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  1. The loop — advanced coaching elements. Execution of different loops and their uses.
  2. Looping — history and theory. Development of the loop, technical areas and thinking points.
  3. Thinking points on the FH drive. What to look for in playing the stroke.
  4. Coaching and playing points. Ideas on coaching, ideas on playing.
  5. Stroke correction techniques. A scientific approach to what to look for in a player’s strokes.
  6. China training. The many and varied uses of multi-ball training in modern table tennis.
  7. Requirements for table tennis. In which areas does the table tennis player need to be strong.
  8. Evolution Of the Player. To be a top player covers more aspects than you may think. Be professional.
  9. Multi-ball: High level training. Methods of making it more individual and more effective.
  10. One leg or two. Revolutionary method for increasing leg strength.
  11. Player Focus Points. Work on these in play.
  12. Player evaluation. Break down how your player performs.
  13. Simplicity. Keep things simple and direct, both technically and psychologically
  14. Speed equals coordination. How motor speed in table tennis should be trained.
  15. The Way the Chinese use Multi-ball. Can we learn anything here?


  1. Movement Patterns. How you should move in differing situations based on a study of world-class players.
  2. Critical features of the FH topspin. The critical features in arms, legs and body in the execution of the stroke.
  3. Stroke analysis. Look at stroke-play systematically.
  4. Prime themes. A number of key issues in our sport.
  5. Line of play. Just what is the elusive ‘line of play’ and do we really understand this?
  6. Technique and improvisation. Established coaching techniques are changing and coaches must change their approach too if their pupils are to remain competitive.
  7. Modern cross-step. Economise on movement and strike the ball first.
  8. Modern Techniques - Tips. Tips on the core areas of table tennis.
  9. Training Themes. Advanced areas, prime points.
  10. Economy of movement — the key to speed. Symmetrical play and the importance of square recovery.
  11. Use the Whole Table. Exercises to help you be more unpredictable.
  12. High Level Performance (Summary). The 7 Points.
  13. High Level Performance. Aspects which set apart the top performer from the rest.
  14. Long-term Athlete Development. To achieve maximum potential development must be athlete-centred not system-centred.
  15. Table Tennis without glue or boosting. Where are we going now, ideas and comments.
  16. Beginner/Intermediate. Points to remember.


1 - 4 Definitive in-depth coaching information for all coaches/trainers. Covers in detail and adds to European systems in many areas (also differs in one or two key aspects). Covers Levels from One to Four.

  1. Coaching development course. Stage 1
  2. Coaching development course. Stage 2
  3. Coaching development course. Stage 3
  4. Coaching development course. Stage 4
  5. Themes for short training sessions.
  6. Coaches’ Seminar — Summary of main points of seminar to coaches. (Summer of 2002)
  7. Coaching Course Summary. Coaching coaches in Iceland, main points (2004)
  8. Manuals and policy. Why the manuals and the policy makers are more often than not out of date.
  9. Coaching Approach. How do you relate to your players?
  10. Developing Excellence and Expertise in Coaches. Is there too much informing and not enough transforming?
  11. Periodisation:Training Planning. Qualitative sports are rather more difficult to plan for.
  12. Produce the Champion. Don't look at just the technical areas.
  13. Table Tennis as an Extreme Martial Art. The modern game must look to be at its simplest and most direct to succeed. No room for frills.
  14. Table Tennis of Tomorrow Parts 1 and 2. What will the future of our sport hold? Looks at playing and coaching.
  15. Technique only Halfway there. The establishing of a sound technique is only part of the whole picture.
  16. The coaching manual — what should be included. Suggested menu for the detailed coaching manual.
  17. The Coaching Relationship. Who is in charge?


  1. Educating leaders. Ideas for a seminar for leaders/trainers at a fairly low level.
  2. Training — group schedule. Keeping track of and monitoring the individuals in the group.
  3. Teaching table tennis. An approach to coaching.
  4. Coaching — lateral or vertical structure. The importance of early technical guidance and why perhaps some systems are not a good idea.
  5. Coaching — tradesman or artist. A look at coaching and the importance of being professional.
  6. Observations re Table Tennis Centres for younger players. Do parents and coaches ask the right questions?
  7. Observations on coaches/coaching. Comments on coaches/coaching.
  8. Coach Development. Do we have the right people in coaching? Are ex-players always the best ones to go into coaching?
  9. Coach Maturity. Do coaches always approach coaching in the right way especially with the young?
  10. Coaching the young. Chinese ideas on what is important in the early stages.
  11. Development and Training. What do we need to do in Europe to help our players reach maximum potential?
  12. Looking for the Champion. What qualities are we looking for?
  13. Looking for the Champion 2. Skills, adaptation and will.
  14. Looking for the Champion 3. Unpredictable, the No Style, delete the expected return.
  15. Progression Ladder. How do we move on to higher levels, what aspects matter?
  16. The Growth of the Coach. Is our coaching in Europe failing? Are our coaches good enough and are we coaching in the right way to cope with the Asians?
  17. Training Tips. Train in the right way to achieve the best results.
  18. Girls and boys, Coaching Development — Ideas for coaching girls and boys and the different approaches.


  1. Bats and rubbers. A look into equipment technology.
  2. ‘Funny rubbers’. An in-depth look at pimples and understanding what is happening, with ideas on what to look at to progress further.
  3. Defenders with long pimples on the BH. How they play and ideas on how to beat them.
  4. Table tennis and other racket sports. Why our sport is different and how to select your most suitable weapon.
  5. Lecture on material. Detailed look at what’s available and how it works.
  6. Performance assessment charts. Assess how your player is performing.
  7. 8 Prime Points. Think about what mental/tactical equipment you need.
  8. Developing Speed for Table Tennis. How to train fast twitch muscle fibres.
  9. Training charts. Charts which can be used to monitor players or help coaches.
  10. Forms and questionnaires. A variety of report and assessment forms and questionnaires to be used on training camps or squad training.
  11. Training Exercises. Series of on-the-table exercises extracted from courses or training days.


  1. International training — Michel Gadal’s approach to handling players. (Technical Director France).
  2. Develop a winning playing style — Carl Danner. What is style and how to choose yours.
  3. Moving up a level — Larry Hodges. How to climb up to a higher level.
  4. Ten tips for future champions — J.O. Waldner. Tips from the ‘horse’s mouth’.
  5. What it takes to be a champion — Sean O’Neill. 5 times US singles champion — his own tips.
  6. The improvement pyramid — Richard McAfee. Stages to becoming the complete player.
  7. The coach – Clive Woodward. Thinking differently, ideas from the rugby maestro.
  8. Coaching with Jack Carrington — Tips from the past but still valid today.
  9. 7 Point Winning Weapons. Do we always think to use our best weapons and what works for us?
  10. Excellence. You get out what you put in.
  11. Game Management - Seminar. How to adapt to the opponent.
  12. Game Management. It's not always the best player who wins, we must be able to manage our game so that we gain the advantage.
  13. Path to the Future You. Development plan for you in view of your personality and skills and current science.
  14. Professional Training. Can we still do this in Europe or are we losing our way?
  15. Sayings from the past, Jack Carrington — Ideas from the past, but never out of date.
  16. The battle weapons and alternatives. Not only do players need the most suitable weapons for their specific game, but they need alternative strategies to cope with differing situations.
  17. The vital factors of early development. Do European coaches understand the importance of the early stages in player development?
  18. Does the top player make the top coach? Thoughts from sports’ coaching lecturers

Women’s Game (82)


  1. Long pimple stroke play. Exercises and ideas on how to play with long pimples.
  2. Women’s development — pimples on the BH. A plan to play to and ideas on development when women play with pimples on the BH.
  3. Women’s development — reverse rubber on the BH. A plan to play to and ideas on development when women play with normal reverse rubber on the BH.
  4. Material and the women’s game. Too many coaches, trainers and parents are against material for women. Are they right?
  5. Why use pimples? Why do many more women use material compared to the men? Do they really gain an advantage from this and how does it benefit them?
  6. Girls — long pimple development. Even with material there should be a path of development.
  7. Clubs and material. Why many girls don’t use pimples and why perhaps they should!
  8. Girls in the World Elite and their playing styles – Lars Borg. Examination of Protour events and the variety of women’s styles at top level.
  9. Women’s playing styles – the theory. A follow-up on Lars Borg’s article analysing some of the theory behind why the top women play so differently.
  10. Return of the Defender. Are the defenders making a come-back -- in the women's game?
  11. Women's Play and the Plastic Ball. Does this need to change with the new ball and how?


  1. European and Asian women’s game. A comparison of European and Asian women’s play and conclusions as to why one is successful and the other isn’t.
  2. Ready position, serve and receive tactics. Are these changing? Based on a study of the top men and women. Comparisons between men and women and between European and Asian women.
  3. Win over Asian women. Is the two-winged topspin style the way to beat them?
  4. A stepping stone — Ian Marshall. The Chinese girls deserve to win!
  5. Chinese National Women’s Team and pimples. Have the top Chinese women stopped playing with material?
  6. Asian Women:can Europe ever compete? What is the situation now and what can be done?
  7. Comments on the European Girls' Game. Do we really know what we are doing in Europe?
  8. Rise of the Japanese Girls. What is happening to Chinese women and why does a Japanese junior win the Asian Championships?
  9. The Science of Women's Table Tennis. Where are we going and how are things changing?
  10. Women — Asian superiority. Why are Asian women superior and what can the Europeans do to change this?
  11. Women’s statistics — Worlds. Statistics on singles 1926 — 2001 and on team 1933 — 2001.
  12. Produce girls who can compete in Asia — can we do more in Europe and are the Associations really interested?
  13. European Girls. Do we have high enough ambitions?
  14. Girls in UK. Are we slipping internationally with the girls?


  1. Observations on cadet girls’ development. Looking at cadet girls in Sweden and areas requiring improvement — applicable to most countries in Europe.
  2. The vital role of the District in girls’ training. The importance of controlling girls’ training in Sweden if girl players are to develop to European level.
  3. Swedish girls and the big ball. A look at girls’ play and how this will be affected by the big ball. Ideas on future development.
  4. Development of girls’ table tennis in Sweden. An in-depth look at the problems in developing good girl players in Sweden. Applicable to many countries in Europe.
  5. Developing the talent of our girls. How does a promising young girl reach the top?
  6. Women’s development in Sweden. Does the system in Sweden give the girls a fair chance to reach the top and to develop their full potential?
  7. Lecture file on girls’ development. A detailed evaluation on how we should train girls and how and why this differs from coaching boys.
  8. Europe 2nd class women — some styles and tactics are more successful than others at world level. Are we in Europe heading in the right direction?
  9. Coaching women in Europe: ineffectual. Are we on the wrong track for developing top women?
  10. Direction not Sparring. Discusses what we need to reach maximum potential in our sport and to try and match the Asians.
  11. Improving women's table tennis in Europe -- Views of top coaches and players
  12. Research into Women's Table Tennis. An in-depth look at women's table tennis in Europe and what we can do to try to get back on terms with Asia.
  13. The plastic ball, will the world's top women spin? Thoughts on how the women's game may change (or in fact not)with the new ball.
  14. Women with Plastic. Technical, Attitude and Tactics with Plastic


  1. A Programme Layout – Girls’ training in national centres. A suggested programme for an approach to girls’ training at the highest level.
  2. Girl players and National Centres (direction). What should National Centres in Europe be doing with girl players and what questions should parents and coaches be asking?
  3. Coaching summary — women. Summary of the prime areas in coaching women.
  4. A theme for girls’ groups. Ideas for aspects to explore with girls’ training groups.
  5. Women — key issues. Summarises the essential aspects of women’s play and the consequences.
  6. Girls’ seminar. Seminar to girls’ training groups, emphasising the dissimilarities between the women’s and the men’s game and stressing important areas for girls to work in.
  7. Girls’ groups — key aspects. Areas to look at when coaching girls.
  8. Practical exercises for girls. Why coaches should give more thought as to which exercises they use in group training sessions for girl players.
  9. Science of the Women's Game. How the modern game is changing with the plastic ball. Are the Chinese women falling behind?
  10. Seminar on girls’ coaching. Outline of seminar on development of girls.


  1. The big ball — girls, thinking points. What the top players say about the big ball and some conclusions as to future direction.
  2. The mechanics of the long serve and why women use it more. Requirements for serving long and why women serve long more than men and should think more about the long receive.
  3. Women close-to-table. Square or not? Advantageous or otherwise
  4. Growth after technique in the women’s game. What is the next stage in development after technique?
  5. Women’s play — facts and observations. Do coaches throughout Europe really understand how to develop the full potential of our girl players? A look at the realities and what the top women actually do.
  6. Time element and implications. How the time element affects the women’s game and what it means.
  7. Differences in the men’s and women’s game. A look at the differing tactics, techniques and materials and the significance of these.
  8. Women's Table Tennis - Singles Progress. How different countries have dominated over different decades and where we are going in the future.
  9. Women:Is practice in Europe relevant? Do we have the right approach to training or are we falling further behind the world's best?
  10. Loop attack and the women’s game. How should women loop and why? Should they spin the same as the men? Thoughts and ideas.
  11. Women time and distance — why time is so important in table tennis and how this impacts on the men’s and women’s games.


  1. Just how should women play? Statistics and which areas women should work in to reach full potential and be successful in the women’s game.
  2. Debate on girls’ training - Sweden. The current direction of girls’ training in Sweden, ideas for the future. Applicable to most countries in Europe.
  3. Multi-ball and women’s training. Ideas as to why multi-ball training for women should not be the same as for men.
  4. Diversity in technique and tactics — women’s game. Why techniques and tactics, which work in the men’s game, aren’t always suited to women’s play.
  5. Women — the simple facts. Essential differences in the women’s and men’s game — based on a study of the world’s top players. Highlights aspects that many women don’t know about women’s table tennis.
  6. Girls — training needs, a method. Aspects to look at when training female players.
  7. Making of a great woman player. The 6 aspects.
  8. European Women's Table Tennis. How can we compete at top level and especially with the Asians?
  9. Girls/Women Players - Development in Own Hands. Take responsibility for your future from as early an age as possible. Learn about alternatives.
  10. Prime areas in the Development of Women. What is really crucial to produce World Class women?
  11. Top 30 women. Can we actually get there?


  1. The way forward — girls’ attitude. A look at the stress of competition.
  2. Coaching girls - a different ballgame. Outline lecture on coaching/development of the female player.
  3. Girls — make things happen. Girls, control your own destiny.
  4. Destroy the flair and spontaneity. The dangers of over-coaching.
  5. Female loopers - the dilemma How should women topspin and why? What other related aspects are also important in the overall female tactics?
  6. The girls against the women. Who should win and why? Which tactics?
  7. Coaching the female of the species. Lecture series on the different approach required when coaching women.
  8. Topspin myth and coaching women. Why are so many coaches fixated on topspin with women?
  9. Girls' Game: Be Professional. How do girls perform to the maximum?
  10. Modern Women Defenders. Hints how to develop and play nowadays up to eleven.
  11. Women - Modern Footwork. Do European women and their coaches understand about women's play at top level and modern movement patterns?

Mental Side(52)


  1. Think big. Ideas on how to achieve more.
  2. How much does success cost? A look at the stresses and pressures on the young player and ideas on how to deal with these.
  3. Making the mind work for you. An item by item approach to the various parts of mental training. Easy practical steps you can use to develop your own programme.
  4. Ask yourself. Understand yourself — a number of questions to think about.
  5. Wise man or fool? The danger in being certain.
  6. Why do we play? Why do we play the game of table tennis?
  7. Mental methods. Like all individual, ‘one-to-one’ sports, table tennis is a battle in the mind, not on the table. A number of different ideas and approaches on how to develop and to use the mind more effectively.
  8. Success triangle. Thoughts on what makes success.
  9. Thailand – 8th wonder of the world. In the final analysis just how important is the mental side.
  10. Flow. Learn to perform without effort.
  11. Injury - Chance to Refine/Retune. Use your time when injured productively!
  12. Momentum. Get a grip on your life.
  13. Success Body and Mind. The two must work hand in hand but never underestimate the power of the mind.
  14. Success Goals and Controls. Choose the right pathway to reach your destination.
  15. The Age of Experience. Should older people be thrown on the scrap-heap or do they have useful knowledge?
  16. The Windscreen. Always look forwards, not backwards.
  17. Training and the Mind. We are all individuals and must have the 'right' mindset but certain approaches can help.


  1. Winning. How to be a winner.
  2. In depth mental training. An in depth look at mental development — concentration, visualization, goal setting, motivation and competition planning.
  3. Practical mental development. A practical approach to developing mental skills, examining the various aspects in detail.
  4. Competition planning. A step by step approach on how to develop a competition plan.
  5. Tactical Table Tennis Thinking D. Seemiller. Incorporate tactical thinking into your play.
  6. Sports Psychology for Table Tennis. R. McAfee. Master your own emotions and thoughts.
  7. Basic Sports Psychology. Change the you and become a more effective athlete.
  8. Coach and Player. Points for consideration.
  9. Focus. What should you focus on and how to best do this?
  10. Performance. How do the top athletes achieve this under pressure?
  11. The Psychology of the Rally. Can certain methods of training develop judgment and adaptive intelligence?
  12. The winning mind – L. Bassham. Winners expect to win — develop the mind, strategies of the champion.
  13. The winning mind – L. Bassham . Summary – salient points.
  14. To Walk on Water You need first to get out of the Boat. Failure can energise or paralyse you.
  15. What is Athletic Toughness? What is it, why can't we all achieve it and what goes wrong?
  16. Willpower — is willpower finite?
  17. Zen and the Art of Table Tennis (Peter K. Tyson). Peter explores whether or not table tennis has anything to learn from Zen. Interesting and thought provoking.


  1. Change or die. Change is a fact of life as important in your table tennis as in life itself.
  2. The Brain. T. Horne and S. Wootton. What makes it tick?
  3. Attitude and Doubt. Factors that strengthen or weaken.
  4. Attitude on court. Control the you, you're the one out there.
  5. Control the Head. Adam Kelly: Don't just react, control how you develop and progress!
  6. Go with the flow. How can we achieve maximum performance?
  7. Limits. Do we limit ourselves.
  8. Mental Grip. Why do we 'choke' and what can we do about it?
  9. Performance and Habit. The dangers and the necessity for control and monitoring.
  10. Personal Best. Steps to achieve this.
  11. Power of Habit. Don't let habits rule, use them.
  12. Inner game of table tennis – John Whitmore. Do you need a coach to develop? Players should access their own correctional techniques.
  13. Inner game of table tennis – Summary of salient points.
  14. The Path to Self Realisation. Guide to what you need to do and attitude you need.
  15. The Young Brain. How different is the adolescent brain and what are its capabilities?
  16. To be a Champion. This requires you to know yourself and to take responsibility for your own progress.
  17. What stops us from Winning -- How internal and external restrictions can affect us.
  18. Winning and your mind. The importance of believing what is effective not necessarily what is true.

General (43)


  1. Innovation in table tennis. Aspects covered by innovation in table tennis and a brief examination of these.
  2. Coaching in Sweden. A personal look at table tennis in Sweden after some seven years coaching in the country.
  3. They just don’t get it. (Article by J. Prean). Prean’s views on the decline and fall of English table tennis under Ransome.
  4. How to keep players in table tennis beyond the age of 15 to 16 years. Problems in Sweden in keeping players in our sport beyond the mid-teens. Applicable to most countries in Europe.
  5. Inventions and innovations. China is responsible for most but can a playing style be an innovation?
  6. A document on how we will manage our table tennis in Sweden. A document from the Swedish Association on their hopes, plans and goals for the future and methods of achievement.
  7. Table tennis - District development project. (by Provas Mondals) Areas for the Districts to work in if we are to improve overall levels.
  8. Home Truths. Aspects for thought.
  9. Ideas. Ideas and thoughts for future investigation.
  10. Punchlines. Inspiring thoughts and sayings.
  11. The Coach. A Poem from player to coach.
  12. Table tennis and other racket sports. Why our sport is different and selecting your most suitable weapon.
  13. Start and development of Table Tennis. Brief history of table tennis. How innovation in equipment and technique has changed our sport. A look at tactics over the years.
  14. Training in China. Is it very different from Europe?
  15. The Palmaris Longus. Is it just possible the Chinese have a physical advantage over Caucasians?


  1. Are we going in the right direction? Is our play in Europe moving in the right direction and do current trends indicate that we are coming closer to dominating the Asians?
  2. Does the system protect the professionals? Why is it so difficult for young players to break into the top ranking positions? Does the ’system’ have too much control?
  3. Chinese views on European play. Where the Chinese think the Europeans are strong and what they are doing about it.
  4. Sweden - will the old methods still work? Is Sweden geared up to carry forward the incredible successes of the last two decades or is the bubble about to burst?
  5. Is our priority to produce players? We appear to be producing worse results at world level that we did 20 - 25 years ago. Does European table tennis need a rethink?
  6. The key to the future? The importance of technique, style and innovation in the development of European table tennis.
  7. Motivation or What? What is it that we need to cope with life and be at ease with ourselves?
  8. Message to All. Important aspects of being a champion.
  9. Motivation or Methods. Are we going in the right direction to beat the best in the world?
  10. Professionalism in Europe. Can we match the Asians, or is it all over?
  11. Success:Belief, Method and Vision. Just how do we get our players in Europe to reach full potential?
  12. Summer offers that rare moment of respite. Just how are you going to use it?
  13. Will Sweden become another Chinese satellite? Although the administration is positive about the future there are disturbing trends in Swedish table tennis.
  14. Breakthrough at National Level — is table tennis in the UK as good as it could be or are there defects and and can we do anything about these?


  1. The secrets of Chinese Table Tennis. L Hodges/Cheng Y. Why China is ’streets’ ahead of Europe.
  2. The secrets of Chinese Table Tennis Part 2. L Hodges/Cheng Y. What we in Europe can do about it.
  3. How to Win – Clive Woodward. Is the British sports’ environment in the dark ages?
  4. National Associations – the way forward. Is it a priority for European Associations to produce top players?
  5. Chinese Technical Paper — Dr. Zhang Xiaopeng, Playing Styles through the ages
  6. Where has all the info gone? Lots of glossy mags and web-sites but little real Table Tennis information.
  7. Asia and Europe. From 1926 to the early '50's Europe dominated World table tennis. What happened?
  8. Blueprint for Champions: Clive Woodward. Based on ideas from the rugby supremo on how to make winners!
  9. China's dominance in the last 20 years. In view of China's record, anyone like to bet against them in the next 10 years?
  10. Players of the past. Do they have a contribution to make today?
  11. Table tennis:fastest ball sport? Is it or isn't it?
  12. The Modern Game:Recent Changes. Table Tennis is changing and quite dramatically!
  13. The rise and fall of Swedish table tennis. Sweden has had unprecedented success since 1989. Why and can this continue?
  14. Vision without Execution. Plan, Act and Look beyond yourself.

Theoretical (75)


  1. Ban coaching at tournaments? Why it’s not possible to ban coaching at tournaments.
  2. Style development. Ideas on what to look for.
  3. Advising players at tournaments. A brief look at the pitfalls and underlying problems faced by the coach during competition.
  4. Thoughts on match-play to eleven up. The mental and tactical approach to the shorter game.
  5. Just what makes the young player ‘The exceptional prospect’? Fortés, ’specialties’ and the importance of developing a positive attitude at a young age.
  6. Oddments. Sundry thoughts, tactics and techniques.
  7. Sequential movement and adaptability. Why don’t players reach the next ball and the importance of adaptive intelligence?
  8. It's all in the Preparation. Professionalism in the small details matters.
  9. Plastic Ball and Balance of Basic Elements. The balance has changed, the game is changing as a result and physical areas are more demanding.
  10. Plastic Ball Connecting Areas of Strength. Are we all aware of our best position relative to the table and what we can do from there?
  11. Plastic and Change. Why change in a number of areas is important with plastic.
  12. Practice makes Perfect? Or does it?
  13. Speed the Essential Component. Importance of speed and the plastic ball.
  14. Thoughts on tactics. Ideas about tactics to use against differing types of players and some thoughts on innovation in tactics.
  15. Thoughts on training. Why the early training years are so important as is the mental approach to training.


  1. Angular velocity. What angular velocity can do for your loop game.
  2. Elastic energy in stroke play. Why stroke movements in table tennis should be performed quickly.
  3. The axis. What is the axis, can we use it?
  4. Theory of spin. The simple science behind spin.
  5. Main theme. Do we focus too much on group needs.
  6. The 4 elements. If you want to realise your full potential these are crucial.
  7. Effective practice. The importance of adaptive intelligence — are we really training in the right way to reach maximum potential?
  8. Five steps to developing players. Aspects important to the development and continuing evolution of the player.
  9. Developing Players:Move with the Times. Are we professional enough in developing quality strokes and top players?
  10. Power — where from? Our sport is faster and changing all the time — improvisation is the norm and the legs play little part in producing power.
  11. Rigidity and how this impacts on our potential.
  12. The Table Tennis Player's Bible. Essentials for reaching top level.
  13. Techniques,Rules and Systems. These are not the be and end all of our great sport.
  14. LTAD Model. The framework to train, look for critical periods in the athlete's career and see all the differing ages.
  15. Ball through the air — just what happens to the ball after leaving the racket?
  16. Mechanics of table tennis. Nothing that happens on a table tennis table is inexplicable.


  1. Can we use the body more in stroke-play? Use the centre of gravity in the stroke.
  2. The specific consciousness of players. The cultivation of table tennis consciousness should be an obligatory theoretical course for all players and coaches.
  3. Achieving perfection in performance. Why the content and method of training is so important in the formative years. Automate your game in the right way.
  4. Control of the racket. The importance of controlling the bat-swing to maximise spin.
  5. Timing over the table. The importance of development in the short and ‘midfield’ areas.
  6. The modern blocking game. Blocking has a different emphasis today.
  7. Life after technique. How important and what comes next.
  8. Science of the plastic ball. Initial thoughts. Aspects to look for and how the game may change.
  9. Small Gains and Alternatives. The marginal gains theory works but why not combine it with Alternatives?
  10. Table Tennis and Reaction Times. Do men always have faster reactions than women?
  11. The 40mm ball. Facts, figures and thoughts on the big ball.
  12. Is trajectory important? Thoughts on various topspin trajectories.
  13. Technique without direction is an empty shell. Direction and self-sufficiency are more important than technique.
  14. More Agility, Shorter Strokes. Where are we going? Input from Blasczyk, Schimmelpfennig and Dr. Kondric.
  15. The Mechanics of Direction. Do players know where they are going and do they get the right help?


  1. Offensive play and spin. How to hit the ball harder and get it on the table!
  2. European table tennis – direction. Just what is happening in Europe with coaching and development? Are we going in the right direction or not?
  3. The professional approach. Be more professional in your game at whatever level you play.
  4. Analyse technique. A method for coaches to analyse technique.
  5. The last gladiator. Is it harder to be a champion in our modern world?
  6. Introduce the mental side into physical training. Ideas on mental themes for training sessions.
  7. Training methods for the champions of 2020. Is slavishly aping the Chinese going to help us produce world champions over the next ten to fifteen years?
  8. The role of the coach after technique. What areas does the coach work in after establishing a sound base
  9. Danger of Boxes. Forcing players to perform in a manner which ignores their innate skills is always counterproductive
  10. Nice to look at or efficient? Do we develop a nice to look at game in Europe or do we produce winners?
  11. Responsibilty for yourself. What does the player really need to understand to reach full potential?
  12. Speed in Context. Speed in our sport and in multi-ball.
  13. To reach the top. Do we in Europe still have the tools and knowledge to take players into the top 30 in the world?
  14. How coaches analyse skill. A detailed study of the 4 major phases in skill analysis.
  15. Timing in the men’s game. The vital importance of the ‘mid-distance’.


  1. Observations on the Protour Finals Stockholm 2002. An in-depth look at the world’s best juniors, men and women and observations and conclusions on just what is happening with our game.
  2. Statistics – men’s and women’s play. Stance, serve and receive statistics based on a survey of top players.
  3. Long pimples simplified. A simple approach to understanding what is happening.
  4. The journey from reverse to material. The main categories of material and their qualities.
  5. Misconceptions about long pimples. What happens and some of the background principles.
  6. The guide to long pimples by Lars Borg. What are long pimples? The playing characteristics.
  7. Frictionless long pimples — the next stage. Do players ask the right questions and are they looking in the right direction as they make the change?
  8. Alternatives. Players must be prepared to use varied alternatives and change how they approach the game to win.
  9. Fundamentals of Table Tennis. Themes for focus and development.
  10. Have you the Right Weapons? We are not just talking about technical and tactical here. The whole person must be in harmony to achieve the highest levels.
  11. Over-emphasis on Technique. Do we get the best out of our players in Europe or do we sometimes focus on the wrong aspects?
  12. Prime Thinking Points in Modern Table Tennis. What should we be focusing on to reach the higher levels?
  13. Shot Selection and the Use of Power. Power comes in different forms and the way you use it can be critical to your development!
  14. Technique, Tactics and Style. What are tactics based on and how does style fit in?

Serve/Receive (11)

  1. Service and serve strategy. Different serves and points on their execution. Some ideas on strategy.
  2. Receive of serve. Receive tactics are probably the most under-practised aspect of our sport.
  3. The service potential. Many players underestimate the potential available in the service area.
  4. Service possibilities. Just how many different ways are there to serve?
  5. Maximize your service play. An in-depth look at the whole service area.
  6. Third ball expectation. Make the most of your serve and 3rd ball.
  7. Service, receive and 3rd ball against the left-hander. Consider the changes that are necessary when playing left-handers.
  8. Dominate with Serve/Receive M. Tajima. At all levels games are won often by only 1 – 2 points – effective serve and receive is often the key.
  9. Serve Efficiency with Plastic. Examining spin with plastic and which serves produce more. Also time efficiency in service.
  10. The long serve and plastic. You can still use the serve with effect.
  11. The first four balls. The vital importance of the first four balls in top level play.

Material (20)


  1. ‘Funny’ rubbers. An in-depth look at pimples and understanding what is happening, with ideas on what to look at to progress further.
  2. Long pimples simplified. A simple approach to understanding what is happening.
  3. China National women’s team and pimples. Have the top Chinese women stopped playing with material?
  4. Material and the women’s game. Too many coaches, trainers and parents are against material for women. Are they right?
  5. Defenders with long pimples on the BH. How they play and ideas on how to beat them.
  6. Misconceptions about long pimples. What happens and some of the background principles.
  7. Differences in the men’s and women’s game. A look at the differing tactics, techniques and materials and the significance of these.
  8. Lecture on material. Detailed look at what’s available and how it works.
  9. Girls – long pimple development. Even with material there should be a path of development.
  10. The next stage after frictionless long pimples. Do players ask the right questions and are they looking in the right direction as they make the change?


  1. Bats and rubbers. A look into equipment technology.
  2. Just what makes a young player ‘The exceptional prospect’? , fortes, ’specialties’ and developing a positive attitude at a young age.
  3. Why use pimples? Why do many more women use material than men? Do they really gain an advantage from this and what are the benefits?
  4. The guide to long pimples — Lars Borg. What are long pimples, the playing characteristics?
  5. The journey from reverse to material . The main categories of material and their qualities.
  6. Clubs and Material. Why many girls don’t use pimples and why perhaps they should!
  7. Modern Women Defenders. Hints how to develop and play nowadays up to eleven.
  8. Table tennis & other racket sports. Why our sport is different and selecting your most suitable weapon.
  9. Start and development of T.T. Brief history of table tennis. How innovation in equipment and technique has changed our sport. A look at tactics over the years.
  10. Topspin and Backspin. What happens in flight and after.

Supporting Topics (5)

  • Nutrition. Why balance is important.
  • Protein and Amino Acids. The vital importance of amino acids and why we need all of them.
  • Sugar and fat. Sugar is dangerous and fructose addictive.
  • Sugar and restocking. Get what you need to keep you on track.
  • Trace Elements. Though only needed in minute amounts their importance cannot be underestimated.