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How to Serve in Table Tennis | Ping Pong

My name is Tahl Leibovitz and I’m here at
SPiN, New York. I am a professional table tennis player who
has been competing internationally since 1995. I am here today to speak to you about the
intermediate and beginner aspects of the Olympic sport of table tennis. I’m now going to demonstrate how to serve
in table tennis. I’m actually known throughout the world as
having very legal services so, the thing is what we need is to do is first we need to
stand behind the end line. When we serve, we cannot have our racket over
this white line. Our racket’s got to be behind the white line
so that’s the first important thing. Secondly, our palm has to be completely open. We can’t cup it like this, we have to have
the ball in our palm and it has to be open and behind the line. Third, we need to throw the ball at least
six inches. It can’t move like this. It has to stay here, six inches. Fourth, which is really important and they
just changed the rule, we cannot hide the ball. I’m going to demonstrate an illegal serve
which is the way players used to play. They used to serve here and serve under their
arm. We can’t do that anymore. Now what we need to do is we need to serve
here and move our hand so that’s uh one way for a legal service. So what we’re doing is we’re, we’re starting
the ball- it’s in the palm of our hand or behind the white line, we’re throwing the
ball six inches and then we’re just moving our hand and making sure nothing obstructs
uh the ball. A lot of players, you know, when they’re starting
out they like to try to serve the ball like this, like right out of their hand. In a legal official tournament, that won’t
be legal because you’re gonna have an umpire and a referee on each side and they can see
exactly what you’re doing and they’re going to expect that you keep the ball in your palm
throw the ball six inches and you don’t hide the ball and that’s the legal service.

David Frank



  1. melenmike Posted on November 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    what you did at 1:38 that serve i know a guy you will never stop that ball as soon it hits my half of the table its spinning towers me sick sick

    thanks great upload man

  2. MrTheguyofdoom Posted on February 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    any 1 notice he puts a ball in his pocket then he just takes one out of the holder! theif lol

  3. David Nguyen Posted on April 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    i think i could easily beat this guy, no offence mate

  4. TheKarub1 Posted on April 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    wow just realized again how many haters are out there in youtube

  5. Tirantho Posted on June 20, 2012 at 2:21 am

    He likes to brag at the begguining

  6. Conflictedperson Posted on August 2, 2012 at 2:05 am

    some were missed, but not all of them

  7. LuisNascimento Posted on August 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    you suck bitch I bet he would win you

  8. Raj cool Posted on September 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

    i suck but liked it

  9. MistaRice719 Posted on January 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    it's cus he's teaching us to serve.. and the ball has to hit your side first

  10. harrygill335 Posted on March 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    He ain't known by anyone

  11. John Upham Posted on March 14, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I didn't catch the name of this chap? Did anyone?

  12. Cyeoj Posted on March 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

    no look at his technique, it's horrible

  13. hasan kassas Posted on June 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I improved a lot thanx

  14. Nolan Schrader Posted on July 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    okay then lets see your professional tutorial

  15. Syncthesia Posted on September 25, 2013 at 4:39 am

    you help me alot

  16. Joctan Villarroel Posted on October 22, 2013 at 1:26 am

    muchas gracias por subtitularlo. escuchar hablar en ingles y mucho mas dificil para mi que leerlo 😀

  17. Killacorn Posted on January 16, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Why did they change the rule?

  18. Erik Puolitaival Posted on July 17, 2015 at 8:08 am

    To y'all haters

  19. hamid yousefi Posted on December 1, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    tanks for you

  20. Alec’s Stuff Posted on January 9, 2017 at 2:37 am

    ive been at spin, gr8 place, and I even met the guy there. hes not the best there tho.

  21. Gabriel Rocha Muiños Posted on October 31, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    his arms are so short! LOL

  22. March Wu Posted on January 17, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Who the fuck brags about having a legal serve. I pretty sure no one can be known for doing something that everyone else does fine.