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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 […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Recovering from Forehand Attacks from a Corner

(By Larry Hodges) When you forehand attack from the wide forehand or wide backhand, following through back into position should be part of the stroke and technique. Too often players don’t so this and so can’t cover the other wide angle – and then, instead of realizing the root of the problem, they just say, […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Backhand Counter Domination

(By Larry Hodges) In table tennis, the forehand is often the more powerful shot – the point winner. But as rallies get faster and fast, the backhand counter becomes more and more important. If you don’t have a strong backhand, you’re at a huge disadvantage. At tournaments, in match after match, I find opponents who […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Coming Back or Beating Stronger Players

(By Larry Hodges) Suppose you are way behind in a game. It’s likely that the only way of winning is if you play well and your opponent doesn’t. Therefore, assume this is true, and play your tactics accordingly. The same idea can be used when playing a much stronger player – if you can’t beat […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Increase Forearm Snap to Increase Smashing Speed

(By Larry Hodges) Many players have difficulty generating great speed on their smashes. Against lobbers and fishers, they often have to smash over and over and still they can’t win the point. Often the problem is lack of forearm snap. To generate great force on the smash, your body has to work together – the […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: The Yin and Yang of Serving

(By Larry Hodges) If you want to improve, then it’s important you develop standard third-ball attack serves – serves that are difficult for opponents to attack and set you up to attack, but usually don’t win the point outright except when the opponent is overly aggressive. These are usually short or half-long (where second bounce […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Ten Mini-Fixes

(By Larry Hodges) Here are ten “mini-fixes” for little problems you may face as you move up the table tennis rankings. Slippery floors? Put a wet towel on the floor and step on it between points. You’ve probably seen top players do this; try it, it really works. Also, get new shoes if you are going […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: The Larry Line

(By Larry Hodges) Many matches are decided in the rallies. The Larry Line (can I copyright that?) is that level of speed, quickness, and spin (done consistently) that overwhelms a given opponent so that they start to either fall apart or are forced to back up and play defensively. Everyone has such a line; if […]

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 […]

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