Which Strokes Should I Learn First?

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 9 years ago

lachie ruscoe

lachie ruscoe Asked 9 years ago

hey guys, im a quite a new player to the game but a pretty good player. I need to know some easy shots i should start off with and then gradually play more shots, i am good at side spin but have to work on topspin, side-spin and pace shots, please give me an idea of what shots i should try and learn.

(i love your video's)

thanks, lachie 


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 9 years ago

Hi Lachie,

Start with the 4 basic strokes, The Forehand CounterhitThe Backhand CounterhitForehand Push and Backhand Push. After this learn the Forehand Topspin and then the Backhand Topspin.

With regards to the sidespin strokes, don't focus on these. Stick to the basics which will provide you with a much more consistent base to build upon. 


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lachie ruscoe

lachie ruscoe Posted 9 years ago

thanks soooooo much guys :)

Ian Costello

Ian Costello Posted 9 years ago

Can you still be really without learning them first?   [Lachie is right,your videos ROCK]  Thanks.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

No I don't think so.  You need a good base otherwise you will always struggle.

Ian Costello

Ian Costello Posted 9 years ago

So I'll just practice hard on the strokes.

Ian Costello

Ian Costello Posted 9 years ago

After learning or mastering the forehand counterhit, the backhand counterhit, the forehand push, the backhand push, the forehand topspin, and the backhand topspin, what is the pattern for all the other shots?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

There is no set pattern, but probably the topspin against backspin strokes are the next important strokes to learn.

YK Wong

YK Wong Posted 9 years ago

Thanks very much!


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