Tactics for beating a pusher

Tactics for beating a pusher

In local league table tennis, you’ll often have to play against pushers. These are players who like to push again and again and again. The pusher’s aim is to frustrate you. They want to draw you into a pushing match or force you to attempt a risky attack. The outcome is often an unforced attacking error, frustration, more attacking errors and more frustration. How do you beat these annoying players? Here’s some tactics you can try… 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

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

[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] 3 drills to improve your rallying skills

[Video] 3 drills to improve your rallying skills

In this video I show three training drills you can do to improve your topspin rallying skills. These drills will help you improve your reactions, your footwork and your ability to deal with random match-play. I like to use these drills a lot in my coaching sessions and they have helped me a lot improve my rallying skills, move up divisions and beat higher standard players.

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[Video] How to beat a pusher

[Video] How to beat a pusher

In this video I show you how to beat a ‘pusher’. This is the sort of player who will push, push, push, push until you make a mistake. Pushers can be frustrating to play against. But by using the right attacking tactics you can start winning quite easily. In the video I explain how you can beat pushers by using loops, flicks and topspin serves. Keep reading

Changing your pushing mindset

Changing your pushing mindset

Many players I coach come to me with the same issue. They have a pushing problem. In matches they will push, push, push, push, push – waiting and hoping the other player will make a mistake. Does this sound familiar? Is this something you also struggle with? In this blog post, I will explain how you can change your pushing mindset and become more attacking. Keep reading

Do you need ‘perfect’ technique to be good at table tennis? No you do not!

Do you need ‘perfect’ technique to be good at table tennis? No you do not!

When I post a coaching video on my Youtube channel, I usually get a few comments, where my technique gets completely trashed. I get told I do this wrong and that wrong and I should try to play the shot like the best professionals (usually someone from the Chinese National Team). But how true is this? Do you have to play like the best professionals in the world to be any good at table tennis? Is there such a thing as ‘perfect’ technique? Let’s explore these questions… Keep reading