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Matt Hetherington
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Pro Tip Blog: Pioneering the Backhand Banana Flick with Petr Korbel
It's been a while but I managed to get something together to write a new blog post finally. The Pro Tip Blog is an area of my blog which I really wanted to develop more but had a lot of difficulty contacting the players I wanted for it. Fortunately I was ab...

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How To Beat Your Practice Partners in Matches
I had a great question this week asking how to beat the players you practice with who know your game and particularly your serves. This is a great question and I really had to take a little time to consider how I would go about answering it because it is a ...

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How to Recover Table Tennis Form and Confidence in Training
Table Tennis is a sport of reflexes, speed, delicate techniques and automation along with split-second timing. When one of these things goes out the window it can create a less than pleasing shift in balance and cause errors and flow-on effects like lost co...

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Expectation: A Danger for Athletes in Table Tennis
It's a common phrase, if you expect too much, you will only be disappointed. This blog talks about expectations can adversely effect your match-play and mentality. We have seen plenty of upsets where the pressure got too much for players 'chokes' from subst...

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Basic Rules of Table Tennis and Common Myths
When I'm coaching in the club I get a lot of social players coming up to me to clarify rules on some basic areas of the game. I figured since I'm trying to branch out and make posts which relate to all levels that it was a good idea to make a post on the mo...

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Why Blocking is a Vital Table Tennis Skill
Not many players talk about their blocking game, most of them are out there focusing on service or forehand and backhand loop, developing kill shots and methods of aggression in their game. Blocking in fact plays a crucial role, not necessarily in your matc...

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How to Win Crucial Points in Table Tennis Matches
We all have them, moments in matches where the pressure builds to a significant point. Sometimes the point can be the difference between taking a lead, winning a game or even winning a match, sometimes turning from losing to winning momentum. The question i...

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How to Improve Your Reaction Speed in Table Tennis
It's one of the world's fastest reflex sports, involving the making of decisions in fractions of a second repetitively during a point. This blog will focus on ways you can help improve your reaction speed in order to benefit your table tennis. Be sure to ch...

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Automatism and Servomechanisms: The Science of Training in Sports
This is a topic which can relate to any sport or task, it is a post on brain training and something which was part of a coaching course I did a few years ago and it has stuck with me since. Automatism and Servomechanisms are two brain functions which are ac...

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The Importance of Match Practice in Table Tennis
In any competitive sport at higher levels the main goal is to play well and to win in competition and table tennis is no different. One of the things which can often be overlooked when training to become a good player is an adequate amount of match practice...
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