Good riddance to 2020

It’s been a crap year. And the beginning of 2021 doesn’t seem it will be much better either. Table tennis – like most other sports – has taken a big hit. Leagues and tournaments have been cancelled. Clubs have closed, re-opened, and then closed again. Huge numbers of people have stopped playing altogether. It is … Keep reading

The benefit of disruptive shots

The benefit of disruptive shots

Disruptive shots unexpectedly change the speed, spin, length or direction of the ball. Examples of these shots are the chop block, forehand fade, around the net, snake / wiggly, a push with sidespin, a smash with backspin, taking the ball off the bounce, strawberry flick or even a slow and spinny topspin – all sorts of weird and wonderful shots. Are disruptive shots effective? Will they win you points? Should you use them? Keep reading

[Video] Epic sidespin serve tutorial

[Video] Epic sidespin serve tutorial

In this video, I give a detailed explanation about how to do a long fast sidespin serve. This is my favourite serve – and the one which wins me the most amount of points in local league table tennis. It’s a great serve for forcing mistakes, and setting up third ball attacks. In the video explain the technique and also talk about tactics – where to place the serve and how to use the serve effectively in matches. Keep reading

[Video] Tom in training #2 … Help me improve! (Nov 2020)

[Video] Tom in training #2 … Help me improve! (Nov 2020)

Here’s some footage of my last training session, filmed the day before the latest lockdown. In this session coach Ferenc Horvath is once again helping me to develop my attacking game. As always, I am happy to receive constructive feedback. Just leave a comment with your thoughts on what I need to do to improve. Keep reading

29 table tennis shadow training ideas + FREE workout sessions

29 table tennis shadow training ideas + FREE workout sessions

In this video I share 29 shadow practice exercises you can do in your home. Shadow practice is a great way of exercising and developing your technique. You don’t need any equipment – you just practice the movements of table tennis shots – drives, loops, chops, flicks, smashes. You can use the shadow practice ideas in this video to create your own exercise routine. Even 5-10 minutes a day can make a difference to your fitness and technique. I also share links to free 30-minute table tennis exercise sessions. Keep reading

[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