I’ve completed my first year of being a full time table tennis coach. Whoosh! The past 12 months have flown by. But what has it been like? Am I bored of table tennis yet? Did I earn enough money to pay the bills? Has my body survived the hours and hours of coaching? And what are my plans for the future? In this blog post I give an honest review of life as a table tennis coach. Keep reading
In this video, top coach and service expert, Craig Bryant, explains how to serve at different lengths. Craig demonstrates how to serve short, long and half-long. He uses markers to show where the ball should bounce on either side of the table. Craig also explains the benefits of each service length and discusses which service length will best suit your style of play. Keep reading
This league season I have been playing with the JOOLA Fever blade. This is an offensive carbon blade and one of JOOLA’s best sellers over the past few years. It has a 5+2 ply build with the 2 ply build formed by lightweight carbon meliorate. But is it any good? How does it perform when topspinning, hitting, pushing, blocking and serving? And what type to player should consider using this blade? Here’s my review… Keep reading
Some players attack. Some players defend. Others like to mix up defence and attack. Some use lots of spin. Others prefer flat hits. Some players like to stay close to the table. Others will go three metres back. Most players use inverted rubbers, but others use pimples or anti-spin. So many options. So many playing styles. But which is best? Which playing style will give you the most success? Let’s explore these questions… Keep reading
In this video, I took an in-depth look at how to play against and beat players who use long pimples. Many players at beginner and intermediate level find long pimples difficult to play against. This is because the long pimples changes the spin on the ball in a way that players are not used to. But long pimples are predictable. Once you work out how the spin is changing, it becomes much easier to beat long pimples players. Keep reading
In this video, pro player Paul Drinkhall demonstrates the forehand flick. Paul uses the forehand flick to attack short backspin serves or pushes. He combines speed with very good placement to put his opponents under pressure. In the video, Paul describes how to do the forehand flick, the importance of placement and how much power you should use.
As we age, we do decline physically. We are not as fast, strong and nimble as we once were. But the great thing about table tennis (at the amateur level at least), is that power and athleticism are not essential to win matches. If you’re a senior player (60 years+), what is the best way to compete with, and beat, younger players? In this blog post, I give nine areas you can focus on to help you get the better of your younger, fitter and stronger opponents. Keep reading