Table Tennis: Steps to Success is the first book to give you a self-paced program for learning the important skills and game strategies in table tennis. By following this unique step-by-step approach, you will improve the level of your game and learn to play like a champion.
Written by master teacher, coach, and player Larry Hodges, this table tennis book is part of the Steps to Success Activity Series--the most extensively researched and carefully developed set of sport skills instruction books ever published.
Each of the 15 steps featured in Table Tennis: Steps to Success provides a solid foundation of basic skills and concepts. As you progress, you will learn how to adapt your game using the advanced strategies and playing techniques. Each step (chapter)
- explains why the skill or concept is important,- identifies the keys to correct technique,- helps you correct common errors,- explains how to practice each skill in realistic ways,- lists specific performance goals for each drill,- gives you a summary checklist for evaluating proper technique, and- lets you proceed at your own pace.
Drawing upon his vast coaching experience and his extensive involvement with the U.S. Table Tennis Association, Larry Hodges presents useful advice in game strategies and tactics. He also covers two areas of the game that are very important, yet often overlooked--footwork and mental preparation.
In addition, you will learn how to
- select serves and return shots that will give your opponents problems;- add excitement to your game by putting topspin, backspin, or sidespin on the ball;- choose the proper stroke to match your particularneeds--whether for quickness, power, deception, or just fun;- select the grip that is best for you;- improve your practices and games by starting out with an effective warm-up routine;- find and enter tournaments; and- prepare for tournament competition so that you'll perform your best.
Table Tennis: Steps to Success features over 120 drills and 140 illustrations and will help students get started, make steady progress, practice match-winning skills, and correct problems as they develop. The result--successful table tennis players who will enjoy the game for the rest of their lives. So learn how to play an effective game of table tennis; let your opponents play "Ping Pong"!
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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 SuccessThe Steps to Success StaircaseTable Tennis TodayWarming Up for Success
Step 1: Grip and Racket ControlStep 2: Spin and Racket Angles: It's a Game of SpinStep 3: Ready Stance and the Forehand and Backhand Drives Step 4: Beginning Serves: Getting the InitiativeStep 5: Positioning and Footwork: How to Move to the Ball Step 6: Pushing: Your Basic Backspin ShotStep 7: Blocking: Close to the Table DefenseStep 8: Looping: Topspin AttackingStep 9: Flipping: How to Attack Short BallsStep 10: Chopping: Backspin DefenseStep 11: Lobbing: How to Return SmashesStep 12: Advanced Serves: Really Getting the InitiativeStep 13: Playing Styles and Rallying TacticsStep 14: Advanced Service and Receive StrategyStep 15: The Physical and Mental Game
Playing in TournamentsRating Your Total Progress
What People are Saying About This
"The best presentation of table tennis techniques and strategies ever written. At last! A book that really covers the sport."Todd SweerisU.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 Gee1988 & 1992 U.S. Olympic Team member
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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