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Hitting the Ball
It is considered legal to hit the ball with your fingers, or with your racket hand below the wrist, or even any part of the bat.(Law 2.5.7) This means that you could quite legally return the ball by
1.hitting it with the back of your racket hand; 2. hitting it with the edge of the bat, instead of the rubber; 3. hitting it with the handle of the bat.
There are a couple of important provisos though:
Your hand is only your racket hand if it is holding the racket, so this means you cant drop your bat and then hit the ball with your hand, because your hand is no longer your racket hand. (Point 9.2 HMO)
In the past, you were not allowed to hit the ball twice, so if the ball hit your finger, and then bounced off your finger and hit your bat, this was considered a double hit and you lost the point. If the ball had hit your hand and the bat at the same time, then this was not a double hit, and the rally would continue. As you could imagine, determining the difference was often very difficult for the umpire to do!
Fortunately, in recent times the ITTF changed Law to say that the point is lost only if the ball is deliberately hit twice in succession, making it much easier to enforce this rule - accidental double hits (such as when the ball hits your finger and then hits the racket) are now legal, so all the umpire has to do is make sure that he believes the double hit was accidental, not intentional. A very good rule change.
You cannot make a good return by throwing your racket at the ball. You must be carrying the racket when it hits the ball for it to be a legal hit. On the other hand, you are allowed to transfer your racket from one hand to the other and hit the ball, since your other hand becomes the racket hand. (Point 9.3 HMO)

Warnings and Faults
Contact with the Ball
The Net
A Point
The Toss
Visibility of the Ball During the Service
Ball Toss
Warm Up Period
Changing Your Racket During a Match
Rest Periods
Hitting the Ball
The Free Hand
Time Outs
Intention of the Service Rules
Obstructing the Ball
Damage to the Racket
Change of Ends
The Racket

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