Basement and Family Ping-Pong GuideMuch of the advice you'll read on the Internet on how to play table tennis doesn't work if you have a plain old racket that doesn't grip the ball much. But there is absolutely no need to buy an expensive racket in order to play better table tennis and have a lot of fun! So if you want to play better ping-pong without changing your trusty old paddle, this guide will take you through the basics of basement play, and show you what can and cannot be done with an ordinary not-so-grippy ping-pong paddle.
Ping-Pong Equipment for BeginnersA couple of ping-pong paddles, a ball or two and a table tennis table and you're all set. Or are you?
Ping-Pong vs Table TennisYou say ping-pong, I say table tennis. Who is right? Does it really matter?
Objective of the SportApart from having a lot of fun, the basic objective of the sport of ping-pong is to win matches made up of an odd number of games, by being the first to win 11 points in each game.
A Brief History of Table Tennis/Ping-PongFrom it's humble beginning as a Victorian England parlour game, through to the controversy of finger-spin serves, the heady days of ping-pong diplomacy, and the recent speed glue developments, the sport of table tennis has had an interesting and often checkered past. Learn a little more about the origins and development of the sport, right up to the latest important events.
Why Play Table Tennis?You mean, other than the fact that ping-pong is a lot of fun and good for your health? If you need more convincing then that, I've got 10 top reasons why table tennis is the sport for you! Plus a number of other fun articles about the perks (and pet peeves) of ping-pong.
- Ten Top Reasons Why Table Tennis is the Sport for You
- Ten Things I Love Most About Table Tennis
- My Pet Peeves About Ping-Pong
- Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from Table Tennis
- Table Tennis Instant Excuse Generator
Basic ConceptsOK, so now you are off and swinging, and no doubt having a great time battling it out with your friends and family. But before you develop any bad habits, start browsing my Basic Concepts section. With information on
- The Magic of Spin
- How to Play the Basic Strokes
- How to Put Your Strokes Together
- Important Rules for Beginners
- How to Keep Score
- Grip Types
- Playing Styles
- Training Guides
- Matchplay Advice
- and more,
Common Myths About Table Tennis/Ping-PongThere are a number of myths and misconceptions out there about the sport of table tennis. I've listed the most common ones and given my take on each.
Finding Places to PlayAs you continue to improve, you'll want to broaden your horizons beyond beating the same old opponents. Look here to find new places to play ping-pong, and new opponents to conquer! (and make friends with, of course)
Becoming an Advanced PlayerFinally, once you have mastered the basics, you'll be ready to take the next step and work towards becoming an advanced player. I've got that covered for you as well, with a whole section devoted to advanced players.
Welcome to table tennis - may your stay be a long one!