[Video] How to do devious TRICK SERVES – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to do devious TRICK SERVES – with Craig Bryant

In this video, top coach and service expert, Craig Bryant, explains how to do trick serves to baffle your opponent and win cheap points. Trick serves can be good fun to practice. But it is possible to use trick serves in matches and completely catch out your opponent. Craig discusses whether you should use trick serves and demonstrates three different trick serves he uses when he plays. Keep reading

[Video] Service variation and disguise – tips from Paul Drinkhall

[Video] Service variation and disguise – tips from Paul Drinkhall

In this video, pro player Paul Drinkhall, shows a few of his best service variations. Paul shows how he switches between backspin, no spin and topspin serves. He tries to use a similar action, but using different contact points and last moment movements, he is able to generate different spins. Paul uses this disguise to get weak responses from his opponents, so he can follow up with strong 3rd ball attacks. Keep reading

[Video] Service combinations to confuse your opponents (with Craig Bryant)

[Video] Service combinations to confuse your opponents (with Craig Bryant)

You have two serves. What serves should you do to put your opponent under maximum pressure? There are so many options. But are there any combinations which work particularly well together? Yes! Most definitely. In this video, top coach and service expert, Craig Bryant, explains how to do effective service combinations. Keep reading

[Video] How to return serves with a touch shot – with Paul Drinkhall

[Video] How to return serves with a touch shot – with Paul Drinkhall

In this video, pro player Paul Drinkhall, shows how to return serves with a forehand touch. A ‘touch’ is a very short return of serve, usually when your opponent has served backspin or no-spin. Ideally, a touch shot will stay low over the net and bounce twice or more on you’re opponent’s side of the table. This makes it very difficult for your opponent to attack. Keep reading

[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

[Video] Beat your opponent with quick counter topspins – with Paul Drinkhall

[Video] Beat your opponent with quick counter topspins – with Paul Drinkhall

In this video, pro player Paul Drinkhall, shows how to do a forehand counter-topspin. This is a shot played close to the table. Your opponent plays a looping attack. Instead of blocking, you play a short counter-topspin attack instead. The result? Usually a clean winner. The ball goes past your opponent before he or she even realises. In the video, Paul explains how to execute the shot, how to practice and when to use the shot in matches. 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

Review: Bribar Pro Offensive Light table tennis bat

Review: Bribar Pro Offensive Light table tennis bat

I have recently been trying out the Bribar Pro Offensive Light table tennis bat. This is a fast (and light!) bat aimed at players who are progressing from intermediate to advanced levels of play. I have been testing the bat in my coaching sessions – trying out loops, blocks, chops, smashes and serves. In this review, I share my experience of playing with the Bribar Pro Offensive Light table tennis bat, compare it with other bats and suggest who the bat is most suitable for. Keep reading

Lessons learnt from ASV Grünwettersbach

Lessons learnt from ASV Grünwettersbach

Last week I visited German Bundesliga club, ASV Grünwettersbach. A professional table tennis club. Whoah! In this blog, I’m going to share some insights from my visit – the facilities, training methods, coaching style and equipment. What lessons did I learn? And did I manage to win any matches? Let’s find out… 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