[Video] How to beat long pimples

[Video] How to beat long pimples

In this video, I took an in-depth look at how to play against and beat players who use long pimples. Many players at beginner and intermediate level find long pimples difficult to play against. This is because the long pimples changes the spin on the ball in a way that players are not used to. But long pimples are predictable. Once you work out how the spin is changing, it becomes much easier to beat long pimples players. 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 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

Tactics for winning a handicap match

Tactics for winning a handicap match

In local league table tennis in the UK, we have a strong tradition of handicap competitions. This is where players are given points advantage / disadvantage based on rankings. I usually do pretty well in handicap matches. Our league team has won the the league handicap competition three times in the past five years (maybe our handicap ratings are too lenient!). In this blog post, I share some tactics I have used over the years to help me win handicap matches. Keep reading

[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

Tactics for beating weird players

Tactics for beating weird players

If you play in local league or amateur tournaments, you will come across all kinds of weird and awkward styles. These are players with strange looking strokes and movements. They may not look great, but somehow they have developed an unorthodox playing style which works for them and can be infuriatingly effective. In this blog post I give four tactics to try when playing against weird players. Keep reading

(Video) Pushing tactics to mess up your opponent

(Video) Pushing tactics to mess up your opponent

I’m not a huge fan of endless pushing rallies. This a pretty dull way of playing table tennis. And it’s not very effective when you play more advanced players. But it is definitely good to push sometimes. A well placed push can put your opponent under pressure, force them to make a mistake or give you a weak ball to attack. In this coaching video I show you some pushing tactics to mess up your opponent, including the short push, the deep fast push and the wide push. Keep reading

Tactics to beat a much stronger player

Tactics to beat a much stronger player

A situation you can’t avoid in table tennis is playing someone of a much higher standard. At some point in a league match or a tournament you will face someone who is simply a lot better than you. What’s the best approach when playing a much stronger player? Is there any way of winning? Is it really possible to cause a major shock? Maybe, just maybe. But you need to approach the match in the right way. In this blog post I share some things you can try… Keep reading

Tactics for beating a good junior player

Tactics for beating a good junior player

Any adult who has played competitive table tennis at any level has faced the unnerving and unglorified challenge of trying to beat a junior player. And not just any junior player. A junior who has been coached. A junior who has good technique and some great shots. A junior who plays without fear. It’s a difficult situation. There is no glory in beating a junior, but if you don’t try your best, you can easily get beat. In this blog post, I’ll give you some tactics on how to beat a good junior player. Keep reading