Basic Ping Pong Strokes

Basic Ping Pong Strokes

At LV Cheesesteaks, we know we have serious ping pong players that come in to use our regulation sized tables. But if you’re new to ping pong and want to learn how to master the game, then our info on ping pong strokes can make all the difference in your next match.


This light topspin stroke called a drive can produce low ball trajectory. It’s considered the primary offensive stroke used in ping pong and it’s a great move to use to set up winners and force errors. Mastering both backhand and forehand drives will be important because it will give your opponent fewer options in terms of the type of attack they use to counter your serve.


A push is a basic backspin shot that you can use to return certain types of close, low shots, or to change the pace of a game. It’s considered a defensive shot and it allows placement for anywhere on the table. A push should be done by using your right foot to step in. The ball will make contact right after the bounce with an open paddle. But how open the paddle should be will be based on the intensity of the backspin. If you’re dealing with heavier backspin, then you’ll need a paddle that’s more open in order to return the ball over the net. When using a push, you’ll need to keep the ball low, using a variety of paddle angles and different levels of backspin.


Blocking will allow you to use the force of your opponent against them and it’s done right after the bounce so that max speed and control are retained. How you adjust the angle of the paddle will depend on topspin severity. Basically, the more topspin there is, the more the player should close the paddle. Since this is a type of cut down drive, there will be minimal follow through and backspin. Blocking should be thought of as a type of backup shot that you can rely on when there’s not enough time for a loop or full drive shot. This move can be used offensively as well, depending on how much control the player has over the block. The wrist should be used to vary the direction of block returns.

Mastering Strokes

Keep in mind, you can’t master these strokes overnight. But with patience, practice, and a friend or family member who’s willing to show you the ropes and help you perfect these moves, you’ll notice significant changes in your playing style in just a matter of weeks.

Ping Pong Master Strategies for Newbies

Ping Pong Master Strategies for Newbies

At LV Cheesesteaks, we’re not only known for our authentic Philly cheesesteaks. In fact, many people all over the state stop on by to check out our famous ping pong room, which is equipped with four regulation full-sized ping pong tables and top of the line equipment. Here at LV Cheesesteaks we love watching family and friends challenge each other to an old fashioned game of ping pong. If you’re new to ping pong, our staff can even help show you the ropes.

Below you’ll find some great tips and tricks that our staff have compiled, that will give you an advantage over your opponent the next time you stop on by for a challenging ping pong match of one on one or two on two.

It’s All About Control and Speed

When you play ping pong, you need to use the type of paddle that can improve your performance. When you hit the ball faster and harder, you can generate a lot more spin, which can help to improve your control over the ball and the match itself. And as you hit the ball faster, you can easily generate a heavier spin that will overwhelm your opponent with each serve.

But in order to get speed and spin, you must learn how to make quality strokes with control.

Below are some great tips that will discuss what you need to do to generate more speed and dominate your next ping pong match.

  • If you want to overwhelm your opponent with a more powerful serve, then it’s important that you make sure you get the proper amount of spin on a ball in order to gain more control. To do this, you’ll need to make attacking strokes on the highest trajectory point of the ball. This is usually the most effective and easiest way.
  • During an intense match, stick as close to the table as possible. Always keep your eye on the ball and expect the unexpected, in terms of trajectory.
  • To beat your opponent, you need to make sure that your first serves are fierce, calculated, and well controlled.
  • When your opponent serves, keep an eye on the paddle movement and contact point. You must learn how to read each type of spin, whether it’s backspin, a long serve, topspin, or a short serve.

How to Return a Serve Like a Boss

If you enter a match with a new player and have no real strategy, the best thing you can do is pay close attention to their serving style and return like for like in terms of power and speed. Keep your eye out for any type of serving patterns, which will give you a better idea of how to anticipate your opponent’s moves and what type of serve to counter with. As an example:

  • If you’re dealing with a short high serve, then you’ll return with a flip
  • For a slow low serve, you’ll return with a short, low serve
  • Medium or short serves should be met with a powerful backhand serve.

Final Thoughts

You can’t expect to become a pro ping pong master overnight, but by closely observing your opponent and getting a better feel for their playing style and the types of serves they tend to rely on, you can easily come up with a unique strategy that will definitely smash their defense and take them by surprise.

Hosting a Ping Pong Party for the Whole Family

Hosting a Ping Pong Party for the Whole Family

Hosting a ping pong tournament for the family can be a great way to bond with the kids by doing a fun activity that kids and adults of all ages can enjoy. We’ll go over everything you need to host a fun day of ping pong that will quickly become a family tradition.

Getting the Gear

Before you can throw your own family ping pong tournament, if you don’t own a ping pong table, then the first thing you need to do is rent all the gear. This will include a regulation sized ping pong table, the appropriate number of paddles, a net, and the balls. You can find many local sports and recreational rental stores in your area. If you’re playing with younger children, then make sure you choose a table that’s highly adjustable, one that will allow you to raise or lower the legs in order to accommodate shorter players. Once you have all the required gear, then you’re ready to go!

Challenging Family Fun

Before the big event, make sure you choose a family member or friend who is well-versed in the rules of ping pong. As a ref, they can help to keep track of the score and write it down on a sheet of paper. This can be important for more serious players, since it can be easy to lose track when you’re in the middle of a challenging game.

For younger children, keep the game simple. Explain the rules as clearly as possible and don’t forget to include rewards for the winner of each match!

Rewards and More

For the adults, good food and day of fun playing ping pong is more than enough, but if you’re hosting a ping pong tournament for younger players, make sure you pick up some affordable, but fun rewards that a child can win should they win a match or the entire tournament. This is a great way to get the kids excited for ping pong, while keeping them active and allowing the whole family to interact with one another and enjoy themselves.

Food and Drinks

At LV Cheesesteaks, we offer the best food in town to go. So, if you need food, desserts, and beverages for your home ping pong tournament, and don’t want to go through the hassle of cooking, call in your order and we’ll have it hot, ready, and waiting for you to pick it up in under half an hour.