Tip of the Week Archives - Butterfly Online | Butterfly Table Tennis
Site Products

Coaching Tip of the Week: Sometimes Challenge an Opponent’s Strength

(By Larry Hodges) Sometimes it’s a good tactic to go after an opponent’s strength. After all, his game is probably based on getting that shot into play, and so you are probably going to have to face it – so rather than have the opponent choose when he’ll use it, why don’t you pick choose those times? For example, […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: The Grinding Mentality – How to Play It and Against It

(By Larry Hodges) Here is how I would describe the “grinding” mentality. It means a willingness to play as many shots as needed, never missing, while refusing to make a single weak return, whether pushing, chopping, or counter-hitting, with a focus on returning anything that’s not smashed or loop-killed, and relying on your reflexes to […]

Coaching Tip Of The WeeK: Tactics at the End of a Close Game

(By Larry Hodges)  Many think that, at the end of a close game, they should change their tactics because of the score. I remember one player assuring me that, “When it’s close, everyone knows you should play safe.” When I asked him why that would be the right tactic, he said, “If you play safe, […]

Coaching Tip Of The Week: Ten Table Tennis Truisms: Larry’s Laws

(By Larry Hodges)  If you can’t do it in your sleep, you can’t do it consistently in a match. Practice everything in your game, but focus on your strengths and weaknesses. Remove the weaknesses and turn the strengths into overpowering ones. At the higher levels, if you can see it, loop it; if you can’t […]

Tip Of The Week: Practice Attacking the Middle in Rote Drills

(By Larry Hodges) One of the toughest things to make a habit of in a match is attacking the middle. (That’s the midpoint between backhand and forehand, roughly the playing elbow.) There are two primary reasons for this. First, it’s a smaller and moving target than the corners, which are easier to attack. But there’s […]

Tip of the week: Proper Forehand Technique – Circling and From Side

Tip of the week: Proper Forehand Technique – Circling and From Side By (Larry Hodges) Here’s a video (3:56) of all-time great Ma Long looping forehand, including slow motion. (It starts with one backhand loop – which you should also study! – and then goes to forehands.) Note in the video how he basically rotates his […]

Tip of the week: Drill the Fundamentals and the Specifics

Tip of the week: Drill the Fundamentals and the Specifics (By Larry Hodges) It is important to drill the fundamentals into your game until you can do them in your sleep. But often players forget to practice specifically what they do in a match. For example, I know a player who likes to counterloop with […]

Tip of the week: Fundamental versus Creative Tactics

Tip of the week: Fundamental versus Creative Tactics (By Larry Hodges) Fundamental tactics are the standards used against specific playing styles. If you are playing a chopper, fundamental tactics include attacking the middle (roughly the elbow, the transition point between his forehand and backhand chops), moving him in and out, giving dead balls to a […]

Latest News

Lin Yun Ju Super ZLC Review By: Darryl Tsao

November 28, 2022
(By: Darryl Tsao) As a Butterfly contract player, I have the privilege to try out new equipment like… Read More

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Sarasota Table Tennis Club

November 28, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins, photo of Sarasota Table Tennis Handicap Tournament Winners) The Sarasota Table Tennis Club is located in… Read More

German League Final Four – Dusseldorf and Ochsenhausen Lead the Way

November 27, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) After seven matches, Dusseldorf is atop the German League with a commanding lead (at 7-0… Read More

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

November 27, 2022
(By Larry Hodges) When you forehand attack from the wide forehand or wide backhand, following through back into… Read More

Two Weeks Until WTT Feeder Ft. Lauderdale – American’s Seeded First in Both Singles Events

November 27, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) Only two weeks left until the WTT Feeder Fort Lauderdale 2022.  USA’s Kanak Jha is… Read More

Rankings – Harimoto Jumps to No. 2

November 27, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) After a busy month of October, the ITTF and WTT Calendars are coming to a… Read More

Butterfly Interview with Jörg Bitzigeio

November 25, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) Butterfly Interview with Jörg Bitzigeio.    Jörg and Steve chat about Kanak Jha’s 2022 successes… Read More

2023 Butterfly Spin & Smash Doubles & Hardbat Open

November 23, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) Unsanctioned Table Tennis Tournament with $2,550 in Cash Prizes! Saturday, January 14 – Sunday,… 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.