Whether you are up for a tournament or a friendly match, the rules remain pretty much the same! But knowing certain key tips and tricks will surely increase your chance of winning. Along with the tips, it is important that you carry out the practise on a regular basis. Step number one is to get the suitable paddle for your game, it should be comfortable on your hands as well as the sorted out for your requirement.
During my initial days at the game, I was totally confused on how to get started. There was so much to learn, but not knowing how & where to start. Then I joined one tennis coaching class, where John, my instructor introduced me to the tennis basics. From then till now, I have been going good at the game so far! Thanks John, for the help and the patience.
I have compiled all my beginning Ping Pong learnings here, and tried my best to cover it all for you. So, shall we begin?
Ping Pong Table Tips & Tricks for Improving your Game
- Ping Pong Table Tips & Tricks for Improving your Game
- a) Get the Basic Skills set right
- b) Practise will make you perfect
- c) Introduce the Spin factor
- d) Reduce the Swing radius, and keep it short!
- e) Get the basic Ping Pong equipment for getting started.
- f) Target those corners and table edges!
- g) Focus on the footwork, make your body more flexible.
- h) Join a Gaming Club for better understanding.
- i) Get the right guidance under a professional trainer
- j) Always lean forward during the game.
There are separate handles available which are specifically designed for the beginners. So, get one of these for the game if you are a beginner. Also, make sure that you use the same paddle for all the games instead of switching between multiple paddles. This may not seem like a problem to you, but you won’t understand the right method of playing by doing so.
This was the Step 1 – all about How to Get Prepared for the Ping Pong game.
Next comes the Step 2 – Learning Part! You should know how to serve the ball, and also how to return the serve made back to you. For serving the ball, you need to learn how to spin the ball, make a fast-paced serve, and also combine unique serves and other spin styles together. The last one is a bit advanced one though, you can try the first two, at a beginner’s level.
For returning the serve, this may take some time & continuous practise will make it all easy for you. Number one way for returning the serve is by keeping it low. Second tip is to keep an eye on the other player’s paddle. As your competitor tosses the ball high, you must have your eye-contact on the paddle instead of the ball. Paddles give you a better idea about the next shot that your opponent is going to make.
Other Tips to Master the Ping Pong Game is listed below:
a) Get the Basic Skills set right
This holds true for any sport or any life endeavour isn’t it? Getting the basics clear is important, because then only you will be able to deal with any kind of serve thrown upon you.
When I say Ping Pong basics, it starts from holding the paddle correctly, learning how to shift the feet during the game, and also trying out different spinning techniques. It is better to have a trainer or a pro player along side for getting started. After some sessions, you will be clear with your weaknesses, so practise and turn them into your plus-points.
b) Practise will make you perfect
There are no shortcuts or tricks for this, you just have to keep the practise on whenever you get time. You can keep a time fixed for the Ping Pong session though, if you seriously want to improve.
Practise is done for improvement, but when it comes to playing – it should be just for winning. Well, winning is not the only thing you need to focus on. With regular practise you will come across new spinning style or different shots that you may not be aware of. This way, you can understand them and try them out for the next matches lined up.
One additional tip, try to get a recording of your playing. Watch the video to better understand the points which requires improvement. It gives you a better way of understanding your mistakes, so that you can gear up well for the next game.
c) Introduce the Spin factor
Learning the spin will take some time. Once you have mastered the Spin, you can make it use against any level player.
So, I can say that it is one of the important keys to beat anyone on the Ping Pong game. Till you master the spin, you can look upon your certain points which will help you deal better with the oncoming spin shot.
- Your eye should be on the paddle, instead on the ball. Check on the direction of your rival’s paddle, as this will give you a clearer idea on the shot he/she is going to make. You can also guess the direction in which the ball will be shot up.
- If you want to know the intensity of the spin, then check on the logo of the ball. If the logo is blurred, then it means the ball is coming at a good speed with a quality spin on it.
- Check on how the paddle is moving on the opponent’s end. If it going from low to high, then it’s a topspin. If it is high to low, it’s a backspin style. There is a right sidespin where the paddle moves from left direction towards the right.
These are a few tips which can improve your response for the spin shots made at you. To master the Spin, first understand how the changes are made for a Spin shot. This way you will learn how to do the spin by yourself.
d) Reduce the Swing radius, and keep it short!
You may have the tendency to take long and wide swings, because of the basketball and those tennis sessions. But when we are talking about table tennis, shorter swings are better. There are reasons which justify this; the longer swings increases the chances of error. Also, with small swings you can come back to your position quickly. With the short swings, you can actually increase the accuracy of your shot, and hit the ball in the preferred direction.
e) Get the basic Ping Pong equipment for getting started.
If you are a beginner, then go with the Ping Pong basics at first place. Buy the basic paddle at first, then practise on it till you feel that you have mastered it. After this, get a medium-paced paddle, and sharp your skills in a better way. Then you can jump to the high-end racket, used by the pro players.
Just make sure of one thing; don’t switch between a lot of rackets during the practise. If you have got one racket, just use the same during all the sessions. This will help you in understanding the game and the handling it in a better way.
f) Target those corners and table edges!
It is difficult to return all the corner landings. Also, don’t try to over-smart your opponent with continuous corner shots, as this may end up losing points for you. Don’t forget that the ball driven outside the table edge is one kind of foul already. So, be careful and go with the corners only if you are sure about doing it.
Instead of the corners, you can shoot for the edges. The chances of returning the ball gets low for all the edge landings. You can also score up points! Go for edges, and less on the corners.
g) Focus on the footwork, make your body more flexible.
There are two main footwork types which you need to focus on.
One is the side to side and the other one is the in & out footwork. While you are playing the game, you need to put all the weight on the toes, and play in a position keeping your body leaned forward. Also, you have to bend your knees for the right stance. This helps with shifting the centre of gravity, giving the right kind of balance.
Other than the side to side and the in-out footwork, there is an another cross-over footwork. When the ball is served towards the forehand side, then you can opt for the cross-over foot work, as it is faster than the side to side footwork and will assist you to give a better shot. The fourth type of foot-work is the one-step type. This should be used when you got no time to react to the serve made.
h) Join a Gaming Club for better understanding.
You can only get better if you have an aim for yourself. This is possible only with matches and more practises. There are many Tennis clubs coming up, and so you can join one for improving your game. With this, you could learn your strengths and also know the points where you have to improve. Learn new skills and other advanced techniques, under the right guidance and professional coaching.
i) Get the right guidance under a professional trainer
You can practise the tennis game alone and brush up your skills too. This helps in maintaining a consistency on the strokes you make, but what if you are practising in the wrong way? Who will be there to correct you? For this purpose, get a mentorship or join a ping pong class where you can learn the game in the correct way.
If you get any confusion with the gaming, then you can solve it out and be more confident with the game. Make sure that your mentor has a quality experience in the game, so that he/she can train you well for all the matches. It is always better to practise under a trainer instead of all the solo match sessions.
j) Always lean forward during the game.
Keep your body loose and flexible, so that you can move to any direction quickly. Keep up the balance and relax your body, before the ball is shot towards your side. After you are done with the serving, get back to your old position quickly. With regular footwork sessions, you can improve the speed and reaction time in a better way.
Position yourself on the side which is opposite to that of your dominant hand. For example, if you are a right-handed person, then you need to stand on the left side of the table. Also keep your dominant feet a bit forward compared to the other feet.
Hope this article helped you with getting started! Share us your stories and other Ping Pong Tips in the comment section given below.