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Tips For Table Tennis Beginners

Table tennis is an easy game to get into. You don't need to be particularly fit to play, and there's very little specialized equipment required, so you can get started quickly and easily. Thanks to falling prices, many people are getting table tennis tables for their homes - and even if space is at a premium, many tables fold up for easy storage, so it's practical, too. To become a really good player, it does take a bit of skill and practice. Here are a few tips for table tennis beginners.

The first and simplest tip is to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. This may not seem important, but agility is an important element, and you need to be able to move your arms and legs freely. Having said that, it's a good idea to tuck loose shirt-tails away - you don't want to get clothing caught on the table while you're playing.

Work on your serve. This is something that you can practice on your own, if necessary; just move the table up against a wall, so you don't have to walk to retrieve balls, and get to practicing. Try to get plenty of variation into the serve, aiming for different areas of the table, keeping the ball low, and trying to introduce some slice and spin into your serves. It may sound difficult, but after a bit of time practicing, you'll find that your serve becomes a useful weapon.

Generally, in table tennis it's often the aggressive players who win games. A lot of people, especially beginners, play cautiously, concentrating on getting the ball over the net, but not really thinking about what to do next. As your skill at returning the ball increases - and it will - try to mix up your shots, sending your opponent wide of the table by aiming for the sides and then hitting your next shot to the opposite side of the table, or playing a fast, low shot followed by a short one. Even if you don't win the point, you'll still have some fun watching them huff and puff!

Finally, learn to use your forehand. Once you have mastered this shot, applying topspin to the ball as you strike it, you'll find that you can hit the ball with fearsome speed and power quite easily. Watching your opponent scampering after a well-hit shot is one of the joys of table tennis!

Ryan Landow is a product manager at Ping Pong Central. The company is an online retailer of ping pong tables and a accessories.

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