Coaching Tip of the Week - If You Don't Spend a Good Portion
Site Products
Coaching Tip of the Week - Forehand Position for Backhands

Coaching Tip of the Week – If You Don’t Spend a Good Portion of Your Practice Developing Overwhelming Strengths, You Won’t Develop Overwhelming Strengths

(By Larry Hodges)

This could be the shortest tip I’ve ever written, since it’s all in the rather long title, but I’ll elaborate. One of the things I always advise players is that if they don’t have something that threatens an opponent, you can’t beat them. It’s a simple as that. Therefore, at whatever level you are currently at, you have strengths that threaten other players at that level. If you want to reach a higher level, you have to turn those strengths into overwhelming strengths, ones that would even threaten those at higher levels – thereby putting you in a position to actually beat those “higher-level” players.

So look at your game and decide what are your current and future overwhelming strengths. This not only includes the strengths themselves, but also – and this is key – the techniques that set up or follow up those strengths. Having a great forehand could be an overwhelming strength, but less so if your serves and receives don’t set it up, or if you don’t have the footwork to get into position to use it. Having great serves could be an overwhelming strength, but less so if you can’t competently attack the weak returns. Even a push can be an overwhelming strength – but only if you are also strong at blocking or counter-attacking against the weaker loops they force. And so on.

Here’s the key point. Once you have a foundation to your game, you really need to start developing overwhelming strengths. You can’t do that by just practicing those shots a little each session. Instead, you need to spend a good portion of your practice time developing the things you do that can threaten better players, even the best players – and then, maybe, just maybe, you’ll develop techniques that threatens everyone, and ride those strengths to the top!

Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, clubs and more.

Latest News

Butterfly San Antonio Fall Open Results And Tournament Report

September 27, 2022
(By: Vlad Farcas) On September 10th the 2022 BUTTERFLY San Antonio Fall Open, a 2-star USATT Sanctioned took… Read More

Tashiya Piyadasa Won The ITTF Americas Hope Continental Challenge 2022

September 27, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) The ITTF Americas Hope Continental come with an amazing victory to USA by Tashiya… Read More

Coaching Tips of the Week: The Quick Chip Receive

September 26, 2022
(By Larry Hodges) Often an opponent serves short backspin or no-spin serves to the middle or backhand, and… Read More

WAB Club Feature: Song Jeho Table Tennis Club

September 25, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) The Song Jeho Table Tennis Club (“SJHTTC”) is centrally located in Los Angeles.  The club is… Read More

Triangle’s 2022 Butterfly September Tournament

September 25, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) Triangle Badminton and Table Tennis Club hosted their Butterfly September open last weekend.  There were… Read More

Pan Am U11 & U13 Results: Team USA’s Strong Results in Santo Domingo

September 25, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins, photo USATT) The 2022 ITTF Pan American U11 and U13 Championships were held this week… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips with Yu Di – The Forehand Smash

September 23, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) In this Butterfly Training Tips, Yu Di is working with Risheetha Bhagawatulaa on the… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips With Nandan Naresh – Forehand Loop Side To Side Footwork

September 22, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) In this Butterfly Training Tips, Nandan Naresh is executing the forehand loop while working… Read More
View All News

Get the latest from Butterfly

Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, clubs and more.