You want to beat all your friends and colleagues in Table tennis.
But, are you able to?
Well, Good news: Now you can!!
You can beat any beginner table tennis player. (yep, even your stronger opponents)
You just need to know a little extra than them. That’s it!
Here are some table tennis tips for beginners that is sure to transform your game, once applied.
I used these tips and practiced them to beat my college seniors and friends.
You can too!
Let’s get started…
#1: Invest in your own Racket
When I started out table tennis, I didn’t have a particular bat I used.
I was using the same bat everyone was using. ( Yes, those basic, battered and ugly ones)
No points for guessing:
I was getting the same stroke play as everyone else.
Here’s the deal:
If you want to beat other players, you should have a competitive edge.
Using the basic bat as your opponent won’t get you that edge.
The number 1 tip is:
“Invest in your own table tennis bat”
Every racket has its own feel and playing characteristics, you would start developing customized strokes based on your Racket. Once you do that, you will have an immediate advantage over others. Stick with one bat. It will help and benefit greatly by using only one racket.
Often beginners don’t have the knowledge which bat would be appropriate for them.
Which bat is good for beginners?
For beginners, you do require a bat with good spin and speed capabilities.
Fortunately for you, there’s a great cheap Beginners bat out there.
It’s the best beginners bat for a budget.
If you are curious to know, also read: How to choose a table tennis Racket
#2: Master the Basics
Once you have your own Racket, it’s time to level up.
The next thing you do is Master your basics.
Most beginner players don’t have an understanding of basics.
You can easily, easily beat them once you understand and practice your basic strokes in Table tennis.
And, the good news:
It’s only a matter of hours until you learn the basics.
There are tons of tutorials and video lessons on the web.
I have written a detailed post on the basic table tennis strokes. ( Wouldn’t recommend reading this though!)
Instead, go on YouTube and Search for Ping skills. ( They have excellent tutorials)
In case you were wondering what those basics are:
- Forehand Drive ( yes, it covers Smashes also )
- Backhand Drive
- Forehand Push
- Backhand Push
For a beginner, you just need to learn these.
#3: Understand Spin
Probably, this is one of the most important stepping stone to upgrading your Table tennis game.
This alone can single-handedly help you win most matches against beginner opponents.
During my early stages, what helped me beat my batch mates and seniors was my superior knowledge on spin. 🙂
Having said that,
It is one skill which would require time for beginners to master.
And Good news:
You don’t have to master spin ( if all you want is beating beginner players)
You can do it even if you have just the basic understanding about spin.
Here are the basics you need :
- Generating Topspin
- Generating Backspin
- Countering Topspin
- Countering Backspin
Look these up online and you are ready to go.
You know what:
Understanding these spins can greatly help you improve your serves. ( Literally, a Win-Win isn’t it?)
I would be creating a detailed tutorial soon on understanding Spin ( Stay tuned)
#4: Footwork Matters
Footwork is a fundamental aspect of table tennis. It can make or break your game.
Why learn footwork:
Footwork and quality of your shots are related.
Better footwork means better Quality of your shots.
Top Players spend hours on drills/exercises to improve their footwork.
I ignored footwork training in my initial table tennis days.
It didn’t affect much in my game. I was still winning most matches.
As I grew stronger and was faced with Stronger opponents, it was because of the footwork skills that I couldn’t make the cut.
I couldn’t beat them.
What to infer:
If you want to be a serious and strong player, Focus on footwork from the start
If you just play casually, not necessary but good to know.
#5: Lean Forward
Try to always lean forwards, on the tips of your feet, when hitting the ball.
This is kind of an Off-beat tip.
Beginners often make this mistake:
Leaning backward to compensate for their slower reaction times.
By leaning forwards it will give you a bit more power, as your whole body will be moving toward the ball when making contact.
Try it in your next game.
#6: Keep Calm
When I look back on my table tennis games that I have won,
I observed this one thing:
All those games I was calm and kept my cool. (Even when I was in a losing position ).
See, the thing is:
The game is as psychological as it is physical. Don’t lose your temper if you make several mistakes in a row.
Even if you do make a lot of mistakes, don’t let it show on your temperament.
It is very easy for your opponent to capitalize on that.
Do what the opponent doesn’t expect from you.
Throw him/her guard with your unpredictability.
It would degrade their confidence once they see their efforts to pin you down goes in vain.
And, that may make mistakes.
You can always get back in the game.
Play with their psychology. ( It works!!)
#7: Practice A Lot
I know you have heard it umpteen times.
You know it more than I do.
There is no substitute for practice, and you should do it as much as you can.
I won’t ramble around this any longer.
Just remember this:
When you practice you want to improve, but when you are playing you want to win.
The more you improve, the more you win.
#8: Keep a Variety of Serves
Do you know what is the fastest way to winning points?
Nopes, it is not the smashes.
Serves and returns
Having a good service is crucial. Believe me, improving your serves will immediately push you ahead of most beginner players.
It is the one area which most beginners ignore. ( Myself included)
An excellent serve can win you the point, and sometimes the game! There are a lot of ways you can serve.
Short serves are perhaps the best method because it makes it very hard for your opponent to gain any kind of advantage. Always keep your wrists relaxed if you’re going for a spin and try to move your hand faster at the end of the stroke to increase the ball’s spin. You can also mix and match serves to keep your opponent guessing.
#9: Watch the Experts
There’s this quote:
” If you want to be the best, Learn from the best”
You can vastly improve your game by watching games of top TT players.
I used to watch and mimic my immediate experts i.e my seniors in college.
Once I started developing a hang of the game, I switched to YouTube tutorials.
It was only a matter of time, I grew stronger than them.
You too can become strong.
Keep on Learning from the experts.
Having read some random article won’t make you an expert. You have to implement and take action.
It is soooo boring, right?
It takes a lot of effort and time.
Yep! I get that too.
And, you know what:
You’re not alone.
There are hundreds out there who think exactly the same.
So just think, what will happen if most people aren’t putting the work and you do.
You will obviously be ahead of those hundreds.
Simple! As clear as daylight!
So, go ahead and do practice today!