I often have conversations with players I coach about when they should move up a division. Some players want to move up local league divisions quickly. They are eager to play in a higher division, even if their win percentage in their current division isn’t very high. My advice? I tell them not to move up a division too soon. I tell them to get a 70% win percentage in their current division first. When they get this 70% win percentage, then they can think about playing in a higher division. What’s the reason behind this? Why 70%? Let me explain…
A common problem players have when trying to block heavy topspin, is that the ball shoots long past the table. I know this problem very well, as I used to really struggle with heavy topspin when I first started playing competitive table tennis. Thankfully, the solution is quite simple. In this video, I explain how to block heavy topspin and how you can use aggressive blocks to put your opponent under some serious pressure.
It can often be a challenge to find information online about where you can play table tennis. In an internet-obsessed age, we expect to find all information online. But table tennis clubs aren’t always great at having an online presence. But do not despair! In this blog post I share a great new(ish) website with you, which makes it easier to find a table tennis club near you.
This was my first year playing in the top division in Cambridge. The standard in Division 1 is much higher than Division 2. Looking at the statistics of other players who moved up through the divisions, most got between 10-30% in their first season in Division 1. So I knew it was going to be tough. In this blog post, I share my experience of playing in the top division and reveal whether I managed to win a match. I also give some advice on how you need to develop your game if you want to play in the top division of your local league.
In this blog post, I share some advice about buying an outdoor table tennis table, including information on brands, cost and some practical advice for how much space you need in your garden and how to look after your table. I also give a few recommendations on which outdoor table tennis table to buy.
This week’s blog post is dedicated to the great Larry Hodges. If you don’t know who Larry Hodges is, where the heck have you been? This man is MR TABLE TENNIS. He’s an inspiration to me, both as a coach and a writer. In this blog post, I’m going to briefly explain my love of Larry, shamelessly plug his new book (and a previous book which is the best table tennis book I’ve ever read) and share a recent interview, where he reveals his most important table tennis tip he’s ever written.
Some table tennis players have blistering forehand attacks. Blink and the ball is past you. Other players have steady forehand attacks. They can get the ball on the table consistently, but their attacks lack the speed and spin to really give you any trouble. What are the strong forehand attackers doing, which the weaker forehand attackers are not? Here are my tips on how to get more speed and spin on your forehand topspin attacks.
One of the (many) ways you can get better at table tennis is to improve the placement of your attacks. This is often what separates ‘very good’ table tennis players from merely ‘good’ table tennis players. In this blog post, I share three simple tips to take your attacking game to the next level…
A great way to improve your table tennis skills is to attend a table tennis training camp. Training camps are held all across Europe and typically last 3-5 days. During this time you will play a lot of table tennis! There’s usually a lot of group training drills, focusing on technique, movement, service, receive and … Read more
You may have heard about this website called ‘Facebook’. Apparently it’s quite a popular social media site. All the cool kids are on it. Well so am I now! Yes, I know, I’m about 10 years behind the times. Actually I was an early adopter of Facebook when it first came out. But I switched … Read more