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Q. With the assembly of the racket, how can I cut the rubber?
Cut the rubbers precisely, exact to the contour of the blade and put a protective tape around the blade because if you reglue your racket a lot, you will notice that the rubber will be stretched.
Q. The rubber doesn't adhere to the blade, what is the problem?
The problem you have is possibly due to the glue you use. Try to glue the rubber twice. Let the first layer of glue dry on your blade, and put the same amount of glue on both the rubber and blade for the second layer of glue.
Q. When playing singles in table tennis, is the server able to serve to any part of the opponents side, left or right, or is he confined to serving just diagonally?
In singles, the player can serve wherever he wants (not only diagonally) from whichever side he prefers.
Q. What is the serve rotation in doubles?
Lets say you are playing doubles and you have players A, B, C, and D. The game starts with player A serving five serves and player C receiving. Then player C serves five serves and B receives. Then player B serves five serves and D receives. Then player D serves five serves and A receives (fig. 4) Then player A serves five serves and C receives. And the circle is repeated. The serve is executed always diagonally and only from the right side.
Q. Is the rally a let or a point when after receiving a good serve or return from my opponent I am unable to strike the ball after it has bounced on my side because it bounced back to his side of the net on its own before I could reach it?
You lose the point.
Q. When serving the ball in a singles match, does the ball have to travel cross court?
The ball has to bounce first on your side and then to your opponent side.
Q. Several people I have played say you can't lose the game on a serve fault. They will try time after time to hit a serve that will be extremely hard to return and if it is into the net or long they say it doesn't matter because you can't lose by making a bad serve. What is the true rule?
The rule is that when you do a serve fault, you lose the point.
Q. What type of racquet would you recommend for a club player?
There are a lot of rackets for beginners as well as for medium experienced players. Try to define your playing style and choose the appropriate combination of rubbers and blade.
Q. Who gets the point if while serving the ball hits the edge of the table of the receiving team?
The server gets the point.
Q. When playing doubles, do we need to tell the serving team which specific person will be receiving the serve?
You arrange the server or the receiver at the beginning of the match telling it to the referee.
Q. If the ball goes around the post of the net during the serve who gets the point?
It doesn't matter if the ball passes around the net.
Q. Is it legal to volley the ball?
No, it's not legal. You lose the point.
Q. The white line that borders the table - is it in play or out?
The white lines are in play.
Q. If the ball lands on the point of table where the top meets the edge so that the bounce of the ball is deflected is it a point for the person or team that hit it?
The player who hit the ball gets the point.
Q. Does the ball have to be tossed in the air before being struck during a serve?
Yes, the ball has to be tossed about 15 cm high.
Q. Does the flight of the ball during play have to travel over the net or can it come from the side of the table outside the net supports as long as it lands on the playing surface?
The ball can pass over the net or outside the net. Both are legal.
Q. If the opponent hits the ball over the table and the ball hits my racquet, is it their point?
If your racquet accidently touches the ball that passed over the table, you win the point.
Q. If I hit a good shot and my opponent can't use his racquet so he uses his hand to hit it back on the table, is it legal?
He loses the point.
Q. Do I have to let the ball bounce one time on the other side of the net before I can hit it?
Yes, the ball must bounce once before you can hit it.
Q. How does the match begins?
A coin toss determines who serves first. The winner of the coin toss chooses the serve or the side.
Q. Which are the ways a player can lose a point?
- When the server fails to make a good serve.
- When the receiver fails to make a good return.
- When you hit the ball, it doesn't land on the table or it goes to the net.
- When you touch the table with the free hand during the rally.
- When you touch the net with any body part during the rally.
- When you moves the playing surface during the rally.
- When you hit the ball twice successively.
- When the ball bounces twice successively in your side.
- If, in doubles, the player who hit the ball is out of sequence.
- When you hit the ball before it has bounced on your side.
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