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Beginner's Guide to Table Tennis

New to table tennis? Get started the right way with expert advice on what equipment you will need, how to play the basic strokes, choosing your first racket, finding places to play, and the important rules you need to know first.
  1. Basement / Family Ping-Pong (33)
  2. Useful Resources (9)
  3. Free Online Ping-Pong Games (5)
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  5. Basic Concepts (285)
  6. Home Table Tennis Rooms (3)
  7. Common Ping-Pong Sayings (7)
  8. Safety / Avoiding Injuries (3)

Beginner's Guide to Table Tennis - Introduction
New to table tennis? Get started right with our Beginner's Guide to Table Tennis. Find out everything you need to know to make a successful start to your ping-pong career.

Objective of the Game
The objective of the game of table tennis. Find out what's the point(!) of it all!

A Brief History of Table Tennis/Ping-Pong
A brief history of the sport of table tennis (or ping-pong), from its early origins in Victorian England, through the use of pimpled rubber, the introduction of sponge, the dominance of the Chinese, the introduction of speed glue, and the sweeping rule changes of 2000, into the future.

Why Play Table Tennis? Reasons why Table Tennis is the Sport for You
A summary of the reasons to play table tennis, including health and fitness, a great mental workout, it's inexpensive and fun!

Equipment Needed To Play Table Tennis
A comprehensive list of the equipment you will need to get started in Table Tennis

Ping-Pong or Table Tennis? Which is the Correct Name?
Is ping-pong the preferred phrase, or is table tennis the true term? Which is correct? Does it matter? About.com Table Tennis / Ping-Pong Guide Greg Letts investigates what's in a name.

Ode to an Opponent
A tribute to the most important person in your table tennis career - your opponent!

Table Tennis - So You Want to Be a Ping-Pong Champion?
Think you've got what it takes to be a table tennis champion? Read this article first before getting on the court with the ping-pong elite. A semi-serious look at what it takes to be a table tennis legend.

Why Doesn't Ping-Pong Get Any Respect?
Why doesn't the sport of ping-pong get the respect it deserves among the general public? Why do many media organizations treat table tennis as something less than a real sport?

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From Table Tennis/Ping-Pong
A humorous look at the essentials in life that I have learned from my time in table tennis.

Mistakes Made by Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong Beginners
New to ping-pong? Find out about the most common ten mistakes made by table tennis beginners, and how to avoid them.

Table Tennis Partners - Pros and Cons
Is it a good or bad thing if your partner plays table tennis too?

Hardbat vs Sponge in Table Tennis / Ping-Pong - Which is Better?
Was the hardbat era truly the peak of ping-pong? Or is the modern sport of table tennis the pinnacle of the game? Scott Gordon, both a sponge rubber player and hardbat devotee, presents his point of view about the past and present of ping-pong.

Table Tennis Instant Excuse Generator
Do you often lose at table tennis? Are you sick of having to say your opponent played better? Use the Instant Excuse Generator to provide you with a perfect reason for losing, and never have to give credit to your opponent again!

The Basic Physics and Mathematics of Table Tennis / Ping-Pong
About.com guest author Jonathan Roberts explains how the Newtonian laws of physics apply to table tennis. Find out about the mathematics and physics of ping-pong!

The Physics of Spin in Table Tennis / Ping-Pong
About.com guest author Jonathan Roberts explains how the Newtonian laws of physics apply to spin in table tennis. Find out about the mathematics and physics of ping-pong!

Aha Moments in Table Tennis - Flashes of Inspiration in Ping-Pong
Ever had an 'Aha!' moment in table tennis, or a flash of inspiration in ping-pong? Your About.com Guide to Table Tennis / Ping-Pong, Greg Letts, shares an 'Aha!' moment of his own, and the About.com table tennis forum members recall their own 'Aha!' moments.

Table Tennis Playing Levels - What Level are You?
What are the differences in table tennis between beginners, intermediate and advanced players? What level do you fit into? Find out here!

Top Myths About Table Tennis/Ping-Pong
A list of the most popular myths and misconceptions about table tennis/ping-pong.

Top Ten Things I Love About Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong
A list of what Greg loves about present day table tennis/ping-pong.

Top Ten Things I Hate About Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong
A list of Greg's pet peeves about present day ping-pong!

Top Ten Things You Love About Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong
A list of what About.com readers and forum members love about present day table tennis/ping-pong.

Top Ten Things You Hate About Table Tennis/ Ping-Pong
A list of readers pet peeves about present day ping-pong!

Building a Better Umpire
Advice on how to umpire matches in table tennis.

Table Tennis - Spectator Etiquette
Sooner or later we all have to watch table tennis rather than play it. Find out how to be a good spectator of the sport of table tennis.

Table Tennis - What is Talent?
A discussion of the subject of talent in table tennis - what is it, how to identify it, and can it be improved?

Sandbagging in Table Tennis - Why Do Ping-Pong Players Sandbag?
What is sandbagging in table tennis, and why do ping-pong players sandbag? What possible solutions are there to stop sandbagging?

Table Tennis vs Golf - Why do Golf Professionals Play Ping-Pong?
It's well known that many golf professionals, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Vijay Singh, all play table tennis when they get off the golf course. What is it about ping-pong that attracts them?

Should Table Tennis Beginners Use Junk Rubbers? (i.e. Long Pips or Antispin)
Should table tennis beginners use junk rubbers right away? Or should you wait a while before trying to play ping-pong with long pips or antispin?

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