[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

[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] Brilliant blocking skills – with Paul Drinkhall

[Video] Brilliant blocking skills – with Paul Drinkhall

In this video, pro player Paul Drinkhall, shows off his brilliant blocking skills. Blocking is great for returning your opponent’s topspin shots, and turning defence into attack. In the video, Paul shares his blocking tips, discussing technique, placement and gaining a psychological advantage over your opponent. I also take Paul on in a match. I’m allowed to attack, but Paul is only allowed to block. Who will win? 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