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
Most players serve with their forehand. But backhand serves can be very tricky to return too. You can generate lots of spin, get different angles and do lots of subtle spin variations. In the video, service expert Craig Bryant explains the basic backhand service motion. He demonstrates how to generate backspin, sidespin and topspin. And he explains how to use backhand serves effectively in matches. Keep reading
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
In this video, top coach and service expert, Craig Bryant, explains how to cause utter confusion by using deceptive serves. Service deception is where your service action looks like topspin, but the spin is actually backspin. Or your service action looks like backspin, but the spin is actually topspin. If your opponent misreads the spin, then you can win a cheap point or get a very weak return for an easy 3rd ball attack. Keep reading
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.
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
In this video, top coach and service expert, Craig Bryant, explains how to use your serves to set up 3rd ball attacks. This is where you serve, your opponent returns your serve and you take advantage of any weak or predictable balls with a strong attack. In the video Craig discusses expecting your serve to be returned, anticipating how your serve will be returned, ball placement of your 3rd ball attack and much more. Keep reading
In this video, I took an in-depth look at how to play against and beat players who use long pimples. Many players at beginner and intermediate level find long pimples difficult to play against. This is because the long pimples changes the spin on the ball in a way that players are not used to. But long pimples are predictable. Once you work out how the spin is changing, it becomes much easier to beat long pimples players. Keep reading
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.
Last month I posted a video “4 killer serves to destroy your opponents”, featuring service expert Craig Bryant. I got several requests asking how you can return these serves. Luckily, I just about had enough footage of myself returning each serve (at least once!), so I have put together this new video explaining how to return Craig’s serves. Keep reading