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Don’t Fix a Problem You’ve Already Fixed

(by Larry Hodges) You’ve spent a lot of time working on a shot, and it’s now somewhat ingrained. Suppose, in a match, you make this shot several times . . . and then miss an easy one!!! The shot didn’t feel right. A common response would be to try to adjust the shot so you […]

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Size in Table Tennis

(by Larry Hodges) Table tennis is often advertised as a sport that all can play, where size makes no difference. However, it’s not necessarily true. While you don’t have to be tall to win (1971 World Champion Stellan Bengtsson at 5’5″ and three-time World and 2-time Olympic Women’s Singles Champion Deng Yaping was 4’11”), or […]


(by Larry Hodges) Many players confuse anticipation with reaction. Reaction is when you see what the opponent is going to do and then respond to it. (You can usually do so before he actually hits the ball, often early in their forward swing. Reaction is almost always more important than anticipation, but both have their […]

Developing Fast Reflexes

(by Larry Hodges) “I have slow reflexes!” I’ve heard that so many times in my coaching career and in every case, the player was wrong. Why? Because they don’t understand what gives a person fast reflexes, and how to develop them. Nerve impulses from the brain to the muscles travel at about the same speed […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Mind Games

(By Larry Hodges) Like it or not, mind games are a part of all sports. They range from “stare downs” in boxing to starting arguments in any sport to force an opponent to lose his focus. The best way to deal with most of them is two-fold: 1) ignore them and keep your focus, and […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Looping Against Backspin and Topspin

(By Larry Hodges) Some players would say that you aren’t really playing table tennis until you learn to loop. A loop in table tennis is an offensive stroke with the primary purpose of producing lots of topspin. Table tennis is a game of spin, and the loop is the primary example of using spin during […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Clear the Mind

(By Larry Hodges) To play table tennis effectively, you need to have a calm, clear mind, which allows your training to pay off effectively. How often have you actually played a tournament where you entered every match with a calm, clear mind? Shortly before your match starts, simply go off somewhere where it’s quiet. Close […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Should You Use a Super-Fast Racket?

(By Larry Hodges) Many beginning and intermediate players want a blazing fast racket, not realizing how much this is hurting their games. There are three problems with using a super-fast racket. First, it is simply too fast for most players to control. Second, since the ball flies off so fast, you get less spin, which […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Lobbing

(By Larry Hodges) In 1967, Nobuhiko Hasegawa shocked the table tennis world by not only winning the World Championships, but by using the lob as a primary weapon in doing so. Since then, the lob has become the most spectacular shot in table tennis for both players and fans. It has also become one of […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: What Comes First, Speed or Consistency?

(By Larry Hodges) Top players play at super-fast speeds, and are seemingly able to loop kill or smash at will, and do it all consistently. Those watching often feel that they should try to do the same. Of course, when they try to emulate the pros and their pace, they miss over and over, but […]

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