[Video] How to play like Desmond Douglas

[Video] How to play like Desmond Douglas

In this video, table tennis superstar Desmond Douglas shares some of his table tennis secrets.


Desmond Douglas played in the 1970s and 1980s and was 11 times English champion. He reached number 7 in the world rankings. He is still the most well known table tennis played in the UK.

Desmond had a unique playing style. He played close to the table and used short strokes and quick reactions to put his opponents under pressure.

In the video Desmond explains the benefits of his playing style and shares some of the tactics he used during his playing career. You can also see some footage of Desmond (now in his 60s) playing with Craig Bryant and giving Craig a tough time.

I filmed the footage whilst coaching at the Top Edge and Gertsen TT Training camp in St Neots in October 2019. You can read more information about these training camps here… https://www.topedgetabletennis.co.uk/table-tennis-training-camps

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> Tom Lodziak’s YouTube Channel

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About Tom Lodziak

I’m a table tennis coach based in Cambridge in the UK. I have 70+ free table tennis lessons on my popular YouTube channel. I also have 150+ coaching articles to help you improve your table tennis skills. You can read more about my background on my About Tom page.

1 thought on “[Video] How to play like Desmond Douglas

  1. Des

    you are my man! I am 60 (and a left hander) and am trying to play close to the table. How I saw you playing is the first time I have seen someone playing just how I want to play. What an inspiration. I am now psychologically ready to take on the top players at our club.


    Mick (from the land down under)

    PS for Tom – thanks for the great variety you have brought in. So good to see someone who does not think they have all the answers themselves, but can bring in a variety of others. It is so very much appreciated

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