Table tennis is a popular sport that has been around for centuries. It is a game of skill and strategy, and there are certain rules that must be followed in order to play the game correctly. One of the most important rules is that you cannot touch the table with your hand other than a paddle. You can, however, touch the ball or the table with the hand of the paddle (after reaching out to return a short serve, for example) or other parts of the body.
Throwing the ball at you during service is not allowed in table tennis. It is allowed to throw almost in an upright position (less than 30 degrees).Consequently, you can touch the table with everything except with your free hand. This means that it is allowed to touch the table with the hand of the racket, the shovel, the clothes or any other part of the body. However, if you move the table or touch the net, it will be considered a fault.
The ball must be above the level of the playing surface and behind the server's end line (or an imaginary extension of it).When serving, it is important to remember that you must be behind the end of the serving table. If you are a beginner, you should know that if the receiver does not hit the ball before it bounces off your side of the table, they lose the point. In doubles, both players must alternate while trying to push the ball to their opponent's side of the table. If during a serve, the ball hits the net but still bounces off your opponent's side of the table, it is considered a let (meaning you have to play it again).
If it hits the net and does not reach your opponent's side of the table, they automatically receive a point. In general, you should never hit the ball if it has not touched your side of the table first. The ball can bounce anywhere on your side of the table and unlike tennis, you do not have to serve on any particular part of it. When hitting a shot, you should use the top of your paddle and push it down at a 45-degree angle while making contact with the lower half of the ball. When playing doubles, however, you must serve diagonally across from one side of your half of the table to your opponent's.To make table tennis more exciting and attractive to viewers, some rules have been changed over time.
For example, when serving in singles, you can serve anywhere on your side of the table at your opponent's end. However, when playing doubles, you must serve diagonally across from one side of your half of the table to your opponent's. Additionally, if during a serve, your ball hits the net but still bounces off your opponent's side of the table, they receive a point.