I have been asked a few times by different players I coach to teach them a killer serve. A serve which opponents won’t be able to return. A serve which is guaranteed to win them point after point after point. What do I tell them? Read this blog post to find out…
Final of the men’s singles of the Africa Cup. There are a few spectacular topspin rallies, but mainly it’s a one sided contest. Omar Assar (Egypt) does very well playing to Aruna Quadri’s (Nigeria) weaker backhand side. Almost every time he plays to the backhand corner, Quadri struggles to keep the ball on the table. He either blocks long or gets in a tangle trying to play with his forehand. This match is a good example of how to exploit an opponent’s weakness.
For juniors with dreams of being a table tennis professional, funding is a big issue. In this blog post, I look at a new initiative which helps young aspiring table tennis players raise money for coaching, equipment, travel to tournaments and more.
Take a look at potential table tennis stars of the future in the final of the junior boys singles at the European Youth Championships. Kallberg from Sweden, in particular, looks like he has the game to become a top professional. He also has quite an unusual service action, using a huge backswing, and sollows up with big topspins left, middle and right. Well worth a watch…
Table tennis coaches (myself included) often favour teaching a modern topspin game – service from the backhand corner, playing forehands on ¾ of the table, playing topspin strokes as often as possible, attack, attack attack! But this isn’t the only way of playing table tennis. In this blog post I explore the benefits of unconventional playing styles.
Social table tennis (or ping pong) has become very popular in the UK over the past few years. But for many social players, joining a table tennis club can be quite a daunting experience. In this blog post, I give some top tips on how make the transition from social player to club player.
Great contest of attack vs defence in the quarter finals of the Korea Open. Steffan Mengel from Germany hits some huge forehand shots, but somehow Joo Saehyuk, the great defender from South Korea, manages to keep putting the ball back on to the table. Just when it seems Mengel is getting on top, Joo Saehyuk finds a way back and takes the match to a deciding set.
If you’re like me, you probably have a serve which you consider your best. A serve which often wins you a cheap point or sets up an easy 3rd ball attack. But when is the best time to use your best serve? Should you use it all the time, only occasionally or somewhere in between?