How to Play Table Tennis, Including Strokes

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Playing table tennis involves an athletic position and good coordination. Find out the basics in this free video presented by a ping pong expert.

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Hi, I'm Elie from Gilbert Table Tennis Center, and today I would like to tell you about how to play table tennis, including strokes. So, basically, if you'd like to play table tennis, and you like to play successfully. So, you would like to stay a little bit lower to the ground. So, in your athletic position, try to bend your knees, and you're going to start point with a service. So, you have to serve the ball like this. And then, when your opponent returns the ball. So, everybody hits once. So, will look like this. So, right now, Bella and I, we using the under spin strokes. So, we're staying with a back spin stroke right now on the back spin side. So, in this stroke, you would like to pay attention that you're brushing the ball through very lightly. And, the ball is leaving your racket with under spin. Then, on the forehand under spin stroke, would look like this. So, here you would like to focus on brushing the ball through again very lightly. Try to keep the ball very low, above the net. So, you don't want to hit the ball too high, like this. Okay, very low. Then, you would like to move your feet as you play, that's very important. Try to stay on the bent knees. Keep your body weight off the heels. So, you don't want to stay on the heels, okay? The next stroke would be a backhand drive. That would be the top spin stroke. And, this stroke, this is much more offensive stroke than the under spin, and it's a very, very wide used stroke. Same idea, we have it on the forehand side. Looks like this, very offensive stroke as well. And, Bella and I right now are going to perform just the point when we play anywhere on a table. And, that's how the point will look in the game. Moving your feet, and watching the ball all the time, very helpful. And, the game will go until 11 points, and the person who scores 11 points is winning the game, unless it's 10-10, then it's deuce, and you have to be apart by two points, either 12-10, or 13-11, 14-12, and so on. And, the match is usually played best of seven and best of five. So, if you're playing best of five, you have to win three games. Three-zero, three-one, or three-two. And, if it's best of seven, then you have to win four games, four-zero, four-one, four-two, four-three. And, I'm Elie from Gilbert Table Tennis Center, and today, I showed you how to play table tennis, including strokes. Thanks for watching.

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