Bat position ready for receiving serve

Table Tennis Service Return

Last updated 13 years ago

Jon Unknown

Jon Unknown Asked 13 years ago

Hi Alois

Let's say both players are right handed. Player A serving, he stands right in front of the middle line. Player B receiving.

When preparing to receive a serve (any type) what's the recommended position of the bat and body, not knowing what's to come?

I've heard a recommendation that the bat should point about 30 cm (1 foot) to the side of the server, but not sure which side and I'm not certain is the correct way either. How do you compensate for a right handed and left handed server?

Thanks

Jon


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 13 years ago

Hi Jon,

If the player is right in the middle I would say have your bat on the middle line.  This is a real basic of course.

If you draw a triangle from the servers bat you need to see where the most likely area that he will serve to.  You need to position your bat in the middle of this area.

If the server is on their left hand side you need to position yourself more towards your left to cut off the angle.  Similarly if they are on their right you need to move to your right. 

This sounds like one we might have to cover in a quick video lesson I think.

Stay tuned...


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