[Video] How to do top quality BACKHAND serves – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to do top quality BACKHAND serves – with Craig Bryant

Most players serve with their forehand. But backhand serves can be very tricky to return too. You can generate lots of spin, get different angles and do lots of subtle spin variations. In the video, service expert Craig Bryant explains the basic backhand service motion. He demonstrates how to generate backspin, sidespin and topspin. And he explains how to use backhand serves effectively in matches. Keep reading

How to do a legal table tennis serve

How to do a legal table tennis serve

One aspect of table tennis gets people more animated than any other. Serves. Or more precisely, illegal serves. I play local league table tennis and illegal serves are very common. I’ve seen full-grown men (it’s always men!) argue, swear, throw chairs and threaten physical violence because of the questionable legality of a player’s serve. So in this blog post, I will state very clearly what the service rules are and encourage you to play by these rules. Keep reading

[Video] Trick your opponents with service deception – with Craig Bryant

[Video] Trick your opponents with service deception – with Craig Bryant

In this video, top coach and service expert, Craig Bryant, explains how to cause utter confusion by using deceptive serves. Service deception is where your service action looks like topspin, but the spin is actually backspin. Or your service action looks like backspin, but the spin is actually topspin. If your opponent misreads the spin, then you can win a cheap point or get a very weak return for an easy 3rd ball attack. Keep reading

[Video] How to do a super fast long serve – with Paul Drinkhall

[Video] How to do a super fast long serve – with Paul Drinkhall

In this video, pro player Paul Drinkhall explains how to do his super fast long serve. Paul uses this serve quite often when playing matches to catch his opponent out and set up an opportunity to do a strong 3rd ball attack. In the video Paul explains how to do the serve, why you should do the serve and how to use the serve effectively in matches. Keep reading

[Video] Serve + 3rd ball attack – with Craig Bryant

[Video] Serve + 3rd ball attack – with Craig Bryant

In this video, top coach and service expert, Craig Bryant, explains how to use your serves to set up 3rd ball attacks. This is where you serve, your opponent returns your serve and you take advantage of any weak or predictable balls with a strong attack. In the video Craig discusses expecting your serve to be returned, anticipating how your serve will be returned, ball placement of your 3rd ball attack and much more. Keep reading

[VIDEO] How to serve short, long and half-long – with Craig Bryant

[VIDEO] How to serve short, long and half-long – with Craig Bryant

In this video, top coach and service expert, Craig Bryant, explains how to serve at different lengths. Craig demonstrates how to serve short, long and half-long. He uses markers to show where the ball should bounce on either side of the table. Craig also explains the benefits of each service length and discusses which service length will best suit your style of play. Keep reading

[Video] 4 killer serves to destroy your opponents – with Craig Bryant

[Video] 4 killer serves to destroy your opponents – with Craig Bryant

In this video, top coach and service expert, Craig Bryant, explains how to do four of his best serves: “The kicker”, “Fast down the line”, “Super wide sidespin” and “The ghost serve”. For each serve, Craig explains how to do the action and gives tips on how to use the serves to put your opponents under maximum pressure.
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How to destroy opponents with long serves

If you play table tennis at an amateur level, especially at lower levels, you can dominate your opponents with long serves. These are serves which land very deep on your opponent’s side of the table, ideally with a lot of speed and spin. In this blog post, I explain why long serves are effective (especially at lower amateur levels) and how to do devilish long serves which can give your opponents nightmares. Keep reading

(Video) Sidespin serve – tips and tactics

(Video) Sidespin serve – tips and tactics

One of the most popular serves in table tennis is the forehand sidespin serve, also known as the pendulum serve. I have been using this serve for 10+ years and it’s a great service weapon to have. At a lower level, players really struggle to return the serve. You can win lots of cheap points. At a higher level, you can put your opponents under a lot of pressure by using all of the different spin and placement variations. In this coaching video, I explain how to do the serve, how to get lots of spin, how to vary spin and how to use the serve to set up a 3rd ball attack. Keep reading