Posted by Tenpin at 4.00pm on 29 May 2014
Ping Pong, Table Tennis, whatever you call it,
it's good, old-fashioned fun. We've got some great tips to
improve your game. So next time you've finished bowling you
can play your hand on the Table with a smaller lighter ball.
Read this blog for all you need to know to
Just remember, it's the taking part that counts.
Mix up your batting speed to throw your opponent off. Take short
shots and long shots aimed at different sides of the table. If you
dare to test yourself, vary it by putting a spin on the ball.
If you're not particularly skilled when it comes to aim or
backspin, ditch the fancy moves and rely on consistency.
Focus on the return, on simply keeping the ball in play for
as long as possible. Sooner or later, your opponent will get bored
or overconfident and slip up somewhere. When they do, go for
the slam dunk equivalent of table tennis!
See Though The Spin
Learn to identify what kind of spin your opponent is using, and
then counteract it. If they move the paddle (bat) from low to high
when they hit, they're adding topspin; counteract it by hitting the
ball above the centre. If their paddle moves from high to
low, that's backspin; return the ball by hitting it below the
Float Like a Butterfly
Mohammad Ali knew the value of fancy footwork. If you're
left-handed, stand slightly left of the middle (right of the middle
if you're right handed). Try to get into the habit of taking a step
forward with every strike of the ball. Then step back again, ready
for the next stroke. If you don't have time to move your feet, at
least move your body with the ball. Putting your whole self behind
each stroke will give you more precision and power.
As with all things, practice makes perfect. So if at first you
don't succeed… there's always reliable bowling, the
arcades, the pool tables and Sector 7 Laser!