Table tennis doubles is a fun and exciting way to play the game. It adds an extra level of teamwork and strategy that is not usually found in singles matches. To ensure a fair and enjoyable game, it is important to understand the rules of doubles play. In doubles, the service must go diagonally, from the right side of the server to the right side of the receiver.
This prevents the opposing partner from becoming entangled even before they hit a ball. A doubles pair must hit the ball alternately, meaning that each player must take turns hitting the ball. This also toggles the order of play. After making two serves, the serve goes to your opponents and your partner changes to receive the ball.
They then receive twice before receiving both of their serves. A game is played with 11 points and must be won by two points. Usually, one game is the best of three out of five games. The service itself is exactly the same as in singles, except that, instead of the ball bouncing anywhere on the table, it should only bounce off the right half of the table, for both the server and the receiver. Each player must remain in their own half, one on the left and one on the right (imagine an extension of the center line of the table).
Player A will then restart the sequence again and this sequence will be repeated until the end of the game. When playing against opponents with different skill levels, it is important to adjust your strategy accordingly. If one of your players is much better than you and your partner, but the other player is much worse, you may want to give your opponent easier serves. This will give them a better chance at returning your shots. Players predominantly use individual hands to inform their teammates of the type of service they are going to perform. This helps keep communication open between partners and allows them to strategize more effectively. Table tennis doubles offer an excellent alternative to singles games and add a fun level of teamwork that is not usually characteristic of table tennis.
Here we summarize all essential rules of table tennis from USA Table Tennis to help you resolve those disputes in the garage or office.