Hello, I'm Nick!

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Nick Phoenix
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Hello, my name is Nick Flor, I co-run the Phoenixville Table Tennis Club.  I have a rating below 700, but I love to play, and want to improve.

Many of our club members say the best part about our club is the friendliness.  They like that we run the club in an organized fashion, we make an effort to know everyone's names and say hello and talk to everyone who comes in. 
Check out our website, http://www.PhoenixvilleTTC.com.

 

 

 

mts288
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Wow Nick, 2000 is just around the corner. 

Nick Phoenix
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Two years since my first post I'm up to 966, at this rate I'll hit 2000 in 10 years.  Yeah! 2000 in 2024 baby!

mts288
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Wait a minute Nick.  In the last year you've lost 62 points.  That trend will take you to 0 in 15 years.

Come to northern California and we'll get you to zero much quicker. 

Larry Hodges
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Hi Brian, and welcome to TableTennisCoaching.com! I'm guessing you had some interesting times overseas, both in table tennis action and "real" action. If you're in the area, stop by the MDTTC - it's now twice the size as when you were last here. (Same location, we just took over the neighboring space and tore down the wall in between.) 

BPoore
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Hello, I am Brian

I am currently rated in the 1700’s and very passionate about Table Tennis and have played all over the world. I just played in Dublin, Ireland last summer and did not win a set but had lots of fun, made some good friends and of course drank a few pints of Guinness. I have been playing since the late 70’s and started with the c-miller style and now I play shake hand however, I will occasionally use the c-miller style to change the dynamics of the game for a tactical advantage. I liked to tell people that c-miller is my first language and shake hand is my second.  There were two reasons why I changed first; because I found I was being too defensive and I was getting beat by the better players; second my paddle that I had bought in Okinawa in 1989 was burned in a fire in Iraq in 2007. When I was playing c-miller style I used Donnic Desto and Super-Anti, which some of the better players suggested I try since I had played with one side.

I retired from the Marine Corps in 2006, since then I have been a civilian contractor working first in Iraq, and them Afghanistan. I play as much as can and try to teach the basic fundamentals to a young Soldier or Marine who I see is passionate as I am. I am currently in Jalalabad at FOB Fenty in Afghanistan and they only have one table at the Green Bean (Coffee Shop) and it’s outside in a screened porch style setting. Fluor (KBR) run the operation and buy the cheapest equipment, so I buy better quality equipment for the soldiers, like nets, paddles and three star balls. As you can imagine it’s not too much fun playing in the middle of summer here, but it’s better than nothing….. They have tournaments once a month but I work nights, so I do not participate.

I am sure you don’t remember me Larry, but we have met a couple of times when you guys had your tournaments in Gaithersburg, I attended a few tournaments in the early to middle 90’s, had a great time very well organized.

Brian Poore

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Nick Phoenix
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1 year 8 months after my first post.

Just broke 1000.  That's 300 points/20 months=15 points a month.  In about 5 and 1\2 years I could make it to 2000!

That would be 2-15-2018.

Nick Phoenix
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I remember that HOT HOT day. 

I remember that HOT HOT day.  My partner and I didn't even bother to play in the top gun.  We had enough of the heat!

Boneman
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LOL.... hey, why not!  I see

LOL.... hey, why not!  I see your team "Europa" took the E bracket at the Holiday Classic.  Nice work.  My self and partner Joel, the "Penn-Jersey Devils" placed 3rd in the F bracket.  Far better than the first two times we played there.  It's a tough tournament... and that day I was so utterly roasted after the team ties that I just couldn't keep it together for the Top Gun.

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone

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Nick Phoenix
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I was just thinking

I was just thinking yesterday, maybe I should set my sites on the U800 at the Nationals.  Get a coach and practice until December.  Then I can say I won at the Nationals.

I know, presumptious, but that's my current dream.

Larry Hodges
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Hi Nick, Welcome to the

Hi Nick,

Welcome to the forum and TTC! Do you have a coach at your club? With some coaching and practice, you'll improve dramatically. And the more you improve, the more fun it is, and the more fun it is, the more you improve! So what's your playing style?

Nick Phoenix
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We do bring a coach in a

We do bring a coach in a couple times a year, but we don't have anyone local to coach us on a regular basis at the club.

I couldn't give you a good description of my style.  I only just learned to loop this year,  I am not a defender or chopper.  I feel very confident with my looping in practice and multiball, but I have a hard time using it in a match.  I believe I feel to rushed and out of position to try.

One particular issue during tournaments is that I have a good start, and then collapse.  This has been confirmed by spectators as well.