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Mini-Quiz: Service Strategies in Table Tennis

by Ron Kurtus (revised 9 December 2005)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. What is an advantage of a side-spin serve?

It is very easy to do

The ball goes off to the side and off the table

It goes deep and fast to your opponent's weak side

2. How can you sometimes tell the way the ball is spinning?

By estimating the ball speed

By watching the opponent's facial gestures

By observing the ball markings

3. How can you tell what types of serve your opponent has trouble with?

Ask him before the game

Observe his abilities in your game, as well as in games with others

Everyone has trouble with the no-spin serve

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a champion in table tennis. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

Be aware of your opponent

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Ron Kurtus' Credentials

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Thanks for Pedro Valadas is of Porto, Portugal for his information on serving.


USA Table Tennis Association

Official Table Tennis Rules

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