Frequently Asked Questions About Table Tennis

  1. What ages will you coach?
    Ages 6 to 100
  2. Is coaching done individually or in groups
    You may request individual lessons or schedule a group lesson with your friends or family. (maximum of 4 to a group)
  3. What kind of paddle should I use?
    There are many factors to consider for your first paddle. We can make recommendations based on your age, experience, playing style, budget, and frequency of playing. We can also assist you in selecting and ordering your equipment and having your paddle built to your specifications.
  4. What if I am new to table tennis?
    For players who have never had any coaching or are beginners, most of your time will be spent learning basic strokes and fundamentals until you are ready to do more advanced drills.
  5. What if I am a more experienced player?
    More experienced players will have most of their time doing multi-ball drills designed to compliment their individual playing style.
  6. What skills should be emphasized in training?
    Every table tennis coach has a slightly different approach to improvement. My own take is that the skills that should be emphasized in training fall into the following four categories:

    1. FOCUS – Stop thinking! Concentrate! This little bit of wisdom has something to say about focus. To allow yourself to be fully focused your mind has to be free to really concentrate. It is far easier to stay focused in a match when you have the confidence that your game is fundamentally sound. Training sessions devoted to improving focus involve repetition and emphasis on correct strokes and specific ball placement.

    2. BALANCE – Being in the right position to play well involves having a wide stance with feet fairly far apart creating a lower center of gravity. Balance training sessions involve combining multiple strokes and practicing normal patterns of movement involved in matches.

    3. TOUCH – You should feel like your paddle is an extension of your body. This means you should find a good racket that feels right to you and is suited to your individual style of play and try not to play with anything else. Practice sessions emphasizing touch often involve serves, serve returns, and drills that include changes in speed and spin.

    4. STRATEGY – The right match strategy can be the difference between winning comfortably and losing badly. Everyone you play will have different strengths and weaknesses. Knowing how to play someone is the key to success when playing against your toughest opponents. Practice sessions emphasizing strategy include developing multiple plans and playing out points in match simulations.