Coaching and coronavirus

It truly is scary times we are experiencing. Both the public health scare of coronavirus and the social and economic impact of social isolation. I hope everyone is staying healthy and doing what they can to stay active and positive. As for me, most of my coaching has been cancelled, including the training camp I … Keep reading

[Video] Footwork and recovery for short balls – with Mark Mitchell

[Video] Footwork and recovery for short balls – with Mark Mitchell

In this video, pro coach Mark Mitchell explains how to improve your footwork and recovery for short balls. Many players at the amateur level struggle with short balls, either by overreaching or getting jammed at the table. Mark demonstrates his footwork both in and out of the table for balls short to the backhand and balls short to the forehand. There are some excellent tips in this video to make your footwork for short balls much better. Keep reading

Review: JOOLA Dynaryz ACC + AGR Rubbers

Review: JOOLA Dynaryz ACC + AGR Rubbers

Over the past two weeks, I have been testing the new JOOLA Dynaryz rubbers. There are two versions – Dynaryz ACC and Dynaryz AGR. Both use the same hyper bounce and advance traction technology, which helps players generate more spin playing with the new generation plastic balls. In this review, I’ll give my impressions of playing with the rubbers – looking at topspin, blocking, pushing and serving. Keep reading

Tactics for beating a pusher

Tactics for beating a pusher

In local league table tennis, you’ll often have to play against pushers. These are players who like to push again and again and again. The pusher’s aim is to frustrate you. They want to draw you into a pushing match or force you to attempt a risky attack. The outcome is often an unforced attacking error, frustration, more attacking errors and more frustration. How do you beat these annoying players? Here’s some tactics you can try… Keep reading

[Video] How to do an EVIL attacking push – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to do an EVIL attacking push – with Craig Bryant

In this video, top coach Craig Bryant, explains how to do an attacking push. A push shot is usually considered to be a defensive shot. Too often it is used as a passive way to return a backspin serve. But you can be much more aggressive with your push. By using extra speed, spin and depth, you can transform your basic push shot into something a bit evil. Something which can really mess your opponent up. Keep reading

[Video] How to improve your forehand loop – with Ferenc Horvath

[Video] How to improve your forehand loop – with Ferenc Horvath

In this video, top coach Ferenc Horvath gives 7 tips to help you improve your forehand loop. To become an advanced table tennis player, it is essential that you can loop backspin balls (i.e. pushes and chops). The technique to attack these backspin balls is a little different to a regular topspin stroke, as you need to swing from low to high and brush up the back of the ball. Keep reading

[Video] How to attack high backspin balls

[Video] How to attack high backspin balls

In this video I explain how to attack high backspin balls. High balls should be easy to deal with, but when the ball is high with backspin it can be a little trickier. Some players make an error of hitting the ball too flat and the ball ends up in the bottom of the net. Instead if flat hitting the ball, you should try and topspin the ball instead. This will help counter the backspin and get the ball over the net. Keep reading

Bad technique, unorthodox technique, good technique, great technique

Bad technique, unorthodox technique, good technique, great technique

Technique is a contentious issue. If you line up 10 coaches and ask them how to do a forehand loop (or any stroke), you will most likely get 10 slightly different answers. How can this be? Surely there is a correct way of playing a shot and everything else is incorrect? Well no, not exactly. If only table tennis were that simple! In this blog post, I give my thoughts about good technique and bad technique and hopefully give some clarity on this confusing issue. Keep reading