[Video] Epic sidespin serve tutorial

[Video] Epic sidespin serve tutorial

In this video, I give a detailed explanation about how to do a long fast sidespin serve. This is my favourite serve – and the one which wins me the most amount of points in local league table tennis. It’s a great serve for forcing mistakes, and setting up third ball attacks. In the video explain the technique and also talk about tactics – where to place the serve and how to use the serve effectively in matches. Keep reading

[Video] How to play deceptive shots – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to play deceptive shots – with Craig Bryant

When we play our drives and topspins, we usually give our opponent signals as to where we are going to put the ball. In this video, Craig Bryant explains how we can disguise our shots better, by using less body movement and more wrist movement to change where we put the ball. This can make it much harder for your opponent to read your shots. It’s a great way of forcing your opponent to play weak shots or hitting outright winners. Keep reading

[Video] How to improve your table tennis grip – with Mark Mitchell

[Video] How to improve your table tennis grip – with Mark Mitchell

In this video, pro coach Mark Mitchell explains how to improve your table tennis grip. How you hold your table tennis bat has an impact on the speed, spin and control of your shots. Many players hold the bat too tight, which creates tension in the arm and makes it hard to play with good spin and feeling. Mark explains the benefits a looser grip and shows how to grip the bat to enable more relaxed and explosive shots. Keep reading

[Video] How to improve your backhand loop – with Ferenc Horvath

[Video] How to improve your backhand loop – with Ferenc Horvath

In this video, top coach Ferenc Horvath gives 5 tips to help you improve your backhand loop. Many players, including myself, find the backhand loop a little tricky to do. But help is at hand. In this video Ferenc explains in detail the technique needed to master the backhand loop. There is also lots of footage of Ferenc demonstrating the shot. I have been on the receiving end of Ferenc’s backhand loop many times, and it is a wonderful shot. Keep reading

[Video] How to confuse your opponent when returning serves – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to confuse your opponent when returning serves – with Craig Bryant

In this video, top coach Craig Bryant, explains how to confuse your opponent when returning serves. It’s all about the art of deception. You show your opponent you are going to play one shot and at the last moment you switch to another shot. This unpredictability makes it hard for your opponent to anticipate what you will do. When your opponent is uncertain, he or she will play weaker shots or make more mistakes. In the video, Craig shows how to add deception when returning serves with a forehand topspin, a forehand flick, a backhand flick, a touch and a push. 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] How to do an EVIL attacking push – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to do an EVIL attacking push – with Craig Bryant

In this video, top coach Craig Bryant, explains how to do an attacking push. A push shot is usually considered to be a defensive shot. Too often it is used as a passive way to return a backspin serve. But you can be much more aggressive with your push. By using extra speed, spin and depth, you can transform your basic push shot into something a bit evil. Something which can really mess your opponent up. 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

[Video] How to get more BACKHAND POWER – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to get more BACKHAND POWER – with Craig Bryant

In this video, top coach Craig Bryant, explains how to get more power with your backhand attacks. Most players find it easy to generate power with their forehand, but with the right technique it is possible to get lots of power with your backhand too. Craig demonstrates his powerful backhand attacks and explains the technique, timing, type of contact, ball placement and how to practice. Keep reading