In our previous article we covered the different methods you can conduct table tennis training in order to improve your game. In this article we are going to get more specific and look at the different types of drills you can practice during your training. From my own experience, I find that most players have their own personal preference on what type of drills they wish to practice.
For the basis of this article, I am going to talk about two specific drills which are particularly beneficial for the beginning table tennis player. If you feel that these drills are too simplistic or too undemanding then I suggest you read my article on higher level table tennis drills.
Drill 1 – The Forehand/Backhand Counter-Hit
The counter-hit is the most common practice drill for table tennis players both beginner and advanced. In this drill you are hitting the ball from the right side of the table to the opponent’s right hand side of the table (diagonally).
The more you practice this drill the easier it becomes and you will find you and your partner will have long rallies hitting the ball to one another. Once you have mastered this forehand technique, the next step is to move onto the back hand counter-hit. This is very similar to the forehand, except that you are hitting the ball from the left side of the table (rather than the right) using your backhand instead of your forehand.
Drill 2 – Forehand and Backhand Looping
Once you have mastered the basic counter-hit it is time to practice one of the fundamental shots in table tennis – the forehand loop. If you’re unsure what the forehand loop is then I would strongly suggest you read this before continuing.
This drill is quite similar to the counterhit (same area of the table), except one partner is now looping the ball while the other proceeds to block. The idea of this exercise is consistency. The maximum benefit from this drill is achieved when the blocker and the looper are consistently getting the ball on the table.
For further practice on your forehand loop you can then move around to the backhand side and use your forehand loop against your partner’s backhand. This is another popular warm up drill.
I would recommend spending at least 2 minutes counter-hitting and 3 minutes looping for each partner (5 minutes each for backhand and forehand).
My final advice is to be courteous to your partner. Don’t spend 10 minutes looping yourself and forget to give your partner a turn. Try to be considerate by allocating a certain time for each player to practice their warm up drills.