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How to Play Table Tennis/ Ping Pong – Basics

Beginners need to learn the basics of table tennis as they start playing the game. If you wish to learn to play table tennis, you will need the help of an expert, who will teach you how to play the game. This is one sport, which can be played and enjoyed by the young and old alike. So, here are some basic rules of playing table tennis.

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Start With The Fundamentals:

Ping Pong is not a complex game. This is a simple game which can be learnt with effort and dedication. Get started and you will learn the game in a short time. The fundamentals of table tennis are related to the following:

  • Grip
  • Stance
  • Forehand drive
  • Backhand drive
  • Footwork
  • Forehand push
  • Serve
  • Return of serve
  • Match Play

If you are able to learn all these skills, you will be able to master the game in a short time. Here are some interesting facts which will help you.

Grip, Stance and The Footwork:

The above three are the basic foundation of learning the game. Anyone who is learning to play ping pong has to understand the positioning of these three. Beginners need to pay special attention on this as they get started. There are several players who might have a tendency to skip this and move straight to hitting the balls. But, never try to do this. Why would you not strengthen your learning ability and skills when you have a good scope? If you have a weak foundation, your entire game might actually fall down. You might not be able to continue playing the game later on. It might be difficult to improve later on.

Forehand Drive, Backhand Drive, Forehand and Backhand Push:

Now, once you have grasped all the basics well, it is time to learn the skills well. Strokes are an important part of the game. They help in mastering the skills and learn the game so that you can win. When it is about the strokes, you need to learn the four basic strokes. This actually creates the bulk of game. If you wish to learn the game, you need to master the right technique. Thus, if you master the right technique, you will be able to develop good consistency and make accurate shots when you play the game.

The last three are usually the serving, return serve and the match play which need to be learnt well. These are the finishes touch which will help in converting all your recently learnt skills to points in match. It is actually of no good, when your abilities do not transit in a competitive situation.

How Long Should You Practice:

Once you have learnt how to play the game, you shouldn’t sit back and relax, believing you have learnt the game and you have nothing to worry. Just like all other sports, you need to practice the game so that you are able to master all skills. You need to spend at least one hour each day, as you practice so that you are able to master the skills the well.

Fundamental Skills to Master Table Tennis:

In modern days, there are a few table tennis skills which you need to master so that you succeed in the long run. If you are really keen to learn the game and play well with your best paddle, remember these are the fundamental skills, which you need to know.

  • Grips – You need to master the grips well. There are usually two kinds of grips which are common in table tennis. Usually shake hand or the orthodox grip is commonly used. The pen hold drip is also quite common.
  • Services – If you practice well, you will learn the services well. Chopped service, the side spin service, the back hand spin service and side spin service are the most common skills which need to be mastered.
  • Strokes – Learning different strokes is important. Some skills which need to be mastered include flat returns, lift return, defensive strokes, chop back hand and more.
  • Counter Attack – You need to learn this powerful stroke too in return of a good stroke.

These are some of the basics in Ping Pong which need to be learnt well.

history of ping pong

History of Ping Pong

Ping Pong is one of the most popular sports played worldwide. This is one game, which can be played by the young and adults alike. It is played locally, in the clubs, sports centers and between two groups as well.

Just as all other sports, Ping Pong too had a humble beginning. It is known as a ‘parlor game’. This is one of those games which were completely open for anyone, who would have ball, a paddle and a table. The history of the game dates back to the 1980S. The game was played in the lawns and local clubs. It was soon played as a popular game of the sports enthusiasts and played indoors during the winter season.

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The Person behind the Name Ping-Pong:

Ping Pong is actually the trademark name for table tennis and its associated equipment. The name was invented by J. Jaques and Son, which was a local firm. The game started in the early years of 1800s. The game soon was trademarked by the Park Brothers in United States. This was a board game. This is one game which started quite early and was picked up in the later years. It became a popular sport in a short time. Tournaments were being held in the next few years. It is known that more than 300 people participated in the game, when it started. In the year 1922, The Table Tennis Association was formed. This was previously known as the Ping Pong Association when it was initially developed.

Ping Pong in Japan

It was in the year 1902, when a famous Japanese University professor took this wonderful game to Japan. The game was soon introduced to the students in Japan. Later, Edward Shires who was a British salesman introduced this game in different countries like Budapest and Vienna. This is how the game started spreading in different countries across the world and started gaining popularity in a short time. In Britain, the game became quite popular and was played by the middle class populous. Soon, many leagues started developed in different areas which included Plymouth and Sunderland as well. In the year 1922, the famous club All England was formed. This club became much popular and produced several legendary names from the sports arena. In the later years, the Daily Mirror also sponsored one tournament. This tournament had the largest number of participants. There were more than 40,000 competitors playing the game at the time.

Birth of English Table Tennis Association

It was on April 24, 1927 that English Table Tennis Association was born. Ivor Montague who was the son of Lord Ewatthling was the chairman of the association. It is said, that he was actually the man or the architect behind the modern day game of table tennis. However, as it happens in all situations, he too was widely criticized. This was the time with the association had 19 leagues. Today, there are more than 300 leagues. There are more than 75000 registered players.

First World Championship:

It was in the year 1927, the first world championship was played.  The game continued to be popular in the next few years. In the 1950S, the game witnessed a major change with the introduction of sandwich or a sponge rubber. This was considered to be a perfect new material suitable for bats. This is used all over the world even now. It is used to cover the pimpled rubber which tends to be a little uncomfortable at times.

Modern Days:

Table Tennis is now a well established game which is played all over the world. People, who are showing keen interest in the game are increasing in number. In the year 1988, Table Tennis was first played in the Olympic game. There was huge television coverage for the game. The men’s single game garnered a lot of interest from different corners of the world. More than two billion people across the world saw the game. The game continues to be played with keen interest all over the world. The craze and popularity of the game is expected to rise further in the next few years. Undoubtedly, this is becoming one of the most watched and played games of the world.