The secret to playing great table tennis

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 … Keep reading

Pitchford and Drinkhall rivalry great for English table tennis

What sporting drama! At the recent 2015 English Table Tennis Championships, Liam Pitchford staged a remarkable comeback to claim his third consecutive men’s singles title. Pitchford was trailing top seed Paul Drinkhall 3-0 and defeat was looking inevitable. But he dug deep, saved two Champinship points in 5th set, before finally securing 4-3 victory. This was … Keep reading

Losing to an 11-year-old

Most adult players have faced the seemingly embarrassing scenario of losing to a player half their size and quarter their age. If this has happened to you, don’t be too embarrassed, because last week two players ranked in the top 100 in the world had a similar experience. At the Safir Open in Sweden, 11-year-old … Keep reading

Can you master table tennis in one year?

There’s been a huge surge in interest in table tennis this week, thanks to the ‘Expert in a Year’ challenge attempted by London coach Ben Larcombe and his friend Sam Priestley. The challenge has been getting plenty of attention in table tennis circles, but over the past week it has gone viral. It was featured … Keep reading

You’re never too old to learn topspin

I love showing players I coach how to play topspin shots. It’s one of the things which makes me happiest as a coach, especially if the player I’m coaching is an older player. You sometimes hear coaches say that if you haven’t learnt topspin by a certain age, you should forget it. It’s too technically … Keep reading

New table tennis blog

Welcome to my new table tennis blog! The purpose of this blog is to share my table tennis knowledge with you. I’ve been playing for many years and coaching other players since 2008. I’ve learnt a lot about table tennis during this time – how to stand, how to move, how to train, how to … Keep reading