Depth of ball sinking into rubber during serve

Table Tennis Serving

Last updated 7 years ago

sachintha weerasinghe

sachintha weerasinghe Asked 7 years ago

Hello Mr.Alois,

Can I just know whether in order to have a spinny and consistent serve is it a must to let the ball to sink into the rubber during the brushing motion.

thank you,

Sachintha


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Sachintha,

The ball does have to grip the rubber.  If the sponge is soft, the ball will sink in more.  If the sponge is hard it will grip the rubber more but not sink into the sponge as much.


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Phillip Simmons

Phillip Simmons Posted 7 years ago

Please clarify, are you stating that hard sponge will put more spin on the ball than soft sponge?  You state that, "If the sponge is hard it will grip the rubber more but not sink into the sponge as much.

Also, for clarity shouldn't it be "the rubber has to grip the  ball....."  Rather than "the ball has to grip the rubber..."

I'm not trying to be picky I just want a clear understanding of all aspects of table tennis. Ping Skills staff and you coach are my experts.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi Phillip,

Both soft and hard sponge rubbers can put similar amounts of spin just in different ways.

With the softer sponge the ball sinks into the rubber and the sponge to get the spin.  With the harder sponge the ball tends to grip the surface of the rubber.  You are right, it should be that the rubber grips the ball.


Phillip Simmons

Phillip Simmons Posted 7 years ago

Thanks for the clarity.  Great job you guys.

Phil



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