[Video] Blocking tactics to mess up your opponents

[Video] Blocking tactics to mess up your opponents

In this video I show you how to use your block shot to frustrate and beat your opponents. You normally use a ‘block’ to return your opponent’s topspin attacks. But don’t think of the block as merely a passive, defensive shot. If used well, you can turn defence into attack, force your opponents to make mistakes or even hit outright winners. Keep reading

When returning serves, DON’T PROD THE BALL

When returning serves, DON’T PROD THE BALL

Returning serves is hard. It’s the thing most players at the beginner and intermediate levels struggle with the most. But there are ways you can get better at returning serves, even if you have only just started playing table tennis. In this blog post, I give some simple advice about how you can return more serves, plus I share a BIG NO-NO, something you should never do… Keep reading

[Video] How to do a forehand fade – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to do a forehand fade – with Craig Bryant

In this video Craig Bryant (a former international player) demonstrates how to do a forehand fade attack. A forehand fade is a variation of the traditional forehand topspin. You contact around the side of the ball to create some sidespin which sends the ball wide and this can really mess up your opponent. In the video, I also take on Craig in a forehand fade game. Can I beat Craig’s forehand fade? Keep reading

Sponsorship with Bribar + exciting new videos on the way…

Sponsorship with Bribar + exciting new videos on the way…

I am very happy to announce that I have my first sponsorship deal! It all started when I published a video on how to do a chop block with Craig Bryant. Craig is sponsored by Bribar Table Tennis and when they saw the video they got in contact with me. We had a good chat and shared lots of ideas about how we could work together. And the outcome of our conversation is that I am now (proudly) a Bribar sponsored coach. Keep reading

[Video] Improving my backhand loop – with Eli Baraty

[Video] Improving my backhand loop – with Eli Baraty

My backhand loop has been driving me crazy! I can do it in practice (most of the time), but rarely use it in a match situation. So I got together with top coach Eli Bararty to solve my problem. In the video Eli takes a look at my technique and gives me tips on how to use my legs and wrist to get more spin and consistency. Keep reading

Best table tennis bats for junior players

Best table tennis bats for junior players

Buying a decent table tennis bat for your child can make a big difference to how he/she plays and improves. A lot of kids start out playing at school or at home with very cheap bats. These bats are fine if playing for a little bit of fun, but are not so good for developing good technique. In this blog post, I give some advice about which table tennis bats are best for junior players (beginners, intermediates and advanced).
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[Video] How to attack short backspin serves

[Video] How to attack short backspin serves

Is it possible to attack short backspin serves? Yes it is! Is it easy? No. But it is possible. Of course, it is fine to push or touch short backspin serves too, but if you can learn to attack these serves, you have more options to put your opponents under pressure. Watch the video to find out how to do it… Keep reading

[Video] How to do a chop block – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to do a chop block – with Craig Bryant

In this video lesson, I am joined by Craig Bryant – a former junior and international player. In this video, Craig explains and demonstrates how to do a chop block. You can use a chop block to change the speed and spin on the ball and cause a lot of confusion. And I take on Craig in a chop block challenge. Will I be able to return any of Craig’s chop blocks? Watch to find out how I get on… Keep reading

Gain an advantage over your clubmates this summer

It’s summer time! My favourite time of the year. It’s also the time of the year when a lot of people have a break from playing table tennis. This is completely understandable. The weather is good. People want to be outdoors and do other activities. Often people are away for holidays. So if you really want to get an advantage over your clubmates and your opponents, now is the time to keep practising! Keep reading

How to change a table tennis habit (even if you’re 80)

I coach a player in his 80s (he wants to remain anonymous, so I’ll call him Harold). When he was younger Harold was a defensive player. But it’s not easy for Harold to play this way any more. So I have worked with him to change his playing style. This has not been easy. In fact it’s been very difficult. But Harold has made huge progress. And he has succeeded in changing many of of his defensive habits. In this blog post, I’ll explain how Harold has managed to change his habits and how you can change your table tennis habits too. Keep reading