[Video] How to get explosive forehand power – with Paul Drinkhall

[Video] How to get explosive forehand power – with Paul Drinkhall

In this video, pro player Paul Drinkhall explains how to get more power on your forehand attacks. Paul explains the importance of timing, how to use all of your body to generate power and how he developed his powerful forehand. You’ll also see lots of footage of me getting battered by Paul! Keep reading

New videos coming in 2019, featuring Paul Drinkhall and Craig Bryant

New videos coming in 2019, featuring Paul Drinkhall and Craig Bryant

A busy year of table tennis is coming to an end. But do not despair table tennis fans, I’ll be back in 2019 with lots of new content. This includes two exciting new video series featuring Paul Drinkhall and Craig Bryant. In this blog post, I share more information about the videos, plus you can watch two short previews.. Keep reading

Create confusion by using disruptive shots

Create confusion by using disruptive shots

One way to add an extra dimension to your game is to develop shots which disrupt the pace of the game. These are shots which unexpectedly change the speed, spin, length or direction of the ball. Examples include a chop block, fade, wiggly, push with sidespin, a smash with backspin – all sorts of weird and wonderful shots. In this blog post I explain why these types of shots are useful and when you should use them. Keep reading

[Video] How to move quicker when playing table tennis

[Video] How to move quicker when playing table tennis

In this video I share a simple 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