Summer is finished. The new league season has started. Today, we study the table tennis lessons for novice players. If a new player comes to me and asks me to correct his technique. I will first ask him to learn the 10 basic skills in table tennis. Then I will explain him this first ping pong lessons.
There is also an online table tennis course that you can take to improve your skills. So what is the first lesson that I can give him? Or which part of his technique that I will look at first? This is the first lesson that every new player should know. Having a correct grip is crucial in table tennis. It lets you feel the ball, and perform the technique properly. Remember: You will never improve with a wrong grip. Holding the racket is like the ABC lesson.
Backhand dominant of Forehand dominant player? An experienced coach just needs to see the hand calluses and can tell you if you have a good grip or not. He also can guess that if you are a forehand or backhand dominant player. The good players will have the similar calluses. Look at your playing hand, I will explain it right now. This is my hand. You can clearly see the calluses.
There are 3 calluses on the bottom of the little finger, ring finger and middle finger. A good coach by just watching your hands can guess exactly your playing style.
And there is also the callus on the side of my little finger. They are formed because you hold the handle of the racket. So every player should have these same calluses positions. But look! Turn back your hand, and look at your thumb. You should see one or two calluses on your thumb. These calluses are formed because you apply the pressure while doing the stroke. These calluses are the fingerprint of your playing style. If you have a big callus on the base of your thumb , you are a forehand dominant player. Forehand players should practice the best tactics to serve and attack.
But if you have a bigger callus on the side of your thumb, you are the backhand dominant player. How did I know that? You must have a loose grip, and you should apply the pressure only at the moment you hit the ball. If you ask other Chinese coaches, they always say this same principle.
For the backhand strokes, you apply the pressure on the side of the thumb like this. So you must have the callus on the side of the thumb. For the forehand stroke, the index finger will press the racket, and the edge at the bottom of your thumb will be under pressure. Here are the best way to hold a table tennis paddle. The correct grip example that you should follow! Loose and comfortable grip helps you to increase the speed, the acceleration of your short. Therefore, the spin and the speed ehance.
You should not hold the racket tightly with the middle, and the ring finger. Just hold by index and thumb. This method is proven by many top Chinese players. For the forehand stroke, apply the pressure by using the index finger. Learn to apply the pressure only at the moment of contact. This is very important! This is a very important point. Many amateur players just hold the racket the wrong way. They hold the racket too perpendicular. Which is not good!
But you can only block on your forehand side. I really love coaching in table tennis. I want to say that table tennis is very technical. So you need to practice table tennis techniques in small details. These small details can make you from a good player become the best player. Do you have a good grip? And how many calluses that you have? Tell me by commenting below. See you, EmRatThich! I hope that this ping pong lessons will correct your bad grip and help you improve fast! Feel free to ask me any question!
I really liked the way the grip on the handle was explained. I think I have been holding the bat too firm and must loosen my grip and try to hold the bat parallel to my forarm. When I read about correct play it seems to sink in a lot more than just watching videos. Thank you. You are right Billy. If you watch the pro A players in France, top 50 in the World , you can see how loosely their grip. I watch them playing personally, and play with them. So I know it very well. With Kreanga, Cedric, Liam, Quentin.
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