Activities Sports & Athletics Learn to Play Table Tennis Share PINTEREST Email Print blue jean images/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Table Tennis Basics Playing & Coaching Gear Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Greg Letts Greg Letts is a world-ranked table tennis player and an Australian Level 1 table tennis coach. He wrote the eBook, "How to Win at Table Tennis." our editorial process Greg Letts Updated May 24, 2019 Pictures say a thousand words, especially when you're trying to learn a sport that is both a simple and as complex as table tennis! Try these step-by-step pictorial lessons and one-sheet how-tos that provide easy introductions for ping-pong beginners as well as valuable tips for advanced table tennis players. How to Play the Basic Strokes of Table TennisIt's easy to learn the basic strokes of ping-pong, and once these are mastered you will build on these strokes to play the advanced shots of modern table tennis, as played in the Olympic Games. Learn the fundamentals from step by step explanations, photographs, and videos. How to Choose Your First Ping-Pong PaddleAre you looking to copy the top Olympic table tennis players? It's virtually impossible to do with a cheap table tennis bat, but you don't have to spend a fortune either (and in fact, it's not a good idea to spend too much), so here's what to look for when picking your first serious ping-pong paddle. Beginner's Guide to ServingThe serve is one of the most important areas of table tennis, but also one of the most difficult to understand as a spectator. Learn why the serve is crucial, and how to improve your own serve. Beginner's Guide to Returning ServeThe return of serve is the receiver's first chance to nullify the advantage held by the server. Find out why the return of serve is important in Olympic table tennis. Ping-Pong or Table Tennis? Which is the Correct Name?Commentators at the Olympics seem to use ping-pong and table tennis interchangeably - which is right? Does it matter? How to Put Your Strokes TogetherOnce the serve and return of serve are completed, the players will fight for control of the rally. Learn how to put your own strokes together to maximize your chances of winning each point. The Magic of SpinWhat separates table tennis at the Olympic Games from ping-pong in your basement? The answer is simple but also incredibly complex - spin! Local Table Tennis TournamentsAre you inspired by the ping-pong players at the Olympic Games? Want to enter your first official tournament? Here's how to find a local tournament near you. What to Bring to a Table Tennis CompetitionEver wondered what the pros carry in their table tennis bags? Here's a heads up of the equipment they carry, and what you'll need to be fully prepared for your own competitions. Doubles Tips for Table TennisAlthough no longer contested as individual events at the Olympics, doubles is still included as part of the team's competitions. Here are some tips on how to improve your own doubles play, and which will help you understand what the top Olympic players are doing out on the court. Table Tennis Training for BeginnersWant to make it to the Olympics? You'll need plenty of training - here's how to get started on the right foot. Ping-Pong Footwork for BeginnersSpeaking of feet, it's important to know how to move them and where to put them! Find out the basics of table tennis footwork here.