How to warm-up before a match (if you only have five minutes)

One of the challenges of local league table tennis is that you often don’t get very much time to warm-up. By the time you get to the venue, you may only have five minutes to warm-up with your team-mates, and then it’s straight on with the matches. Your first match isn’t great. You’re a bit tight and tense and you don’t play anywhere near your best level. You moan to yourself about the fact that you haven’t had a proper warm-up. What can you do about this? In this blog post I explain how you can improve your warm-up routine, even if you only have a few minutes to warm-up.

Guide to the best table tennis balls

Buying table tennis balls should be an easy task. They’re just small balls which make a “ping-pong” sound, right? Well, not quite. There’s a lot of choice available and a huge variance in quality. So, what balls should you buy? In this blog post I share my experience of the new plastic balls and give recommendations of which balls to buy. I also explain why I’m still using celluloid balls during my coaching sessions, plus a great tip on where to buy lots of celluloid balls for a cheap price. Lastly, I give recommendations on which balls to buy for casual play.

The backspin serve challenge

Here’s something fun for you to try. Ryan Jenkins, a Welsh international table tennis player, has set a challenge. You have to do a backspin serve which bounces once on the server’s side, once on the receiver’s side and then bounces back over the net to the server’s side again. You get five attempts. Every time you do a successful serve, Ryan will donate £1 to Pink Pong. Ryan got 3 out of 5. Will I get more?

Review: Palio Expert 2 Table Tennis Bat

One of the most popular table tennis bats for beginners is the Palio Expert 2. As there is a lot of interest in this bat, I thought I would write a review. I also have a Palio Expert 2 table tennis bat, which I sometimes use in coaching sessions with beginners. As I’ve had many hours of playing time with the bat, I feel well placed to give my expert view. Here’s my review…