Competitive TableTennis:

Techniques, Tactics & Technology :- Play Table-Tennis the smart way

 

Articles by :  Jana--h--a- ,  Srin-v-s---. Updated April  2021 (Please clear your browser cache for latest updates)

 

Please read the author / coach bio & important introductory notes at the bottom of this page first, if you can.

For beginners & intermediate players

 

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Whose serve is it ? Keeping score in Table-Tennis

 

What is your skill level in Table-Tennis ?

 

Grips : Do you know how to hold your racket  LOL ?

 

Guide to beginners coming to Table-Tennis Your first racket

 

Choosing a rubber (racket covering) to match your playing style.

 

Quit TableTennis now (Stop wasting your time)

(an absolute MUST read) 

 

Learn to “loop” FIRST (not HIT FIRST) (another MUST read) 

 

Ping & Pong : 4 letter words for a table-tennis athlete ?  

Addresses myths and little known facts about the "sport" of Table-Tennis

 

Secret underground world of Table-Tennis in USA

 

 

For advanced, expert and above players

 

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Advanced Serve & Serve return tactics

 

Some random notes & observations

 

Unorthodox &  Advanced Strokes

 

Understanding & attacking Side Spins

 

Ultimate multi-ball drills

 

Come to the divine side of Table-Tennis

 

Stroke Based analysis of rubber sheets

 

Stay away from using short pips ??

 

Exploring (long) pimples rubber designs

 

Racket-twirling : Techniques & Tactics

 

Ideal Blade Design for Modern Chopper

 

Uncontrolling your long-pips

 

 

          Below the bottom of this author’s introduction note are a series of coaching articles I have written based on my over 45 years of experience in this sport as a player who reached official USATT master level rating (over 2100) during my tournament days mostly in many states of eastern USA (coincidentally I reached that level beating the current CEO of USATT in straight games, who was on the US team then…. (I admit I get this sadistic pleasure now rubbing it in due to some other table-tennis reasons not relevant to the scope of this website), and more importantly as former founder, director & web developer of a high level & very successful USATT weekly league (click her for sample week results page for Central Carolinas Super-League) with over 50 players every week in North Carolina  (in USA,  50 players a night for a league is an insane number in USA) & finally as founder / director / head coach / web developer of a USATT affiliated Table-tennis training / coaching center / club that also ran  tournaments as well as run the annual South Carolina state championships (Click here for 2016 Results Page  &  Click here for 2015 Results Page).  As a professional coach (I want to be clear, no I am NOT a professional player & did not consider myself even a semi-professional player despite my rating close to it. I say this because when it comes to table-tennis, almost everyone is a legend in their own minds and considers themselves a professional table-tennis player whether as a neighborhood legend or a former champion of  some province in their old country) LOL . I do also bring 9 year playing experience in tennis at a relatively higher amateur level I addition having been a high level college & semi-pro level player in field-hockey(though this may not translate to table-tennis as much as tennis related to coaching). I have received formal coaching only in hockey & basketball in my college & school days but not in tennis or table-tennis but reached close to 5 of 7 USTA rating (7 being highest non-touring pro). I have learned table-tennis methodically on my own & forever a student of the sport.   My approach to coaching is somewhat unorthodox and don’t claim to a good coach for traditional style young players with goals of being in the Olympics someday. On the other hand I clearly understand the difference between the needs of a young wannabe professional player as compared to an older casual amateur player and totally frown upon coaches selling psychotic fantasies to older players by selling expensive table-tennis equipment (rackets etc) needed by younger professional caliber athletes to older athletes and trying to force-feed them the same style of a young professional caliber athlete.

       I don’t do or never really done any paid coaching (except once 30 years ago) & I am not looking for any students (any age or level) unless maybe you will pay me like $500 an hour LOL  as  a consulting coach & not a hands-on trainer coach since that is what my experience translates to. I realize no one likely pay me that & I decided to translate my experience into this website to help amateur players from beginners to expert levels. However, if you apply the concepts taught here diligently & methodically, your level should drastically improve approaching your maximum potential as your talent may allow.   This is my written guarantee. You will get your money back that you paid here (3 x $0)  LOL  Lot of  the concepts explored here may not sound traditional but if you think thru it logically, your will appreciate the method to my madness.

      Before you get into various articles in this website, let me warn you. Unless you are a truly truly casual player, you need to understand certain things most people may not  want to discuss. Most club website will claim table-tennis to be an easy sport & easy to learn. That claim can be as far from the truth as can be.  Every sport gets harder as the level increases & there may be 10 or more “individual” sports (some are contact sports and even quite dangerous) that are also quite difficult but table-tennis is one of the the most difficult, most complex individual sport there is, somewhat due to the extreme complexity of table-tennis rackets & their designs as well the sheer speed at which it is played.(again speed of very few sports like badminton or tennis (which are also extremely difficult & fabulous sports) are probably  extremely close but no cigar due to the playing area size to speed ratio…..more & more professional table-tennis players are being pushed farther & farther away from the table these days due to the speed but delivered with crazy spins) . It had been proposed that we should go back to the supposedly good old days when table-tennis was far more popular worldwide with far more simple equipment but that is happening for good or bad. While ping-pong maybe the easiest “silly basement game”, table-tennis is an extremely complex sport of cutting edge technology rackets played with obscene bewildering spins at insane speeds.  

    So what do you think so far ?  Are you sure you still want to try this spin addiction drug   ?   SERIOUSLY ?  So you want to try this

Ok then here are few super-important things so you won’t be wasting away in table-tennis as many do for 10, 20, 30 , 40 years or even a lifetime.

  1. As state earlier, table-tennis is super extremely equipment (or racket) sensitive.  Microscpoic changes you may make to your racket can greatly impact any player’s  performance (compared against players of equal skill levels NOT very different skill levels) all the way to professional levels. This is by no means a cheap sport. Some players addicted to the sport spend over $1000s an year fine tuning their rackets or totally changing their rackets to match their playing style better (which again even a professional player will NEVER achieve). This is because keep in mind that, though there are a few basic playing styles , every player in table-tennis is unique and table-tennis is therefore a sport of billion styles. While you may not have to spend  $1000s in your early days , there is no guarantee later addiction to the sport will not cause you this. Still it is important to hide this fact from your spouse or prepare him/her now anyway and so there won’t be later surprises when this addition will lead to seeking fixes at any cost, often out of pure psychotic fantasies watching a professional player.  So it is extremely important to design your racket to match YOUR own playing style and to match that of your favorite professional player (in most case both your favorite pro’s style may not even close even remotely). However if you are a beginning player please also note that I am very much against blowing your money on the most expensive racket etc just because a professional player uses it.  Lots of beginners are even seduced into this by even intermediate level players or coaches who may be racket distributors (to me this is a serious conflict of interest but it is what it is). As far me I generally look for the least expensive rackets of sufficient quality for racket recommendations. Heck I myself use a $5 sheet of rubber, not $95 a sheet  (just happen to love it the most after blowing $1000s over the years on everything under the sun listening to every Tom Dick & Harry) 
  2. Assuming you are ok about the possible cost of table-tennis so you won’t waste time with wrong racket, the next but equally important item is your grip & how to properly choose it.  This is a very complex subject and some that is discussed in another article in this website. Though you may start continuously fine-tuning your grip later on as you improve, the most critical thing is that you choose the grip that comes naturally to you and not some other grip because you are fantasizing about the grip of one of your favorite professional player.  Even within your chosen grip, you must still make sure it is proper and not extremely bizarre (usually referred to as a type of basement grip). So many of these players usually show up at table-tennis clubs with one of these crazy grips and it is extremely hard to fix if you have been using this crazy grip in your basement for 30 or 40 years. This is one of the two most critical elements (along with item 1) and even far more important in correct children on day one.  Sadly I have seen even many experienced coaches not giving enough attention to this aspect.  Please read the article below called Grips : Which one is the best (for you to use) ?”

 

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