[Video] How to move quicker when playing table tennis

[Video] How to move quicker when playing table tennis

In this video I share a simply tip to help you move quicker when playing table tennis. To move quicker, you need to get into a better table tennis stance. This means leaning forwards and keeping low. Then the weight will be on the front of your feet and it becomes much easier to make quick movements. If you can move quicker, you can get to balls quicker and play better quality shots. Keep reading

JOOLA Rhyzer 43 / 48 / Pro 50 Rubber Review

JOOLA Rhyzer 43 / 48 / Pro 50 Rubber Review

Over the past few months I have been trying out the JOOLA Rhyzer rubber range. There are three rubbers – Rhyzer 43, Rhyzer 48 and Rhyzer Pro 50. This is a new series of rubbers by JOOLA designed to cope better with the 40+ plastic table tennis balls. In this blog post, I give a review of the three Rhyzer rubbers – how they differ, who they are suited for and whether they are any good (spoiler alert – I LOVE THEM!). Keep reading

[Video] How to beat a pusher

[Video] How to beat a pusher

In this video I show you how to beat a ‘pusher’. This is the sort of player who will push, push, push, push until you make a mistake. Pushers can be frustrating to play against. But by using the right attacking tactics you can start winning quite easily. In the video I explain how you can beat pushers by using loops, flicks and topspin serves. Keep reading

Responding positively to mistakes

Responding positively to mistakes

We all make silly mistakes and unforced errors when playing table tennis. But there is often a big difference between how players respond to making a mistake. Some players dwell on the mistake and start making lots more mistakes. Other players seem unaffected and bounce back stronger. How can we be more like the player who responds positively to mistakes? In this blog post I share a simple mental trick to help you react better when you make a mistake during a match. Keep reading

Training drills or matches?

Training drills or matches?

In your training sessions, you have a choice about what type of training you do. You could do regular training drills, where you know where the ball is going. You could do irregular training drills, where you don’t know where the ball is going. Or you could just play matches. Whilst all three training methods are very useful in different ways, in this blog post I’m going to make the case for playing more matches… Keep reading

[Video] How to do the “wiggly” shot and seriously confuse your opponent – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to do the “wiggly” shot and seriously confuse your opponent – with Craig Bryant

In this video top coach and former international player, Craig Bryant, demonstrates how to do the “wiggly” shot. The wiggly is where you spin the ball under the table with lots of sidespin to confuse your opponent. It’s a really fun shot to play and can help you win a cheap point and make your opponent look a bit silly. Keep reading

Review: Bribar Allround Profesional table tennis bat

Review: Bribar Allround Profesional table tennis bat

Over the past month, I have been testing the Bribar Allround Professional table tennis bat (cost £54.99). This bat is aimed towards intermediate players and has an impressive reputation. But what is it really like to play with? Is it easy to do topspins, drives, pushes and blocks? In this review, I share my experience of playing with the Bribar Allround Professional table tennis bat… Keep reading

[Video] Backhand topspin vs backspin – basic and advanced technique

[Video] Backhand topspin vs backspin – basic and advanced technique

In this video I take an in-depth look at how to play a backhand topspin against a backspin ball. A backhand topspin will allow you to attack your opponents backspin serve, push or chop. In the video I show three different backhand topspin techniques – a basic method, a spin method and a speed method. I explain the pros and cons of each method and give my views on which method is best. Keep reading

Dealing with illegal serves, white t-shirts & poor lighting

Dealing with illegal serves, white t-shirts & poor lighting

In this week’s blog post I’m going to address some issues raised by a reader of my blog called David from the USA. David has been playing table tennis for many years, but has become a little disillusioned because of illegal serves, white t-shirts and poor venue lighting. In the blog post, I’ll give my thoughts on David’s concerns and what the table tennis community can do about it… Keep reading

[Video] Improving my counter topspin – with Eli Baraty

[Video] Improving my counter topspin – with Eli Baraty

Usually when my opponent attacks, I go into blocking mode. But I’d like to do a bit more than always ‘block’. I want to get better at attacking my opponent’s attacks. So I got together with top coach Eli Baraty to develop my counter topspin skills. In the video Eli takes a look at my technique and gives me tips on how to improve my counter topspins… Keep reading