[Video] Blocking tactics to mess up your opponents

[Video] Blocking tactics to mess up your opponents

In this video I show you how to use your block shot to frustrate and beat your opponents. You normally use a ‘block’ to return your opponent’s topspin attacks. But don’t think of the block as merely a passive, defensive shot. If used well, you can turn defence into attack, force your opponents to make mistakes or even hit outright winners. Keep reading

[Video] How to do a forehand fade – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to do a forehand fade – with Craig Bryant

In this video Craig Bryant (a former international player) demonstrates how to do a forehand fade attack. A forehand fade is a variation of the traditional forehand topspin. You contact around the side of the ball to create some sidespin which sends the ball wide and this can really mess up your opponent. In the video, I also take on Craig in a forehand fade game. Can I beat Craig’s forehand fade? Keep reading

[Video] Improving my backhand loop – with Eli Baraty

[Video] Improving my backhand loop – with Eli Baraty

My backhand loop has been driving me crazy! I can do it in practice (most of the time), but rarely use it in a match situation. So I got together with top coach Eli Bararty to solve my problem. In the video Eli takes a look at my technique and gives me tips on how to use my legs and wrist to get more spin and consistency. Keep reading

[Video] How to attack short backspin serves

[Video] How to attack short backspin serves

Is it possible to attack short backspin serves? Yes it is! Is it easy? No. But it is possible. Of course, it is fine to push or touch short backspin serves too, but if you can learn to attack these serves, you have more options to put your opponents under pressure. Watch the video to find out how to do it… Keep reading

[Video] How to do a chop block – with Craig Bryant

[Video] How to do a chop block – with Craig Bryant

In this video lesson, I am joined by Craig Bryant – a former junior and international player. In this video, Craig explains and demonstrates how to do a chop block. You can use a chop block to change the speed and spin on the ball and cause a lot of confusion. And I take on Craig in a chop block challenge. Will I be able to return any of Craig’s chop blocks? Watch to find out how I get on… Keep reading

(Video) How to smash high balls

(Video) How to smash high balls

Attacking high balls should be easy. The ball is way up in the air. You have a big margin to get the ball over the net. How can you possibly miss? Easy peasy. But then you smash the ball into the net or off the end of the table. Doh! We have all been there. We have all missed that easy high ball. In this video I show you a basic smashing technique, which will help you to smash high balls consistently. Keep reading

(Video) Attacking placement

(Video) Attacking placement

In this coaching video, I show you how to improve the placement of your attacks. This is one of the things which will help you move up a level. And it’s really simple. Anyone can do it. It doesn’t really matter what level you are or whether you topspin or flat hit – this is all about where on the table you should attack to give your opponent the most difficulty. If you can improve your attacking placement, you’ll definitely win more points. Keep reading

(Video) How to read service spin

(Video) How to read service spin

Returning serves can be tough. It’s something all table tennis players can struggle with at some point or another. Even professional players will have certain opponents whose serves they find difficult to deal with. In this video lesson, I look at how to read service spin. I explain the two big clues to look out for when trying to read an opponent’s serve. At the end of the video I do some of my serves. See if you can read the spin. Good luck… Keep reading

(Video) How to do a reverse sidespin serve

(Video) How to do a reverse sidespin serve

One of my favourite serves is the reverse sidespin serve. It’s very effective against some opponents, who simply don’t know how to return it. But even if my opponent can return the serve, the ball is often returned in a predictable way, which gives me an opportunity to play a strong forehand attack for the 3rd ball. In this video lesson, I will show you how to do the reverse sidespin serve and explain the best positions to serve to. Keep reading

(Video) How to block heavy topspin

(Video) How to block heavy topspin

A common problem players have when trying to block heavy topspin, is that the ball shoots long past the table. I know this problem very well, as I used to really struggle with heavy topspin when I first started playing competitive table tennis. Thankfully, the solution is quite simple. In this video, I explain how to block heavy topspin and how you can use aggressive blocks to put your opponent under some serious pressure. Keep reading