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Coaching Tips of the Week: The Quick Chip Receive

(By Larry Hodges) Often an opponent serves short backspin or no-spin serves to the middle or backhand, and all you can do is push it back. If so, you should develop your flip. But there’s an alternative that’s often overlooked – a simple quick, deep push to the wide backhand.   To do this, you […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Blowing Ball in Air

(By Larry Hodges) We’re going to have a little fun this week. There’s more to table tennis than just going to the table and relentlessly trying to win. There’s also the fun part! And next to lobbing, the funnest thing I do in table tennis is blowing the ball in the air. I know, because […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Consistency is King

(By Larry Hodges) Consistency  isn’t just something you need to learn to do; it’s an attitude. It’s the idea that, no matter what happens, you can keep the ball in play longer than your opponent. If you convince yourself you can do that, then you no longer are hesitant about your shots, and so your consistency […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: The Simplicity of Tactics

(By Larry Hodges) When you lose a match against someone around your playing level, you didn’t lose because your opponent calculated a series of seven shots of varying types, speeds, spins, depths, and placements, all presumably worked out on a blackboard in advance with lots of X’s and O’s, like they do in football. Nope, […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Developing Your Game at Different Ages

(By Larry Hodges) Suppose an 8-year-old, a 30-year-old, and a 60-year-old walk into your club, all beginners, and sign up for lessons. Suppose you were their coach. You’d likely start them off similarly, teaching the fundamentals. But something happens after a time – how you teach them begins to change quite a bit. You, the reader, […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Are You Really Serving Low?

(By Larry Hodges) Next time you are at the table tennis club or at a tournament, watch some matches from the side, so you are looking directly along the net. Watch how low the serves cross the net. Do this at multiple tables for players of various levels. You may be surprised at what you see! […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Serving – the Trick Part of Table Tennis

(By Larry Hodges) Serving is considered the “trick” part of table tennis, and this is where you can be most artistic. While you don’t want to rely too much on trick serves to win, having a few tricky ones really helps – both in scoring a few “free” points and making your other serves more […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Develop an All-Around Game

(by Larry Hodges) Long ago, I used to coach developing players to return serves aggressively. But then I noticed something – players who did that often never learned to handle the opponent’s attack as well, while those who were more willing to push serves back long as they developed became comfortable when the opponent attacked, […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Contact Point on Racket When Serving

(by Larry Hodges) When serving, many players contact the ball on their racket in the same location each time. Many aren’t actually aware of what part of the racket the contact is on. They are dramatically limiting their serves by not understanding how varying the location of contact can vary the spin. Here are some […]

Butterfly Training Tips With Jinxin Wang

In this video, Jinxin Wang is focusing on Looping against chop on the Backhand and Forehand. He is playing with two different defensive players, and he is practicing the consistent looping. Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, […]

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