[Video] Tom in training…Help me improve! (Sep 2020)

[Video] Tom in training…Help me improve! (Sep 2020)

I’m back in training, trying to improve me game. When life returns to normal, I will be entering a few tournaments and see how far I can get. To help me improve, I have enlisted the help of coach Ferenc Horvath. In particular I have asked Ferenc to help me develop my attacking game and my footwork. I have a habit of being too cautious when I play, so Ferenc is encouraging me to get into my beast mode. Keep reading

[Video] Footwork and recovery for short balls – with Mark Mitchell

[Video] Footwork and recovery for short balls – with Mark Mitchell

In this video, pro coach Mark Mitchell explains how to improve your footwork and recovery for short balls. Many players at the amateur level struggle with short balls, either by overreaching or getting jammed at the table. Mark demonstrates his footwork both in and out of the table for balls short to the backhand and balls short to the forehand. There are some excellent tips in this video to make your footwork for short balls much better. Keep reading

[Video] Paul Drinkhall’s favourite footwork drill

[Video] Paul Drinkhall’s favourite footwork drill

In this video, pro player Paul Drinkhall demonstrates his favourite footwork drill. Paul’s drill involves backhand, forehand middle, backhand, forehand wide. It’s a really good drill to develop your footwork, especially switching between backhand and forehand strokes and dealing with those tricky balls in the middle of the table. Keep reading

How to prevent injuries when playing table tennis

How to prevent injuries when playing table tennis

Almost every table tennis player I know has experienced injury at some point. Common complaints are back injuries, twisted knees and ankles, and repetitive strain injuries in the wrist, elbow, shoulder or hip. However, we can take positive steps to reduce the chances of getting injured. In this blog post, I explain a few different ways you can minimise the risk of injury when playing table tennis. Keep reading

[Video] How to move quicker when playing table tennis

[Video] How to move quicker when playing table tennis

In this video I share a simple tip to help you move quicker when playing table tennis. To move quicker, you need to get into a better table tennis stance. This means leaning forwards and keeping low. Then the weight will be on the front of your feet and it becomes much easier to make quick movements. If you can move quicker, you can get to balls quicker and play better quality shots. 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