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

Australian Open Thoughts

‘The statistics are overwhelmingly in favour of players who win the first set.’   ‘It often seems to be that the closer players are to losing, the more relaxed they are.’   Mats Wilander made these two mental skills statements whilst commentating for Eurosport on the 2018 Australian Open. They point to a problem that … Read more

Keeping Relaxation in Mind.

We had an e-mail from a coach who was unsure that relaxation could actually be trained so thought it would be good to paint a picture of just how simple it can be to add this key ingredient into almost any on-court drill. Imagine you’re a player and your coach has just asked the group … Read more