Common Beginner Ping Pong Players Mistakes to Avoid

If you’ve recently discovered ping pong and already you’re in love and eager to learn more, then our list of the most common mistakes beginners make will help you to progress faster, as a player that can easily dominate any match.

First, we’ll come some ping pong basics that many newbies aren’t aware of, such as the correct way to hold the paddle.

A Gentle, Confident Grip

If you’re holding the ping pong paddle too tightly, then the muscles in your wrist will also be too tight. This, in turn, can restrict movement and slow down your reflexes. As a result, you’ll find it much harder to change the angle of the paddle when you’re switching from one serve to another. Basically, you’ll have less control and feeling.

When you’re holding the paddle, use a looser grip, which will allow you to freely move your wrist in order to generate more spin.

Distance Yourself from the Ping Pong Table

If you’re standing too close to the table, you’ll quickly find yourself struggling to return shots that land deep. Try to stand at least a foot away from the table. At this distance if the ball lands deep, you’ll have more space to return it. If the ball is returned short, you’ll still be able to step in and get closer.

Follow Through

When using forehand strokes, does the paddle cross your body and finish at your left shoulder? If this happens, it’s an indication that your stroke is too long. This can make it difficult to recover and serve a tough shot. Try to finish a stroke in front of your body instead. This will allow you to be prepared to play the next shot faster and more easily.

Using Too Much Force

Try to avoid using too much force when you return a shot. If you hit the ball too hard and fail to use the proper technique you’ll make mistakes. Slow down and focus on using the correct techniques. If you want to return the ball using more force, only use around seventy percent of your power, as opposed to smashing the ball using one hundred percent of your power.

Final thoughts

Ping pong is much more challenging than people think. There’s plenty to learn and it will definitely take plenty of practice in order to become a good player. However, every player has to start somewhere. So, if you want a fun, relaxing place to practice for your next ping pong match, stop on by the Met where you’ll also get great tips and advice from our staff who also happen to be avid ping pong players.

How to Become a Better Competitive Ping Pong Player

If you’ve already mastered the basics of ping pong and want to take your ping pong skills up a notch, we can show you how. We’ll teach you how you can create the type of serve that will force any opponent to play right into your strengths. We’ll also teach you how you can make your opponent really pay for leaving their ball too high in the air, how to generate more spin, and how to come up with your own unique strategy.

Practicing with a Skilled Player

When you’re trying to improve as a player, you need to practice with another player that can really challenge you. This will help to expose your weaknesses and any holes you may have in your playing strategy.

Find the Right Paddle

You may be a pretty good ping pong player, but if you’re using the wrong type of paddle, one that doesn’t jibe with your playing style, then you’re doing yourself a disservice. So, the best thing you can do to instantly improve your playing is purchase a paddle that will work for you. Every player has their own preference, but here are some tips that can help you to determine which type of paddle is right for you:

  • If you have a defensive playing style then you’ll want to go with a rubber paddle. This style will help to reduce spin.
  • If you’re more of an offensive player, then a rubber paddle that has a high amount of stick will work to increase spin capabilities.
  • Handle style is also crucial. Because of this, it’s important that you try out a number of different paddles before you buy. Hold each paddle, practice a few swings, and go with one that feels comfortable in your hand.
  • Paddle weight can also have an impact on how you play. Make sure you choose a weight that will work with your swinging style and the amount of force you typically use.

Creating a Killer Serve

Your serve is what sets up how a point is going to be played. Because of this, it’s important that you focus on developing a couple of strong serves. Adding some spin to your serve can be a great way of doing this. The ball will bounce off your opponent’s paddle when there’s spin on the ball. Focus on creating serves based on some of the opponents you’ve played in the past. Remember, the serve you use will be based on your opponent’s playing style, so it’s always good to have two or three different types of serves that you can rely on during an intense, challenging match.

Top Pool Tips for Beginners

If you’re new to pool then you may wonder just how long it’s going to take you to learn the ropes. But the truth is, your dedication and commitment to practicing is what’s going to determine how quickly you’ll master this game. However, if you want to progress faster, then you can’t ignore the basic rules. Below you’ll find some of the best pool tips that can make a huge impact on how quickly you progress and can even give you an edge over your opponent.

Basics for the Newbie

Before you even challenge a player to a game of pool, there are some basic rules and tips you should follow that can have a positive impact on your performance.

  • Did you know that having a strong pool stance is actually critical to how well you play? Because of this, it’s important to develop the right pool stance. When you play, you need to stand strong with your feet placed firmly on the ground and focus on your balance.
  • Before every shot, chalk your tip. If you don’t, then you’ll be more likely to miscue a shot.
  • Make sure you’re holding the pool stick correctly. There are different ways you can try holding the stick, but whichever method you choose, you must make sure that the stick is aligned with your body, which will make it easier to swing it.
  • For visualization, use ghost ball aiming. In order to make a great shot, imagine a ball is in front of the object ball that you want to strike. This technique will help you to visualize where you should hit the object ball.
  • Learn the right aiming techniques. Never exaggerate an aim. Take your time and visualize the cue ball so you can properly aim.
  • Practicing  breaking. Learning how to correctly break can help to set the tempo of a game. As a newbie, you should hit the center to break. Try to avoid breaking using crazy angles.
  • Confidence in pool is critical in order to make a difficult shot.
  • In order to improve your skills, try practicing every day. The more often you practice, the faster you’ll improve as a player.

Pool at the Met

The Met is one of the leading family run businesses in the state. Our pool tables and ping pong tables draw people from all over. We feature a great setup that includes pro-quality tables and equipment, so users of all skill levels can enjoy a challenging game with family and friends. So, stop on by today to try out one of our tables and try a new cocktail as you brush up on your pool or ping pong skills.