Aloha! From the island of Maui!

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wannaride808
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Aloha Everyone! Table tennis enthusiast here playing out of Hawaii on the island of Maui. We have a small club that plays 3x/wk. at 3 different locations. Im actually a badminton player converted to the challenges of spin. Although my first experience with ping pong was way back in elementary/intermediate school playing with my family very very very recreationally, I think that planted a seed that is now growing in full force since I've picked up the sport version about...January of this year 2013. I bought my first custom paddle the ending of February and have recently, last week, did a slight upgrade in my paddle selection with thicker sponge: 1.8-2.0, faster rubbers: Mark V-Donic S2, and a slightly faster blade but yet still in the allround+ category with the addition of carbon. I'd like to thank Larry Hodges for, unknowingly through his site, helping me in sticking to the basics and developing a solid foundation in the fundamentals of this game and not allow myself to get caught up in all the fancy, flashy, faster than I'm ready to handle...aspects of this game that will come later on in my journey to breaking 2000. Thank you very much and keep up the good work. 

Larry Hodges
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Re: Aloha! From the island of Maui!

Welcome to TableTennisCoaching.com, and glad the solid foundation is working so far! Since you mention breaking 2000, perhaps you should buy the book "Breaking 2000" by Alex Polyakov? 

wannaride808
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Re: Aloha! From the island of Maui!

Thank you Larry, I will definately buy that book. It seems to offer incredible insight into what it takes to get to compete at the 2000 level according to the summaries and reviews that I've read. Here on Maui, the best player that comes out regularly is rated at the 1800 level and he's half my age at 16. He's currently in California training for the US Open. I've taken 2 private coaching lessons with him at his home, so I completely agree with the idea of getting a coach to lead you in the right direction. So at a minimum, I know he can help me get to at least 1800. However, there's a few guys at our club that I need to dominate first before I can even have a slight chance of standing toe to toe with the 1800 boy so I've got my work cut out for me. Thanks Larry. I think your next vacation should be in Maui, have you ever been to Hawaii? 

Larry Hodges
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Yep, I've not only been to Hawaii, I've been to all 50 states, mostly for table tennis. I spent a few hours in Hawaii on a flight to the World Championships in China or Japan (forget which), and ate lunch there. So it wasn't exactly an extensive stay. Hope the book helps!