We all put some kind of table tennis expectations upon ourselves. The key is how do we handle that pressure? Here’s a beautiful test I use with my players. I want you to close your eyes and think of a table tennis player. Use the first player that pops into your head, see them playing, […]

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Back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I was personally competing in table tennis tournaments in England. It felt as if there were not enough events for me to enter. Today it feels like the complete opposite, table tennis tournaments in the UK have quadrupled in the past 10 or so years. Table Tennis Populations: […]

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Building table tennis foundations are one aspect of the game, few are willing to focus on in today’s modern society. We live in an instant gratification bubble, (surrounded by layers of protection and technology creating a virtual world). After watching the European table tennis championships this weekend. I quickly realised why Timo Boll is the […]

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Have you ever asked yourself, how important is a table tennis rally? We all love having a long table tennis rally and of course, winning the big rallies is like an injection of adrenaline. Table Tennis Rallies An average table tennis rally is between 4-5 strokes and each stroke is played from 0.2 to 0.5 of […]

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It’s a very difficult question to answer, how important are parents in table tennis, or as a sporting parent in general? Personal experience: Many know by now from previous blogs my story. A single parent and a single child, but did my circumstances enable or disable me? My mum was very supportive in terms of […]

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Starting a new sport can be daunting but being a table tennis player is a whole new ball game. Where do I begin? The innocence, when you begin playing or take your child to the local TTC it feels amazing. Unfortunately, the fairy-tale diminishes as you incorporate yourself into the sport. Table tennis is often seen as; […]

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Many who go on holiday play the hotel table tennis competition. I wanted to be the acceptation and avoid table tennis on my family vacation. True story The first three days, I managed to keep my mind 100% clear of table tennis, even when I saw the tables. I was able to avoid the temptation […]

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The modern table tennis game seems to have forgotten about the forehand flick! Table tennis like any sport which has a core selection of shots and skills and each element requires an increased level of value. Backhand Flick: The backhand flick’s value has increased greatly over the past 5-10 years. Today we see almost every […]

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Liam Pitchford has developed the perfect modern table tennis game. He is the 3rd Person to beat Ma Long outside of China. Having followed Liam, since he was aged 12, I’ve seen him come a long way. I remember it like yesterday (Essex Junior 4*), the hall stopped. Everyone began to watch Liam Vs Danny […]

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What is your opinion, when using smartphones in table tennis tournaments or in the training hall? 10 years ago, the most you could do with your phone was; call someone, take a picture and play snakes. Today your phone is like a computer in your hands… Smart Phones: The ability to play games, email, phone, […]

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