Well begun is half done. How to take advantage from the very beginning considering serving, receiving and the first three strokes? International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) uploaded a workshop film lectured by 2004 & 2008 Olympics champion ZHANG Yining. She shared her ideas and tips about serving, receiving, and the first three strokes. As a person with Chinese as mother tongue and an enthusiastic amateur table tennis player, I translated her workshop content as follows. Hope all enjoy it and welcome for any feedback!
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Now let’s talk about the first three strokes of table tennis. In my opinion, the technique of first three strokes is very essential nowadays. It is the first technique to impact your opponent. Many players think that table tennis is easy and with a lot of long rallies. On the other hand, serving is the first technique to impact and control your opponent and not impacted by your opponent.
Pay attention to serving. When I was 13 years old, I thought serving is not a key point and is qualified if without any mistakes. In fact, serving is a very essential technique which could bring you a great attack opportunity. After I entered Chinese national team, my technique of the first three strokes, including serving, was required to be improved and levelled up a lot!
Every coach should assist his/her players to focus on improving their technique of the three strokes from serving, receiving to the following strokes. Nowadays, every professional player must spend time perfecting his/her serving. I found that some player only can serve with one type or without variation a lot. Chinese team players must have at least two types of serving, such as forehand serving, backhand serving, squatting serving, etc. In case one type of serving is illegal or not effective, he/she has other type of serving as a backup.