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How to Punish those Slow, Spinny Loops

How to Punish those Slow, Spinny Loops (By Larry Hodges) It’s almost a cliché that players have more trouble with slow, spinny loops than faster ones, at least below the higher levels. There’s a simple reason for this – slow, spinny loops are mostly against backspin, and come out with a higher spin-to-speed ratio than […]

Develop Ball Control by Playing with Different Surfaces

Develop Ball Control by Playing with Different Surfaces (By Larry Hodges) Today’s tip will be controversial. Some might not agree the following, but I’ve found it to be consistently true, and it makes sense if you think about it. Have you ever noticed how some players seem to have great ball control? They can seemingly […]

The Flat Smash That Isn’t

The Flat Smash That Isn’t (By Larry Hodges) Many players with good looping strokes, and others that don’t, have trouble doing “flat” smashes because they don’t understand what the shot is – or more exactly, what it isn’t. The main thing to understand about a flat smash is that it is NOT flat. There is […]

Development of an Outrageously Great Spin Serve

Development of an Outrageously Great Spin Serve (By Larry Hodges) Here are six steps to doing so! Spin and catch. Practice tossing the ball up, spinning it with your paddle, and catching it. Do this over and over, in various ways with different spins, until you can put an outrageous amount of spin on the […]

Butterfly MDTTC August Open

Butterfly MDTTC August Open Gaithersburg, MD • August 18-19, 2018 By Larry Hodges, Tournament Director (Featured photo: Under 15 Finalist James Zhang and Champion Jackson Beaver. Photo care of PongMobile) It was time for Alguetti confetti as the two 17-year-old fraternal twins, Sharon and Gal, met in the final of Open Singles. But it wasn’t […]

Tip of the week: Make Up-and-Coming Players Your Rivals – and Stay With Them!

Tip of the week: Make Up-and-Coming Players Your Rivals – and Stay With Them! (By Larry Hodges) Here’s a little trick that will give you both incentive to improve, and lead to real improvement. Next time you are at your club, pinpoint someone who is perhaps a little weaker than you, or perhaps your level, […]

Tip of the week: Follow Through Back Into Position After Forehand Looping

Tip of the week: Follow Through Back Into Position After Forehand Looping (By Larry Hodges) Not all loops are the same, and not all follow-throughs are the same either. Imagine making a powerful forehand from your backhand side. Often the momentum of your shot will pull you even farther off to the side, leaving you […]

Tip of the week: Pinpoint Your Weakness and Then Pinpoint a Drill

Tip of the week: Pinpoint Your Weakness and Then Pinpoint a Drill (By Larry Hodges) Far too often player do general drills, the type that are great for developing a foundation to their game, but not so great at fixing up specific problems in their own games. To use a completely nonsensical example, suppose you […]

Coaching tip of the week: Training the Subconscious

Coaching tip of the week: Training the Subconscious (by Larry Hodges) Advanced players seem to always know exactly what shot to do and where to put it. It’s one of the reasons why they are advanced. But there’s no time during a point to really analyze the situation, so it’s all done reflexively, i.e. the […]

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