Table tennis for beginners
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Table tennis for beginners

Learn how to play table tennis. Course covers basic strokes, drills, serves + more. Easy to follow video instruction.
4.6 (86 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,200 students enrolled
Created by Tom Lodziak
Last updated 7/2017
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • How to hold a table tennis bat, how to stand and how to move
  • Basic strokes, including forehand drive, backhand drive, backhand push and forehand push
  • 21 different training drills to help you improve your skills
  • How to serve, including backspin serve, sidespin serve and topspin serve
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Requirements
  • No previous table tennis knowledge or experience needed.
Description

In this popular course, I’ll show you how to play table tennis. You will learn how to hold the bat, how to stand and how to move.

You will learn the correct technique for the basic table tennis strokes - a forehand drive, a backhand drive, a forehand push and a backhand push. Plus, I'll show you 21 training drills to help you improve your skills.

You will also learn how to serve. I'll show you how to do a backspin serve, a sidespin serve and a topspin serve.

Each video lesson includes links to external resources, where you can read more about each topic.

To become a great table tennis player, you need to master the basic skills first. This course will help you do that.

Over 2,000 students have already signed up, with a review average of 4.6 out of 5. This is a really good course for learning table tennis. Go for it!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn table tennis
  • Ideal for beginners and improvers
  • Also useful for more experienced players who want to refresh their knowledge
  • Parents who want to coach their children
  • School teachers who deliver table tennis classes
  • Other coaches who want ideas on how to teach basic table tennis skills
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
01:46:52
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Getting started
4 Lectures 24:22

An introduction to my course 'Table Tennis for Beginners'.

Preview 02:25

In this video, I show you how to hold a table tennis bat. I focus on the shakehands grip which is the most common grip used in table tennis.

Grip
06:45

In this video, I explain how you should stand when playing table tennis. You need a stance which allows you to move quickly from left to right, right to left, backwards and forwards without losing balance. 

Stance
06:41

In this video, I explain how to move when playing table tennis. It doesn’t matter what style of table tennis you play - you could be a forehand attacker, a backhand attacker, a blocker, a lobber, a chopper - you need to get your feet and body into position to play shots effectively.

Movement
08:31
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Basic strokes
6 Lectures 39:20

In this video, I explain how to play a forehand drive. The forehand drive is one of the main attacking shots used in table tennis. It has a little bit of topspin on it, but mainly it’s a flat hit and very powerful.

Preview 08:01

In this video, I explain how to play a backhand drive. The backhand drive is also a strong attacking shot, usually played close to the table. For most players it’s not quite as powerful as the forehand drive because the stroke is a bit shorter, but you can still get decent power. 

Backhand drive
08:21

In this video, I explain how to play a backhand push. The backhand push is a defensive shot, played close to the table, where you put backspin on the ball. The main reason you use a backhand push is to make it difficult for your opponent to attack. 

Backhand push
08:03

In this video, I explain how to play a forehand push. Most players find this shot more difficult to do compared to the backhand push.  You are probably not going to use this shot as much as the others we have looked at so far, but you will most likely need to use it in every match you play. 

Forehand push
07:49

In this video, I demonstrate some more training drills you can do to improve your stroke consistency and footwork.

Additional training drills
05:32

In this video, I summarise what we have learnt during the course and what you should do next.

Final thoughts
01:34
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Service
6 Lectures 19:09

An introduction to the section on service.

Introduction to service
01:30

In this video, I explain some service rules and show you how to serve legally.

Service rules
04:27

In this video, I show you how to do a backspin serve.

Backspin serve
03:56

In this video, I show you how to do a sidespin serve.

Sidespin serve
02:31

In this video, I show you how to do a topspin serve.

Topspin serve
02:51

In this video, I explain how you should use your serve, including varying the spin and placement.

Using your serves
03:54
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Bonus section: "How to" lessons
4 Lectures 24:01
How to read service spin
07:42

In this video, I show you how to return a sidespin serve by using a controlled topspin stroke.

How to return a sidespin serve
05:58

In this video, I show you the technique you need to block a heavy topspin attack.

How to block a heavy topspin attack
05:05

In this video, I show you three things you need to do to get more speed and spin on your forehand topspin attacks.

How to get more speed and spin on your forehand topspin attacks
05:16
About the Instructor
Tom Lodziak
4.6 Average rating
84 Reviews
2,200 Students
1 Course
Table tennis coach

I'm a table tennis coach, player and blogger, based in Cambridge in the UK. 

Table tennis is my passion. 

I am head coach at Cambridge-Parkside Table Tennis Club and coach players of all standards.

Before this, I played for many years in the Central London Table Tennis League for Finsbury Table Tennis Club, before setting up and representing the ever popular Highbury Table Tennis club.

I write a weekly table tennis blog and have a big following of table tennis fans around the world.