[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

[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

[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

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

(Video) Improving my backhand flick with Eli Baraty

(Video) Improving my backhand flick with Eli Baraty

I like to use a backhand flick to attack short serves. I have an ‘ok’ backhand flick, but I want it to be stronger. I want to get more speed and spin to really put my opponent’s under more pressure. To improve my backhand flick, I asked fellow coach Eli Baraty to help me. In this video, I’ll show you my existing backhand flick, Eli’s feedback on what I need to do better and my new improved backhand flick. Keep reading

(Video) How to smash high balls

(Video) How to smash high balls

Attacking high balls should be easy. The ball is way up in the air. You have a big margin to get the ball over the net. How can you possibly miss? Easy peasy. But then you smash the ball into the net or off the end of the table. Doh! We have all been there. We have all missed that easy high ball. In this video I show you a basic smashing technique, which will help you to smash high balls consistently. Keep reading

7 common beginner mistakes in table tennis (and how to fix them)

Last weekend I coached at a beginner training day in London. The purpose of the day was to teach some basic table tennis skills – drives, pushes, serve and receive. Throughout the day, I picked up on several mistakes the beginner players were making. They were making the same mistakes as the beginner players I coach in Cambridge. I’m sure they are the same mistakes any beginner player makes in any part of the world. So I thought it would be useful to share some of these mistakes, why they need fixing and what you should do instead. So if you are a beginner player, this blog post is for you… 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