How to Play Table Tennis Videos

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 By Martin Hughes
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Table tennis videos - coaching tips

The real secret to improving your table tennis skills is to improve your technique.

Buying a new racket may help you, but improving your technique will elevate your game to a MUCH higher level, much faster.

So, to help you master the essential techniques in the fastest possible time, I've made a series of videos for you.

All together on this one page, with links to further information, each technique is demonstrated for you by my friend and coach, Steve Foster.

Let me know how you get on.

 

Note:

If you have difficulty hearing what is being said on any of these videos, you can turn on the subtitles/captions. Just click on the subtitles/closed captions button at the bottom of each video.

subtitles/closed captions button

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Shakehands Grip

Learning to use the correct grip is vital if you want to improve your game.

Here's a video demonstration of the shake-hands table tennis grip.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about the shakehands grip, click here...


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Ready Position

The ready position is a neutral starting position from which all table tennis strokes can be played.

Here's a video demonstration of the Ready Position.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about the Ready Position, click here...


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Backhand push

The purpose of this stroke is to stop your opponent from playing an attacking stroke, so try to make sure that your shot is played short over the net.

Here's a video demonstration of the backhand push.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about the backhand push, click here...


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Forehand drive

The purpose of this stroke is to play aggressively and stop your opponent from playing an attacking stroke, so try to make sure that your shot lands close to your opponent's baseline or sideline.

Here's a video demonstration of the forehand drive.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about the forehand drive, click here...


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Backhand drive

The purpose of this stroke is to play aggressively and stop your opponent from playing an attacking stroke, so try to make sure that your shot lands close to your opponent's baseline or sideline.

Here's a video demonstration of the backhand drive.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about the backhand drive, click here...


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Forehand push

The purpose of this stroke is to stop your opponent from playing an attacking stroke, so try to make sure that your shot also stays short over the net.

Here's a video demonstration of the forehand push.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about the forehand push, click here...


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Forehand Flick (Flip)

The purpose of this stroke is to attack a ball that's played short over the net.

Here's a video demonstration of the forehand flick.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about the forehand flick, click here...


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Backhand Flick (Flip)

The purpose of this stroke is to attack a ball that's played short over the net.

Here's a video demonstration of the backhand flick.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about the backhand flick, click here...


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Forehand Loop

The purpose of this stroke is to play aggressively and stop your opponent from playing an attacking stroke, so try to make sure that your shot lands close to your opponent's baseline or sideline.

Here's a video demonstration of the forehand loop.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about the forehand loop, click here...


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Backhand Loop

The purpose of this stroke is to play aggressively and stop your opponent from playing an attacking stroke, so try to make sure that your shot lands close to your opponent's baseline or sideline.

Here's a video demonstration of the backhand loop.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about the backhand loop, click here...


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Forehand Smash

The intention of the forehand smash is to hit the ball as hard as possible, with minimal spin, in order to try and finish the rally and win the point.

Here's a video demonstration of the forehand smash.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about the forehand smash, click here...


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Backhand and Forehand Lob

The objective of this stroke is to make the ball to travel in a high arc and land near the base line on your opponent's side of the table so that you have additional time in which to try to recover your position and/or make it difficult for your opponent to win the point.

Here's a video demonstration of the backhand and forehand lob.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about the backhand and forehand lob, click here...


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Racket Twiddling

The purpose of this technique is to try and confuse your opponent when you are using a different type of rubber on each side of your racket.

Here's a video demonstration of racket twiddling by the ex-England player Carl Prean.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about racket twiddling, click here...


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Footwork

Here's a video demonstration of the side-to-side footwork pattern.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about footwork, click here...


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Basic Service Rules

Here's a video demonstration of the basic service rules.

(If you have problems with the sound, there are captions/subtitles that you can turn on. Just click on the captions/subtitles button)

For more information about the basic service rules, click here...


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