This month’s post is all about hooks and fades. I am sure a lot of you will have heard of them, but just how good are they and how do you perform them effectively?[Read more…] about Hooks and Fades (Elevate Your Loop Game)
The Expert Table Tennis Blog
The Expert Table Tennis Blog is where I (Ben Larcombe) share my thoughts on the sport of table tennis.
When I think of rare shots in table tennis, the chop block is the first shot that comes to mind. How many of you can say that you use it even just once per training session? Very few I imagine.
The chop block is a slick, potent shot that is very difficult to perform consistently. It’s the epitome of ‘high risk, high reward’. But remember, fortune favours the bold. Chop blocks can wreak havoc on your opponent’s timing and given how rare they are, they work effectively against most players.[Read more…] about The Chop Block (The Most Neglected Shot in Table Tennis)
The tomahawk serve is a somewhat rare serve in today’s table tennis scene. The likes of the pendulum and chop serves are so dominant that you probably rarely see the tomahawk. I can only recall a few players that I have played against over the years that use it as one of their primary serves.
Yet, I would argue that the tomahawk serve is one of the most powerful weapons in table tennis today. Especially among beginner and intermediate players.[Read more…] about The Tomahawk Serve (And Why You Should Learn It)
It’s just over a month until Christmas, which means it’s time to start thinking about buying presents (and writing your own Christmas lists too). So, what are the best Christmas gifts for a table tennis player?
In this article, I’ll go through some of my favourite table tennis gift ideas and show you a few of the things that have made it onto my Christmas list. There’s a mixture of stocking fillers (small/cheap gifts) and more expensive presents.[Read more…] about 10 Table Tennis Christmas Gift Ideas (2019)
Table tennis stance is the second aspect of table tennis technique that I teach to my players. The first is the correct shakehands table tennis grip.
This post is part of my How to Play Table Tennis series. Today we’ll be whizzing through how to stand, where to stand, and why. And we’ll be using the great Fan Zhendong as our example![Read more…] about Table Tennis Stance and Ready Position (with Fan Zhendong)