How to Play Ping-Pong

Basic Ping-Pong Strokes

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Letts, Greg. "How to Play Ping-Pong." ThoughtCo, Oct. 17, 2017, thoughtco.com/how-to-play-the-basic-strokes-3173505. Letts, Greg. (2017, October 17). How to Play Ping-Pong. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-play-the-basic-strokes-3173505 Letts, Greg. "How to Play Ping-Pong." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-play-the-basic-strokes-3173505 (accessed October 20, 2017).
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In order to play a good game ping-pong, you need to master the basic strokes first. Without a solid foundation in the basics of table tennis, you will struggle to use the advanced techniques of elite players successfully. Learn how to play ping-pong the right way with these tips on different positions.

Note: The positions and strokes shown here are just a few of the many you will need to know to play a great game of ping-pong.

Basic Strokes: Step by Step

Here are some of the basic ping-pong poses so you can improve your game. 

Serving Positions

Serve up the ball in a variety of ways using any of these positions:

  • The Forehand Tomahawk Topspin/Sidespin Serve -- Side View: The movement of this serve is similar to how American Indians were shown waving their tomahawks in movies. It can be performed anywhere along the endline. The sidespin on the ball will tend to make the receiver's return go towards the server's forehand side.

Rally Strokes

Click on these links to learn more about different rally strokes.

  • The Forehand Loop Against a Push -- Side View: This position lets you hit the ball around six inches over the net with medium-fast to fast speed and heavy topspin to help bring the ball down on the other side of the table.

  • The Backhand Block Against a Loop or Drive -- Front View:  Against a light to medium backspin, you want to hit the ball over the net slowly to medium speed and add a backspin for better ball control.

  • The Forehand Smash Against a Lob: This shot is used to hit a lobbed ball very hard onto the playing surface in an effort to keep your opponent away from the table. You'll want to angle the ball away from your opponent so that he or she cannot reach it, or play the ball straight at your opponent so that he or she cannot get out of the way in time -- having to play a cramped stroke.

Once you have mastered the basic strokes, find out how to use them together to play your best table tennis.

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Letts, Greg. "How to Play Ping-Pong." ThoughtCo, Oct. 17, 2017, thoughtco.com/how-to-play-the-basic-strokes-3173505. Letts, Greg. (2017, October 17). How to Play Ping-Pong. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-play-the-basic-strokes-3173505 Letts, Greg. "How to Play Ping-Pong." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-play-the-basic-strokes-3173505 (accessed October 20, 2017).