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    Posted: 12/31/2007 at 11:18am
hello.
i think the most important part in the game is the serve.
with the serve you can manipulate with your opponent.
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i agree,
  serving and receiving
 
  if you can nullify your opponents serves that is also important, do not give them and advantage off serve
 
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well said guys, serve and receiving are the important part of the game

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depends a bit on the level of playing, but at high levels its most certainly serve+receive.
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for me its consistency and service return, serve is not so much as long as the person doesnt attack me 3rd ball im okay.

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A good serve makes things a lot easier for you, but you might want to have a look at players like Kong Linghui and Wang Liqin. Their serves are mediocre at best. Yet they won seven major titles between them.

Building your game around several serves is a short term strategy, you can no longer rely on your serves to win a game for you. Liu Guoliang realised this after his 1997 worlds defeat and came back to dominate for two more years with a revamped game.

Ma Lin realised this after a series of close losses to Wang Liqin. He retooled his entire strategy, rose up with a vengeance and took the no1 ranking away from his rival.

Take note that Wang Hao's greatest strength is not his serves. They merely facillate his dominating attack game. If he gets a free point because the other guy misjudged, fine. If not, its work as usual.

Take note, Walder as a teenager was little more than a serve and a forehand. While he oozed with talent, his backhand was so mediocre and his defence ineffective. That was what killed him against Jiang Jialiang. I can bet at that moment in time, Cheng Yinghua had a better backhand and was a much better athlete. What did Waldner do? He retooled his game and won four majors.

Your basics matter. No matter how much you eschew your drills, it will come back to bite you in the ass one day. Drill your forehand, drill your backhand. Fancy stuff won't help you when you can't even get the ball back on the table.
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You cannot have one thing without the other.

If you don't have good serve and receive, well bye2, good night..
If you have good serve and receive, but don't have good basics, you will get hammered in the rallies..
If you have good basics, but don't have the footwork, you won't be able to get into position to take those strokes you train hard to do..
If you have all those but don't have the quickness of mind and the mental strength to be able to use them in a game situation, then all your hard work is for nothing..

The most important part of it all is one's commitment to work hard and keep on trying to improve every aspect of his/her game
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For overall game of TT The mind is the most important part in my view. Tactics, working out the other players weakness/strength and  making use of your own strengths.

In terms of the most important stroke, service and service return
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the most important part of the game is equipment.

just kidding. its having fun

almost kidding

to me the most important part of the game is the mental part. without thinking ahead, or being able to react or anticipate, nobody would be able to go anywhere. at least thats what i believe.
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the most important part of the game is equipment.

just kidding. its having fun

almost kidding

to me the most important part of the game is the mental part. without thinking ahead, or being able to react or anticipate, nobody would be able to go anywhere. at least thats what i believe. well... i also believe if 2 players are of equal consistancy, and service and whatever, the one with the stronger mental capacity will win out. so try outsmarting yourself hahaha.
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Well, receiving is even more important than serving. And how many mistakes does Liqin do in receiving? Near to none. And this is hard to practice because for this you need many different opponents with different dangerous serves.
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game tactics..
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Personally right now, my weakest link is returning serves. And until I can return serves confidently, there is no way I can win any games!
 
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thinking, realising, and improving every point you have lost :)
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The ability to learn from your mistakes.

A mistake learned from is better than a flawless victory.
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Knowing how to CHO, of course.  You don't need to know how to play.  Whenever your opponent makes a mistake which has nothing to do with your previous shot make sure you CHO to celebrate winning the point because of absolutely nothing you did.  CHO, CHO, f-ing CHO!
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   depends on style, perspective and what stage of the game you are at. if you look at the really high level players, service is not a big issue. it's winning the rallies with different strokes. even at the level of for example 2800 canadian serve doesn't become a major factor when those players face each other
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Return of serve! 
 
You have to expect that your opponent will read your serve and return it most of the time.  However, if you cannot read the opponent's serve, you're going to fall easily.
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It all depends on your opponents.
 
If you are facing ...
 
1) Low level opponents: With good serves, you can get free points directly or set up 3rd ball attack. If they received okay, your can control the points and wait for them to miss. That is when you don't want to break a sweat. 
 
2) High level opponents: Your serves might mean nothing to them. You don't get free points and you don't have good chance to 3rd ball attack. They don't miss either. You better receive good. If not, you will get killed very quickly.
 
3) Defensive choppers: They don't give you easy points. You just have to pull out all your skills like slow loops, fast loops, smashes, short pushes and most importantly ... a game plan. Oh don't forget, workout at the gym is important too.
 
4) Two-winged loopers: Your control game is very important. You probably wish you could play like Ma Lin. You don't want them to attack first unless you are as stable as Samsonov.
 
5) LP players: You have to have a clear mind of knowing what spin is coming to you. A simple underspin or topspin serve is sufficient in this case. You know exactly what spin to expect. All your fancy side-top, side-under serves will just make things more complicated for you.
 
After all, I think being an all round player with good basics is the most important thing. Smile 
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Oh yes Kenney,
Tactical awareness is also very important, i can't believe i missed that one.. Embarrassed
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Serves, retrives and play your A game
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    TT freak, really good post!  Service is often said to be the most important part of the game, up to even the level of 2600 or 2700 Canadian.  Though at this stage, many of the players can handle whatever serves are thrown at them.  But players between 1800-2500 are often remarking about service being the difference in their matches. And below 1800, players are in awe of serves.
 
 Recently in a club tournament in Mississauga, the  first comment I heard  after my win, was that my serve was outstanding i.e with the same motion, I'm able to place the ball long or short.  I didn't find that complimentary at all, because I thought it was factors other than serve that resulted in me winning the match!  Quick ball placement, wide angles, and generally winning the rallies.  Lower level, slower and unperceptive players find my serves difficult;  at the higher levels, the serves are returned, and then a rally commences- serve doesn't become an issue.
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anyone forget physical condition? i just had a fever and played like shiate!
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I also think serving and receiving...
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consistancy is key to all. case closed

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I think there is no single part in the game thats most important... you need a strong foundation in everything and a strong strategic mind ... its a mixture of everything
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serve, recieve and first loop attack
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I think that the all starts in the mental part
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This is an excellent thread...I agree with all of Dragon Kid's points completely.   After everything is said and done, and you have trained hard with long and tiring drills, practiced countless serves, played long rallies, and worked out hard to become physically conditioned important for different aspects (footwork, etc), in the end ...it's mental strength, game tactics and one's own self-confidence which matter.
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