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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Use Your Weaknesses or They Will Always Be Weaknesses

Use Your Weaknesses or They Will Always Be Weaknesses (By Larry Hodges) Suppose, for example, you have a strong forehand loop against backspin, but your backhand loop against backspin isn’t so good. Then you probably use the forehand every chance you can, and avoid using the backhand loop. Result? You continue to have a strong […]

Don’t Try So Hard When Ending the Point

Don’t Try So Hard When Ending the Point (By Larry Hodges) When you put everything into a shot, you lose control and consistency. You often lose power as well as you can’t really time all your muscles together at 100%, and instead end up with a spastic shot that’s difficult to control. Watch the top […]

Coaching tip of the week: Heavy and No-Spin Pushes

Coaching tip of the week: Heavy and No-Spin Pushes (By Larry Hodges) A good, quick, well-placed, heavy, low, deep push is valuable at all levels, even the world-class level. So develop all aspects of that shot, especially against backspin or no-spin serves. But there’s another weapon that many forget, and that’s the no-spin push. Against […]

Top Ten Ways to Be a Professional at All Levels

Top Ten Ways to Be a Professional at All Levels (By Larry Hodges) This tip won’t help you win more matches. In fact, it might cost you a match where, by playing unsportsmanlike, you might have psyched an opponent out of a match. But if you do that, did youreally win the match? Here are the Top […]

2018 MDTTC October Open

2018 MDTTC October Open (By Larry Hodges, tournament director/Photo by PongMobile.com) This tournament is dedicated to those who don’t believe ratings mean anything. Okay, they really don’t . . . except when they do. As they did this tournament. What am I talking about? Here’s a quick rundown of the eleven events: Open Singles top seed […]

Counterlooping and the Forehand Block

Counterlooping and the Forehand Block (By Larry Hodges) At the higher levels, most players essentially counterloop any topspin ball on the forehand side. (Many also do it on the backhand side.) But that’s almost inhuman. And yet, many players try to do that. Here’s the problem with doing that. If you play close to the […]

Tip of the week: Style Experimentation

Tip of the week: Style Experimentation (By Larry Hodges) Many players know their own game, but don’t really know or understand other styles – leading to tactical problems. How can you work out what tactics to use if you don’t understand the style you are playing? For example, a looper might feel like he can’t […]

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