Why don't most high level players favor backhand serve

Table Tennis Serving

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Hin Cheang

Hin Cheang Asked 4 years ago

Hi coach,

From my understanding, a standard backhand serve allow us to face straight after the service so we don't have to reposition ourselves. I also found it is easier to aim towards the opponent's forehand side (right-handed to right-handed player) as we do the standard backhand serve at the centre of the table.

In other words, I found that a regular forehand serve has more restrictions with needs to reposition after the service and it isn't as easy to aim towards the opponent's forehand side. There are exceptions like Dimitrij Ovtcharov, but how come we don't often see high-level players use their backhand serve as their main service?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Hin,

The main reason is that you can't generate as much spin with the backhand serve as with the forehand because of the movement of the wrist.

I agree it often puts you in a better central position however, you will notice that most of them move really well into position after the forehand serve from the backhand corner.  It is almost one motion where they serve and then are in a central position.

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Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 3 years ago

Hi there,

I would also add that it is harder do disguise the type/amount of spin you put on the ball with a backhand serve, since your bat is visible all the time. With a forehand serve, you can hide your swing right until the contact point (which is legal, as long as you don't hide the ball), so your opponent has much less time to see the angle of your bat before you hit the ball.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Good point Jean. 

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