I’m now a full-time table tennis coach!

I’m now a full-time table tennis coach!

I have great pleasure to announce that I am now a full-time table tennis coach. Over the past few years I’ve been doing both my day job and table tennis coaching on the side. But my coaching has been going so well, it has become viable to do it full-time. I am hugely excited by this. In this blog post, I share some of my plans for the future and also explain how my new career has got off to a disastrous start! Keep reading

Short pause from blogging

Short pause from blogging

I’m taking a short pause from my table tennis blog because of illness. I was admitted to hospital last week and diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Fortunately I was diagnosed and treated quickly, so I was able to avoid some of the really bad complications you can get with the infection. I am now recovering at … Keep reading

Table tennis training camps in UK and Europe

Table tennis training camps in UK and Europe

A great way to improve your table tennis skills is to attend a table tennis training camp. There’s usually a lot of group training drills, focusing on technique, movement, service, receive and match-play. Some training camps will also include 1-to-1 coaching, so you can really work on your own specific needs. In this blog post, I list the best training camps in Europe and the UK.  Keep reading

(Video) A simplified approach to returning serves

(Video) A simplified approach to returning serves

Returning serves can be really tough. One of the big reasons is ‘uncertainty’. You don’t know what the server is going to do. In this coaching video I share an approach to returning serves – a simplified way – which reduces decision making and uncertainty. This approach will hopefully help you return more of those tricky serves you struggle with. Keep reading

A light-hearted look at the Team World Cup 2018

A light-hearted look at the Team World Cup 2018

Last week, I went to the Quarter Final session of the Team World Cup in London. I could write a gushing blog post about how amazing all the professional players are, but I don’t fancy doing that. Instead, I thought I’d write some light-hearted ramblings about my experience. So stick with it. I’ll try and entertain you with my witty (this might be pushing it) table tennis anecdotes and observations. Keep reading

Guide to buying a table tennis table

Guide to buying a table tennis table

So you want to buy a table tennis table? It’s not an easy decision. There’s a lot of choice available. In this blog post, I share advice about how you can tell a good quality table from a poor one, which brands are best, how much you should spend and where you can buy. I also give specific recommendations on which table tennis tables to buy for your home, club and school. Keep reading

(Video) How to improve your 3rd ball attack

(Video) How to improve your 3rd ball attack

One way to win more points, and generally raise your level, is to get really good at 3rd ball attacks. This is where serve, your opponent returns and you attack the next ball. Sometimes this may be a winner, but not necessarily. In this coaching video, I explain some of the key aspects of 3rd ball attack… Keep reading

Best table tennis bats for beginners

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… Keep reading