[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

[Video] How to get more BACKHAND POWER – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to get more BACKHAND POWER – with Craig Bryant

In this video, top coach Craig Bryant, explains how to get more power with your backhand attacks. Most players find it easy to generate power with their forehand, but with the right technique it is possible to get lots of power with your backhand too. Craig demonstrates his powerful backhand attacks and explains the technique, timing, type of contact, ball placement and how to practice. Keep reading

[Video] How to play like Desmond Douglas

[Video] How to play like Desmond Douglas

In this video, table tennis superstar Desmond Douglas shares some of his table tennis secrets. Desmond played in the 1970s and 1980s and was 11 times English champion. He reached number 7 in the world rankings. Desmond had a unique playing style. He played close to the table and used short strokes and quick reactions to put his opponents under pressure. In the video Desmond explains the benefits of his playing style and shares some of the tactics he used during his playing career. Keep reading

Why is backhand topspin vs backspin so difficult?

Why is backhand topspin vs backspin so difficult?

A few days ago I had the pleasure of coaching at the Top Edge & Gertsen Training Camp at St Neots Table Tennis Club. Part of my role was to do 1-to-1 sessions with some of the players. In these sessions I asked the players what they wanted to work on. The players were a mixture of ages and standards, but strikingly most of them wanted to work on the same thing – backhand topspin vs backspin. This is consistent with my own coaching sessions in Cambridge. Backhand topspin vs backspin seems to be a shot which is very difficult for a lot of players (myself included) at the amateur level. Why is this? Keep reading

Copying the pros can make you worse

Copying the pros can make you worse

How much should you try and copy professional table tennis players? Their technique is so smooth. The footwork is brilliant. They can generate huge amounts of speed and spin. And they are incredibly accurate and consistent. Pro players make the game look so easy and so effortless. So if we want to improve, then surely it makes sense to just study and copy what the pro players do? Well yes and no. There are instances when copying the pros could make you much worse. Keep reading