[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] 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] 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] 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] 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 do a forehand flick – with Paul Drinkhall

[Video] How to do a forehand flick – with Paul Drinkhall

In this video, pro player Paul Drinkhall demonstrates the forehand flick. Paul uses the forehand flick to attack short backspin serves or pushes. He combines speed with very good placement to put his opponents under pressure. In the video, Paul describes how to do the forehand flick, the importance of placement and how much power you should use.
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[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

[Video] How to get explosive forehand power – with Paul Drinkhall

[Video] How to get explosive forehand power – with Paul Drinkhall

In this video, pro player Paul Drinkhall explains how to get more power on your forehand attacks. Paul explains the importance of timing, how to use all of your body to generate power and how he developed his powerful forehand. You’ll also see lots of footage of me getting battered by Paul! Keep reading

New videos coming in 2019, featuring Paul Drinkhall and Craig Bryant

New videos coming in 2019, featuring Paul Drinkhall and Craig Bryant

A busy year of table tennis is coming to an end. But do not despair table tennis fans, I’ll be back in 2019 with lots of new content. This includes two exciting new video series featuring Paul Drinkhall and Craig Bryant. In this blog post, I share more information about the videos, plus you can watch two short previews.. Keep reading

Pitchford and Drinkhall rivalry great for English table tennis

What sporting drama! At the recent 2015 English Table Tennis Championships, Liam Pitchford staged a remarkable comeback to claim his third consecutive men’s singles title. Pitchford was trailing top seed Paul Drinkhall 3-0 and defeat was looking inevitable. But he dug deep, saved two Champinship points in 5th set, before finally securing 4-3 victory. This was … Keep reading