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Can You Touch The Table In Table Tennis?

Can You Touch the Table in Table Tennis?
No, touching the table with your free hand in Table Tennis is not allowed.
If you touch the table with your free hand...Not allowed - Will lead to the loss of that point.
If you touch the table with any other part of your body...It is allowed and happens throughout Table Tennis matches.

Touching the table in Table Tennis can be complicated. It's important to remember that you are not allowed to touch the table with your free hand during play. Your free hand is your hand that isn't holding a paddle. During a rally for a point, your free hand is not allowed to touch the table.

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Legally Touching The Table

Other parts of your body, including your hand and arm with a paddle, are allowed to touch the table. This happens in Table Tennis when someone is stretching to reach the ball and hit it back over the net.

When the ball is not in play, players are allowed to touch the table with any part of their body. In professional Table Tennis, athletes are only allowed a towel after every six points. Because of this, athletes will sometimes wipe their hands, as seen in the image above, on the table to dry them. They tend to do this in the middle of the table, where the ball hits less often. Athletes will also do this to slow down play in between points. There are talks of disallowing this, but as of now, players are allowed to touch the table in between points.

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The above image shows a player reaching for a ball, in play, with their dominant hand, holding a paddle. They are allowed to make contact with the table with their paddle-holding hand.



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