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Robert Ho’s Table Tennis Tidbits #3 – Serve & Receive

Robert Ho’s Table Tennis Tidbits #3 – Serve & Receive

Robert Ho’s Table Tennis Tidbits #3 – Serve & Receive
BY ROBERT HO, Courtesy of USATT

Serve and Receive

In 1987 the Swedes revealed the potency of 2 winged looping with inverted rubber by overpowering the pimpled rubber penhold attack style of the Chinese which had been dominant for about 3 decades.

Paralleling the emphasis on 2 winged looping was the heightened importance of  short serves and short returns of service to make it more difficult to gain the initiative by either the server or receiver.  This situation led to the awareness that opening the attack against a short service is often easier using the backhand loop rather than the forehand loop even though the serve-returner may be required to move deftly toward his forehand corner to use the backhand loop

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