For any beginner ping pong player, it will be some time before skill levels can be risen and technical abilities improved. One has to learn through mistakes, or trial and error. It is a process that cannot be avoided. In fact, it should be embraced in its entirety as it molds character and durability in the field of table tennis.
However, it is always good to know what mistakes others have made before. Take these lessons and learn from them to develop your own capabilities as a ping pong player and become proficient in it. As they always say, failure leads to future success.
The non-technical attributes are often the most important in any sport. Having natural talent is the ideal situation, but most people do not enjoy such the luxury. Instead, they must make it up with their determination and commitment to succeed.
This will have to be manifested in a person’s consistency in practice, and the discipline required to maintain a consistent level of training and learning. Again, unless one was born to play ping pong, it is rare that anyone can succeed in the sport without regular training to produce improvement in both skill and fitness levels.
One of the most important mistakes that beginners in ping pong make is the reluctance to invest in good equipment from the start. This normally arises from the mindset to save money. If the intention to learn and enjoy the game is serious, then it will pay to spend some money on good quality table tennis table equipment. Imagine buying a cheap paddle and then not learning a good grip. The result will be poor performances when playing ping pong and that could quickly dampen one’s enthusiasm and motivation to do better. It is therefore imperative to acquire decent quality equipment to facilitate enjoyment and improvement in the game
Another thing to avoid from the start is the eagerness to learn all the secret tricks of ping pong. These usually catch on due to their use by the top professional players. But the first steps should be to learn and perfect the fundamentals of the sport. Basic areas like learning the different ping pong strokes and knowing the right stance to take during a game are things that every beginner should embed in their memory and body mechanics before trying advanced techniques.
With all this in mind, a sound base with right fundamentals can be created over time. There will still be mistakes made as any beginner is likely to do so. However, that does not mean failure. In fact, they are necessary to become better at ping pong, and to truly appreciate the sport.