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Table Tennis Basic Concepts

Want to improve your table tennis game? Start here with the most important rules to learn, how to score and umpire matches, grip types, playing styles, how to choose your first racket, all about spin and how to play the basic strokes of ping-pong.

Table Tennis / Ping-Pong Spotlight10

Thanks and Goodbye

Monday September 17, 2012
So long and thanks for all the fish...
Photo © 2009 Greg Letts, licensed to About.com, Inc.
This is just a quick post to everybody to say goodbye and thank you for reading my rambles over the years.

It's been fun writing about table tennis for About.com, but I'm finding myself with not enough hours to do the site justice, so it's time to hand over the reins to somebody with a fresh perspective.

I'll still be writing now and then about table tennis on my personal website, http://www.gregsttpages.com, so feel free to drop in and catch up anytime!

Thanks again,
Greg Letts

Doing Things Differently in Table Tennis

Thursday August 30, 2012
Was my previous grip change an innovation or idiocy? The jury is still out on that one...
Photo © 2010 Greg Letts, licensed to About.com, Inc.
"Dare to be different" is a saying that gets thrown around a lot in conversations these days, as well as "Think outside the box". But is it really a good idea to try to do things differently in table tennis? How can you be sure whether you are an innovator or an idiot? Is it confidence or arrogance to think that you know better than professional ping-pong players? Or a bit of both?

Should Children Play with Combination Rackets?

Wednesday August 29, 2012
Who is going to teach the next generation of combination bat users?
Photo © 2007 Greg Letts, licensed to About.com, Inc.
One of the common questions which pops up from time to time in table tennis circles is the debate on whether juniors should use combination rackets, and if so, what is the appropriate time to start?

I take a look at both sides of the debate before offering my own opinion on the matter.

Advice for Table Tennis Advisors and Coaches

Tuesday August 28, 2012
Piers Carter knows it's all about the player (William Henzell), not him.
Photo © 2007 Greg Letts, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Most table tennis players will be called on to give coaching advice to a fellow player (be it a friend or a team mate) during their career. With the breaks between games and during time-outs limited to a maxium of one minute only, it can be tough to know exactly what to focus on when attempting to send your player back out onto the court optimally prepared to resume battle.

Fortunately, I've got a bit more than a minute to work with, so here's some of my advice for coaching players during table tennis matches.

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