Table tennis was first played in the 1880’s. It is a sport that requiring two or four players to hit back and forth a light weight ball across a table that is divided by a net in the middle. The players need to hit the ball with a small table tennis bat. It is an interesting game and a complex one to play and even watching it is entertaining. If you are interested in the game and want to learn, here is a list of some steps that you need to learn to play the game but do remember that you need to keep on practising to be good at it.
- As in any other field, to learn something you have to start from the basics. To start you need to know and have the basic equipment. Firstly, the bat/paddle- it can be any size, but one side should be red and the other black. Try to get a good quality ball as it last longer and allows you to play consistently. The table should be 9 feet long and 5 feet wide, and the surface of the table should be 30 inches above the floor.
- The grip is a crucial element of the game. A correct grip can change the way you play the game. There are grips which are commonly known such as the penholder grip, the shake hands grip. A good grip is a medium between you-the paddle-the ball= the whole game.
- Either by flipping the coin or making a draw, after you decide who hits the ball first and before you hit the ball to the opponent; make sure that your stance is right. Stand low and wide but remember to be relaxed so that your movements can be quicker.
- Your free hand tosses the ball, and you hit it with the paddle but make sure that your ball hits your side of the table once and the hits your opponent’s side once before your opponent hits back. There are some serves that you can learn such as the Forehand Backspin Serve, Forehand Topspin Serve, The Forehead Pendulum Reverse/ Backspin/Sidespin Serve, The Backhand No Spin Serve, The Forehand Tomahawk Topspin/Sidespin.
- As your opponents serve the ball back, hit the ball again after it makes a bounce on your side of the table but not double bounce.
Hitting the ball from one end of the table to the other may sound easy, but there is a lot more that is going on and a whole lot of techniques involved. As the various types of serves mentioned above, there are some techniques to spin the ball, to smash the ball, the types of strokes, rally strokes, swings and footwork is another important element of the game. Don’t be disheartened by this because there are some basics techniques that you can start learning from like the basic strokes which are the Forehand drive, Backhand drive, Backhand push and the Forehand push.
Learning the basics can level you up.