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

How to get good against long pimples

How to get good against long pimples

A lot of players struggle against long pimples. It’s a common issue, especially at lower levels. When I started playing, I was completely confused in my first matches against long pimples players. I didn’t know what the heck was going on! But in quite a small period of time, I was able to make rapid improvements and start beating the players I was losing to. So in this blog post, I’m going to share three simple steps you should follow to get good against long pimples players. Keep reading

[Video] Amazing around the net shot – with Craig Bryant

[Video] Amazing around the net shot – with Craig Bryant

In this video, Craig Bryant (a former international player) shows us how to do an “around the net” shot. This is when the ball is played wide and instead of returning the ball over the net, you let it drop a little lower and spin the ball around the net. It’s a fun shot to practice and if you ever manage to do it in a competitive match, you’ll shock your opponent with a spectacular and unreturnable shot. Keep reading

Review: Bribar Winning Loop table tennis bat

Review: Bribar Winning Loop table tennis bat

Over the past month I have been trying out the Bribar Winning Loop table tennis bat (cost £29.99 – £36.99). This is one of Bribar’s best ever selling bats, aimed at beginners / developing players. In this blog post, I share my experience of playing with the bat, suggest who it is suitable for and whether you should buy or not…

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