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I'm about to take a friend of mine to the TT club this Thursday. He has next to no experience holding a paddle and does not play any sport regularly. I'd like to give him a chance to experience the game and have some fun and not get too caught up in the technical details.
Material: Should I let him play with my allround bat with grippy rubbers? Or would it be a better idea to give him something with dead rubbers or a hardbat just so he can get more on the table...
Basics: Should I bother with explaining the correct form of the shakehand grip? Basic serve? Forehand/backhand? What about the ready position?
Shot technique: I'm thinking I'm just going explain the basics I named above and let him hit the ball freely after that. Would that be an alright approach? Or should I try and get him to start with the technique for the drive and push?
Anything I missed?
Give him your all round bat. I think it is better than a hard bat to start with. I would just let him hit for a while and then gauge his interest in learning. Hit the ball anywhere on the table slowly just allowing him to dictate the speed of the ball with you just blocking the ball back, no spin.
As he shows interest you can think about the forehand technique and the backhand technique. I wouldn't try to do too much on the first session. Just let him enjoy hitting the ball around. If he is particularly interested in technique then you can move on to backhands and stance and the other things you mentioned.
The Strokes & Techniques page is a good guide as to the order of learning that we recommend. Work your way down the page.
Good luck with your teaching.
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