Table Tennis: Steps to Success

Table Tennis: Steps to Success

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ISBN-13: 9780873224031
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/1993
Series: Steps to Success Activity Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


Larry Hodges is the national coaching chairman for the United States Table Tennis Association (USTTA) and a past vice president. He is also director and a coach at the National Table Tennis Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. As a certified National Coach, Larry has worked with the best players in the country. He managed and coached at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from 1985 to 1989, and he has been the U.S. Junior Coach at the U.S. Open Table Tennis Championships since 1990. Larry has taught table tennis classes in colleges, recreation centers, clinics, and clubs all over the United States.

Larry is the editor of Table Tennis Today, the national magazine for table tennis. He is also the author of the book Instructors Guide to Table Tennis and more than 200 articles on table tennis. Larry has been playing serious table tennis since 1976. He has been ranked among the top 30 players in the United States and has won state championships in North Carolina, Maryland, and Colorado. He is also a former National Collegiate Doubles Champion. When he's not coaching, playing, or writing about table tennis, Larry enjoys reading and writing science fiction, playing tennis and basketball, and tutoring kids in math and English.


Table of Contents


The 15 Steps to Table Tennis Success
The Steps to Success Staircase
Table Tennis Today
Warming Up for Success

Step 1: Grip and Racket Control
Step 2: Spin and Racket Angles: It's a Game of Spin
Step 3: Ready Stance and the Forehand and Backhand Drives
Step 4: Beginning Serves: Getting the Initiative
Step 5: Positioning and Footwork: How to Move to the Ball
Step 6: Pushing: Your Basic Backspin Shot
Step 7: Blocking: Close to the Table Defense
Step 8: Looping: Topspin Attacking
Step 9: Flipping: How to Attack Short Balls
Step 10: Chopping: Backspin Defense
Step 11: Lobbing: How to Return Smashes
Step 12: Advanced Serves: Really Getting the Initiative
Step 13: Playing Styles and Rallying Tactics
Step 14: Advanced Service and Receive Strategy
Step 15: The Physical and Mental Game

Playing in Tournaments
Rating Your Total Progress


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"The best presentation of table tennis techniques and strategies ever written. At last! A book that really covers the sport."
Todd Sweeris
U.S. World Team member

"Written by one of the most knowledgeable and experienced coaches in the U.S., this book gives away the secrets of China and Sweden."
Diana Gee
1988 & 1992 U.S. Olympic Team member

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Table Tennis: Steps to Success 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SFJ1 More than 1 year ago
An excellent book on how to for table tennis. I have read the 2nd ed and it was so boring I decided to buy this, the 1st ed. It is much better written and easier to follow and helped my game considerably. The 2nd ed is like reading a gov or military course. However, the 2nd edition is complete and covers all strokes. The 1st ed it not as complete: I'm still trying to find the slam in this edition. Another example: Hodges covers the forehand flip in detail, but not the backhand. These are covered in detail in the 2nd edition. He still gives enough info to use both strokes effectively, but the detail is spent on the forehand side.The diagrams are better in this book for me, vs the photo's in the 2nd edition. Hodges is an excellent writer. This book uses the older scoring system as well (Games = 21 pt's/switch serve every 5 pt's, vs 11 pt games/switch serve every 2 pt's). Still despite it's shortcomings I like this edition better than the 2nd edition. The program/drills to increase your ability is the same in both books and very effective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book improved my table tennis immensely. It put the game into perspective for me, unlike many people that have tried to help me. I strongly reccomend this book for anyone who really wants to improve their game. I especially liked how they described each matter in comprehensible language