Table tennis for beginners

Learn the basic skills you need to play table tennis like the pros! 100% video instruction + 21 training drills.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

In this course, I’ll show you the basic skills and technique you need 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 core table tennis strokes - a forehand drive, a backhand drive, a forehand push and a backhand push. You will also get access to 21 training drills to help you improve your skills.

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

New for 2017: I have added a new "how to" section which includes videos on common problems beginner and improving players face when learning to play table tennis. 

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

What are the requirements?

  • No previous table tennis knowledge or experience needed.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Detailed instructions on how to hold a table tennis bat, how to stand and how to move
  • Video demonstrations on how to play a forehand drive, backhand drive, backhand push and forehand push
  • 21 different training drills to help you improve your skills

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is ideal for beginners and more experienced players who want to refresh their knowledge. It’s also ideal for parents who want to coach their children, for teachers who deliver table tennis classes in school and for other coaches who want ideas on how to teach the core table tennis skills.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Table tennis for beginners

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


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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


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

Section 2: Bonus section: "How to" lessons

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


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


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

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Instructor Biography

Tom Lodziak, Table tennis coach

I am an table tennis coach, based in Cambridge in the UK. My coaching approach focuses on technique, consistency, movement, speed and power – the fundamentals for any table tennis player.

I started playing table tennis as a 6 year old, whilst on holiday in France. The seemingly simple challenge of hitting a small ball, with a small bat, over a small net soon turned into a lasting passion. The sport is not as simple as it looks! To develop the movement, coordination and technique to return balls travelling up to 100 miles per hour can take a lifetime to master.

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. In 2013, I moved to Cambridge and now coach and play in the city and surrounding areas.

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