Stroke Repetition for Beginners by Michael Landers


It is a well-known fact that practice makes perfect. It’s virtually impossible to just get good at something overnight. Just like in any other sport, muscle-memory is extremely important in table tennis. When I was younger, my coach would have me stand in front of a wall for 20 minutes each day practicing my forehand stroke. In table tennis, stroke repetition is possibly the most important method for a beginner. It is an absolute necessity to have a basic stroke that is exactly the same every time before you can move on to more advanced play. If your arm movement deviates too much, developing a more advanced stroke in the future is nearly impossible. Many players who never had a coach to show them how to properly hit the ball use the unorthodox strokes they learned in their basement and find it difficult to improve their game. By learning how to hit a correct forehand and backhand, the chances of improvement are greatly enhanced. There are so many table tennis players who maxed out their potential due to the sole reason of not learning the game correctly. The basic forehand stroke should go something like this:

You should start somewhere around your hip and finish in line with your forehead. By accomplishing this, you put yourself in the right spot for becoming a better player.

Other info:

Many newcomers to the sport of table tennis never learn one important thing: the proper stance while hitting the ball. It’s important to position your legs correctly so that you are properly balanced. For right-handed players, you should position your left leg a tiny bit in front of your right, enabling you to get into a rhythm while rallying forehand to forehand. While hitting the ball, try to transfer your weight from your right leg forward. For left-handed players, do the opposite. (Right leg in front of left) Make sure your legs are positioned correctly and remember the stroke: low to high - this generates the spin on the ball, thus making it arc over the net and landing on the other side of the table.

How to practice:

To practice these first steps to becoming a champion, set your Newgy Robo-Pong table tennis robot on a relatively low frequency and speed. Have the robot dispense the ball to your forehand and do so for about 20-30 minutes every day. When I was younger, I would do the same with my Robo-Pong every night. I quickly saw an improvement in my game. If done correctly, you’ll be ready to move onto the next step in little to no time at all.

Good luck and have fun!

Michael Landers

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