1. If you’re going to succeed, you really do have to keep your eye on the ball, not on the folks around you.
2. Sometimes, for the best shot, it’s better to stand back, and take the longer, wider view. You have more control and choice that way.
3. You have to keep in mind that something unexpected is always likely to happen.
4. Depending on the circumstances, a gentle response might work just as well as an aggressive smash.
5. You have to be adaptable; if the ball is coming at you with a spin on it, it’s not going to land where you expect it to.
6. There is such a thing as too much spin – the ball won’t land on the table.
7. If you’re playing with a partner (doubles) you usually have to take fewer risks.
8. Sometimes when it looks as if you’re definitely winning (or losing) the score will suddenly change; so you should never get too complacent, and you should never give up.
9. Scoring points is fun, but improving the quality of your game is what makes it worthwhile.
10. Any game has the potential to be stressful or fun – it all depends on how you approach it.
11. It takes a lot of work and practice to improve your game. The main thing is to keep at it, keep trying, and above all, keep moving!
12. Know when to quit!