JOOLA: Learn To Pong Like A Champ
Watch our Pong Like A Champ video mini series and get the latest tips from National Champ, Peter Li, on how to improve your game!

1.  Developing the Forehand Smash
JOOLA's Peter Li Using The Forehand Smash
The forehand smash is probably the most frequently attempted shot in table tennis.  However, a smash actually requires more technique than most expect since it is a combination of power and speed. According to 2011 U.S. National Champion, Peter Li, one major problem for many recreational players is that they tend to over-extend their arm when going for a forehand smash, which significantly decreases both the power and the consistency of the shot. In addition, many recreational players use little to no hip rotation when forehand smashing, which leads to more of an all-encompassing issue, since hip rotation is key not only for the forehand smash but also in most aspects of the game. For example, hip rotation allows a player to create more power behind the shot and enables a smoother transition to get ready for the next shot.
If you find that the reasons above are frequent culprits for lost points, take a look at some tips from Peter Li:

2. Learning the Sidespin Serve
JOOLA's Peter Li Serving

A well-developed sidespin serve can give players a significant advantage during a game. There are two basic types of sidespin serves – the forehand sidespin serve and the backhand sidespin serve.

Don’t forget about the importance of hip rotation! With good hip rotation and some practice, you should be able to master the sidespin serve quickly.
3. Learning the Long Fast Serve
JOOLA's Peter Li Performing A Long Fast Serve
The long fast serve, if you’re smart about it, can be very effective. This serve is often used to force a sudden change of pace during a critical point, so with the right timing and placement, you can catch your opponent by surprise and take advantage of a weak return. Like preparing for the forehand sidespin serve, make sure to bend your knees, extend your non-dominant leg in front of your dominant leg, and bend your body forward. For a consistent long fast serve, focus on getting the first bounce within a foot of the baseline with one quick stroke. For the best results, it is recommended that you aim the serve into the opponent’s weaker side. However, regardless of where you serve, it is very important that you are ready for the follow up shot. Another thing to consider is to keep your opponent guessing on where you’re going next. Thus, make sure you mix up the placement of your serves.
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