Coaching for Gold in Table Tennis.

A player’s biomechanical inefficiencies are quite often hidden from the human eye. But, even if a coach has a good idea of where technique could be improved, the root cause may be off the radar. Quite often, it may simply be that mental interference is creating muscular tension which is then affecting the technique. Effective … Read more

Learn How to Train Relaxed Focus.

If you know how to relax, muscle tension decreases, blood pressure goes down, the mind becomes calm and movement becomes more effortless and effective. In matches or training, how often have you heard coaches or players saying things like, ‘You need to relax and just go for your shots more!’ or, ‘You’re playing too tight … Read more

Targeting Self-Belief.

Tips on how best to use targets to develop a player’s self-belief; Tip 1. After each shot that a player hits towards a target area, ask them if they can observe and call out where each shot lands relative to the target, e.g., ‘that one was one metre left’…., ‘that was two metres long’…, ‘half a … Read more

Coaching Balance.

  Could we be paying more attention to training balance? I became aware one day of how much I was ‘off balance’ when I asked Jayne Storey from Chi Golf to look at my golf swing.  To begin with, she asked me to stand up straight with feet shoulder width apart and then she pushed … Read more

Djokovic’s Jewel in the Crown!

Could it be Djokovic’s daily practice of meditation – the most recent addition, to his holistic approach to tennis and life, which is giving him the edge over the rest of the field at the moment? Before matches, Djokovic uses breathing techniques to help him ‘align with his thoughts’ and ‘stay composed’ – an act … Read more

The Inner Game and Coaching Mastery

Rob’s story Keen to evolve his knowledge of high performance coaching, Andy Knibbs an LTA tutor and coach invited U.S master coach Sean Brawley to present a 3 day workshop on ‘Coaching Mastery’. Sean, a former 150 ATP tennis player had been mentored by Tim Gallwey the author of the Inner Game series for 20 … Read more