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Coaching Tip of the Week: Practice Service Spin … on a Rug!

(By Larry Hodges) It’s often difficult to judge how much spin you are putting on the ball when you practice serves. Without this feedback, it’s not easy to improve your serves. So try this – find a large, carpeted room, and practice serving there. Spin the ball as if you were serving and try to […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Don’t “Guide” Your Loop

(By Larry Hodges) Many players, when learning to loop or when under pressure, try to guide the shot consciously. This is a mistake and leads to a weak and erratic loop. Instead, let the shot go, accelerating smoothly through the shot. Don’t try to “muscle” it – that just leads to spastic shots and a […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: What Do You Do That Threatens Your Opponent?

(By Larry Hodges) If you don’t have something that threatens your opponent, then you can’t threaten the opponent.  So, how do you develop something that threatens an opponent? You can’t do it by just training everything equally each session. You need to spend a huge amount of time developing the things you can do that […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Playing the Non-Adjuster

(By Larry Hodges) If your opponent is one who analyzes an opponent’s game and adjusts to it, and is able to identify patterns and take advantage of it, you need to be unpredictable and vary your tactics. But many players, probably most, do not do this. If your opponent is not one who adjusts, then […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Changing the Pace

(By Larry Hodges) A major weakness of many players is an inability to change the pace, and thereby throw their opponent’s timing off. Not doing so is a quick way of helping your opponent’s timing. Many players try to change the pace, but do so unsuccessfully – either because they don’t know how to do […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Forehand Attackers Should Serve & Backhand Attack

(By Larry Hodges) If you are primarily a forehand attacker, many of your opponents will get used to your relentless forehand attacks, often from the backhand corner, especially after your serve. Why not throw them off with a backhand loop? This is especially effective against an opponent who routinely pushes your serve to your backhand […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Don’t Play a Point Until You Have a Game Plan

(By Larry Hodges) In the movie “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” there’s a famous quote, “Don’t move until you see it.” It comes from a coach who is telling his chess-playing star not to move until he sees the line of moves he’s about to play. Similarly, in table tennis (which we often call “Chess at […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Tournament Experience vs. Practice

(By Larry Hodges) Many players practice for many months, not playing in any tournaments until they feel they are completely ready. Then they enter a tournament . . . and flop. They don’t understand it, so they go right back to practicing for many months, avoiding tournaments again. When they again feel ready, they enter […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: What to Do in the “Big Points”

(By Larry Hodges) Some players have reputation as being “winners” because they seem to be able to pull out close matches. There are two aspects to this. One is mental – nervous players don’t do well in close matches. The other aspect is tactical – you need to learn what to do tactically in a […]

Butterfly Training Tips: 3rd Ball Attack From The Backhand

Coach Rachid El Boubou demonstrates how to effectively third ball attack from the backhand corner. Learn more about Rachid El Boubou here Don’t have anyone to practice this drill with? Learn more about our Amicus and Practice Partner Robots here Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis […]

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