[Video] How to play deceptive shots – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to play deceptive shots – with Craig Bryant

When we play our drives and topspins, we usually give our opponent signals as to where we are going to put the ball. In this video, Craig Bryant explains how we can disguise our shots better, by using less body movement and more wrist movement to change where we put the ball. This can make it much harder for your opponent to read your shots. It’s a great way of forcing your opponent to play weak shots or hitting outright winners. Keep reading

Why I miss the stress of competition

Why I miss the stress of competition

My table tennis club has been open for six weeks. I have enjoyed the dedicated practice time. I’ve been trying to develop my attacking game – topspin rather than block, flick rather than push. This week I even hit a few backhand winners. This is a new experience for me! But whilst this extended period of practice is having some benefit on my game, I am really starting to miss competitive play – league matches and tournaments. I am a little surprised by this, as I actually find league matches and tournaments quite stressful. Keep reading

[Video] How to improve your table tennis grip – with Mark Mitchell

[Video] How to improve your table tennis grip – with Mark Mitchell

In this video, pro coach Mark Mitchell explains how to improve your table tennis grip. How you hold your table tennis bat has an impact on the speed, spin and control of your shots. Many players hold the bat too tight, which creates tension in the arm and makes it hard to play with good spin and feeling. Mark explains the benefits a looser grip and shows how to grip the bat to enable more relaxed and explosive shots. Keep reading

Do your serves compliment your playing style?

Do your serves compliment your playing style?

I have a player I coach who has very strong drives. He can hit the ball hard and with good ball placement with both his forehand and his backhand. However, this player has a service problem. Yes, his serves are decent and spinny, and sometimes win him points outright. But in general his serves do not compliment his playing style. He often gets stuck in pushing rallies and loses the point. In this blog post, I explain how you can use your serves to set up the type of rally you want and win more points. Keep reading