Can you lose on a bad serve

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Andrew Big Chief

Andrew Big Chief Asked 9 years ago


Can you lose on a bad serve?

Thanks for your help,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Andrew,

If you make a mistake with a serve you lose the point straight away.  You don't get a second chance. 

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Adam Shinn

Adam Shinn Posted 6 years ago


Can you please clarify for me what a bad serve is. For example, if I throw the ball up but then decide not to hit the ball, have I then lost the point?  Or, if I throw the ball up and miss the ball completely with the bat, have I lost that point?  



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Hi Adam,

Yes if you throw the ball up it is in play so if you miss it or catch it again you lose the point.


D K Posted 5 years ago

This is the only option how I can win :D

I have never won without my opponent making serve errors

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