the serve of the professional table tennis player

How professional players serve in table tennis?

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Hello table tennis players and coaches, today let’s talk about the serve of the professional players. I’m EmRatThich.

Simon Gauzy is one of the best French table tennis players.
Emmanuel Lebesson is a player who has a very powerful forehand attack.

The secret of the professional serve

At the real speed, we don’t know why sometimes the ball will jump up.
When you can’t read the serve of the professional player, then it’s a gift for the opponent to attack.

Now, look at the slow motion. Here is the video:

 

Table tennis is a chess game with the speed of light.

First of all, the time to read the spin on the opponent’s serve.

Do the pro players hide the serve on purpose?

The answer is yes.

Lebesson used his head to hide the contact point. He did that on purpose.
He made the contact as low as possible.

professional players tried to hide the contact point during the serve (2)
professional players tried to hide the contact point during the serve (2)
professional players tried to hide the contact point during the serve (1)
professional players tried to hide the contact point during the serve (1)
pro players hide the contact point on purpose with head
pro players hide the contact point on purpose with head
professional players tried to hide the contact point during the serve (3)
professional players tried to hide the contact point during the serve (3)

There are 4 types of spin on the table tennis serve.
Backspin
Topspin
Sidespin
and Nospin.

4 types of spin of a table tennis serve
4 types of spin of a table tennis serve

How long do the receiver to notice the spin on the ball?

The receiver only has 400 ms to notice the spin of the serve.
If he thinks that the serve has the backspin, then he will give the free point if the opponent used the nospin serve.

Lebesson has a super-strong forehand. The ball can get a speed of 110 km/h.

the speed of the ball can be 110 kmh
the speed of the ball can be 110 km/h

If the distance is about 3m, the flying time of the ball is only 0.11 seconds (so 3 times faster of an eye blink).

To prevent the opponent to see the spin, Lebesson has a “small secret”. It is at the borderline of the table tennis rule. He used his head at the moment of contact.

very short time to notice the serve
very short time to notice the serve

Speed and spin of the table tennis serve

Average exchange in table tennis
The rally exchange lasts only 1.8 seconds.

But sometimes, you can play a longer rally.
To play the longer rally in table tennis, you need very good footwork.
The heartbeat can jump to 200 pulsations/minute.

200 pulsations per min
200 pulsations per min

The speed of the arm can go to 55 km/h. So table tennis is a very demanding sport.

the speed of the arm is 55 kmh
the speed of the arm is 55 km/h

Average rotation of the table tennis ball
And the rotation of the ball is about 9000 rounds/minute.

the spin on the table tennis ball is 9000 rounds per min
the spin on the table tennis ball is 9000 rounds per min

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