Saturday 30 April 2016

Pro Tip Blog: Ryu Seung Min on Forehand Footwork (Especially Penhold Players)

Footwork is one of the key elements of high level table tennis and I had the chance for my Pro Tip Blog to get a piece of advice on what you need to focus on to reach the highest levels. Thankfully I went to the best source in my opinion, 2004 Athens Olympic Gold Medalist Ryu Seung Min, the master of footwork. Great advice to help you improve your table tennis footwork!

You can check out my full interview with him here: Interview with Ryu Seung Min and find out what the favourite footwork drills of a handful of international players are in this article: The Most Popular Footwork Drills Among Professional Table Tennis Players.

Ryu Seung Min on Footwork and Penhold

Thursday 21 April 2016

The Ultimate Guide to Beating Your Workmates At Ping Pong

I have had students in the past who have come out of garages and work offices to learn some new skills so that they can emerge at the top of their group of friends or colleagues. Having worked in a sales office with a table tennis table in the past, I know what kind of environment this is. Fortunately I had the ultimate immunity of being a properly trained player. So I decided to prepare this 5 step blog post on what you need to do to get ahead of the game and take down the competition in your garage or office.

1. Learn the Basics and Master Them

You need to assert some technical prowess. A player with more knowledge of how to hit a table tennis ball has an advantage. Learn to understand a little about the basic shots, the forehand and backhand. If you can master even the simpler shots and keep the ball on the table with them, you have landed yourself an advantage in every rally. While your colleagues may be able to hit some hard, the more consistent player in these situations will win the day. Here is a video from Alois and Jeff from Pingskills to help you on your way!

Wednesday 13 April 2016

New Look for Table Tennis' Hottest Social App: PongUniverse Gets a New Look!

PongUniverse is the passionate work of Andrew and Barb Williams who set out on a mission to bring the players around the world together with a unique social app. As a result of sacrifice and hard work, PongUniverse was born. You can use the website at or download the app here: Download Now and become a part of a great and growing social network of table tennis fans, players, coaches and more. I took a moment to review the revamped and fresh looking updated app and site!

PongUniverse, the World's Top Table Tennis Social App

Monday 11 April 2016

How to Become a More Powerful Table Tennis Player

Today we ran a Spring Break training camp and I found myself working again with a very short, small player who happens to be the US National 10 and under champion. I wanted to focus on building some more power in his game and so I thought it would be a great time to write a post on some tips for increasing and developing power in your game.

Be sure to check out all the content for helping improve your table tennis at The Coaching Blog.

Wang Liqin, three time world champion

Thursday 7 April 2016

4 Ping Pong Skills to Take You From Beginner to Winner!

A coach once gave me a piece of advice which has stuck with me for my career as a player and coach. There are 4 key fundamentals in table tennis, master them and you will be a competitive player. Any player with a range of strokes can focus on these 4 areas and turn themselves from a beginner into a winner. So if you are a beginner looking for some important ping pong skills, you came to the right place!

Be sure to check out more articles like this at The Coaching Blog.

Areas of Trouble

Many developing players ask me questions and ask other coaches questions about how they can improve or about things they are struggling with and 90% of those questions fall within these 4 fundamental areas of the game. Master the 4 areas and you will find competitive table tennis gets much easier.

4 Ping Pong Skills to Take You From Beginner to Winner!