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Classic Hardbat World Championships: Over 60

Over 60 at the Classic Hardbat World Championships: Randy Hou and Other Pips-Out Penholders Dominate By Larry Hodges At the US Nationals a month ago, Randy Hou won two golds (Over 70 Singles, Over 60 Doubles), a silver (Over 50 Doubles) and two bronzes (Over 50 Singles, Sandpaper Singles). Other than the sandpaper singles, it […]

Classic Hardbat World Championships: Women’s Singles

Women’s Singles at the Classic Hardbat World Championships: Xin Li Dominates with the Backhand By Larry Hodges (photo by Larry Hodges) Many players struggle in making the transition from sponge to hardbat. Less so for Xin Li, who just won Women’s Singles here at the Classic Hardbat World Championships. While she’s a standard shakehand player […]

Classic Hardbat World Championships: Interview with Steve Claflin

Interview with Steve Claflin Founder and Director of the Classic Hardbat World Championships By Larry Hodges How did you get started in table tennis? Weren’t you a top junior player once? I am from Port Huron, Michigan. Port Huron had a weekly club and my parents made sure the entire family played every Monday. I […]

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 […]

2022 Classic Hardbat World Championships

(By Larry Hodges) August 5-7, in Missouri City, TX, just outside Houston. It’s time for some serious Hardbat Table Tennis! Y’know, the way the game was played in classic times, by Barna, Vana, Bergmann and Leach, and Americans Miles, Reisman, Schiff and McClure. Then modern table tennis was invented, with sponge and super spins, and […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: 1% Hesitation = 100% Miss

(By Larry Hodges) In practice, it often seems easy. There’s no pressure, no worries, just you hitting the ball over and over. It’s easy to get into a consistent rhythm. Then you play in a tournament, and while you are perhaps a little nervous, you don’t think it’ll affect you too much. Maybe you’ll hesitate […]

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(by Steve Hopkins) Sally Moyland capped off an amazing week at the 2022 ITTF Pan American Youth Championships… Read More

Classic Hardbat World Championships: Over 60

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Over 60 at the Classic Hardbat World Championships: Randy Hou and Other Pips-Out Penholders Dominate By Larry Hodges… Read More

The Hardbat Rivalry – Jimmy Butler and A.J. Carney

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(By Larry Hodges) On July 7, 2018, the two titans of US Hardbat finally met for the first… Read More

Classic Hardbat World Championships: The Dream Team Wins Again

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Classic Hardbat World Championships: Women’s Singles

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