This is one thing that I really try to inculcate in my students' mind.
Not everyone is given the same skills. A teammate or opponent can be quicker, sharper. But that doesn't have to put you down. You can always try to work harder on your game. And one day, even you will be surprised with what you can do.
Just push as hard as you can!
A match or an exchange starts with a serve. If there is anything that you need to master first, it is nothing but the serve. Get some tips from this video:
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If you are thinking about taking up the sport, let me convince you even further to go ahead.
No Age or Gender Requirement
Teenagers play it a lot. It is common to see parent-child team matches. Even senior citizens can enjoy the game!
This one is closely related to the first point. These days, it's not that easy to gather the family, even for meals. That will not be the case if the family can enjoy the same activity.
Can Be Played Anywhere
Ping pong gear is easy to acquire and maintain. Tables these days can also be folded or wheeled for easy storage. They also don't take up too much space so it can easily fit in a vacant corner.
Some tables can also be used and kept outdoors.
If you have joint problems or are prone to back, knees, or ankle injury, ping pong is the sport for you. It is not a contact sport so the risk of injury is very small.
Given my love for the sport, I can go on and on enumerating reasons why you should play it as well. For now, let me end this way: give it shot, and then let me know how it goes.
If you have been following ping pong on the world stage, I'm sure you know who Tomokazu Harimoto is.
He is a table tennis prodigy who is already a decorated player at 13 years old. He has been breaking records and defeating more experienced players left and right!
He was born to parents who also competed and coached so it was not surprising that he has the talent. And he started playing at 2 years old.
My son is 5. He sometimes comes with me at work. We also play at home. Skill can be acquired and polished through time but I can say that the form and the interest are there.
Of course, I will be most thrilled if he decides to take up the sport seriously. But as with other parents, I will just be happy to support him in whatever he decides to pursue.