As with learning any skill, you can improve on your own up to a certain point and then you’re going to need some guidance to get to take your table tennis skills to the next level. That can be through a multitude of different ways from 1 to 1 coaching, in person courses, joining a club or taking an online table tennis course.
One such course that we can highly recommend is Table Tennis University. Having dived in over the last 2 months we’re going to share our thoughts of this amazing table tennis course and give you a sneak peek at what you’ll get should you sign up. So enough chat, here’s our Table Tennis University review.
About Table Tennis University
Before we cover it in more detail let’s take a look at who’s put it together, what it is exactly and the coaches you’ll be learning with.
Table Tennis University is an online table tennis course created by former Chinese pro player Tao Li. His goal was to take you from a beginner or intermediate player and give you all the tools you need to take you up to an elite level player as quickly as possible.
It contains hundreds of videos covering all the topics, skills and strategies you need to equip you to win more shots and games. Taught be coach Tao Li himself it you’ll quickly learn the skills to become a table tennis master and start winning more games.
It also has two courses on fitness and footwork taught by Scott Armstrong a certified personal trainer to give you the tools to avoid injury and improve your footwork and movement around the table.
What You’ll Learn
Table Tennis University is multiple table tennis courses bundled into one. It covers a broad curriculum of topics and it’s suitable for all abilities as it has courses and videos for multiple different levels depending on whether you’re a brand new beginner, an intermediate or advanced player looking to level up your skills.
Here’s the promo video to give you a quick overview.
You can purchase each course individually or get the bundle which is all 10 for a heavily discounted price. The courses and their individual pricing are listed below:
- Basics Mastery (Free)
- Service Mastery
- Forehand Loop Mastery
- Backhand Loop Mastery
- Forehand Smash Mastery
- Drill Demonstrations
- Weekly Lessons
- Coach Q&A
- Xtreme Footwork Conditioning
- Extreme Explosive Power
You can also sign up for a free sample of all the videos here.
We’ll now cover a few of these courses that stood out to us and we think will be the of the most interest.
Basics Mastery (Free)
The first course in this bundle is the Basics Mastery Course. It contains 12 lessons covering the fundamentals of table tennis like how to grip your paddle, basic service, footwork tips and then each type of shot you’ll need to know about in the rest of the course. It’s a good starting off point to make sure that you’ve got a great foundation of skills to build upon in the rest of the courses.
This course is ideal for beginners and those who’ve never had any formal table tennis lessons or coach. You can sign up to for free by clicking below.
The next series that we’d recommend for beginners and intermediate players is the Service Mastery Course available within Table Tennis University. It covers a number of different serves to give you a fantastic foundation and tools to use and mix up your game and keep your opponent on their toes.
You can buy this as a stand alone course or as with all the courses it’s available when you sign up to the bundle.
The Three Stroke Mastery Bundle
There are three individual courses looking at three different types of strokes: Forehand Loops, Backhand Loops and the Forehand Smash. These are really comprehensive and gives you 30 or so drills for each one on how to play the stoke against all sorts of different shots and in different scenarios. These three courses alone will give a lot of work to practice and work on.
You can also purchase access to each of these courses individually or as a bundle for a very reasonable price which is essentially buy 2 get one free.
One of the most impressive parts of Table Tennis University is the Drill Demonstrations course. It’s made up of 148 videos of different drills for you to train and is a massive resource for those wondering what they should be practicing. It’s worth noting you’ll probably need a table tennis robot as your partner could get pretty bored. It’s available to purchase on its own but for not much more you can get this and all the other courses. We think this part of Table Tennis University is a huge selling point of the course and we spend most of our time going through these videos as there are so many.
The last course that we highly recommend is the Weekly Lessons Course. It’s made up of 52 lessons that are mini lessons ranging from 5 – 15 minutes of coaching on what you should be practicing that week. Each lesson includes a minute by minute PDF training schedule to download and use as a roadmap of what to practice each week. To be honest this alone is probably worth the price of the whole course and it’s almost guaranteed that by following these lessons you’ll improve a lot.
What did we love?
There were a number of highlights of this course that are worth mentioning.
The sheer amount of content is such an amazing resource to have. Knowing that you always can log in and get a lesson on a certain stroke, learn a new serve or just get some practice ideas for new drills to start going over is such a pro of this course and something we haven’t seen in any of the other table tennis courses we’ve tried. It’s fantastic value when you consider that you could literally spend years working through all the lessons which would cost thousands of dollars to get from a 1 on 1 coach.
It was very inspiring to log in and know exactly what to work on next. The progress bars were also very encouraging to see the progress we were making.
What could have been better?
There were a few things that could have been better that are worth mentioning.
One thing was a handful of the videos weren’t quite the quality we’re used to. The videos were originally on DVD and we think were filmed in the early 2000s so the quality isn’t what we’ve become accustomed to in the 2020s and there were a couple of videos that were a little hard to watch.
One thing we didn’t like was where they put slow motion on the videos. They were trying to slow it down and make it easier to see the subtle movements but sadly it doesn’t work too well and at times can make it harder to see what’s going on.
That being said, for the quality of the content that Tao Li’s teaching and expertise it’s something we could easily see past.
One other thing to be aware of is that Tao Li is Chinese and although his English is very good there were some moments where it was a little harder to understand. You might need to rewind a couple of times to get the gist of what he is teaching.
At the time of writing, Table Tennis University will set you back $297 which is a fair chunk of change. The question is, is it worth it?
Considering the sheer amount of great content that you get, what you’d pay for the equivalent amount of time with a coach in real life and the fact that you have access for life we think it’s definitely worth the money.
If money is a little tighter though, sign up for one of their free courses: Basics Mastery – which will get you up to speed on the fundamentals or they have a free sample selection of videos called Improve Your Table Tennis Today which contains a couple of videos from each of their different courses. You can also check out their YouTube channel for more examples of their work.
Overall, Table Tennis University gets a resounding five star rating from us here at Ping Pong Ruler. We’re still going through all the weekly lessons and drills and probably will be for a good while longer as there are so many!
It’s an amazing reference tool that you’ll be going back to for years as you improve your game and while it won’t be real 1-1 coaching in person you can watch the videos over and over again to really take in the lessons and improve your game.
We’d highly recommend it and wish we’d found this earlier in our table tennis careers. For more information and to sign up for free check out their website below.