One of the great (and daunting) things about table tennis is that there is so many things to learn – drives, pushes, topspins, blocks, smashes, chops, flicks, lobs, serves, receives and more! No matter how good you get, there always seem to be something new to work on.
But help is at hand. In this section of my website, you will find easy to follow instructions on how to play various table tennis strokes.
There’s also a few training drill ideas to help you improve your technique, accuracy, consistency and footwork.
And towards the bottom of the page, you will find links to my table tennis tips on various subjects, including service, tactics, match-play, practice exercise and more.
How to play…
Each page includes a short video (only 60 seconds), written guidance and links to further viewing and reading.
- Forehand drive
- Backhand drive
- Forehand push
- Backhand push
- Forehand topspin vs backspin
- Backhand topspin vs backspin
- Forehand topspin vs block
- Backhand topspin vs block
Here’s a selection of training drills taken from my online course Table Tennis for Beginners.
- Forehand and backhand drive (cross-court and down the line)
- Forehand drive (from two positions)
- Backhand drive rally, random switch to forehand
- Forehand and backhand push (cross-court and down the line)
- Short forehand push
And here’s some training drill examples…
- 10 training drill ideas for the first five shots in a rally
- 3rd ball attack training drills
- 5 training drills for switching between forehand and backhand strokes
- Small steps training drill
Table tennis tips
Here’s a selection of posts from my blog section. To read all my table tennis tips, go to my table tennis tips page.
- A simple way to improve your practice sessions
- Should you work on your strengths or weaknesses?
- Can you pass my consistency test?
- How to practice with a player of lower ability
- 5 alternative match-play exercises to help you improve
- Service tactics to win cheap points
- How to make an existing serve even better
- Always expect your serve to be returned
- When do you use your best serve?
- In praise of the long serve
- The perfect table tennis serve
- Tactics for beating a looper
- Tactics for beating a long pimples player
- Tactics for beating a pusher
- Tactics for beating a big flat hitter
- Tactics for beating a blocker
- Tactics for beating a one-wing attacker
- Tactics for beating a good junior player
- How to attack more during matches
- How to identify and exploit an opponent’s weakness
- The quickest way to improve your win percentage
- How to approach (and win) matches against weaker opponents
- How to play table tennis like the Chinese
- Coping with defeats in table tennis
- Tips for maintaining a positive attitude when you’re losing
- How to warm-up before a match (if you only have five minutes)
- Frustrate your opponents with steady blocks, aggressive blocks and trick blocks
- Put your opponents under serious pressure with short, long and wide pushes
- How to play great forehand attacks from the backhand corner
- 7 step plan to improve your forehand topspin
- How to get more speed and spin on your forehand topspin attacks
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