How to play table tennis – Service Receive

How to play table tennis – Service Receive


Hey, My name is Michael Maze,
Let me show you how to receive a short serve
The short push is one of the major receiving strokes
Not so long ago,
more than half of all receiving strokes were short
The idea is to prevent the opponent from attacking first and to seek an opportunity to deliver the initial attack
This tutorial is for left handers, for right handers,
use the video as your mirror image
When receiving a serve,
your basic position should always be the same
You’re standing on the backhand side of the table
and one forearm length from the edge of the table
Place your feet shoulders width apart
and bend your knees deeply
Place your racket in front of your body
to be able to reach either short or long serves
Place your weight at the front part of your feet
With the upper part of your body bent forward
When your opponent’s serve short
and you want to play a short push receive
make one step with your left foot towards the table
Try to hit the ball very close to its bounce.
So you are able to play the push short
The short backhand push is most effective with your elbow positioned high
racket low with head pointing low ,
forming a sharp angle with the table
It is a firm movement of the whole arm
pointing down and forward
The forearm is more active than the rest of the arm,
and the snap of the wrist is very short
You can achieve the best result
when you use a very short body movement
from up to down to produce more force for the spin
It is important that the action stops immediately.
After you touch the ball and that your grip relax
So that your hand moves back
to be prepared for the next stroke
For a forehand push, the body movement is
the same as for the Backhand push
The only difference is the wrist
which is tilted backwards
Basically the stroke is the same used
for a basic forehand push
It is just the length of the stroke, and
it’s rapid which makes the difference
The short push has to be
not only short but also bounced low
Use the short push to disrupt
your opponent’s aggressive playing style
Or combine it with other receiving
to change the rhythm of the game
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Thanks for watching. See you next time
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11 Comments on “How to play table tennis – Service Receive”

  1. Statistically there're more right handed players and you decided to make the videos for left handed? a giant WTF?!

  2. I really appreciate these videos, they are perfectly prepared explaining the very details of the strokes using useful slow motion technique. Loookng forward to more videos on tt education

  3. There are probably thousand tutorials for right handed players out there. Why making a big deal if this one is for left handed?

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