A question I’m sometimes asked by players I coach is “should I buy a pair of table tennis shoes?” What the player really wants to know is whether a pair of table tennis shoes help him play better. My answer? Yes, probably, maybe, it depends. Let me explain…
Some players are guilty of not moving their feet when they play. Instead, they reach or lean when trying to hit the ball. This is not good. When you reach or lean, you have far less control over the ball and are far more likely to make mistakes. To help improve a player’s footwork, I often get them doing a small steps training drill. The aim of the drill is to make small steps, left or right, to get into the ideal position to play shots as best as you possibly can. In this blog post, I show you how to do the training drill. The post includes both a video demonstration and a written explanation.
Most table tennis coaches have one ‘secret’ to playing great table tennis, which they favour more than others. It could be a certain type of grip, playing distance from the table, mental preparation or any number of tactical or technical innovations. My ‘secret’ – the one thing I emphasise over all others with the players … Read more
When you play table tennis, do you move efficiently from side to side, back and forth and keep balance? Or do you stumble from one shot to the next, tripping over your own feet? If you’re a stumbler, you probably need to work on your stance. I was definitely a stumbler when I first started … Read more