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What You Should Learn From A Table Tennis Pro

There are lots of things one should learn from a table tennis pro. Most beginners start out playing table tennis by trying out all the strokes. Only after many days of practice so they become comfortable with their style of play.

However, some of these players look to table tennis pros to help advance their game. Learning from a table tennis pro may be in the form of hiring a coach, watching the greats in action. It can also help to learn from an instructional video or DVD taught by a table tennis pro. You can find this instructional paraphernalia on the Internet.

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Boll topspin schillings

A table tennis pro should be able to teach you the proper way of performing different strokes. Everything from the forehand to the chop should be demonstrated. The table tennis pro should also be able to evaluate your game and offer suggestions on what style suits you the most.

Besides the fundamentals, a table tennis pro should be able to give you tips on conditioning, the mental aspects of the game, and contribute towards helping you with the proper diet. In simple terms, the table tennis pro should be able to bring out the true game hidden inside of you.

Table tennis pros could be former players or coaches. They can also be current players who have time to help teach the sport of table tennis. There should be, somewhere on their resume, proof that they have knowledge of the sport. You can find table tennis pros using several options.

Many choose to locate a table tennis pro by contacting their local table tennis club. Others prefer to look online for an advertisement from table tennis pros who offer their services. You can also ask other players for their advice on locating a table tennis pro for coaching. Perhaps they might be the table tennis pro you may be looking for.

How To Learn From Watching Table Tennis Video Clips

Many times, players don’t realize how much can be learned from watching a table tennis video clip. So many people get caught up in the fast pace of the action that they miss out on some of the most important facts.

Table tennis video clips not only show the action but you can also learn technique, player’s strategies, and even find out more about the players themselves. These small details can help the watcher of the table tennis video clip raise their level of play. Here are some of the things you can learn from watching a table tennis clip.

1. Technique

Every one of the professional players you find on YouTube has varying styles of play. There are some who strictly use forehand strokes. Others mainly use backhand strokes. Then there are many who switch up their style of play.

The key here is to study the technique shown on the table tennis video clip. Analyze what they do to prepare for a shot and why they return shots a certain way. Ask yourself what you would have done if you’re faced with the same scenario.

2. Strategy

Every player has their own way of thinking. Consequently, their approach is not the same. Study how the players set themselves up to receive a shot that they can put away easily. Examine the different ways a player can play both offense and defense. Look into using some of their movements when watching table tennis video clips. Get to a point where you understand why they made the shot and how they were able to pull it off.

3. Find out about the player

In many of the table tennis video clips, the announcer may give you a brief background to the player. They may comment about what country the player represents. They may also give you a head up on the path they took to get to where they are at now.

Examine the characteristics of the player when watching a table tennis video clip. Ask yourself questions such what the players do when they are up in points or down and what do they do to motivate themselves.

All of these tips can be done while enjoying the action on a table tennis video clip. Make sure you’re able to press rewind on your media player to review what you have seen. By practicing watching table tennis video clips this way, you’ll be on your way towards improving your game.

Master Some Simple Techniques

Things you need to know to perform a good serve in Table Tennis

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1. Follow the rules

According to the official table tennis rules, you need to throw the ball above the table 16cm. you cannot use your hand to cover the ball. Your paddle also needs to be above the table where your opponent can see.

2. Keep it low

Keeping the ball low, just barely over the net to the other side of the table. This is important because it prevents your opponent from attacking on your serve.

3. Put in varieties and get ready to attack

Put in varieties in your server. Try different spins mix with long and short, fast and slow serves so that your opponent cannot guess or get used to your serve. Putting in varieties in your serve can also surprise your opponent causing him/her a bad return. Get ready to attack that return!

4. Use your wrist

With the swing your forearm, use your wrist to control the spin and speed of your serve. That’s where you can make what looks like a backspin serve to be a topspin. That’s where you can swing your arm slowly, but turn your serve into a surprising fast serve.

5. Keep it short with backspin to be safe

OK. If you have figured out how to use your wrist to control your serve yet. You cannot really get a point from your serve. You need to at least keep your opponent from getting points from your serve. Here’s how: Low and short serve with backspin. So low that the ball barely makes it over the net. So short that if the ball bounces twice on the other side of the table, it will still be on the table. Most people (most, not all) will only be able to return this serve with a defensive backspin.

How To Chop?

For defensive players, chop is the essential weapon. Here are the basic to do a chop.

  • Stay away from the table, wait for the ball to drop to about thigh height.
  • Your body should be facing sideways so that one of your shoulders is facing your opponent.
  • Hold your paddle at about head height while keeping your paddle open, facing almost fully up.
  • Swing your elbow as the ball reaches to your at waist height.
  • Accelerate your forearm and slightly underneath the ball.
  • Snap your wrist when you are connecting the ball; at the same time keep your bat face to point almost entirely upward.
  • Finally, follow through the swing.

Basic Position and Forehand Stroke

Basic Ready Position

  • Stand about 50-70cm from the table. If you are a righty, place your right foot slightly further back than your left foot.
  • Shift your weight toward the front but don’t lift your heels.
  • Your weight should evenly be distributed between your legs.
  • Bent your knees, keep feet around 1.5 times your shoulder width apart.
  • With your right shoulder slightly behind the left, getting ready to swing your arm.
  • Keep the elbow about 90 degrees, and the paddle above the table.

Forehand Stroke

  • Keep your eyes on the ball.
  • The paddle should be about 45 degrees.
  • Slight pull your right arm back and turn your hips, waist, shoulders. Get ready to swing and strike the ball.
  • Complete the swing after you hit the ball.
  • Go right back the ready position after the swing.

Good or Bad for Ping Pong Coaching?

I think that no matter what sport it is, people will always use whatever they have at hand to get an advantage.

Why in between coaching is OK?

Sometimes a player might need a bit of moral support and encouragement to succeed. It certainly helps to get through that tough match. I’ve personally seen some of my pupils losing but with a bit of encouragement, they go on and win matches.

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table tennis coaching

When you are playing for a competitive match, it’s sometimes better to hear someone else’s point of view. When you are playing against a good opponent, it’s difficult to take everything into consideration.

Competition doesn’t assess who is the best player but who can win trophies. One example I can think of is when Porto won the champions league. They didn’t have the best players but they won the trophy thanks to good coaches tactics. I know the example isn’t related to table tennis but you can understand the analogy, right?

Even if you play for an individual event, you still prepare for the competition with a coach before and after. So technically it’s still a team effort. What difference does it make if the coach says a few words here and there in between matches?


I agree to the point where if a coach intervenes in between matches, you don’t really know how good a player is at handling a match situation by himself/herself. I think that it would be appropriate to have such ruling if there wasn’t too much at stake eg: a major tournament.

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