I practiced my forehand loop without a coach, for all situations (against backspin no spin light back spin topspin far from the table and close to the table) approximately for 100-150 hours but also I had somehow a natural feel/timing for the ball when it comes to FH. I believe with a good coach that knows how to take the best out of a player and explain the stroke correctly you can achieve a very good forehand in 50 training hours.
Note Im talking 50 training hours practicing only FH and footwork for it. It's just my personal opinion and a conclusion I have come with by coaching other players. Some develop really fast, some dont but when I find the key points for every player to adapt then they all learn it quite quickly. Dont get disappointed and try various methods on your training session.
Racket Combination for Beginners
What combination will you suggest for a player who is new to table tennis? What blade should be used? What European rubbers are good? And what Chinese ones are good?
It is wise to choose a slow blade and rubbers with good feeling. Any allwood blade with limba or hinoki outer ply is perfectly fine. As for rubbers they must produce decent spin so that the player can develop the correct feeling in order to produce good spin. I give you a list with my favourite and cheap beginner rubbers
1. Air ILLUMINA (best choice if you ask me)
2. Dawei Super power 2008 XP (for those who like heavy rubbers)
3. LKT/KTL Black Power (black rubber) golden cake sponge & LKT/KTL Red Diamond (red rubber) golden cake sponge
4. Yasaka Mark V
5. Butterfly Sriver FX
6. Dawei Inspiritt Quattro or Dawei Inspirit Quattro Ultra light
Some very good blades with limba are : Stiga Allround, Stiga Offensive, Yasaka Gatien Extra, Butterfly Primorac. KTL instinct