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Table Tennis Tips and Tricks
- Mix up serves of different length and spin. Some examples of advanced
serves include medium-long, deep, short, down-the-line, pure spin, pure
speed, etc. Serves to the elbow tend to be very effective, since the
receiver must quickly decide (and often does not in time) to use a forehand
- Develop a third-ball attack. This is where you serve, the receiver
receives, and you nail one in for a winner. An example is a short backspin
serve, followed by a long push, then a powerful loop.
- Attack whenever you can, primarily on a long serve. It has been proven
that the player to open the offense most often usually wins point, set,
- Keep your eyes mostly on the opponent's paddle when receiving a serve.
If you have ever seen World Champion Jan-Ove Waldner play, you can see
that he makes a quick glimpse at how high the ball is tossed, then watches
back down to the racket. If you keep your eyes on the ball, the server
will baffle you with his deceptions.
- Mix up your returns when receiving. Most players too often tend to
push, allowing their opponents to start the offense. Mixing up loops,
drives, pushes, chops, etc. provides for excellent variation and a bewildered
- Choose your equipment wisely. If you are ready for table tennis equipment, begin with a medium-fast
blade (rather than fast). A medium-fast blade allows you to rely more
on technique than on equipment to get the ball over the net. It will
also provide optimum control. The most important consideration for a
blade, however, is that it provides good "feeling." As for rubber try
to get the "beginner" kinds for the beginning. The reason for this is
because beginner rubbers are designed with less spin and speed, and
this translates into easier returns of spinny balls. Trying to return
a sidespin serve will be a hair-pulling experience for a beginner if
he/she uses an overly spinny rubber.
- Forehands are the way to go. To hit forehands wherever you are on
the table, you will need to develop good side-to-side footwork. But
it never hurts to work extra on your backhand so that your opponent
won't know what hit him/her when you blast that down the line backhand
smash! The best players are always two-winged, or being able to attack
almost equally well on both hands.
- Find some cool serves to experiment with. Examples include a high,
heavy backspin serve that bounces on your side near the net, on the
opponent's side near the net, and goes back over to your side. Or you
can go about 20 feet to the side of the table and, standing sideways,
nail the ball on the side so that it arcs back to the table and opponent.
Not only is it a heck of a lot of fun, trying these serves also promotes
the development of 'touch' and spin.
- Control your temper. When you are losing in a match, or have missed several shots in a
row, don't get mad, get even. Ask yourself what needs to be done in
order to beat the problem that is plaguing your game. Then try the solution.
If it doesn't work, do it again. Until the match is over, you should
never give up. If it is your turn to serve, then you are allotted a
reasonable amount of time per serve to wait and think things over before
you toss the ball. Take advantage of it.
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