Lucky points

Table Tennis Rules

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Jasper Low

Jasper Low Asked 2 years ago

I think the ITTF needs to get rid of lucky points (net and edge) .And when it hits the net or edge, it would be to replay the point because I remember getting a net 5 points in a row. And it just seems unfair. What do you think about this?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 2 years ago

Hi Jasper,

I think this would only lead to controversy.  It is difficult to determine if the ball hits the edge or the top of the table.  Also if it just skims the ball sometimes gives an advantage to the other player.

What do others think?

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D K Posted 2 years ago

There are many players in my area who think that laser sensors should be introduced to clearly determine where the ball actually touched the table.
However,I personally think such a thing is just messing around....No sport is perfect.
And personally,I love the feeling when I return a net ball and win the rally :D

Nigel C

Nigel C Posted 2 years ago

There is an argument that to a certain extent you make your own luck. Players who are keeping the ball low will get more nets, players who are playing the ball wide or deep will get more edges. If we all aimed for the middle of the table it would be a dull sport.


D K Posted 2 years ago

We have an old saying in my country: "Everyone is the instigator of one's own luck"

knarf ... from France

knarf ... from France Posted 2 years ago

Yes, I would say that the net and the edges are part of the game. Sometimes you have the point, sometimes your opponent gets the point.

For example: if you hit hard the ball (like for a smash), then you take the risk (I mean, for me IT IS a risk ;o) ). But generally if the ball hits the net when you smash you should be lucky that the ball falls behind the net due to the strength of the stroke. So you deserve the point for having taken a risk.

It is much different if you just push the ball and take no risk (I mean for me it is easier and riskless to just control and push slightly the ball). Then, if the ball hits the net, due to less strength, it might not fall on the other side of the net, but on your side.

So no risk, no point...

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