1. You will have to get used to The Cho.
For those who don’t know it’s what a lot of table tennis players shout when they are particularly excited to win a point. In most sports it’s a “come on!” or a loud “Yes!” but in table tennis it’s Cho! Some people love it some people hate it especially when it involves a certain 13 year old Japanese world junior champion.
Tomokazu Harimoto - photo via ITTF
2. You will lose horrifically to old people with pimples.
Newbies playing against an experienced player with pimples are normally always very one sided affairs. Especially long pimples they’re particularly nasty and put all sort of weird spins on the ball, resulting in lots of frustrating points where you have no clue what went wrong. New article coming soon on how to beat your bogey player!
Photo by: Laura Pannack
3. You're going to be spending loads of money on equipment.
There is no way of avoiding this especially with today’s equipment options. There’s thousands of rubbers and blades available all with different thicknesses, sponge hardness and handle types. This long list of available equipment shows no sign of slowing down either. Each year more and more being brought onto the market. As soon as you do find the right combination a shiny new blade will be released and you'll want that instead. This is a very expensive and, at times, very frustrating process. Of course with TableTennisDaily reviews on YouTube and equipment review centre the process is now a bit easier ;)
4. You will have to play for hundreds of hours to improve a small amount.
It's not one of those sports you can just pick up and beat a local league player. You will have to dedicate yourself completely before getting any good wins against experienced players. Research into practise by Professor Anders Ericsson called “The Role of Deliberate Practise in the Acquisition of Expert Performance” states that you need to put 10,000 hours of training to become elite at a sport. In table tennis, kids in China have done 10,000 before the time they are 13 so you better get practising.
5. The table tennis online community is great.
Table tennis players online really love to help and you can learn a lot from them. There is now a large community of online table tennis players that giving out amazing advice on how to improve, what equipment to buy and much more. Here’s a link to our forum which is full of great friendly advice as well as pro players and coaches very willing to help your every need. https://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/forum.php
6. Knowing the right time to attack is vital.
Most beginners usually go either one way or the other, they either try to smash short, heavy, backspin serves as hard as they can and dump them in the net. Or be so scared to miss that they open their bat face and hit the ball ten miles in the air just to make sure it goes on. The perfect balance is needed. This of course like everything in table tennis is much easier said than done.
7. You can’t underestimate the power of a great serve.
It's all well and good being able to hit the ball at a thousand miles per hour but if you can't serve you are done for. Here's an example of ex England top 50 player, TableTennisDaily’s Dan getting dominated by one of the best servers in the world Par Gerrel. Sorry Dan..