Beginner's Guide to Table Tennis / Ping-Pong
From Greg Letts, former About.com Guide
- Spin - What You Need to Know
- How to Play the Basic Strokes
- Competition Advice
- Videos / Photo Gallery
Introduction to Table Tennis / Ping-Pong
What's the point(!) of table tennis? Find out the answer to that question, and discover the origins of the sport. Learn how to stay injury free, and read some other light-hearted articles about ping-pong and the people who play it.
- Objective of the Sport
- A Brief History of Table Tennis / Ping-Pong
- Why Play Table Tennis?
- Ping-Pong or Table Tennis? Which is Correct?
- Top 10 Things I Love About Ping-Pong
- Top 10 Things I Hate About Ping-Pong
- Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From Table Tennis
- Common Myths About Table Tennis
- Spectator Etiquette
- Playing Levels - What Level Are You?
- Table Tennis Things I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then...
- Places to Play Ping-Pong
- How to Become a Ping-Pong Champion
- Table Tennis Safety - Avoiding Injuries
- Instant Excuse Generator
There are a number of grips used by table tennis players, with the main two grips being the shakehand grip and the penhold grip. There are also a number of minor grips in use around the world. Find out more about all the ping-pong grips, and which grip is recommended for you.
There are as many ways to play table tennis as there are players, and no 'right' or 'wrong' way, but most table tennis styles can be classified into one of ten main categories. Learn more about the different ping-pong styles used in today's modern game, and find out which category you belong to.
- Playing Styles - An Overview
- Two Wing Looper
- Two Wing Hitter
- One Wing Looper / One Wing Hitter
- Penhold Pips Out Hitter
- Penhold Looper
- Reverse Penhold Backhand (RPB)
- Classic Defender
- Modern Defender
- Push / Blocker
- Table Tennis Styles - Where Are They Now?
Equipment for Beginners
Once you have decided that table tennis is the sport for you, the next thing you need to do is to find the right equipment. It's easy to spend more money than you need, or buy substandard equipment. I've got advice to help you find the sweet spot when it comes to what you need to purchase to play good ping-pong.
- Equipment You Need to Play Ping-Pong
- How to Choose Your First Ping-Pong Paddle
- Best Beginner Table Tennis Rubbers
- Best Beginner Table Tennis Blades
- Guide to Choosing Your Table Tennis / Ping-Pong Table
- Guide to Choosing Table Tennis Shoes
- Where to Buy Table Tennis Equipment Online - Dealer List
- Pre-Made vs Custom Paddles - What's the Difference?
- Hardbat vs Sponge in Ping-Pong - Which is Better?
Rules / Laws
Read the official ITTF table tennis rules and laws, get explanations of the most important rules, and get answers to your ping-pong rules questions from a qualified table tennis umpire - me!
- The Laws of Table Tennis - Introduction
- Important Ping-Pong Rules for Beginners
- How to Serve Legally in Table Tennis
- Be a Better Umpire
- Is Your Serve Allowed to Bounce Twice on Your Opponent's Court?
- Can You Volley the Ball in Ping-Pong?
- Can You Hit the Ball Around the Net?
- Who Gets the Point When the Ball Hits the Edge of the Table?
- How to Stop Your Opponent From Breaking the Rules
- What Table Tennis Rules Would You Change?
Spin - What You Need to Know
Spin is the magic ingredient of table tennis, the x-factor that separates it from every other racket sport on the planet. In order to become an advanced player, you must master the secrets of spin, and learn to use them at will against your opponents.
- Spin in Table Tennis - Why Is Spin Important?
- How Does Spin Work, and How Do You Create It?
- How to Use Spin Properly
How to Play the Basic Strokes
In order to become an advanced player and use advanced techniques, you must first learn the basics. Without a solid foundation in the fundamental strokes of ping-pong, you will struggle to use the advanced techniques of modern table tennis successfully.
- The Forehand Counterhit
- The Backhand Counterhit
- The Backhand Push
- The Forehand Push
- The Forehand Backspin Serve
- The Forehand No Spin Serve
- The Forehand Topspin Serve
- The Backhand Backspin Serve
- The Backhand No Spin Serve
- The Backhand Topspin Serve
- Beginners' Guide to Serving
- Beginners Guide to Returning Serve
- Putting Your Strokes Together
In order to improve your ping-pong game as quickly as possible, you need to put in the hard work at the practice table. But what exactly is quality training, and how much of it do you need? I've answered these questions and more to help you get the most out of your table tennis training.
- Training for Beginners
- Solo Table Tennis Training
- Footwork for Beginners
- Should You Keep Your Eye on the Ball?
- Keeping Your Eye on the Ball - A Different Point of View
- Beginner 1 Hour Training Program
- Beginner 2 Hour Training Program
- Simple Drills for Table Tennis
- Forehand Drills for Ping-Pong
- Backhand Drills for Ping-Pong
- Serve and Serve Return Drills for Table Tennis
- Defender Drills for Table Tennis
- The Falkenberg Table Tennis Drill
- How to Improve Without A Coach
- Multiball Training
- GoalSetting in Table Tennis
- How to Become a Success By Failing
- Table Tennis Drills - Degrees of Complexity
- Secrets of the Chinese - The Fastest Way to Learn a New Table Tennis Skill
Table tennis is always fun, but it's even more fun when you win! And it's even OK to lose if you have played your best. But how do you avoid playing badly? I've got some tips to help you bring your best ping-pong to the competition table.
- Advice for Your First Tournament
- What to Bring to a Table Tennis Competition
- How to Avoid Choking
- How to Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses
- How to Apply Your Strengths (and Hide Your Weaknesses)
- How to Scout Your Opponents
- When to Call a Time-Out
- Doubles Tips
- Sneaky Tactics - Backhand Serving Across the Playing Elbow
- Sneaky Tactics - Exploiting Your Opponent's Wide Forehand
- How To Beat Your Friends and Family at Table Tennis
- Places to Play Table Tennis
Videos / Photo Gallery
Look and learn from this collection of table tennis videos and action photographs of ping-pong players.
- How to Play the Basic Strokes of Table Tennis
- Reflex Sports Table Tennis DVDs - Review
- William Henzell's Personal Videos
- 2008 Olympic Games - Photographs of Men's Direct Qualifiers
- 2008 Olympic Games - Photographs of Women's Direct Qualifiers
- An Illustrated History of the Sport of Table Tennis
- USA Table Tennis Player Photographs
- Canadian Ping-Pong Player Photographs
- Photos of Leading Players at the 2007 Australian Open
- Pictures of Leading Players at the 2006 Australian Open
- Simon Gerada Photo Profile
- Miao Miao Photo Profile
- William Henzell Photo Profile
- May Cho Photo Profile
- How to Serve Legally in Table Tennis - Photos and Videos
- Basic Techniques for Using Long Pimpled Rubbers - Videos
- How to Glue Long Pips OX to Your Racket - Video
- How to Hold Your Bat When Serving - Video
- Learn to Loop - Video
- How to Seal Your Table Tennis Blade - Video