** We have just implemented a new Shopping Cart, that will require a new Customer Account to be created. **
CAD 1.34
Your Account
Coaching tip of the week: Forehand Stroke Efficiency

Use Your Weaknesses or They Will Always Be Weaknesses

Use Your Weaknesses or They Will Always Be Weaknesses
(By Larry Hodges)

Suppose, for example, you have a strong forehand loop against backspin, but your backhand loop against backspin isn’t so good. Then you probably use the forehand every chance you can, and avoid using the backhand loop. Result? You continue to have a strong forehand loop against backspin, but that backhand loop isn’t going to improve by not using it.

One of the best wins of my life came when I was serving at 19-all in the third (back when games were to 21). I’d been serving and forehand looping the whole match, but the opponent had gotten used to it, and kept counterlooping winners off it. But recently I’d been working on my much weaker backhand loop a bit – and so, twice in a row, for the first time in the match, I serve and backhand looped instead. The opponent was so caught off guard he missed both outright and I won. If I hadn’t been working on that weakness so that it became a useful weapon, I would likely have lost that match.

In practice matches, and even in more competitive matches (so you can learn to do it under pressure), you have to make yourself use the shots that are your weaknesses. If you don’t, they will continue to be weaknesses. You might get away with the weakness against players your level, but wouldn’t it be nice to challenge players a level higher? To do so, you have to develop your weaknesses, and perhaps even turn them into strengths. You might be surprised at how much an unused shot can improve if you decide to make it central to your game for a few weeks or months!

 

Latest News

Ask The Experts: Jörg Bitzigeio, No. 237

May 20, 2019
Ask The Experts: Jörg Bitzigeio, No. 237Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: Hi,I want to buy a… Read More

Tip of the Week – Recipe for Table Tennis Success

May 20, 2019
(By Larry Hodges) Who knew that cooks could be so good at table tennis! With a little tongue… Read More

RI Junior Championships

May 20, 2019
(by Steve Hopkins) On May 18th, Rhode Island Table Tennis held their annual Rhode Island Juniors Closed and… Read More

Croatia Open: Kanak shines in the U21, Adriana made the Women’s QF, and an All-Butterfly Men’s Final

May 20, 2019
(By Steve Hopkins/Photo by ITTF) Zagreb was host this week to the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Croatia Open. … Read More

Denver Table Tennis Alliance’s 4th MENSUAL Tourney

May 19, 2019
(By Angelo Gandullia) Hello Table Tennis players and friends! On Saturday, May 11th, Denver Table Tennis Alliance hosted our 4th MENSUAL… Read More

Ask The Experts: Brian Pace, No. 235

May 18, 2019
Ask The Experts: Brian Pace, No. 235Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: Hi, so its about time… Read More

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Broward Table Tennis Club

May 17, 2019
(by Steve Hopkins) The Broward Table Tennis Club is in Hollywood, Florida, just North of Miami in the… Read More

Ask The Experts: Wenting Zha, No. 233

May 15, 2019
Ask The Experts: Wenting Zha, No. 233Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: Hello. My name is Gilberto… 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.