Table Tennis Strokes & Techniques

Learn the essential strokes and techniques of Table Tennis. We recommend you follow these videos in order as they progress from basic to advanced.

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Get a Grip
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Get a Grip

Strokes & Techniques | 4:03

Learning the correct way to hold the bat is essential. The correct grip allows you to develop your strokes using the correct technique.


How To Serve
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How To Serve

Strokes & Techniques | 3:58

Having problems with a basic serve? This lesson gives you simple pointers that make it easy for you to start serving legally.


The Most Important Skill
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The Most Important Skill

Strokes & Techniques | 2:58

Learn what PingSkills thinks is the most important skill to master. Although this is a very simple lesson, the idea applies to every level of player.


Basic Stance
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Basic Stance

Strokes & Techniques | 2:16

The quickest way to tell the difference between a beginner and an expert Table Tennis player is how they stand. Alois explains how and why you should concentrate on your basic stance.


Forehand Counterhit
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Forehand Counterhit

Strokes & Techniques | 4:04

This is the first stroke every player should learn. Once you have mastered this shot, you can easily build upon it and learn more advanced strokes.


Backhand Counterhit
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Backhand Counterhit

Strokes & Techniques | 4:54

The backhand counterhit is a very important stroke. You need to master this to progress onto the backhand block and backhand topspin strokes.


The Finish Position
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The Finish Position

Strokes & Techniques | 3:21

If you are having troubles learning a new stroke then then focus on the finish position. It is the most important aspect.


Backhand Push
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Backhand Push

Strokes & Techniques | 3:13

The backhand push is a defensive stroke using backspin to make it hard for your opponent to attack. Watch this video lesson to learn how to play it.


Forehand Push
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Forehand Push

Strokes & Techniques | 3:17

The forehand push is a defensive stroke using backspin. This lesson will teach you how to play this stroke effectively.


The Push in Detail
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The Push in Detail

Strokes & Techniques | 6:56

Having a great short push can be the difference between being an average player and being a great player.


Forehand Topspin Against Block
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Forehand Topspin Against Block

Strokes & Techniques | 3:10

To win matches in Table Tennis, you need to learn this attacking stroke. The speed and spin you generate using this shot will make it very difficult for your opponents to return.


Backhand Topspin Against Block
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Backhand Topspin Against Block

Strokes & Techniques | 1:38

The backhand topspin is an attacking stroke that once mastered will win you lots of points. Try and learn this stroke alongside the forehand topspin.


Correcting Errors
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Correcting Errors

Strokes & Techniques | 1:00

When trying to correct an error in your technique, try thinking of it as learning a new stroke.


Backhand Block
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Backhand Block

Strokes & Techniques | 5:06

The backhand block is used to counter a topspin stroke. Once you can return your opponents attacking strokes, you will take your game to a new level.


Forehand Block
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Forehand Block

Strokes & Techniques | 3:24

The forehand block is one way to counter a topspin stroke hit to your forehand side. Learn this stroke to keep yourself in the rally when your opponent attacks first.


Forehand Smash
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Forehand Smash

Strokes & Techniques | 4:54

The forehand smash is a harder stroke to play than it looks. Follow the tips on this video lesson to ensure your smash is an effective weapon.


Forehand Topspin Off Backspin
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Forehand Topspin Off Backspin

Strokes & Techniques | 3:36

Take your attacking game to a new level by learning how to topspin a backspin ball with your forehand. This video lesson will give you some essential pointers to lift the ball over the net.


Backhand Topspin Off Backspin
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Backhand Topspin Off Backspin

Strokes & Techniques | 4:13

This lesson provides you with some tips to deal with a backspin ball when playing the backhand topspin loop.


Forehand Flick
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Forehand Flick

Strokes & Techniques | 4:56

When your opponent plays a short ball to your forehand, you can play an attacking stroke by using the flick. This stroke is also known as the flip.


Backhand Flick
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Backhand Flick

Strokes & Techniques | 7:03

The backhand flick allows you to attack a short ball. Learn this stroke to make it more difficult for your opponent to stop you attacking.


Forehand Chop
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Forehand Chop

Strokes & Techniques | 3:19

The forehand chop is a defensive stroke played away from the table. It is mainly used by defenders but can also be incorporated into an attackers game when forced away from the table.


Backhand Chop
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Backhand Chop

Strokes & Techniques | 5:28

This video lesson teaches the backhand chop. It also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using long pimples on your backhand.


Drop Shot off a Lob
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Drop Shot off a Lob

Strokes & Techniques | 2:23

Learn the best way to play the drop shot off a lob and expand your options for winning the point once you have forced your opponent into lobbing.


Drop Shot off a Chop
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Drop Shot off a Chop

Strokes & Techniques | 2:04

When playing against a chopper, it is important to use the drop shot to break up your opponents rhythym. By forcing them to come close to the table, your next offensive storke will be more effective.


Lob
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Lob

Strokes & Techniques | 2:37

There is a lot more to a successful lob than simply getting the ball back on the table. Watch this lesson to learn how to improve your chances of winning the point when forced back from the table.


Counter a Slow Spinny Topspin
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Counter a Slow Spinny Topspin

Strokes & Techniques | 8:07

It is difficult to return slow spinny topspins. Although the ball is slow, the topspin makes it hard to return effectively. This video demonstrates 3 ways to counter such a ball.


Topspin to Topspin
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Topspin to Topspin

Strokes & Techniques | 3:39

This lesson discusses how to play a topspin off a topspin. This is also known loop to loop and is one of the most spectacular rallies in Table Tennis.


Sidespin Forehand Topspin
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Sidespin Forehand Topspin

Strokes & Techniques | 3:08

Curve the ball past your opponent with the sidespin forehand topspin. The sidespin not only causes the ball to curve but also makes it very difficult to return.


Backhand Sidespin Flick
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Backhand Sidespin Flick

Strokes & Techniques | 4:09

Attack the short ball and make it much harder for your opponent to deal with by imparting sidespin on the ball. This lesson teaches you how to play this increasingly popular shot.


Leg Position
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Leg Position

Strokes & Techniques | 2:42

One easy way to spot a beginner is from their leg position. Beginners tend to stand up straight.


Footwork Basics
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Footwork Basics

Strokes & Techniques | 4:04

This lesson teaches you the basics of how to move around the court. Table Tennis is a very fast game so it's important to learn how to get into position quickly. Follow these tips and you'll be moving


Anticipation
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Anticipation

Strokes & Techniques | 3:19

How is it that a player can always seem to get back those extremely fast topspins? Is it their incredible anticipation?


Advanced Forehand Topspin
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Advanced Forehand Topspin

Strokes & Techniques | 7:55

Once you've mastered the start and finish position of the forehand topspin, you can focus on finer details. In this video we discuss weight transfer, use of the wrist, bat angles and more.


Long Pimple Chop Block
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Long Pimple Chop Block

Strokes & Techniques | 4:05

Learn how to play the chop block using long pimples


LP Attack Against Backspin
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LP Attack Against Backspin

Strokes & Techniques | 1:33

Learn how to attack backspin balls when you are using long pimples.


Backhand Smash
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Backhand Smash

Strokes & Techniques | 4:15

Our advice is to avoid the backhand smash and play the forehand smash instead. However if you do need to play it, watch this video for the correct technique.


Forehand Topspin Variations
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Forehand Topspin Variations

Strokes & Techniques | 3:55

A great weapon is being able to vary the amount of speed and spin on your forehand topspin stroke.


Backhand Topspin to Topspin
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Backhand Topspin to Topspin

Strokes & Techniques | 1:55

The backhand topspin off a topspin ball is one of the hardest to learn in table tennis. Learn how once you know how to play the backhand topspin you can master this shot and play some great backhand c


Slow Spinny Topspin
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Slow Spinny Topspin

Strokes & Techniques | 2:33

Playing a slow spinny topspin can be very effective and by learning this stroke you will win a lot of points.


Advanced Backhand Topspin
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Advanced Backhand Topspin

Strokes & Techniques | 5:05

Learn how to use your wrist, forearm, and hips to generate more speed on your backhand topspin.


Improving Your Reflexes
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Improving Your Reflexes

Strokes & Techniques | 4:36

Learn how to react quicker so you can get to that really fast moving ball.