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How to play table tennis – Service Receive

Hey, My name is Michael Maze,
Let me show you how to receive a short serve The short push is one of the major receiving strokes Not so long ago,
more than half of all receiving strokes were short The idea is to prevent the opponent from attacking first and to seek an opportunity to deliver the initial attack This tutorial is for left handers, for right handers,
use the video as your mirror image When receiving a serve,
your basic position should always be the same You’re standing on the backhand side of the table
and one forearm length from the edge of the table Place your feet shoulders width apart
and bend your knees deeply Place your racket in front of your body
to be able to reach either short or long serves Place your weight at the front part of your feet
With the upper part of your body bent forward When your opponent’s serve short
and you want to play a short push receive make one step with your left foot towards the table Try to hit the ball very close to its bounce.
So you are able to play the push short The short backhand push is most effective with your elbow positioned high racket low with head pointing low ,
forming a sharp angle with the table It is a firm movement of the whole arm
pointing down and forward The forearm is more active than the rest of the arm,
and the snap of the wrist is very short You can achieve the best result
when you use a very short body movement
from up to down to produce more force for the spin It is important that the action stops immediately. After you touch the ball and that your grip relax So that your hand moves back
to be prepared for the next stroke For a forehand push, the body movement is
the same as for the Backhand push The only difference is the wrist
which is tilted backwards Basically the stroke is the same used
for a basic forehand push It is just the length of the stroke, and
it’s rapid which makes the difference The short push has to be
not only short but also bounced low Use the short push to disrupt
your opponent’s aggressive playing style Or combine it with other receiving
to change the rhythm of the game For more information, check out our website. Thanks for watching. See you next time Spins and Skills – Upgrade your game

David Frank



  1. Justin G Posted on November 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Any penhold tutorials coming?

  2. Tapemaster21 Posted on November 18, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I agree with @dfunkt, you could use general terms and make these a tad easier to understand for all handed-ness.

  3. William Manjarrés Posted on February 12, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Statistically there're more right handed players and you decided to make the videos for left handed? a giant WTF?!

  4. Emil Korbus Posted on April 13, 2016 at 11:22 am


  5. Ercan feza10 Posted on November 29, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I really appreciate these videos, they are perfectly prepared explaining the very details of the strokes using useful slow motion technique. Loookng forward to more videos on tt education

  6. Rickey Bro Posted on October 30, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Is the foot work is also mirrored?

  7. Paul G. Chu Posted on March 11, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Great job, love these videos ! Thanks 🙂

  8. Paarth Saxena Posted on May 23, 2018 at 10:22 am

    This tutorial is for left handers, if you're right handed,

  9. Avi Saha Posted on June 19, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    top sin rist left

  10. UWBadgers10 Posted on December 31, 2018 at 4:11 am

    There are probably thousand tutorials for right handed players out there. Why making a big deal if this one is for left handed?