When do I contact the ball early? Top-of-the-bounce? Fall?
In table tennis, you can contact the ball on the rise, on the top of the bounce, or on the fall. Sometimes beginners have difficulty controlling the spin, depth, and power because they don’t know when to hit the ball.
When you serve, return serve, or hit any shot throughout a table tennis match, your opponent will have a variety of choices on how to return the ball. You need to prepare yourself for the worst-case-scenario then adjust if he does something easier.
Next time that you are discussing ping pong with a recreational player, ask him the following question, “If the table tennis table is five feet wide, why is the Olympic-size court thirty-five feet wide?” …he probably won’t have an answer.
Most recreational player hit the corners, but can’t hit the ball any wider. By using spin and contacting the side of the ball on a push or loop, you can easily develop a wide shot. If you add some sidespin to your shot, you can make it go even wider.
Character must come as the highest priority in table tennis, before winning. Table tennis players must give their best at all times, yet still remain honest and have excellent sportsmanship throughout the table tennis match.
Picture this: You are playing the most important table tennis match of your life in the final round, crowds have gathered, big money is at stake, you are preparing to serve, the score is 9-9… should you call timeout?
The question above could be answered “YES” or “NO” depending on the circumstance. In the above situation, you should possibly call timeout if:
1. You need to consult your coach. If you are unsure on what to serve or what strategy to use, ask your coach.
When choosing a beginner racket, there are several key elements to look for.
Choose a racket that has inverted rubber. It should have sponge that is about 1.5 mm with a pips-in topsheet that is slightly grippy.
The speed should be medium-low to allow for best ball control and stroke development.
The weight should be fairly light, especially for juniors.
For tournament use, the rubber must say “ITTF Approved”.