek Salam Posted on June 30, 2016 at 10:48 am

    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…

  25. Wasek Salam Posted on June 30, 2016 at 10:48 am

    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…

  26. AzNightmare Posted on July 14, 2016 at 1:36 am

    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.

  27. Seth W Posted on August 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm

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

  28. Naih Kim Posted on August 24, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Thank you so much! Beginner here 😊

  29. Garrett Duncan Posted on October 22, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    how do you put spin on a ball off the serve effectively?

  30. Holly Wilson Posted on November 16, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    This is the only thing that I find difficult when play table tennis and I started 6 weeks ago. Thanks +PingSkills

  31. Ticky Plays Posted on November 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Thanks PingSkills for teaching me how to serve at the first one 🙂

  32. Carlos Diaz Posted on November 23, 2016 at 5:01 am

    can you go over a little more complicated serve?

  33. mournblank Posted on December 20, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Does it has to behind the line table? How about behind side lines like near the net for example ?

  34. Lil' Miracle Posted on January 20, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    how many balls does he have in his pocket 😂😂

  35. Allain Almeda Posted on January 22, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    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.

  36. ArsPK22 Posted on January 22, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    So in singles when u serve u can hit in any location of the opponents side?

  37. Rew Rose Posted on January 23, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    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?

  38. AKingSamy Posted on February 8, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Some good tips for the tournament tomorrow. Thanks!

  39. austin wilson Posted on April 3, 2017 at 4:26 am

    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?

  40. Ahmad Ahmad Posted on May 17, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    اين الغه العربية ؟

  41. Schorty2 Posted on May 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Which side of your racket do you use for which balls red or black?

  42. alessandra ezequiel Posted on June 14, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I had tryouts in my varsity at school today, i got in. Thanks for the instructions.

  43. Jamestheeditor 08 Posted on June 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I came first

  44. AVENGERS WORLD Posted on July 13, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    i am starting now thanks bro

  45. Nilver nguyen Posted on September 4, 2017 at 7:01 am

    it's still helpful after 7 years, thank you

  46. everything is here Posted on September 5, 2017 at 11:39 am

    its working tomorrow is our match in my school

  47. Margaux Carbolledo Posted on September 13, 2017 at 3:38 am

    I like your turorial

  48. RianTheSkidGamer YT Posted on September 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks for the tip, PingSkills!

  49. Vasanth RAM Posted on September 29, 2017 at 9:49 am

    really helpful

  50. cool haddool Posted on October 15, 2017 at 3:27 am

    I might have accidentally signed up for a table tennis tournament at school.
    It's tomorrow.

  51. Waqas Shah Posted on October 23, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Hello sir.. Can i ask one question about serve… Can we change end in each serve?

  52. The Alien Posted on November 15, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks ★★★

  53. Muhammad Naazish Posted on January 10, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    He has got manny balls 😅😂😂😂😂

  54. shrey aggarwal Posted on January 22, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Thanx dude your video teach me alot and its really helpful

  55. Kiranmala Kalyansundaram Posted on February 2, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    This is great. Please wish me goodluck for the ping pong game i'll be playing tomorrow.

  56. Juventino Flores Posted on February 5, 2018 at 4:35 am

    why doesnt my ball sound like that when it hits the table, is it the quality of table or of ball?

  57. Dragon Mobile Gaming Posted on March 2, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Just a beginner but your TEACHING skills helped my TABLE TENNIS skills.Thanks and a lot of respect from🇳🇵🇳🇵NEPAL

  58. muslim 04 Posted on April 13, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Lol my friend just smash my ball

  59. Joseph Tran Posted on May 1, 2018 at 3:37 am

    How many ping pong balls does this man have in his pocket

  60. realboyseal realboyseal Posted on May 10, 2018 at 5:09 am

    i need this couch at ny sports

  61. राघव Ji Posted on June 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    https://youtu.be/A1gkxHt_Hqs THIS CHANNEL COPIED YOUR VIDEO SEE

  62. Joe Hall Posted on June 29, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Extremely helpful. Thanks!

  63. UnicornWorld Posted on July 11, 2018 at 9:28 am

    do u need to hit it to ure side everytime u hit the ball?

  64. S҉ O҉ U҉ P҉ E҉ R҉ ッ҉ J҉ a҉ c҉ k҉ Posted on July 15, 2018 at 5:59 am

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

  65. Kathryn Juarez Posted on July 28, 2018 at 1:42 am

    it is so helpful

  66. Rosemarie Braca Posted on August 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    thanks for teaching me for my contest on september I will give you 5 stars bye

  67. Joella Potato Posted on August 30, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    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

  68. Marjorie Parcells Posted on September 9, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    how many balls do ya have

  69. All about Medicine Posted on September 10, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Great video sir

  70. Mujack Anims Posted on September 18, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Thank you I have a project in PE for ping pong serving, I hope I get an A

  71. KAWAII YUI Posted on September 27, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I tried playing table tennis with pros i ended up embarrassing my self😂

  72. Josh Victor Posted on October 18, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Clear, to the point guidance at a nice pace. Cheers.

  73. Lalith Chandra Posted on November 15, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you sir

  74. Sylveon1281 anime Posted on November 21, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    This is my homework and I forgot Everthing; -;
    I hate my life

  75. Itz Lincy Posted on November 27, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Lol i really need this intrance battle coming soon and im not really very good at it…2018? 😂

  76. Ragil Vlon Posted on December 11, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I think he do the ball go round but that.. all person can do..

  77. Happy Fnm Posted on December 11, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    My friends serve is UNSTOPPABLE

  78. peachy Posted on February 1, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    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

  79. follow me on insta - small.asian.mikko Posted on May 18, 2019 at 5:51 pm

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

  80. Pakhtoon Nangyaal Posted on June 18, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I have learned much from you sir,
    Coz you are lefthanded as well like me and I'm just a beginner

  81. Balaji J Posted on July 8, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Legal serve –> 1:32

  82. ALL ABOUT GAMING AND TECH Posted on July 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Pls tell me how to hit perfect smash!

  83. Durgaprasad Rediya Posted on August 10, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Is this international stag tabel

  84. Jherimica Angeles Posted on August 29, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    My first time serving will be later and thank you so much for the info. 🤗

  85. Tulasi Panduri Posted on September 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you sir for this veideo