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Every Point is the Biggest Point of Your Life

Every Point is the Biggest Point of Your Life (By Larry Hodges) What’s the most important point in table tennis? The next one. It’s that simple. And yet players constantly fret over the previous point, the one that’s over and never to be replayed. As far as you are concerned the next point is for […]

2018 World Junior Table Tennis Championships Recap

2018 World Junior Table Tennis Championships Recap (by Steve Hopkins/Photo by ITTF) The World Junior Table Tennis Championships were held this week in Bendigo, Australia.  There were seven events including Boys Teams, Girls Teams, Boys Singles, Girls Singles, Boys Doubles, Girls Doubles, and Mixed Doubles.  The Junior Boys’ Teams were seeded based upon World Ranking […]

Where Are They Now? Wilson Club Series #1

Where Are They Now? Wilson Club Series #1 (By Steve Hopkins, Photo shows Brian Pace, Oscar Melvin, and Derek May at Butterfly Dojo) Article 1: The Perfect Storm: Butterfly, Bowie, Bowie, Ty, and Brian For a period from 1985-1992, Wilson, North Carolina became a model for developmental, grass-roots table tennis.  With Butterfly’s North American distributor […]

WAB Club Feature: Maryland Table Tennis Center

WAB Club Feature: Maryland Table Tennis Center (By Steve Hopkins) The Maryland Table Tennis Center is one of the best known full-time training centers in the United States.  Their 10,000 square foot facility is designed with table tennis in mind and features ideal flooring and lighting, high ceilings, and rubber flooring.    MDTTC is located in […]

ITTF December Rankings: Last Rankings of 2018

ITTF December Rankings: Last Rankings of 2018 (by Steve Hopkins) The December ITTF World Rankings are out, and very little has changed at the top.  China’s top players, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, have retained their No. 1 and No. 2 positions.  Germany’s Timo Boll retains his No. 3 position.  And China’s Lin Gaoyuan retains the […]

Coaching tip of the week: Style Disadvantage or Tactical Problem?

Coaching tip of the week: Style Disadvantage or Tactical Problem? (By Larry Hodges) Many players do not know the difference between a style disadvantage and a tactical problem. My experience is that style disadvantages are relatively rare, as any sufficiently advanced player has developed enough shots to reach his level so that he can compete […]

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Seattle Pacific Table Tennis Club

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Seattle Pacific Table Tennis Club (By Steve Hopkins) On December 1st and 2nd, Seattle Pacific Table Tennis Club is host to the SPTTC December Open.  The event features three Round Robin groups and three Team Competitions (U2700, U3550, and U4300).  The club is an ideal location for a large tournament.  The 9600 […]

Angel’s Cup Butterfly Team Tournament Results

Angel’s Cup Butterfly Team Tournament Results (By Steve Hopkins) The annual Angel’s Cup Butterfly Team Tournament was held November 23-24 at California Table Tennis in Rosemead, California.  The format of the tournament was three-person teams with two divisions based upon rating.  Both divisions had a $1000 prize for the first place team, a $500 prize for […]

Coaching tip of the week: Punish Passivity

Coaching tip of the week: Punish Passivity (By Larry Hodges) If you play an opponent who plays passively, he’s basically daring you to take your best shot. Take the dare! But first – what is your best shot? The problem passive players face is that a good tactical thinker knows what his best shot is […]

2018 Pan Am Championships: Recap

2018 Pan Am Championships: Recap (by Steve Hopkins/ Photo by ITTF) Santiago, Chile was host this week to the 2018 Pan America Championships.  The tournament featured Men & Women Team events, Men & Women Singles events, and Men & Women & Mixed Doubles events.  The Team events concluded on Thursday.  The elimination stages of Singles […]

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