Review: Eastfield Allround table tennis bat

There’s a new table tennis brand on the market. The new brand, Eastfield, is the creation of Ben Larcombe, who runs the popular Expert Table Tennis website. The first bat to be released under the Eastfield brand is the Eastfield Allround table tennis bat. This bat is aimed at players who are learning the game and want more control and feeling, rather than blistering speed. Ben very kindly sent me an Eastfield Allround bat to try out. I’ve been using the bat on and off for the past month in my coaching sessions. Here’s my review…

Best table tennis bats for beginners

As a coach, I often give advice to beginner players about what table tennis bat to buy. There is a lot of choice available and if you have never played before it’s quite difficult working out a good bat from a rubbish bat. Rather than giving my wisdom only to players I coach, I thought it would be good to share my thoughts on the best beginner bats to a wider audience. So here’s what I tell my beginners…

Best table tennis bats for intermediate players

When players I coach progress from beginner to intermediate standard, I encourage them to buy a better bat. But what the heck should they buy? There are just so many bats available – all with different levels of speed, spin and control. For a player who is buying their first ‘proper’ bat, it can be quite an overwhelming experience. But do not worry, help is at hand. In this blog post, I share the advice I give to the intermediate players I coach (including specific recommendations). I hope my advice helps you too…

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.

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…

Best table tennis bats for junior players

I often get asked by parents which table tennis bat their child should use. There is a ridiculous amount of choice available, so I completely understand why parents seek advice, especially if they do not play table tennis themselves. In this blog post, I will share the advice I give to parents of juniors I coach. My advice is based upon two main factors: age and playing standard. I will look at two different age groups (4-8 and 9-16) and give a few recommendations for each age group.

REVIEW: Butterfly Amicus Professional Table Tennis Robot

When I first started playing table tennis, I bought the basic Practice Partner 100. A good entry level robot which is not that expensive. But it had a very limited range of spins and drills. I wanted a robot which was able to replicate more realistic spins and sequences of balls. It took a while to decide on which robot to buy. I went on table tennis forums and decided in the end that the Butterfly Amicus Professional was the one that would do virtually everything I wanted. I have had the robot for a few months now. Here’s my ‘for’ and ‘against’ appraisal.