A beginner’s guide to table tennis (key shots) 

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In this video, I give an overview of the key shots used in table tennis. This includes drives, pushes, loops, blocks, flicks, chops, lobs and smashes. I explain when to use the shots and give a little technical information about how to execute the shots.

This video is aimed at beginner players. Maybe you have just started playing or have played socially but you’re unfamiliar with the main shots used in table tennis. This video will give you a much better understanding of the key shots – the names, when to use, how to do the shots and plenty of footage of the shots being used.

You can find more detailed information about all of these shots on my website.

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Posted on 07/02/2024

1 thought on “A beginner’s guide to table tennis (key shots) ”

  1. Tom, thank you for making these wonderful, high quality videos available for those of us struggling to move beyone beginner status. I’ve played TT for decades off and on, but never have evolved much beyond pushes and inconsistent topspin. To a large degree it’s because of a lack of
    an available table, but I am much better at other racket sports, such as tennis and badminton. I think the speed of the sport surprises me as I never seem to have enough time even when my ready posture is decent so I resort to pushing. Also, my main competitor, my brother, hates to warm up more than 45 seconds before he says “you ready?” Not really, dude. Anyway, maybe this is my summer! Thanks again. –Tom


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