Table Tennis is a great way to get your mind and body agile!

Table Tennis is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small bat. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, the rules are generally as follows: players must allow a ball played toward them to bounce one time on their side of the table, and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side at least once. A point is scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. Spinning the ball alters its trajectory and limits an opponent’s options, giving the hitter a great advantage.

Health Benefits

Table tennis has a whole host of health benefits, for both mind and body. It’s a great, low-impact sport and can be played competitively or just for fun!

Playing table tennis can improve hand-eye co-ordination, improve concentration and help you to de-stress. It is also a great work-out for those who want one: whether you’re playing doubles or singles, table tennis can be a fast-paced competitive sport.

When played at an intense rate, it can be a great way to burn calories and get fit.

Table tennis has been known to improve reflexes and is perfect for those who want a low-impact workout with friends!

Getting Started

Table tennis is growing in popularity and the great news is that you can get started with very little equipment! If you can find a partner and a table to play on, you can simply start playing and see a fast improvement.

Your first task will be learning how to grip the racquet. It is worth experimenting with different types of grips to find the one which allows most comfort and flexibility.

Remember to wear appropriate footwear – table tennis requires quick agile movements so footwear should have just enough grip to stop the player from slipping around but not so much grip that a player can’t move quickly to one side when returning a shot.

There are plenty of online tips, but why not go along to your local table tennis club, where you can play socially and make new friends in the process!