In the modern table tennis game, the outcome of many matches depends on which of the players controls the early part of the point better. The best counter looping or hitting techniques will be of no use to a player who cannot get beyond the first two ball exchanges of the point. This video tape concentrates on the main points of serving and serve-receiving. It is assumed that you are familiar with the basic techniques of table tennis as they are discussed in the video "Modern Table Tennis 101". Now, Wei and Sean concentrate on deepening your understanding of the serve motion, serve strategy, receive motion, receive footwork and receive strategy. Since there are many different ways to receive a serve, all basic techniques, including pushing, dropping, flicking and sliding are covered. As in the previous tape, stop- and slow motion are used to clearly show all movements. Examples from international competitions are used to show, how each of these techniques is applied by world class players competing against each other. At the end of each main section, Wei and Sean show you practice drills designed to build consistency in that specific phase of the rally.
Technique and strategy of the following are covered:
- Forehand Top- and Sidespin Serves
- Forehand Underspin Serve
- Backhand Top and Sidespin Serves
- Backhand Underspin Serve
- Serve - Attack Drills
- Forehand receives
- Backhand receives
- Receive Drills
Rules notice: Since this program was produced, the international rules of table tennis regarding serves have been modified to state: "As soon as the ball has been projected, the server's free arm shall be removed from the space between the server's body and the net."
In some of the serves in this program, Wei's arm remains in front, which under that rule is no longer legal. All technical portions of this program remain valid, with the modification that the free arm must be pulled back after the ball is projected.