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Coaching Tips of the Week: What Is the Playing Style You Are Trying to Develop?

(By Larry Hodges)

If you don’t know where you are going, it’s tough to get there. This is true of any journey, whether it’s Lewis and Clark exploring the American West or Ma Long on his way to becoming the best player in the world and possibly in history.

So, what is your playing style and level now, and what do you want them to be? That is your journey. It won’t happen by itself any more than Lewis and Clark could start their journey without knowing where they were going. Sure, there is always a lucky one (Columbus looking for Asia and accidently finding America), but that’s a risky way of doing it. Instead, imagine where you want to be with your game, both in terms of style and level. Perhaps watch other players at your club or world-class players on video to inspire you on how you want your game to develop. Be clear in your mind what techniques you need to develop to get there – and start practicing.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step; a journey to a strong table tennis game begins with a single practice stroke.

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