TableTennisCoaching.com - - Your worldwide center for table tennis coaching http://tabletenniscoaching.com/ en June 17, 2024 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3576 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">June 17, 2024</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3575" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Surprise Test</a>.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>First Galactic Table Tennis Championship</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 12pt;">“</span><a href="https://sites.google.com/newmyths.com/newmythscomissue67b/issue-67-stories/first-galactic-table-tennis-championships" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 12pt; color: blue;">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 12pt;">” by Larry Hodges (me!!!) is now online and </span><b style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 12pt;"><i>FREE</i></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 12pt;"> to read! The 10,000-word novelette, just published by New Myths Magazine, is likely the world’s first science fiction table tennis novelette, with aliens from around the galaxy coming to Beijing for the Galactic Championships.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The story, which takes place about a century in the future, centers around Li Yi, a member of the Chinese National Team and the #1 woman in the world. She has trained long hours since she was a child. But now she faces her greatest challenge – aliens! Table tennis has spread to the galaxy and alien players now dominate the sport. The best are the giraffe-like Ith, with their dominating champion Egrayu. Their ancestors snatched flying insects out of the air for food. Smacking flying ping-pong balls is second nature for them.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">But Earth isn't part of the galactic community, not since the cowboy Americans tried colonizing a moon in the Ith home system, which led to a blockade of Earth. The Chinese hope to reopen trade with the galaxy by using "Ping-Pong Diplomacy" – by running the first Galactic Table Tennis Championships in Beijing. Li, her teammate Fan Xin (#1 man in the world), and the American champion *Danny See – a literal cowboy – take on aliens of all shapes and sizes, including the seemingly unbeatable Egrayu, as they battle for the biggest cash prize in table tennis history with Open Singles the only event. But Li is drawn into a corrupt conspiracy that will shake the very foundations of honor and sportsmanship. Plus, there's that problem with the Chinese dumplings…<br /> [*Yes, he’s named after Dan Seemiller, with his permission!]</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Some of the events of the story were taken from my actual table tennis experiences. Here’s my <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/1657" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Nov. 5, 2013 blog</a> where I wrote about my eating nine quarter pounders with cheese enroute to winning the 1981 North Carolina Open with a massive stomachache – well, poor Li Yi faced a similar problem, but with dumplings!!! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Nationals and US Open</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The Nationals are July 3-8 in Huntsville, Alabama. This will be my 40th Nationals in a row, and the Open in December will be my 40th Open in a row. (The Teams in November will be my 48th in a row!) As usual, I’ll be both coaching and playing in a few hardbat events, though I usually use sponge. I’m only in Over 40 and Over 60 Hardbat. (I’ve won the Over 40 event eight times and Over 60 one time, along with winning Hardbat Singles twice and Hardbat Doubles 14 times.)  I debated about whether to enter Hardbat Singles. Let’s just say that I can’t bring myself to say I can’t win the event, but if I were able to say I can’t win the event, then I’d say I can’t win the event. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The number of entries for Huntsville are (predictably) rather low, only 621 entries. Last year, in Forth Worth, they had 810. Presumably, they had a local deal to make up financially for losing nearly 200 entries (or more like 400 if they went back to Las Vegas or Florida), but USATT is supposed to service its members, and that’s a lot of people voting with their feet – and of those going, I’m pretty sure a large majority would also prefer another location. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Perhaps USATT has learned their lesson (one learned over and over in the past but regularly forgotten by whoever is currently in charge) – they are going back to Las Vegas (finally!) for the US Open, Dec. 16-21. Here’s the <a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/june/16/usatt-heading-back-to-the-bright-lights-of-las-vegas-for-2024-us-open-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT news item</a>, which came out yesterday, literally the day after entries closed for the Nationals. As at least one person has posted online, perhaps they were worried that some might only be able to afford one such event per year, and may have cancelled Huntsville if they’d known the Open would be in Las Vegas? Who knows. But they’ll likely get close to 1,000 entries in Las Vegas, as they would at this year’s Nationals if it had been held there, or some other vacation spot. Remember when the Open used to be held in Miami or Fort Lauderdale? They’d also probably get 1,000 entries at a place like that. I like the “old days,” when every year the Nationals were in Las Vegas, the Open in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, with the Teams in DC. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Upcoming Travel</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I have three major trips coming up – but only the first is table tennis. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">July 3-8 – US Nationals in Huntsville, Alabama. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">July 19-27 – the annual “The Never-Ending Odyssey” science fiction writing workshop (TNEO) in Manchester, New Hampshire. This is for graduates of the six-week Odyssey Science Fiction Writing Workshop, which I attended in 2006. This will be my 15th TNEO and 12th in a row. (They did the online during Covid.) We critique each other’s work, run “master classes” on SF writing, do readings, and other SF writing-related activities. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Aug. 1-18 – World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, Scotland (Aug. 8-12) and a series of Scottish tours, many of them featuring old castles up to 2,000 years old. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And one other - I just got a jury summons for July 15. Great...</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Sandbagging in Utah</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I wrote about this a bit in last week’s blog. There’s now a <a href="https://www.change.org/p/fraud-2500-stolen-from-charity-table-tennis-event-mario-c-alvarez-sanchez-nam-nguyen" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">petition on Change.org</a> which they are asking players to sign. (It currently has 101 signatures.) It basically asks the two players to apologize, promise not to do it again, and to return the $2,500 prize money they won. As I wrote last week, Apparently two high-rated players from Las Vegas pretended to be unrated, and entering under different names as unrated players, won lots of prize money in rating events at a charity tournament in Utah. Here’s the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ruslan.woodward/posts/pfbid02ZJsPmqPz7Ac2Q8PZnCncKEpU2rwCdkh37aQYHGL5Lp1XFTfs7sMQfpjRxsNVWi5gl" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Facebook Discussion</a> that I linked to last week. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Follow the action!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/jordan-schlachter-named-chief-business-officer-of-major-league-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Jordan Schlachter Named Chief Business Officer of Major League Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Paris Olympics: Interview with Table Tennis coach Massimo Costantini on India’s preparations, pimpled rubber and more</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/sport-others/massimo-costantini-india-table-tennis-coach-interview-9378609/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the interview</a> from the Indian Express. Constantini, originally from Italy, coached extensively in the US for a number of years before being hired by the Indian TTA. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-karolayn-maldonado-pendulum-short-serve/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pendulum Short Serve</a> (52 sec) Karolayn Maldonado</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-rachid-el-boubou-backhad-loop-from-the-corner-backhand-loop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop from the corner, Backhand Loop</a> (48 sec) Rachid El Boubou</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-rachid-el-boubou-forehand-loop-underspin-to-topspin-transition/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Loop Underspin to Topspin Transition</a> (65 sec) with Rachid El Boubou</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-anav-gupta-two-forehand-loops-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Two Forehand Loops &amp; Footwork</a> (63 sec) with Anav Gupta</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-anav-gupta-two-backhand-loops-two-forehand-loops/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Two Backhand Loops, Two Forehand Loops</a> (65 sec) with Anav Gupta</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-hanwei-wang-random-play/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Random Play</a> (1:50) Hanwei Wang</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/fethomania-9-drill-6/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 9: Drill 6</a> (55 sec) from Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rtn6JY-3pvA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="MA Long vs WANG Chuqin | Who is better?">MA Long vs WANG Chuqin | Who is better?</a> (41:37)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOQnO3WvSts" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Should we ban comeback serve?">Should we ban comeback serve?</a> (2:18)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stl5CtqSIh0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong, Felix Lebrun, training at WTT Champions 2024">Fan Zhendong, Felix Lebrun, training at WTT Champions 2024</a> (1:12:20)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URb7NEeGbqw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Is Fan Zhendong better than Wang Chuqin | WTT 2024">Is Fan Zhendong better than Wang Chuqin | WTT 2024</a> (11:07)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Home page</a> (news and coaching articles)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klOX52xMadw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Increase stability &amp; placement accuracy for the serve">Increase stability &amp; placement accuracy for the serve</a> (10:19)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjiOlJEEqXk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="A way to help conserve energy after training">A way to help conserve energy after training</a> (5:34)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi7iCtKpQmI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Improved Heavy Backspin Serve - 3 Levels">Improved Heavy Backspin Serve - 3 Levels</a> (6:13)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkBJXMxmuxI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Improve Forehand Topspin against Backspin with Short Pips">Improve Forehand Topspin against Backspin with Short Pips</a> (5:13)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Pingispågarna</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgFrT4vKZQY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="10 DIFFERENT Ways To Recieve A Serve In TableTennis **PART 1**">10 DIFFERENT Ways To Recieve A Serve In TableTennis **PART 1**</a> (1:48)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZTAVKoDLBU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="10 DIFFERENT Ways To Recieve A Serve In TableTennis **PART 2**">10 DIFFERENT Ways To Recieve A Serve In TableTennis **PART 2**</a> (2:25)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Simplifying the Serve Return with Pips</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x0panTKtvE&amp;ab_channel=PongSpace" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (4:27) from PongSpace. “If you play with long pips, one of the banes of your existence is when opponents serve long to the pips. Yang Xiaoxin identifies the main criteria for dealing with those pesky serves.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions and answers</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/kanak-jha-video-interview-join-us-as-we-catch-up-with-kanak/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Jha Video Interview: Join Us as We Catch Up with Kanak</a> (22:37)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-kanak-jha-make-history-at-the-paris-2024-olympics" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Support Kanak Jha in Making History at the Paris 2024 Olympics</a> (GoFundMe page)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/calderano-dominates-in-slovenia/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Calderano Dominates in Slovenia</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Two Trip Reports: WTT Korea and Burlingame “A Busy May”</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are the reports by Sally Moyland.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/two-trip-reports-wtt-korea-and-burlingame-a-busy-may-1-part/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Part 1</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/two-trip-reports-wtt-korea-and-burlingame-a-busy-may-2-part/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Part 2</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Kevin Finn “In the Loop”</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are two table tennis-related articles from technical journals, care of <a href="https://peakperformancetabletennis.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kevin at Peak Performance Table Tennis</a>. Enjoy!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0301560" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Effect of table tennis balls with different materials and structures on the hardness and elasticity</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15502783.2024.2340556" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The effect of repeated coffee mouth rinsing and caffeinated gum consumption on aerobic capacity and explosive power of table tennis players: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF News</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/06/14/paraguay-selected-as-host-of-the-2024-ittf-world-hopes-week-challenge/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Paraguay selected as host of the 2024 ITTF World Hopes Week &amp; Challenge</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/06/13/more-paris-2024-spots-claimed-in-world-rankings/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="More Paris 2024 Spots Claimed in Latest World Rankings">More Paris 2024 Spots Claimed in Latest World Rankings</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/06/12/empower-her-coaching-future-the-womens-project-shattering-records-in-ma-applications/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Empower Her Coaching Future: The Women's Project Shattering Records in MA Applications">Empower Her Coaching Future: The Women's Project Shattering Records in MA Applications</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Periodic Table Funny T-Shirt</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ping-Pong-Periodic-Table-T-Shirt/dp/B09QLPZN11" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy the shirt</a> at Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Headis: Game Combines Table Tennis And Football</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RheCmEFSyPY&amp;ab_channel=CatersClips" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (3:02) – this is for real!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Alien Pong</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In honor of my story “<a href="https://sites.google.com/newmyths.com/newmythscomissue67b/issue-67-stories/first-galactic-table-tennis-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a>,” here are other aliens playing table tennis!</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/iX2K_y3qudg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Alien Day</a> from Table Tennis England (30 sec) – this is great!</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUpsIme0i5I&amp;ab_channel=Talltale%E2%80%93ShortStoriesforKids" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Can Mia's table tennis skills save her from an alien known to eat inferior opponents?</a> (3:07)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNH3vTFHZDQ&amp;ab_channel=PetSquadFan2024" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Argos Aliens Play Table Tennis</a> (29 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://makeagif.com/gif/ping-pong-aliens-from-argos-nMRrxw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Argo Aliens</a> (gif image)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pics.craiyon.com/2023-10-27/11ec3597f7c54bf7ba66598a3c9fcdcf.webp" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Creepy Green Alien Plays Table Tennis</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://r2.erweima.ai/imgcompressed/compressed_678445623b73271e37be413d009056ae.webp" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Four Happy Aliens Play Table Tennis</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImkjL8jFlVQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Alien vs. Predator</a> (1:46)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://static.fjcdn.com/gifs/Predator+tears+are+the+saltiest_c271cd_5384470.gif" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Alien vs. Predator 1</a> (gif image)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://static.fjcdn.com/gifs/Predator_b2a408_5384470.gif" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Alien vs. Predator 2</a> (gif image)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://static.fjcdn.com/gifs/Predator_27205b_5384470.gif" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Alien vs. Predator 3</a> (gif image)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/DdmMDskWhuI/maxresdefault.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Alien vs. Predator 4</a> (still image)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/eoYAAOxyFjNSM88f/s-l300.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Marvin the Martian</a> (I have this pin)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLGdZMQccvE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Human vs. Alien</a> (27 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/calistan/3606630145" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Alien Pong in the Forest</a> (<a name="view-on-source-site" id="view-on-source-site">Mural at </a><a href="https://www.cometpingpong.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Comet Ping Pong Pizza</a>)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://cdn.drawception.com/images/panels/2015/10-15/NOjndmDCXZ-2.png" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Long-armed Martian playing alone</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://i.imgur.com/giFPBef.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Vulcan Pong</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Alien-Head-Roswell-Novelty-Tennis/dp/B00KQ28DMO" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Alien Head Ping-Pong Balls</a> at Amazon</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.zazzle.com/green_alien_head_ping_pong_paddle_for_table_tennis-256475445913254765" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Alien Head Ping-Pong Paddle</a> at Zazzle</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://keithkratz.wordpress.com/artwork/package-design-2/xenos-table-tennis-orbs/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Xenos Table Tennis Orbs</a></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 06/17/2024 - 17:47</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 17 Jun 2024 16:47:21 +0000 Larry Hodges 3576 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3576#comments June 10, 2024 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3574 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">June 10, 2024</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3573" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Hitting to the Same Spot Twice</a>.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Nationals Prize Money Cut</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here’s something many of us didn’t notice until Dan Seemiller pointed it out – USATT canceled prize money in Men’s and Women’s Singles at the Nationals for the quarterfinalists. They also aren’t increasing the prize money to keep up with inflation. <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/EntryForms/1091-77.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the prospectus</a>. For both Men’s and Women’s Singles, it’s 1st $7,000, 2nd $3,500, and 3-4 $1,750. Quarterfinals? Nothing. (They used to have prize money for the Final 16.)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Now we get to the really weird part. Here’s the <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/EntryForms/1091-49.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 prospectus</a> showing the exact same prize money, except with $500 for the quarterfinalists. Here’s the <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/EntryForms/1091-60.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2023 prospectus</a> also showing the same prize money, but <i>without</i> money for the quarterfinalists. The weird part? I have a copy of the 2023 prospectus that I proofed, and it has $500 prize money for the quarterfinalists. So, when did they make the change? Did they have $500 prize money for the quarterfinalists in 2023? (If you know, <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">contact me</a>.) Either way, USATT seems to be moving backwards on this, both in cutting out the quarterfinal prize money and in not keeping up with inflation. If we are moving forward, or even just treading water, there should at least be small annual increases. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt; <strong>UPDATE - SOMETHING HAPPENED</strong> - As of Tuesday, the very next day, the $500 quarterfinal prize money is back!!! (USATT didn't tell me, I just went to the prospectus for something else and saw the update. I have a printout of the previous version with no prize money for the quarterfinals of Men's and Women's Singles.)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Leadership by Justin Bookey</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yesterday I read <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ping-Pong-Leadership-Principles-Business/dp/B0CYLNFCRT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ping Pong Leadership: 18 Principles to Succeed at Any Table in Business, Sports, and Life</a>. (Available in print and kindle, 266 pages.) I thought it was an excellent way to present leadership skills using table tennis and other examples. The book is perhaps 1/3 table tennis, with the rest using examples of leadership from the worlds of business, government, science, and sports. From the book’s description, “Tens of millions of people worldwide enjoy ping pong on some level. And if you’re looking to enhance your leadership skills, ping pong offers surprisingly relevant lessons for success.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The book features both Justin’s table tennis experiences and those of a number of prominent table tennis players and coaches, and from lots of successful people from outside the table tennis world, with their stories. There are eighteen chapters featuring eighteen “Pong Principles.” Each chapter ends with “Core Questions to Ask.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There’s a segment from me in Chapter 3, titled “Pong Principle #3: When Deception is Fair Play” on page 36, called “Flip the Script.” It starts with a quote from “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu: “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” The segment is about my once playing a player who was equally good attacking and chopping. As an attacker, it might have been a close match, but back in those days I ate up choppers – and so I spent the entire match faking difficulty with his chopping game, and so convinced him to play defense. He never knew I was carrying him the whole way and he never had a chance chopping. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Others featured include Stellan and Angie Bengtsson, Adam Bobrow, Kanak Jha, Sean O’Neill, Thilina Piyadasa, Vladimir Samsonov, Danny Seemiller, Will Shortz, Amy Wang, Jan-Ove Waldner, and Wei Wang. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Who is Justin and why did he write this book? From the book’s description: “Justin Bookey has spent decades in both worlds. As an Emmy-nominated content creator and strategist, he’s worked with leaders at global companies to accomplish their business goals. As a competitive table tennis player, he’s trained with national and world champions and won medals at the US Open. Those two worlds rarely overlapped—until Bookey realized that the core principles he learned while training to compete at the table also apply to success in business and leadership.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching and the Backhand and Windshield-Wiper Serves</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It was mostly the usual fundamentals. To quote the Ping Pong Leadership book, <span style="background:white"><span style="color:black">"Don't practice until you do it right. Practice until you can't do it wrong."</span></span> (I will probably turn that into a Tip of the Week.) </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:black">I spent some time helping players with their serves. One girl was working on her backhand serve but was facing the table as she did it, serving with just her arm and a short backswing. When doing a backhand serve, you have to rotate sideways to give yourself room to backswing and so you can put your body into the serve, and then rotate into it rather vigorously. I demonstrated – for a time, many decades ago, this was my primary serve until I stopped using it due to shoulder problems. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqCJMuUoaPc&amp;ab_channel=TomLodziak" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a tutorial on the backhand serve</a> (7:32) with Craig Bryant. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:black">Then came a blast from the past. One kid was experimenting with the forehand windshield-wiper serve, a relatively rare serve these days but a bit more common way back when. He was trying to do it with a shakehands grip. I showed him how for this serve, it’s better to switch to the Seemiller grip, though you can also do it with the index finger down the middle. (You should change your grip for the large majority of serves. What’s the perfect grip for playing table tennis is rarely the perfect grip for any particular serve. You just change back to your regular grip right after the serve.) The serve was especially made famous by Ricky Seemiller, but many others used it, including me as a variation. The serves allows you to get tremendous sidespin in either direction. The downside is it’s more difficult to get great backspin, though you can learn to get pretty good backspin with practice. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_DQiqF9vlo&amp;ab_channel=PingSkills" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a tutorial on the windshield-wiper serve</a> (2:59) from PingSkills. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Sandbagging in Utah</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Apparently two high-rated players from Las Vegas pretended to be unrated, and entering under different names as unrated players, won lots of prize money in rating events at a charity tournament in Utah. Here are two links. </span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7BYDlsmFC3QJZEMDYh4i4M-fC0AiIN33" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Presentation of the Case</a> by Albert Huang</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ruslan.woodward/posts/pfbid02ZJsPmqPz7Ac2Q8PZnCncKEpU2rwCdkh37aQYHGL5Lp1XFTfs7sMQfpjRxsNVWi5gl" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Facebook Discussion</a> (87 comments and four shares as of this writing)</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This reminds me of a similar occurrence way back in the late 1980s. There were two Chinese women with the same name, a 2100 player from California, and a 1000 player from the northeast. The 2100 player flew in and pretended to be the 1000 player in a big 4-star tournament with lots of prize money in the rating events. She won something like six or seven events. But someone took pictures and she was later recognized. It went to the USATT disciplinary committee, which found they had conspired together and split the money. They were given long suspensions.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Improving Table Tennis Forehand Technique Using a Bounce Wall</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/381100892_Improving_Table_Tennis_Forehand_Technique_Using_a_Bounce_Wall" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the technical journal</a> with this scientific paper – but it’s in Indonesian. You can use Google Translate to see what it says. All I can say is you haven’t made it in life until you’ve been cited five times in an Indonesian technical journal! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kppS1t_2ljw&amp;ab_channel=ButterflyNorthAmericaandLatinAmerica" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Loop from Underspin and Footwork</a> (68 sec) with Daniel Gonzalez</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C3quJaUb3U&amp;ab_channel=ButterflyNorthAmericaandLatinAmerica" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Loop from the corner, Loop from the middle</a> (63 sec) with Rachid El Boubou</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuNl0ZWLxvI&amp;ab_channel=ButterflyNorthAmericaandLatinAmerica" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Modified Falkenburg</a> (70 sec) with Anav Gupta</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37Ava7eX32Q&amp;ab_channel=ButterflyNorthAmericaandLatinAmerica" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Off the Bounce Looping</a> (59 sec) with Kou Lei</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4ZBp99b9ns&amp;ab_channel=ButterflyNorthAmericaandLatinAmerica" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kids Coaching Clinic Highlights</a> (75 sec) with Oscar Birriel</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvXghKqGBts&amp;ab_channel=ButterflyNorthAmericaandLatinAmerica" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Counterlooping</a> (1:46) with Kou Lei</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/BBF2bey9mVI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 9: Drill 4</a> (51 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/-J8joN3-vAE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 9: Drill 5</a> (41 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>PERFECT WAY To Improve In Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvDQaZKopm8&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (4:02) from Pingispågarna. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PongSpace</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-TairCxTt0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to Attack the Serve with Pips | Table Tennis Tutorial">How to Attack the Serve with Pips</a> (2:25)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7s15fNkkA0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Confuse your Opponents with This Service Return | Table Tennis Tutorial">Confuse your Opponents with This Service Return</a> (3:16)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Improve Forehand Topspin against Backspin technique</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDz75srMCqU&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (4:55) from Ti Long. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ping Sunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0ardfXOxEo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong, Wang Chuqin training at WTT Champions Chongqing 2024">Fan Zhendong, Wang Chuqin training at WTT Champions Chongqing 2024</a> (8:18)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVkP2BrDCEo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Timo Boll and Chinese fans | WTT Champions 2024">Timo Boll and Chinese fans | WTT Champions 2024</a> (5:35)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEagDTOnx08" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Final WTT Champions Chongqing 2024 - Fan Zhendong Wang Chuqin training">Final WTT Champions Chongqing 2024 - Fan Zhendong Wang Chuqin training</a> (46:31)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Follow the action!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2024 NCTTA Board Elections Voting</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/2024-nctta-board-elections-voting" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a>. Deadline to vote is this Wednesday at 11:59PM eastern time. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/catching-up-with-kanak/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Catching Up With Kanak</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/alexis-lebrun-wins-in-zagreb/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Alexis Lebrun Wins in Zagreb</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-youth-contender-san-francisco-successfully-achievements-for-the-bowmar-sports-youth-talent/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Youth Contender, San Francisco: Successfully Achievements for the Bowmar Sports Youth Talent</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Junior National Team Member: Isabella Xu (17) Founds North Carolina Youth Table Tennis Association (NCYTTA) to Share the Joy of Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/june/03/junior-national-team-member-isabella-xu-17-founds-north-carolina-youth-table-tennis-association-ncytta-to-share-the-joy-of-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/06/10/bruna-alexandre-breaking-barriers-as-brazils-first-dual-olympian-and-paralympian-in-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bruna Alexandre: Breaking Barriers as Brazil's First Dual Olympian and Paralympian in Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/06/07/ryu-seung-min-and-mayssa-bsaibes-join-ittf-sustainability-committee/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ryu Seung-min and Mayssa Bsaibes Join ITTF Sustainability Committee">Ryu Seung-min and Mayssa Bsaibes Join ITTF Sustainability Committee</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/06/07/one-month-then-all-roads-lead-to-rome-for-world-masters-championships-players/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="One Month Then All Roads Lead to Rome for World Masters Championships Players">One Month Then All Roads Lead to Rome for World Masters Championships Players</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/06/07/apply-now-ittf-mentorship-program-opens-for-2024-cohort/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Apply Now: ITTF Mentorship Opens for 2024 Cohort">Apply Now: ITTF Mentorship Opens for 2024 Cohort</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/06/05/host-the-future-ittf-opens-bidding-for-esports-vr-world-championships-finals-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Host the Future: ITTF Opens Bidding for Esports/VR World Championships Finals 2024">Host the Future: ITTF Opens Bidding for Esports/VR World Championships Finals 2024</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/06/04/adriana-diaz-and-martin-perry-become-first-table-tennis-planet-ambassadors/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Adriana Diaz and Martin Perry Become First Table Tennis Planet Ambassadors">Adriana Diaz and Martin Perry Become First Table Tennis Planet Ambassadors</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Why I Lose At Table Tennis Shirt</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Funny-Player-T-Shirt/dp/B0CQ8KSCG4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy it</a> at Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Adam vs. Toa 3.0</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUicOWrwbrI&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (11:29) from Adam Bobrow!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World's Weirdest Ping Pong Match</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEFjB5T0_9g&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (10:42) from Pongfinity! This may be one of the funniest ones ever. I may bring some pillows to one of our junior training sessions and have them do pillow-pong!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 06/10/2024 - 16:17</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 10 Jun 2024 15:17:25 +0000 Larry Hodges 3574 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3574#comments June 3, 2024 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3572 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">June 3, 2024</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tips of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’m including last week’s since I was out of town and didn’t have a blog, and so you might have missed it. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">May 27: <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3570" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">What to Do in the First Game</a>.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">June 3: <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3571" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Down the Line Training</a>.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Junior Team Trials #2</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">They were held May 24-27 at the 888 club in Burlingame, CA, just outside San Francisco. Here are <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=3738" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">complete results</a>. It’s a very nice club and the tournament was well run. I also got to visit the famous <a href="https://www.pier39.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pier 39</a>! USATT uses a two-part junior trials, with the first one held two months ago. Using a point system, they get the final rosters for the teams – here’s the <a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/may/31/meet-the-usa-table-tennis-stars-of-tomorrow-2024-national-junior-team-rosters" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2024 National Junior Team Rosters</a>.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I was there along with fellow MDTTC coaches Wang Qingliang and Jack Huang to coach the MDTTC juniors. We had some nice results at these Trials. Stanley Hsu came in first in Under 17 and seventh in Under 19. (He’s 15 and has another year of eligibility for Under 17. His rating is now 2499. Combining the two Trials, he was #1 in Under 17 and #6 in Under 19.) Mu Du came in seventh in Under 17, and pulled off some nice rating wins – his new rating is 2423. Ryan Lin came in third in Under 15 – and came within one game of finishing first. (Ryan has been training recently in Taiwan, and had his Taiwanese coach with him. He’ll be returning this Fall to MDTTC in Maryland as he starts high school. His new rating is 2393, not bad for age 14.) Daniel Anteneh made the Final Twelve in Under 11 and is now rated 1891.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As usual, lots of tactical stuff. Here are some highlights. </span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One player kept getting caught off guard by his opponent’s big breaking serve to the backhand. After the first game I told him to simply assume that serve was coming every time and so prepare for it, even though the opponent only used it about every fourth serve, and to simply react to the other serves. It worked – he began to dominate against the problematic serve, both backhand and forehand looping it, and easily won the match. </span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One player kept getting rushed on the backhand by quick, aggressive pushes and so kept missing backhand loop. I told him to hold his racket lower so he didn’t have to rush to bring the racket down to backhand loop. It fixed the problem and he won the match. </span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One player’s opponent served mostly backspin, my player would push to his backhand, and the opponent stepped around and forehand looped over and over. After the first game I told him to take the backspin serve quick off the bounce and mostly push it back quick as wide to the backhand as possible, and get ready to backhand loop. But I also told him to push the first one to the wide forehand. The opponents looped the push to the forehand in for a winner. But guarding against that, and because the pushes were now quick and wide to the backhand, the opponent began to serve and push, and sure enough, my player got to backhand loop over and over, and won the match. </span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">A lot of coaching, especially with junior players, is psychological. I started writing about some of this, but decided the players might not want me to write about it. It’s often the trickiest part of match coaching.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching and Forehand Flips</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I did two sessions, one with the beginning/intermediate juniors and one with the elite (“Select”) juniors. With the intermediates, the focus was (as always) on fundamentals and consistency. I spent some time working with the youngest and newest in the group, age six, where she managed to get 35 forehands in a row, and 20 or more four times. I also worked with her hitting shots down-the-line. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">With the advanced group there were a few drills that included flipping short serves. I worked with several on the forehand flip, with the emphasis on setting up as if you are going crosscourt, so opponent has to guard against that, and at the last second turning the wrist back and flipping down the line to the often open backhand.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In terms of technique, modern players are generally ahead of their peers of the past, but forehand flipping is one area where they are often behind. Why? Two reasons. First, looping is so emphasized that beginning players often barely learn to hit regular forehands before switching to looping. This pays off in stronger forehand loops, but they don’t always develop the feel for a regular, flatter forehand drive, which is how you contact the ball with a forehand flip. Second, with the rise of the backhand banana flip, most players focus on that, often using it even against short balls even to the forehand side, at the expense of developing their forehand flip. And so, against short but slightly high balls to the forehand side, many modern players can’t forehand flip winners as well as their peers from the past. This was a problem in a few matches at the recent US Junior Trials – hopefully our players can get better at this. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>News from All Over</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Since I’ve been away two weeks, rather than try to list every interesting article, here are links to some of the main news and coaching pages that have been active in that time, and you can pick and choose. I’ll get back to linking to individual articles next week. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Butterfly News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">NCTTA News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major League Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@pongspace9577/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PongSpace</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIyhoU4jcjFWkeelzga-2qA/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ti Long</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@ttblab/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/Pingisp%C3%A5garna/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Pingispågarna</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@TT11TV/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">TT11TV</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSkills Ask the Coach</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/tmfromsevilla" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Tenis de Mesa from Sevilla</a> (AI table tennis cartoons)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@AdamBobrow/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Adam Bobrow</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>$800,000 WTT Champions</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2941" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the ITTF page</a> for the event in Chongqing, China, May 30 – June 3 (finishing today). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Colorful and Flamboyant Table Tennis and Ping-Pong Clothing</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://novamodish.com/collections/ping-pong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the link</a> from Nova Modish!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Fantasy Table Tennis League</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldrankingtabletennis.com/fantasy-league-english-version/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the link</a> for this league!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>What to Do With Ping-Pong Balls and a Hair Dryer</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reel/768425802154772" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (9 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Brother vs. Brother: Sid Naresh vs. Nandan Naresh</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reel/956261572840937" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (90 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Mostly Non-Table Tennis – Short Story Sales and Publications</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’m in the middle of a rather strange streak in my science fiction &amp; fantasy writing world. These are very difficult markets to sell to. The larger “Pro” markets (paying a minimum of 8 cents/word) typically get over 2,000 submissions PER MONTH (!), and can only publish perhaps six. The smaller ones also get hundreds of submissions each month and can also only publish perhaps six. Lifetime, I’ve sold 205 stories to these markets, including 53 to “pro” markets. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">So, what is this streak I referred to? </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On Thursday, I sold “The Annual Albert Einstein Race to the End of Time” to Flash Fiction Magazine. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On Friday, I sold “The Heist of Humanity” to Flame Tree (a “Pro” market)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On Saturday, I sold “<span style="color:black">Tooth Apocalypse” to Dragon Soul Press for their upcoming Apocalypse anthology. </span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">On Sunday, a “Pro” market requested a partial rewrite of “</span>The Bloody Shooting War on the Purple Senate Floor.” This usually means a sale, pending the successful rewrite. (Alas, I can’t give out the name of the publication at this time.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On Monday . . . nothing yet, but the day is still young as I write this!!! (If I have a sale today, I’ll update here.) </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">But actual publication is more important than announcing sales, since you can’t read my stories until they are published! Most of my past publications are linked in my science fiction &amp; fantasy <a href="http://larryhodges.org/bibliography/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">bibliography</a>. The most recent was <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Madam-President-David-Gerrold-ebook/dp/B0D529GTLN" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Madam President</a>, which just came out on Saturday, an anthology of stories about the first woman president. It includes my story, “You Are President, Madam President.” I have three other stories scheduled to come out in June – including, on June 15, my novelette, “<a href="https://sites.google.com/newmyths.com/newmythscomissue67b/issue-67-stories/first-galactic-table-tennis-championships">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</a>” at New Myths Magazine! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 06/03/2024 - 17:37</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 03 Jun 2024 16:37:34 +0000 Larry Hodges 3572 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3572#comments May 20, 2024 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3569 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">May 20, 2024</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Junior Trials #2 and No Blog Next Week</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’ll be out of town this next week, coaching at the US Junior Trials Part 2, May 24-27, at the 888 Table Tennis Center in Burlingame, CA. (The broke the trials into two parts this year, with results from both used to finalize the US junior teams.) Here is <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/EntryForms/1091-75.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">full info</a> and the <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=101&amp;r=3738&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">player listing</a>. I fly out on Thursday, May 23, and return on Tuesday, May 28. So no blog next week, but there will be the usual <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/TipOfTheWeek" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tip of the Week</a> on Monday. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tips of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I was out of town last weekend, so no blog, but the Tip of the Week went up as usual. In case you missed it, here is that tip and this week’s tip. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">May 13: <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3567" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Focus on Placement to Win and Increase Consistency</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">May 20: <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3568" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Smother the Table When Blocking</a></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Only one group session this weekend. I spent parts of it working with two girls who each had a separate stroke issue. One of them tended to cut her backswing short and so had maybe a six-inch forward swing before contact, with a long follow-through. You want your contact point at the middle of the forward swing. The solution was shadow-practice, where she also (at first) had this six-inch backswing and long follow-through. So I had her exaggerate the backswing. The idea here is if you are in the habit of a too-short backswing, then if you shadow-practice the correct backswing, you’ll likely end up doing something in between the two when you start real hitting. But if you shadow-practice a longer backswing then you really want, then you’ll likely end up doing it more correctly (with some adjustment) when you actually hit the ball. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The other girl had this habit of raising her racket tip before contact, and so meeting the ball with the racket tip pointed almost straight up and just blocking the ball. Again, the answer was shadow-practice first, and then stroking. But the key was that her backswing was too low, and so she felt forced to raise the racket tip up to meet the ball. Once we raised her backswing a bit, her stroke was fixed. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">After the session, one of the kids presented me with this <a href="https://www.larrytt.com/images/Best-Forehand-Crystal-5-18-24.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Certificate for Best Forehand</a>!!! </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As mentioned in past blogs, I have an ongoing thing where I have a different name each weekend. When I was asked my name, I told them I come from the Bad family – Grandma and Grandpa Bad, and my parents were Mr. and Mrs. Bad. My first name was Iam. So, my name was Iam Bad, and if they needed help on something, they just needed to say, “Coach Iam Bad”!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis - South Dakota (Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Hills, and Dinosaurs and Reptiles and Bears, Oh My!)</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I took a vacation last week in South Dakota, flying out on May 11 and returning on May 14. In between I had two action-packed sightseeing days. The first day (Sunday) was the nine-hour <a href="https://www.viator.com/tours/Rapid-City/Mount-Rushmore-Tour-Only-No-Meals/d22170-64499P2" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bus Tour of Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills</a>, which I strongly recommend. That included Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and Black Hills State Custer Park. <span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; color:black; padding:0in">We had a great view of </span><a href="https://www.larrytt.com/images/SD-Mount-Rushmore.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; padding:0in">Mount Rushmore</span></a><span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; color:black; padding:0in"> (picture by me), especially with my binoculars. There was also a nice museum next to it featuring its history, where I spent another 45 minutes. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; color:black; padding:0in">We spent much of the day driving through <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custer_State_Park" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Black Hills Custer State Park</a>, including <a href="https://www.custerresorts.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Custer State Park Resort</a> (the “Western White House” for President Coolidge), <a href="https://www.ironmountainroad.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Iron Mountain Rd</a>, <a href="https://www.custerresorts.com/activities/scenic-drives/needles-highway" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Needles Highway</a>, and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvan_Lake_(South_Dakota)" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sylvan Lake</a>. There were lots of great views. I kept track of animals – final totals were </span><span style="color:black">3 bighorn sheep, 1 deer, 1 golden eagle, 5 geese, a herd of cattle, dozens of horses, and 2 cats. (However, those numbers would be greatly topped the next day.) <span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; padding:0in">The final stop was the </span></span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horse_Memorial" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; padding:0in">Crazy Horse Memorial</span></a><span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; color:black; padding:0in">. It was a good distance away, and in profile, so couldn’t see the face as well as I’d like. Also, it’s not finished – I may have to come back in about fifty years. </span>That night I visited <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur_Park" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dinosaur Park</a> (<span style="border:none windowtext 1.0pt; color:black; padding:0in">eight large but simplistic dinosaur statues, but little kids seemed to like them) </span>and the <a href="https://www.visitrapidcity.com/things-to-do/historic-sites/berlin-wall/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Berlin Wall Memorial</a> (small but interesting, with a large segment of the old Berlin Wall and lots of info plaques). </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On the second day I visited:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://blackhillsdinosaurmuseum.com/index.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dinosaur Museum</a> - not large but great stuff, spent an hour there.</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.reptilegardens.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Reptile Gardens</a> - lots and lots of spectacular reptiles, including many huge snakes (pythons, king cobras, etc.), alligators, crocodiles, giant tortoises, and so on, plus lots more, from prairie dogs to a large bald eagle. Even a snake show and bird show. Spent over two hours there. </span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.sdsmt.edu/Academics/Museum-of-Geology/Home/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Museum of Geology</a> - b<span style="color:black">oth paleontology and geology, and free. Was there for over an hour. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://bearcountryusa.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Bear Country USA</a> - <span style="color:black">wow, you stay in your car as you drive through the park, and the animals are right next to you! I spent half an hour surrounded by black bears and other large animals, often within five feet! <a href="https://www.larrytt.com/images/SD-Bear-at-Bear-Country-USA.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a picture of a black bear</a> just outside my car – he was often no more than three feet away. And lots and Lots and LOTS of other animals, many running free and so just outside my car, and others at the end in cages, such as wolves, mountain lions, lynx, badgers, anteaters, skunks, racoons, otters, and others. Running free included bears, reindeer, bighorn sheep, rocky mountain goats, elk, pronghorn, bison, and mule deer.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As is my custom, I collected souvenir magnets at each of the attractions – <a href="https://www.larrytt.com/images/SD-South-Dakota-Magnets.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">here’s my catch</a>! Then it was time to fly home. On the spur of the moment, I did something I’ve never done before – I spent $130 and upgraded my flight home to first class. Result – I was able to work on my laptop the whole flight home. I’d already written the Tips of the Week for May, so I wrote four new ones for June, and still had time to work on a new science fiction story. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers Review</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tampabaytabletennis.com/reviews/table-tennis-tactics-for-thinkers-by-larry-hodges" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a new review</a> of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a>, from Tampa Bay Table Tennis! You can also read the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788#customerReviews" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">212 ratings and reviews at Amazon</a>, where it has a 4.7 out of 5 average. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Doubles for Champions – An Interview With Larry Hodges</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In case you missed it - <a href="https://racketinsight.com/table-tennis/doubles-for-champions-interview-larry-hodges/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">here’s the interview and feature on my recent book</a>, from Racket Insight (by David Bruce), where I answer twelve questions about <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a>, ranging from questions about the book, doubles strategy, and modern doubles play. (It mentions my other books – <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">here they are</a>!)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Kanak Jha and Nikhil Kumar Seek Olympic Qualification in Lima, Peru</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://results.ittf.com/ittf-web-results/html/TTE2935/results.html#/knock-outs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the USATT article</a>. They are a little behind. I haven’t followed it closely, but I believe they had four SE events in the ITTF Americas Olympic Qualification in Lima, Peru, with the winner of each going to the Olympics. Kanak won his and will be going. Nikhil lost in the final of his. <a href="https://results.ittf.com/ittf-web-results/html/TTE2935/results.html#/knock-outs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are complete results</a> – Nikhil is in KO1, Kanak is in KO3. (We didn’t have any women entered.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here’s <a href="https://butterflyonline.com/ittf-americas-qualifier-kanak-punches-ticket-to-paris/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Americas Qualifier: Kanak Punches Ticket to Paris</a> by Steve Hopkins.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>News from All Over</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Since I’ve been away two weeks, rather than try to list every interesting article, here are links to some of the main news and coaching pages that have been active in that time, and you can pick and choose.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Butterfly News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">NCTTA News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Major League Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@pongspace9577/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PongSpace</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIyhoU4jcjFWkeelzga-2qA/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ti Long</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@ttblab/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8qB0R__Vb9Pw3nQMw5haUg/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">TacoBackhand</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/Pingisp%C3%A5garna/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Pingispågarna</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@TT11TV/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TT11TV</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@TableTennisDaily/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Daily</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSkills Ask the Coach</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/tmfromsevilla" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tenis de Mesa from Sevilla</a> (AI table tennis cartoons)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@AdamBobrow/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Adam Bobrow</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Pabst Blue Ribbon Table Tennis Ping Pong Beer Vintage 1942 Ad</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/rBsAAOSw-zNjmexM/s-l1600.webp" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the ad</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Mutt and Jeff</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/uZ4AAOSwMPhiJmxJ/s-l1600.webp" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the cartoon</a> from 1943!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Gentleman's Ping Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jz1uY7i-bn0&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (11:13) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 05/20/2024 - 18:43</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 20 May 2024 17:43:45 +0000 Larry Hodges 3569 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3569#comments May 6, 2024 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3566 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">May 6, 2024</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3565" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Shadow Practice for Fitness and Improvement</a>.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>No Blog on May 13 - Off to South Dakota!</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I’m taking a quick vacation to Rapid City, South Dakota (no, I'm not bringing a dog), May 11-14, Sat-Tue, where I’ll see (much of it in a group tour):</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Rushmore" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Mount Rushmore</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horse_Memorial" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Crazy Horse Memorial</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur_Park" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dinosaur Park</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://blackhillsdinosaurmuseum.com/index.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dinosaur Museum</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.reptilegardens.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Reptile Gardens</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><a href="https://bearcountryusa.com/"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Bear Country USA</span></span></span></a></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custer_State_Park" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Custer State Park Resort</a> (the “Summer White House” for President Calvin Coolidge)</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.sdsmt.edu/Academics/Museum-of-Geology/Home/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Museum of Geology</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ironmountainroad.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Iron Mountain Road</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Dakota_Highway_87" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Needles Highway</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvan_Lake_(South_Dakota)" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sylvan Lake</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.visitrapidcity.com/things-to-do/historic-sites/berlin-wall/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Rapid City Berlin Wall Memorial</a> </span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I also plan to drive out from the city at night, where it’s very dark, and really see the Milky Way Galaxy for the first time since camping in the Boy Scouts many decades ago. (I’m actually coaching at MDTTC on Saturday morning, then leaving for the airport right after lunch.) This will be my second time in South Dakota – we drove through it on the way to a tournament in North Dakota sometime in the late 1980s when I was at various times the manager, director, and a coach at the USATT Resident Training Program in Colorado Springs. We probably should have taken a detour to see Mount Rushmore and an earlier version of the Crazy Horse Memorial! We might actually have done so – I have a vague memory of seeing it off in the distance, but I’m not sure. I can’t remember who was driving or who else was in the car. (I’ve been to all 50 US states.) </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I did a small update to <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a>. In the original version, chapter 8 was “Secrets from the Pros” while chapter 9 was “Tactical Doubles Stories.” But the latter really goes with the rest of the doubles technique and tactics chapters I’d written. And so I switched the chapters, with “Tactical Doubles Stories” now chapter 8. I also had to change a couple of references to the chapters in the book, including the back cover, and one typo. On the Copyright page you can actually see what version it is – the original version says “v3-7-24” while the updated one is “v5-3-24.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>MDTTC Open</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=3576" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are complete results</a> of the tournament at my club this weekend. Due to the tournament there were no coaching sessions this weekend. Here’s one interesting result – usually it’s up-and-coming, way under-rated juniors who sometimes dominate a rating event, and sometimes win multiple events. But this time it was Eugene Zhang, a senior player, who won both Under 1600 and Under 1900. He did so as a long pips blocker, which made things harder as he was playing against players who play him regularly and so presumably know how to play his different style. Players like Eugene usually do really well out of town against players who are not used to this style. The Zhang’s are a family of TT players, with son James (17, rated 2283) and Stephanie (student at University of Maryland, 2097).  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Third Issue of Table Tennis History is Out!</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingpongfeverautho.wixsite.com/table-tennis-history" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the page</a> where you can click on the new May 2024 issue, edited by Steve Grant. Also there are the first two issues, September 2023 and January 2024, plus two other historical issues, plus a link to the book Ping Pong Fever, all by Steve Grant. I’m mentioned in the new issue – you’ll have to go there to find out why! </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b><br /> Follow the action!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/texas-smash-defeat-princeton-revolution-to-win-first-mltt-cup/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Texas Smash defeat Princeton Revolution to win first MLTT Cup</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/mltt-weekly-round-up-texas-smash-makes-history/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">MLTT Weekly Round-Up: Texas Smash Makes History!</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/2024-major-league-table-tennis-finals-exclusive-flickr-photos/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2024 Major League Table Tennis Finals Exclusive Flickr Photos</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555">ICTTF News</span></span></b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555">Last week I wrote about <a href="https://icttf.co/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/ED-1_APRIL-ICTTF-NEWSLETTER-IN-ENGLISH-1.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">the first issue</a>, April 2024, from the <a href="https://icttf.co/" style="box-sizing:border-box; cursor:pointer; color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">International Classic Table Tennis Federation</a> and Steve Claflin, chair of the ICTTF. (Classic here means hardbat, sandpaper, and wood.) Here’s the <a href="https://icttf.co/newsletters/" style="box-sizing:border-box; cursor:pointer; color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">newsletter signup</a> page so you won’t miss any issues!</span></span> If you are interested in writing for the newsletter, <a href="https://icttf.co/news/news-letter-content/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">here’s the info page</a>!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555">Illegal USATT Chair</span></span></b><br /> <span style="background:white"><span style="color:#555555"><span style="box-sizing:border-box"><span style="box-sizing:border-box; text-align:start"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal"><span style="text-decoration-thickness:initial"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="box-sizing:border-box"><span style="box-sizing:border-box">It’s now been 455 days (exactly 65 weeks) since USATT elected Richard Char to an illegal third term as chair of the USATT board on Feb. 6, 2023. I’ve twice emailed the board on this. I blogged about it on <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3542" style="box-sizing:border-box; cursor:pointer; color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Feb. 12, 2024</a> and <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3544" style="box-sizing:border-box; cursor:pointer; color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Feb. 19, 2024</a>. History will not look fondly on this chair and a majority of the current board that has gone along with it, nor the CEO who wrote an email supporting this. Neither will voters in the USATT elections this Fall. (Plus, of course, the CEO shouldn’t be involved in decisions about who chairs the very group she reports to.) I’ve blogged about various USATT issues quite a bit, and will do so again as the elections approach.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/fethomania-7-drill-5/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 7: Drill 5</a> (41 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/fethomania-7-drill-6/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 7: Drill 6</a> (51 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-hong-lin-forehand-loop-to-forehand-smash-transition/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Loop to Forehand Smash Transition</a> (57 sec) with Hong Lin</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-angel-he-forehand-underspin-to-topspin-transition/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Underspin to Topspin Transition</a> (62 sec) with Angel Naranjo</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-angel-naranjo-flip-serve-return-variation/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Flip Serve Return Variation</a> (49 sec) Angel Naranjo</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-bob-chen-forehand-high-ball-smash/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand High Ball Smash</a> (74 sec) Bob Chen</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Mastering the Backhand Chop Block</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu2PWBtuvxE&amp;ab_channel=PongSpace" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (1:41) with Yang Xiaoxin from PongSpace. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Simple Tactic When Returning Serves in Doubles</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/simple-tactic-when-returning-serves-in-doubles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Tom Lodziak. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8gvrNkk0Mg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Increase Forehand Topspin speed with legs and hips (advanced level)">Increase Forehand Topspin speed with legs and hips</a> (4:03)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-QP_iBTxiw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ti Long trains with Horváth Lilla Hungary 🇭🇺">Ti Long trains with Horváth Lilla Hungary</a> (3:33)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4cFa50fxO8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="SUN Yingsha, CHEN Meng, WANG Manyu at WTT Saudi Smash 2024">SUN Yingsha, CHEN Meng, WANG Manyu at WTT Saudi Smash 2024</a> (6:27)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjPxKNt88zc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="MA Long, FAN Zhendong and WANG Chuqin at WTT Saudi Smash 2024">MA Long, FAN Zhendong and WANG Chuqin at WTT Saudi Smash 2024</a> (4:39)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT2QraOI7OE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long vs Simon Gauzy | Who is stronger 2024?">Ma Long vs Simon Gauzy | Who is stronger 2024?</a> (4:28)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Will Fan Zhendong Get to Play Olympics?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr8t8fvYvNk&amp;ab_channel=tacobackhand" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (2:47) from TacoBackhand. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Street TT</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjO8HlowsFc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Yes, Ma Long is still winning the championships!">Yes, Ma Long is still winning the championships!</a> (57 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufJQys45GKU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="I look into your eyes and refuse to give up - Ma Long">I look into your eyes and refuse to give up - Ma Long</a> (16 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions and answers</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(<a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2932" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the home page</a> for the Saudi Smash, with results, etc.)</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/saudi-smash-a-string-of-upsets-on-day-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Saudi Smash: A String of Upsets on Day 3</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/saudi-smash-lily-zhang-through-to-final-32/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Saudi Smash: Lily Zhang through to Final 32</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/saudi-smash-qualifiers-are-complete/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Saudi Smash – Qualifiers are Complete</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USATT</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/may/02/irene-yeoh-targets-four-junior-national-team-spots-at-upcoming-junior-national-team-trials" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-weight:normal">Irene Yeoh Targets Four Junior National Team Spots at Upcoming Junior National Team Trials</span></a></b></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/may/01/mcdonald-and-lin-crowned-champions-at-2024-usatt-texas-state-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">McDonald and Lin Crowned Champions at 2024 USATT Texas State Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/april/30/zhang-and-wang-clinch-titles-at-2024-usatt-pacific-regional-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Zhang and Wang Clinch Titles at 2024 USATT Pacific Regional Championships</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from ITTF</b></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/05/06/titles-in-slovenia-the-immediate-incentive-but-preparation-for-greater-goal-provides-major-motivation/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Titles in Slovenia the Immediate Incentive but Preparation for Greater Goal Provides Major Motivation</a></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/05/06/may-sparks-excitement-as-the-last-chance-for-paris-2024-spots-draws-near/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="May Sparks Excitement as the Last Chance for Paris 2024 Spots Draws Near">May Sparks Excitement as the Last Chance for Paris 2024 Spots Draws Near</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/05/04/podgorica-evidence-suggests-same-again-in-paris/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Podgorica Evidence Suggests Same Again in Paris">Podgorica Evidence Suggests Same Again in Paris</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/05/03/international-referee-school-havirov-cze-education-of-referees-level-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="International Referee School – Havirov CZE – Education of Referees, Level 3">International Referee School – Havirov CZE – Education of Referees, Level 3</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/05/01/london-calling-2-year-countdown-to-historic-centenary-ittf-world-championships-finals-2026/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="London Calling: 2-Year Countdown to Historic Centenary ITTF World Championships Finals 2026">London Calling: 2-Year Countdown to Historic Centenary ITTF World Championships Finals 2026</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/30/strengthening-partnerships-and-pioneering-sustainability-ittf-president-concludes-equipment-manufacturers-tour/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Strengthening Partnerships and Pioneering Sustainability: ITTF President Concludes Equipment Manufacturers Tour">Strengthening Partnerships and Pioneering Sustainability: ITTF President Concludes Equipment Manufacturers Tour</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/30/owners-of-most-valued-titles-head-entries-at-2024-ittf-montenegro-para-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Owners of Most Valued Titles Head Entries at 2024 ITTF Montenegro Para Open">Owners of Most Valued Titles Head Entries at 2024 ITTF Montenegro Para Open</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Loa Trying Other Sports</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E2cjm51x0o&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (4:03) from Pingispågarna, where a top table tennis player tries other sports!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Appelgren, Jonyer, Waldner &amp; Other Legends Wildin' In 1983</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8T4SUmcBE0&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisMedia" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (3:39) from Table Tennis Media. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Wild Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sugaar/wild-pong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the kickstarter page</a> for this ping pong card game – but I just like the picture of a giraffe and crocodile playing table tennis!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Wild Ping Pong Clothing</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://novamodish.com/collections/ping-pong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy them</a> from Novamodish!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tenis de Mesa from Sevilla</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As usual, there’s lots of new AI table tennis artwork from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tmfromsevilla" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Tenis de Mesa from Sevilla</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Adam vs. The Youngest Pro</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrSFwn1UvfU&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (14:45) from Adam Bobrow!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 05/06/2024 - 17:35</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 06 May 2024 16:35:39 +0000 Larry Hodges 3566 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3566#comments April 29, 2024 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3564 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">April 29, 2024</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3563" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Forehand or Backhand Receive in Doubles</a>.</span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(Excerpt from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a> by Larry Hodges. April is Doubles Month!)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Saturday was “Forehand Down-the-Line” day, as I worked with a number of players on that. They’d hit or loop forehands from their wide forehand down the line to my backhand, working on consistency and placement. It means adjusting their foot positioning a bit (right foot more back), turning the shoulders back, and taking the ball a little later than usual so they could line up the shot. I often put a ball net on the table, restricting them to hitting on only half of my backhand court, so 1/4 of the table, or 15 inches. I told them to focus on keeping the ball toward the table-edge side of those 15 inches – if they missed, I wanted misses going too wide, not toward the middle of the table. This is how you learn to play the ball wide when going down the line. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One variation – I put a target on the wide forehand side, such as <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/froggy2sm.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Froggy</a>. They have to hit five down the line shots, and then they get one crosscourt shot where they try to hit poor Froggy. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There are two reasons for practicing down-the-line shots. First, because in games you want to use the whole table so the opponent has to cover the whole table, and to do that you need to be able to play wide in both directions, crosscourt and down the line. Second, to quote USTT Hall of Famer David Sakai, who I used to practice with regularly, “If you can attack down the line consistently, then crosscourt is easy.” And it’s true – crosscourt, the table is about 10 feet 3.5 inches, while down the line it’s only 9 feet, so you have a shorter target. If you can attack down the line, then that extra 15.5 inches crosscourt looks HUGE! (I just realized I’ve really written a Tip of the Week here. Yes, it’ll probably show up as one in June. I’ve written all the Tips for May. UPDATE - I spent Monday afternoon working on Tips, and wrote four more for June, including expanding on the above for one of them.) </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Doubles for Champions – An Interview With Larry Hodges</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://racketinsight.com/table-tennis/doubles-for-champions-interview-larry-hodges/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the interview and feature on my recent book</a>, from Racket Insight (by David Bruce), where I answer twelve questions about <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a>, ranging from questions about the book, doubles strategy, and modern doubles play. (It mentions my other books – <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">here they are</a>!)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Illegal USATT Chair</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It’s now been 448 days (64 weeks) since USATT elected Richard Char to an illegal third term as chair of the USATT board on Feb. 6, 2023. I’ve twice emailed the board on this. I blogged about it on <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3542" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Feb. 12, 2024</a> and <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3544" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Feb. 19, 2024</a>. History will not look fondly on this chair and a majority of the current board that has gone along with it, nor the CEO who wrote an email supporting this. Neither will voters in the USATT elections this Fall. (Plus, of course, the CEO shouldn’t be involved in decisions about who chairs the very group she reports to.) I’ve blogged about various USATT issues quite a bit, and will do so again as the elections approach. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ICTTF News</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https:/icttf.co/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/ED-1_APRIL-ICTTF-NEWSLETTER-IN-ENGLISH-1.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the first issue</a>, April 2024, from the <a href="https://icttf.co/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">International Classic Table Tennis Federation</a> and Steve Claflin, chair of the ICTTF. (Classic here means hardbat, sandpaper, and wood.) I’ve got a few articles in it. Here’s the <a href="https://icttf.co/newsletters/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">newsletter signup</a> page so you won’t miss any issues! </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis and Sports Psychology with Dora Kurimay</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://dorakurimay.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s her home page</a>, where you can learn more about what she has to offer, as well as receive two free ebooks. She just sent out her April Newsletter – <a href="https://dora-kurimay-inc.aweb.page/p/d2e76ad2-e9ac-4171-a919-790b749bf489" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">here’s where you can sign up</a> to receive them. <a href="https://dorakurimay.com/about/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dora</a> is both a championship table tennis player and a sports psychologist. I’ve used her book “<a href="https://dorakurimay.com/products/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Get Your Game Face On Like the Pros!</a>” as a reference book for the many sports psychology sessions I’ve run with kids in the MDTTC training program. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Signed Blade from 1981 World Table Tennis Championships in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The blade is for sale, jammed with autographs. (For example, side one includes Istvan Jonyer of Hungary, the 1975 World Men’s Singles Champion. Look it over and see if you recognize others.) If you are interested, email <a href="mailto:infodocba@yahoo.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dzafer Buzoli</a>. Here are pictures:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Buzoli-1981-worlds-signed-blade-side1.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Side One</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Buzoli-1981-worlds-signed-blade-side2.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Side Two</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Andrzej Grubba | The Most Entertaining Table Tennis Player Of The 80's</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOlnYZifzig&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisMedia" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (5:02). I watched <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrzej_Grubba" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Grubba</a> play many times. Tragically, the great Polish star died in 2005 at the age of 47 from lung cancer, likely from the fumes from many years of speed gluing, which was legal during his era. (The speed glue increases the bounciness of the sponge, allowing much better and more powerful loops. But the fumes were toxic, and so were eventually banned. These days you get the same effect with the various “tensored” sponges.) Two interesting and related facts about Grubba – he likely had the best backhand loop in the world during his time, and he was likely the best opposite-hand player in the world – he was #3 in the world for 2.5 years as a righty, but was about 2500 as a lefty! The “tragedy” here was what’s the point of him switching hands and playing a lefty forehand when he arguably had the best backhand in the world? (One answer – you get more range by playing the lefty forehand, and it’s easier to smash high balls.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Support Kanak Jha Make History at the Paris 2024 Olympics</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-kanak-jha-make-history-at-the-paris-2024-olympics" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Kanak is trying to raise funds on his GoFundMe page for his training for the 2024 Olympics</a>. Can you help? Here’s a note from Kanak:</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">“I am Kanak Jha and I am USA’s top professional Table Tennis player. I started playing in California when I was 5 years old and my love and passion for the sport grew over the years and to pursue my dream of being a world class table tennis player I moved to Europe at a young age of 15. Through 8 years of hard work l managed to reach a world ranking of 19. Along the way, there have been setbacks, obstacles and hurdles and just recently I came back after 15 months of inability to compete. This resulted in a total loss of income for 15 months; however, with the dedicated help of my coaches, my sponsors &amp; supporters, my friends and my family I have remained true to my cause and pursuit of my dream. With my story I hope to continue inspiring the young talent in the U.S. that with determination and hard work, dreams do come true.” [Three more paragraphs follow.]</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Follow the action!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/breaking-pitchford-vivarelli-others-sign-with-mltt/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">BREAKING: Pitchford, Vivarelli &amp; others sign with MLTT</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDD02USbHBw&amp;t=3s&amp;ab_channel=MajorLeagueTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Texas Smash vs. Princeton Revolution</a> (Championship Game) (2hr 46m)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USA Table Tennis Designates 888 Table Tennis Center as a National Training Center</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/april/24/usa-table-tennis-designates-888-table-tennis-center-as-a-national-training-center" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the USATT article</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/fethomania-7-drill-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 7: Drill 3</a> (48 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/fethomania-7-drill-4/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 7: Drill 4</a> (49 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-hong-lin-forehand-flip/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Flip</a> (1:54) with Hong Lin</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-bob-chen-backhand-loop-underspin-to-topspin-transition/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop Underspin to Topspin Transition</a> (61 sec) with Bob Chen</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-tiana-piyadasa-forehand-backhand-looping-stroke-chemistry/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand &amp; Backhand Looping Stroke Chemistry</a> (61 sec) with Tiana Piyadasa</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-angel-naranjo-opening-loop-underspin-to-topspin-loop-transition/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Opening Loop Underspin to Topspin Loop Transition</a> (58 sec) with Angel Naranjo</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-sanuka-herath-footwork-looping-with-the-amicus/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Footwork Looping with the Amicus</a> (64 sec) with Sanuka Herath</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-tashiya-piyadasa-forehand-backhand-looping-with-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand &amp; Backhand Looping with Footwork</a> (55 sec) with Tashiya Piyadasa</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tndZRun3mC4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Backhand Push recovers as Backhand Topspin Against Backspin">Backhand Push recovers as Backhand Topspin Against Backspin</a> (6 min)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9HiPjnYs50" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="2 advanced Forehand Push Sidespin techniques - Tutorial">2 advanced Forehand Push Sidespin techniques</a> (5:35)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJK_XnmWOR8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Improve the Backhand Push technique for returning Tomahawk serves">Improve the Backhand Push technique for returning Tomahawk serves</a> (5:32)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC5KU_PsjAo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Happy World Table Tennis Day 2024 - TI LONG CLUB">Happy World Table Tennis Day 2024 - TI LONG CLUB</a> (10:36)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlmD70FgYnY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="13 advanced modern techniques (Tutorial)">13 advanced modern techniques</a> (10:01)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzXHp0uR3Es" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Best Points in ITTF World Cup Macao 2024 - Ma Long, Lin Gaoyuan, Fan Zhendong, Sun Yingha">Best Points in ITTF World Cup Macao 2024 - Ma Long, Lin Gaoyuan, Fan Zhendong, Sun Yingha</a> (6:58)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NXA0mt85SU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong vs Alexis Lebrun | Who is stronger 2024?">Fan Zhendong vs Alexis Lebrun | Who is stronger 2024?</a> (10:04)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKYewTYad4w" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Wang Chuqin vs Felix Lebrun | Who is stronger 2024?">Wang Chuqin vs Felix Lebrun | Who is stronger 2024?</a> (3:49)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN6yCmA7Xpk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Wang Chuqin sad moment - MA LONG | ITTF World Cup 2024">Wang Chuqin sad moment - MA LONG | ITTF World Cup 2024</a> (3:26)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0zmjtEGEUI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Final | Sun Yingsha vs Wang Manyu 2024 | ITTF World Cup 2024">Final | Sun Yingsha vs Wang Manyu 2024 | ITTF World Cup 2024</a> (3:44)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIas5cSMMjU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha, Wang Manyu - ITTF World Cup 2024 - training">Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha, Wang Manyu - ITTF World Cup 2024 - training</a> (10:29)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UHvuUNGuJs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="MA Long, Fan Zhendong, Wang Chuqin at WTT Macao 2024">MA Long, Fan Zhendong, Wang Chuqin at WTT Macao 2024</a> (8:35)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfidhFBqwEk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long vs Lin Gaoyuan | MS Final | ITTF MEN'S AND WOMEN'S WORLD CUP MACAO 2024">Ma Long vs Lin Gaoyuan | MS Final | ITTF MEN'S AND WOMEN'S WORLD CUP MACAO 2024</a> (6:05)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHsMBPCe9T0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long vs Wang Chuqin | Semi-Final ITTF World Cup 2024">Ma Long vs Wang Chuqin | Semi-Final ITTF World Cup 2024</a> (4:37)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Disguising the Direction of Your Serve</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1rNnOhT7yU&amp;ab_channel=PongSpace" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (2:35) with Damien Provost/PongSpace. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Smartest Win of Ma Long's Career!? World Cup 2024 Final: Tactical Breakdown</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://youtube.com/watch?v=amIHzXjeYoQ&amp;t=5s&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisTimeOut" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:06) from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/@tabletennistimeout9579" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis TimeOut</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World’s Best Serve?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2DqqR7z1RM&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (3:12) from Pingispågarna. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Take a Bow: Ved Sheth’s Intrepid Debut Performance</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/take-bow-ved-sheth%E2%80%99s-intrepid-debut-performance" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the NCTTA article</a> by Jia-Yu (Trinity) Sung</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Best Points With Best Angle!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjZ1Q0e5GWA&amp;ab_channel=StreetTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (3:57) from the recent ITTF World Cup in Macao, from Street TT. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/lots-of-shuffling-in-the-top-25/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lots of Shuffling in the Top 25</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/saudi-smash-preview-amy-wang-and-lily-zhang-join-worlds-best-in-saudi-arabia/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Saudi Smash Preview: Amy Wang and Lily Zhang Join World’s Best in Saudi Arabia</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/kanak-finishes-strong-with-team-in-bergneustadt/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Finishes Strong with Team in Bergneustadt</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/26/athlete-development-in-the-spotlight-ittfs-athlete-scholarships-and-grants/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Athlete Development in the spotlight: ITTF’s athlete scholarships and grants</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/23/celebrate-world-table-tennis-day-with-us-on-23-april/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Come Celebrate World Table Tennis Day with us on 23 April!">Come Celebrate World Table Tennis Day with us on 23 April!</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/22/fatima-el-elimat-emerges-top-name-at-ittf-al-watani-para-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fatima El-Elimat Emerges Top Name at ITTF Al-Watani Para Open">Fatima El-Elimat Emerges Top Name at ITTF Al-Watani Para Open</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Bench Bouncing</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reel/342292462187357" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (15 sec) – I counted 40 bounces. Can you do this against a similar object?</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ma Long, Lin Gaoyuan &amp; Fan Zhendong Interact with Children</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6cRVgU5rWs&amp;ab_channel=MALONGFanmadeChannel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (2:01) as they pair up with kids and play doubles, from the MALONG Fanmade Channel. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tenis de Mesa from Sevilla</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As usual, there’s lots of new AI table tennis artwork from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tmfromsevilla" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Tenis de Mesa from Sevilla</a>. I’ll let you browse over them this time rather than my going through them. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dog vs Cat</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://media.istockphoto.com/id/1326751722/photo/cat-and-dog-labrador-playing-table-tennis.jpg?s=612x612&amp;w=0&amp;k=20&amp;c=J7Nt0Y7u2qwYJbaOHpMYGwXGb6xGpY0lT9pLzW8nWsQ=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the cartoon</a> – when dogs play cats you know the game is going to the birds. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tears of My Ping Pong Opponents</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Retreez-Opponents-Player-Tennis-Ceramic/dp/B0BYNTX8Z4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy the mug</a> at Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>TableTennisDaily vs Pongfinity | BIGGEST MATCH EVER!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=creuUvqslYg&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (27:54)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Survival Game</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbya53mK9xU&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (10:25) from Pongfinity! “We challenged 50 table tennis players in Bristol for a chance to win £100 if they beat all three of us!” (They only needed to score one point from each, and these were serious players.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 04/29/2024 - 17:41</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 29 Apr 2024 16:41:13 +0000 Larry Hodges 3564 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3564#comments April 22, 2024 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3562 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">April 22, 2024</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3561" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Serve or Receive First in Doubles?</a></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(Excerpt from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a> by Larry Hodges. April is Doubles Month!)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Support Kanak Jha Make History at the Paris 2024 Olympics</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-kanak-jha-make-history-at-the-paris-2024-olympics" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak is trying to raise funds on his GoFundMe page for his training for the 2024 Olympics</a>. Can you help? Here’s a note from Kanak:</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">“I am Kanak Jha and I am USA’s top professional Table Tennis player. I started playing in California when I was 5 years old and my love and passion for the sport grew over the years and to pursue my dream of being a world class table tennis player I moved to Europe at a young age of 15. Through 8 years of hard work l managed to reach a world ranking of 19. Along the way, there have been setbacks, obstacles and hurdles and just recently I came back after 15 months of inability to compete. This resulted in a total loss of income for 15 months; however, with the dedicated help of my coaches, my sponsors &amp; supporters, my friends and my family I have remained true to my cause and pursuit of my dream. With my story I hope to continue inspiring the young talent in the U.S. that with determination and hard work, dreams do come true.” [Three more paragraphs follow.]</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Little known fact – I was one of Kanak’s early coaches! Well, sort of. When he was about ten, at a tournament, I taught him and a few others, in a "group" session, how to blow the ball up and sideways so that it just floated in the air. I also coached against him in tournaments probably a dozen times. I knew exactly how to play Kanak when he was a junior, studying numerous videos. Alas, whatever weaknesses I found back then are no longer weaknesses.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">This year is also the thirteenth anniversary of “Servergate,” the most ridiculous umpiring fiasco I’ve ever been involved in as a coach. At the 2011 US Nationals I was coaching Tong Tong Gong in the Cadet (Under 15) Boys’ Singles semifinals against Kanak. (Kanak was a true prodigy – he was only eleven at the time. Tong Tong went up 4-2 in the fifth with the serve, so he had all the momentum going for him. He did his usual forehand pendulum serve, and Kanak missed it – but the umpire yelled, “Fault!” <i>What the heck?</i> He claimed Tong Tong had hidden the serve, which didn’t happen. We even had video showing the serve clearly was not hidden from the opponent at any point during the serve. He had served the same way he had the whole match. But there was nothing we could do, and so instead of leading 5-2 in the fifth, Tong Tong led 4-3. Flustered and forced to change his serving motion (and we’d already used our timeout), Tong Tong lost seven points in a row to 4-9, and the match, 11-8 in the fifth.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Afterwards, we were all over the umpire for this call. The referee asked him what happened, and in front of us, the umpire said, “He hid the ball from me.” The referee (and me, very loudly) explained that the rule was the ball couldn’t be hidden from the <i>receiver</i>, not the umpire, and that it was entirely legal for Tong Tong to turn his back to the umpire as he served as long as he didn’t hide the ball from the <i>receiver</i> – and since his shoulders only pointed at the opponent and didn’t dip in to hide the ball, the ball was not hidden and the serve was legal. (Plus, of course, if the umpire thought doing so was illegal, why didn’t he call it earlier since that’s how Tong Tong served every point of the match?) Alas. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">And now Kanak wants money from me??? :) (Go to his <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-kanak-jha-make-history-at-the-paris-2024-olympics" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">GoFundMe page</a> to find out how much I and others have donated.) </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF World Cup Coverage</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Ma Long and Sun Yingsha are the Champions! (See also <a href="https://butterflyonline.com/ma-long-secures-third-world-cup-title-in-macao/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ma Long Secures Third World Cup Title in Macao</a> by Steve Hopkins.) <a href="https://worldcupresults.ittf.com/eventInfo?selectedTab=Overview&amp;eventId=2937" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are complete results</a> and ITTF coverage. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/21/the-g-o-a-t-is-back-ma-long-secures-third-mens-world-cup-title/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The G.O.A.T is back: Ma Long secures third Men’s World Cup title</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/21/sun-yingsha-crowned-ittf-womens-world-cup-champion/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Sun Yingsha Crowned ITTF Women's World Cup Champion">Sun Yingsha Crowned ITTF Women's World Cup Champion</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/20/lin-and-wang-through-to-their-maiden-singles-world-cup-final/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Lin and Wang through to their maiden singles World Cup final ">Lin and Wang through to their maiden singles World Cup final </a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/20/semi-finals-action-heating-up-follow-along-for-ittf-mens-and-womens-world-cup-2024-live-updates/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Intense Semifinals Set the Stage for Exciting ITTF Men's and Women's World Cup 2024 Finals!">Intense Semifinals Set the Stage for Exciting ITTF Men's and Women's World Cup 2024 Finals!</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/19/into-the-semi-finals-harimoto-siblings-world-cup-dreams-stay-alive/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Into the semi-finals: Harimoto siblings World Cup dreams stay alive">Into the semi-finals: Harimoto siblings World Cup dreams stay alive</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/19/main-draw-heats-up-in-macao-follow-along-for-all-the-quarterfinal-action-at-ittf-mens-and-womens-world-cup-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Main draw heats up in Macao">Main draw heats up in Macao</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/18/comebacks-and-early-exits-harimoto-and-kallberg-send-top-seeds-home-on-day-1-of-main-draw-in-macao/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Comebacks and early exits: Harimoto and Kallberg send top seeds home in Macao">Comebacks and early exits: Harimoto and Kallberg send top seeds home in Macao</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/18/main-draw-starts-at-ittf-mens-and-womens-world-cup-follow-along-for-all-the-action/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Upset galore: Main draw kicks off at the ITTF Men's and Women's World Cup">Upset galore: Main draw kicks off at the ITTF Men's and Women's World Cup</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/17/ittf-mens-and-womens-world-cup-knock-out-draws-released-road-to-glory-laid-down-in-macao/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Men's and Women's World Cup knock out draws released: Road to glory laid down in Macao">ITTF Men's and Women's World Cup knock out draws released: Road to glory laid down in Macao</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/17/dramatic-conclusions-to-stage-1-battles-one-point-margin-to-secure-stage-2-places-by-sofia-polcanova/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Dramatic Conclusions to Stage 1 battles: Sofia Polcanova secures Stage 1 spot by just one point">Dramatic Conclusions to Stage 1 battles: Sofia Polcanova secures Stage 1 spot by just one point</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/17/ittf-mens-and-womens-world-cup-macao-2024-day-3-follow-the-action-live/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Final day of ITTF Men’s and Women’s World Cup Macao 2024 Stage 1">Final day of ITTF Men’s and Women’s World Cup Macao 2024 Stage 1</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/16/battle-for-elusive-spots-in-stage-2-in-macao-heats-up/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Battle for Elusive Spots in Stage 2 in Macao Heats Up">Battle for Elusive Spots in Stage 2 in Macao Heats Up</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/16/ittf-mens-and-womens-world-cup-macao-2024-day-1/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Men’s and Women’s World Cup Macao 2024 Day 2">ITTF Men’s and Women’s World Cup Macao 2024 Day 2</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/15/ittf-mens-and-womens-world-cup-2024-opens-with-upsets-and-historic-draw-results/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Men’s and Women’s World Cup 2024 Opens with Upsets and Historic Draw Results">ITTF Men’s and Women’s World Cup 2024 Opens with Upsets and Historic Draw Results</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/15/ittf-mens-and-womens-world-cup-macao-2024-day-1-follow-the-action-here-as-it-happens/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Men's and Women's World Cup Macao 2024 Day 1">ITTF Men's and Women's World Cup Macao 2024 Day 1</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="background:white"><span style="color:black">World Table Tennis Day</span></span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://ittffoundation.org/programmes/tt4all/world-table-tennis-day" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 23) is World Table Tennis Day</a>. See all the activities that are going on that date, and join in </span></span>the fun! “World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) has been celebrated annually in April since 2015. It is the day we celebrate table tennis, as well as the universality and social inclusiveness the sport represents. World Table Tennis Day is celebrated on 23 April, honouring Ivor Montagu, organiser of the first World Table Tennis Championships in 1926 and the founder and first president of the ITTF. WTTD celebrates the joy of playing table tennis for fun, bringing people together, focusing less on competition and more on participation and enjoyment.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Follow the action!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/enzo-angles-and-hong-lin-named-mvps-of-major-league-table-tennis-inaugural-season/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Enzo Angles and Hong Lin Named MVPs of Major League Table Tennis Inaugural Season</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/major-league-table-tennis-championship-tickets-now-on-sale/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major League Table Tennis Championship Tickets Now On Sale</a> (for Championship Weekend at Loyola University, Chicago, IL, Apr. 27-28)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/XyNECSgukUc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 7: Drill 1</a> (47 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/nu3d83vhIR0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 7: Drill 2</a> (46 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-rogelio-castro-one-or-two-backhands-forehands/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">One or Two Backhands &amp; Forehands</a> (67 sec) with Rogelio Castro</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-angela-he-forehand-loop-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Loop &amp; Footwork</a> (84 sec) with Angela He</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-oscar-birriel-underspin-to-topspin-transition-play/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Underspin to Topspin Transition Play</a> (2:54) with Oscar Birriel</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-lingshuai-meng-serve-attack-backhand-loop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Serve &amp; Attack Backhand Loop</a> (74 sec) with Lingshuai Meng</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PongSpace</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeN1s9Gl44c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Make Your Serves Trickier | Table Tennis Tutorial">Make Your Serves Trickier</a> (3:25) with Damien Provost</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iRZtFrav4k" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Quick Hitting Drill | Table Tennis Tutorial">Quick Hitting Drill</a> (4:01) with Damien Provost</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d5S4NKrv-k" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Amazing behind the back shot in the first ever PeakaPong event held in the 2024 NCTTA Championship">Amazing behind the back shot in the first ever PeakaPong event held in the 2024 NCTTA Championship</a> (9 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>3 Different Forehand Techniques</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_UZZtQVVtU&amp;ab_channel=Pingisp%C3%A5garna" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (2:07) from Pingispågarna. Three ways to dominate with the forehand!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Lin Gaoyuan and Fan Zhendong Performing Services of Different Distances and Rotations</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBArCwJkpx8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (3:24) from Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Xu Xin's Counterattack Symphony: Precision, Power, and Pure Table Tennis Elegance!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r0V-dTMG0M&amp;ab_channel=StreetTT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:11) from Street TT. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Table Tennis Central</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFx60miISsA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Greatest Plays in Table Tennis">Greatest Plays in Table Tennis</a> (8:12)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3ajblgs6Xg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="NEVER forget about prime Xu Xin">NEVER forget about prime Xu Xin</a> (4:32)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGySqwvQmAo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Confusing rules in ITTF World Cup Macao 2024">Confusing rules in ITTF World Cup Macao 2024</a> (3:41)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvXTTL3RZ_I" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="World Cup Macao 2024 | MA Long vs Felix Lebrun - Edge ball controversy">World Cup Macao 2024 | MA Long vs Felix Lebrun - Edge ball controversy</a> (2:29)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from NCTTA</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/dark-horse-uchicago" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Dark Horse from UChicago</a> - Chenxi Sui, by Shaquila Sarapao</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/dallas-father-daughter-duo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dallas Father-Daughter Duo</a> - Vikas &amp; Kanika Dusad, by Shaquila Sarapao</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/ma-long-secures-third-world-cup-title-in-macao/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ma Long Secures Third World Cup Title in Macao</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/capturing-the-essence-of-sporting-excellence-bowmar-sports-at-the-2024-wttc-in-busan-south-korea/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Capturing the Essence of Sporting Excellence: Bowmar Sports at the 2024 WTTC in Busan, South Korea</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-is-celebrating-the-world-table-tennis-day-at-germany-on-april-23-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Butterfly Is Celebrating The World Table Tennis Day At Leipzig, Germany</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Countdown is on: 100 days to Paris</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/17/countdown-is-on-100-days-to-paris/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the ITTF article</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ian Seidenfeld at the Team USA Media Summit</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reel/951216056749388" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (21 sec). </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Throwbacks from the Past from Table Tennis Media</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck4QQPSeXBs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="🏓 Throwback | Desmond Douglas vs. Peter Engel | 1980">Desmond Douglas vs. Peter Engel | 1980</a> (5:12)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOlnYZifzig" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="⚡️ Andrzej Grubba | The Most Entertaining Table Tennis Player Of The 80's">Andrzej Grubba | The Most Entertaining Table Tennis Player Of The 80's</a> (5:02)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLKptRulSag" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="🔥 Throwback | Jiang Jialiang vs. Lo Cheng-chun | 1985 WTTC">Jiang Jialiang vs. Lo Cheng-chun | 1985 WTTC</a> (24:03)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEj7otAXxdo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="🔥 Throwback | Jan-Ove Waldner vs. Chen Longcan (1990)">Jan-Ove Waldner vs. Chen Longcan (1990)</a> (17:10)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>A Field of Kids Training in China</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=930465815754664&amp;set=pcb.930466359087943" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (14 sec). </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tenis de Mesa from Sevilla</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">New AI table tennis artwork from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tmfromsevilla" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tenis de Mesa from Sevilla</a>. (Click on the image to see the next one.)</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=934691831998729&amp;set=pcb.934691951998717" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Shoes</a> (3)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=930961389038440&amp;set=pcb.930961682371744" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Simpsons pong</a> (9)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=930465815754664&amp;set=pcb.930466359087943" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lion King pong</a> (12)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=934454152022497&amp;set=pcb.934455898688989" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Disney pong</a> (14)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=932368758897703&amp;set=pcb.932369068897672" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Muppets pong</a> (7)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=931477392320173&amp;set=pcb.931477845653461" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Flintstones ping pong</a> (11)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=931265425674703&amp;set=pcb.931265579008021" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Rugrats pong</a> (5)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=932212065580039&amp;set=pcb.932212205580025" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ancient warrior pong</a> (4)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=933122508822328&amp;set=a.480670244067559" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Mario y Luigi pingpong</a> (1)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=931479785653267&amp;set=a.480670244067559" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Viking Pong</a> (1)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=931464618988117&amp;set=a.480670244067559" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Caveman Pong</a> (1)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=930252279109351&amp;set=a.480670244067559" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dragon pong</a> (1)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=934352105366035&amp;set=pcb.934352268699352" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Portable animal traction tables for hire</a> (3)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=934319588702620&amp;set=pcb.934319718702607" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">An explosive mix: a little bit of poker and a lot of ping pong</a> (4)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=934011318733447&amp;set=pcb.934012088733370" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Senior Marines play with Marines no matter the gallons</a> (4)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=933645462103366&amp;set=pcb.933645618770017" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dawn dazzles us with its southern splendor</a> (4)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=932958768838702&amp;set=a.480670237400893" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">What he saved from the shipwreck</a> (1)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=932535108881068&amp;set=a.480670237400893" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Shipwrecks with luck</a> (1)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=932935635507682&amp;set=a.480670244067559" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">This intelligent kid wishes you a good weekend</a> – with a genie (1)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=935146735286572&amp;set=pcb.935147498619829">Soldier Pong</a> (4)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=932507278883851&amp;set=a.480670237400893" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">99 Days to Paris</a> (1)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=931892005612045&amp;set=pcb.931892165612029" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">100 Days to Paris</a> (3)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>5-in-a-Row Challenge w/ Amy Wang &amp; Lily Zhang!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=787698502913234" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (1:29)!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>What Just Happened?</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reel/354432287515028" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (17 sec)!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>I’m a Table Tennis Player, Of Course I...</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reel/1428819391362009" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (18 sec)!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Magnetic Ping Pong Racket and Playing in a Pool</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEF0-mL4H8A&amp;t=1s&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:01) from Pongfinity!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 04/22/2024 - 14:09</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 22 Apr 2024 13:09:44 +0000 Larry Hodges 3562 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3562#comments April 15, 2024 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3560 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">April 15, 2024</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3559" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">How to Play Doubles with a Much Stronger or Weaker Player</a>.</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(Excerpt from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a> by Larry Hodges. April is Doubles Month!)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Had an interesting experience with two of our junior players, both about ten and still relative beginners. They were struggling to even hit three forehands in a row together – their shots just flew all over the table. So I hit with them, taking turns. Immediately they both were able to hit 50 or more in a row, mostly keeping the ball to my forehand corner, no problem. After a time I put them together again, and again they struggled. The problem was their feet weren’t “active,” and so whenever the ball wasn’t exactly where they were standing, they’d reach or lunge after it. So, yes, we spent a bunch of time working on getting their feet more active, including pointing out the obvious, “We do all these footwork drills so you can learn to move to the ball!” </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I continued my tradition of having a new name every weekend. This week when they asked my name (since “Coach Larry” is in prison for cheating), I said it was Isserbad. At first they couldn’t figure out what that meant – until I had them call me Coach Isserbad. Say it out loud!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I also had a private session with Navin Kumar. A lot of the focus was on really deadening the ball when blocking against loops, as this allows you to keep the ball on the table over and over. Sometimes he blocks the ball too straight on with the long pips, and so it’s like he’s just hitting with wood – so we’re working on chopping down on the ball, i.e., chop-blocking with the long pips (no sponge). We also worked a lot on smashing. Here are two videos he took:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/503474837/videos/pcb.10163517568194838/443163188292544" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">A block and a smash</a> (10 sec)</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/503474837/videos/pcb.10163517568194838/1499543044107522" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Inverted on backhand</a> (23 sec), including flipping to smash with inverted on forehand.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Next Hodges Book: Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/the-next-hodges-book-table-tennis-doubles-for-champions/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">My newest book</a> is featured at Butterfly! It also includes links to all ten of my books that Butterfly sells. Their inventory is running low – make them order more! Here are the books of mine that they sell:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Table Tennis Tips</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">More Table Tennis Tips</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Still More Table Tennis Tips</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yet Still More Table Tennis Tips</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">First Galactic Table Tennis Championships</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Professional Coaches Table Tennis Handbook</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The Spirit of Pong</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Table Tennis Tales and Techniques</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>National Collegiate Table Tennis Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">They were held this past weekend, Apr. 12-14, in Eua Claire, Wisconsin. <a href="http://nctta.org/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Go to the NCTTA page for lots of coverage</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Kanak Jha</b></span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">He’s back and he’s winning! Here are some links:</span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.butler.583234/videos/1374710446577748" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak at the WTT Feeder Dusseldorf 2024</a> (3:46) from Jimmy Butler</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2881" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Feeder Düsseldorf 2024</a>, ITTF page for the Apr. 8-12 event in Düsseldorf, Germany</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/kanak-wins-in-dusseldorf/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Wins in Dusseldorf</a> by Steve Hopkins</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/kanak-rolls-to-final-in-dusseldorf-see-live-finals-link-for-1p-edt/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Rolls to Final in Dusseldorf</a> by Steve Hopkins</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanak_Jha" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak’s Wikipedia page</a></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dan Seemiller’s Top Twelve Table Tennis Moments</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://ektt.org/blog/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here they are</a>, from Eastern Kentucky Table Tennis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Follow the action! </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/major-league-table-tennis-championship-tickets-now-on-sale/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major League Table Tennis Championship Tickets Now On Sale</a> (for Championship Weekend at Loyola University, Chicago, IL, Apr. 27-28)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips </b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-angel-naranjo-opening-attack-follow-up-attack/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Opening Attack, Follow-up Attack</a> (58 sec) with Angel Naranjo</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-angel-naranjo-middle-corners/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Middle Corners</a> (60 sec) with Angel Naranjo</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-rogelio-castro-two-backhands-two-forehands/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Two Backhands, Two Forehands</a> (73 sec) with Rogelio Castro</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-bob-chen-banana-flip-crosscourt-down-the-line/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Banana Flip Crosscourt &amp; Down the Line</a> (1:20) with Bob Chen</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-angela-he-backhand-and-forehand-looping/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand and Forehand Looping</a> (47 sec) with Angela He</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-jeff-yamada-improving-your-2x2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Improving your 2X2</a> (3:26) with Jeff Yamada</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/fethomania-6-drill-6/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 6: Drill 6</a> (50 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/fethomania-6-drill-7/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 6: Drill 7</a> (50 sec) with Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Pong Space</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iRZtFrav4k" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Quick Hitting Drill | Table Tennis Tutorial">Quick Hitting Drill</a> (4:01)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a5OODfh-0o" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Benefits of Holyoke After School Table Tennis Program">Benefits of Holyoke After School Table Tennis Program</a> (49 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Talkin' Smash by JOOLA Ep11: The Difficult Task of Handling Pressure in Matches | Vitor Ishiy</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knj6N26ffgM&amp;ab_channel=JOOLATableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (31:17) from Matt Hetherington. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>About Rubbers and Why I Don't Talk About my Equipment</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G98vT7jk9y4&amp;ab_channel=OlavKosolosky" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (16:48) from Olav Kosolosky, former finalist in Men’s Singles at the Belgium Nationals. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ma Long and Fan Zhendong and Other Elite Table Tennis Players: Decoding the First Two Balls</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvxlL23Fh-Y&amp;ab_channel=PerformanceBiomechanicsAcademyTableTennis." style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (3:35) from Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Motivation to Break Guiness World Records</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSpLGSNOWBE&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:23) from Ti Long.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions and answers</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Street TT</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1q4T9MFWbE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Watch Ma Long Use His Signature Defense to Stun Opponents!">Watch Ma Long Use His Signature Defense to Stun Opponents!</a> (8:03)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrAYpc89MlQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="A top-level strong dialogue, Xu Xin and Wang Hao's game is so exciting! You Blink You Miss!">A top-level strong dialogue, Xu Xin and Wang Hao's game is so exciting! You Blink You Miss!</a> (9:30)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>A Sabbatical of “Anything Besides Table Tennis” Lifted Amy Wang From Her Lowest Point to the Paris Games</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.com/news/2024/april/11/a-sabbatical-of-anything-besides-table-tennis-lifted-amy-wang-from-her-lowest-point-to-the-paris-games" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from Team USA. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World Ranking Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://worldrankingtabletennis.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the new page</a> where they update the world rankings every day. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/the-next-hodges-book-table-tennis-doubles-for-champions/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Next Hodges Book: Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/kanak-wins-in-dusseldorf/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Wins in Dusseldorf</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/kanak-rolls-to-final-in-dusseldorf-see-live-finals-link-for-1p-edt/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Rolls to Final in Dusseldorf</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/puerto-rico-open-teams-888-is-the-winning-combination/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Puerto Rico Open Teams: 888 is the Winning Combination</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/puerto-rico-teams-into-the-final-four/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Puerto Rico Open Teams into the Final Four</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/the-field-is-set-for-the-puerto-rico-open-teams/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Field is Set for the Puerto Rico Open Teams</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USATT</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/april/11/pacific-championships-kicks-off-2024-usatt-regional-series" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-weight:normal">Pacific Championships Kicks Off 2024 USATT Regional Series </span></a></b></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/april/10/in-memory-of-dana-hanson" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">In Memory of Dana Hanson</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/april/08/diversity-and-inclusion-panel-discussion-on-women-empowerment-at-the-table-tennis-us-open" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Diversity and Inclusion Panel Discussion on Women Empowerment at the Table Tennis US Open</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/15/ittf-mens-and-womens-world-cup-macao-2024-day-1-follow-the-action-here-as-it-happens/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Men's and Women's World Cup Macao 2024 Day 1 — Follow the action here as it happens!</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/14/draws-released-to-4-3-million-fans-stage-1-set-to-ignite-intense-battles-in-macao/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Draws released to 4.3 Million Fans: Stage 1 set to Ignite Intense Battles in Macao">Draws released to 4.3 Million Fans: Stage 1 set to Ignite Intense Battles in Macao</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/14/214751/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Everything you need to know: ITTF Men’s and Women’s World Cup Macao 2024">Everything you need to know: ITTF Men’s and Women’s World Cup Macao 2024</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/14/watch-the-ittf-mens-womens-world-cup-draw-live-today/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Watch the ITTF Men's &amp; Women's World Cup Draw Live Today!">Watch the ITTF Men's &amp; Women's World Cup Draw Live Today!</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/13/the-media-guide-is-now-available-for-the-ittf-mens-womens-world-cup-macao-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The Media Guide Is Now Available for The ITTF Men's &amp; Women's World Cup Macao 2024">The Media Guide Is Now Available for The ITTF Men's &amp; Women's World Cup Macao 2024</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/12/emerging-stars-who-to-watch-out-for-in-macao/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Emerging Stars: Who to watch out for in Macao?">Emerging Stars: Who to watch out for in Macao?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/11/four-paris-2024-spots-up-for-grabs-for-at-world-mixed-doubles-table-tennis-olympic-qualification/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Four Paris 2024 Spots Secured at World Mixed Doubles Table Tennis Olympic Qualification">Four Paris 2024 Spots Secured at World Mixed Doubles Table Tennis Olympic Qualification</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/10/golden-icons-of-the-ittf-mens-and-womens-world-cup/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Golden Icons of the ITTF Men's and Women's World Cup">Golden Icons of the ITTF Men's and Women's World Cup</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/09/ittf-extends-congratulations-to-asoif-president-elect-de-vos-expresses-gratitude-to-president-ricci-bitti/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Extends Congratulations to ASOIF President-Elect De Vos, Expresses Gratitude to President Ricci Bitti">ITTF Extends Congratulations to ASOIF President-Elect De Vos, Expresses Gratitude to President Ricci Bitti</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table<em>s</em> Tennis?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/reel/1601157794039685" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (16 sec) as they take a lunch break. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tenis de Mesa from Sevilla</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/tmfromsevilla" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s their Facebook page</a>, which has lots of good table tennis stuff. But what jumped out to me are a series of nice table tennis artworks they’ve been posting. (I’m guessing some is created with AI.) Here are some – if there’s a number in parenthesis, click on images to see others! (When I post to images in Facebook, I normally also link to the non-Facebook version, which you get by right-clicking and releasing on “Open image in new tab.” But there are too many here, so you’ll just have to get a Facebook account! It’s easy and free.) </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=927232269411352&amp;set=pcb.927232659411313" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Star Wars</a> (8)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=926598709474708&amp;set=pcb.926598826141363" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Superman</a> (4)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=926288269505752&amp;set=pcb.926288472839065" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Spider-Man</a> (4)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=926282196173026&amp;set=pcb.926282306173015" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Batman</a> (3)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=930252279109351&amp;set=a.480670244067559" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dragon Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=929845892483323&amp;set=a.480670237400893" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">King Arthur</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=927230056078240&amp;set=pcb.927230249411554" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dreaming About Table Tennis</a> (4)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=929727909161788&amp;set=pcb.929728209161758" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Penguin Pong</a> (7)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=929473849187194&amp;set=pcb.929474159187163" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Power Rangers</a> (9)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=929427169191862&amp;set=pcb.929427275858518" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Big Bang of Table Tennis</a> (4)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=929384445862801&amp;set=a.480670244067559" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Covid Pong</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=929092659225313&amp;set=pcb.929092942558618" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Final Fantasy and Zelda</a> (5)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=928781062589806&amp;set=pcb.928781275923118" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tomb Raider</a> (7)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=928700305931215&amp;set=pcb.928700502597862" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Street Fighters</a> (6)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=928317725969473&amp;set=a.480670244067559" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Gnome Pong</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=928188955982350&amp;set=pcb.928189472648965" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Saiyans Dragon Ball</a> (8)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=928003129334266&amp;set=a.480670244067559" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Jungle Pong</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=926074022860510&amp;set=a.480670244067559" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dragon Spheres</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=925802096221036&amp;set=pcb.925802772887635" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Amazon Jungle</a> (13)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=925323059602273&amp;set=pcb.925323146268931" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pop Art</a> (3)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=925246986276547&amp;set=pcb.925247196276526" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Snoopy, Scooby, and Pink Panther</a> (6)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=924465069688072&amp;set=pcb.924465806354665" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Napoleon</a> (16)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>When the Cat is Away...</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://media.istockphoto.com/id/504382120/vector/when-the-cat-is-away-the-mice-will-play.jpg?s=2048x2048&amp;w=is&amp;k=20&amp;c=IyqZ2XQST4-DSgFy-aBT0XLCwu8HVH8fWAd3soa4n1Q=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the table tennis cartoon</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Adam vs. Enzo Angles</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFHCdoCESC4&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (13 min) from Adam Bobrow, where takes on the best player from Major League Table Tennis! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 04/15/2024 - 17:00</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 15 Apr 2024 16:00:13 +0000 Larry Hodges 3560 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3560#comments April 8, 2024 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3558 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">April 8, 2024</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3557" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Top Ten Things to Remember in Doubles</a>.</span></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(Excerpt from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a> by Larry Hodges. April is Doubles Month!)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching and My Short Stint as Head Tactical Coach for the Chinese National Team</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I only coached one group junior session this past weekend (Beginning-Intermediate group) – our other coaches need the hours more than I do! I fed multiball for most of the session, then hit live with players the last 15 minutes or so. At the start we did a group shadow-practicing session, which is a good warmup, where we put the players through a series of stroking and footwork drills. Key things to remind players when they do this:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Lively feet;</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Cover the wide corners when moving side to side;</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Take a full stroke, with full shoulder turn on forehand;</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Imagine you are hitting a real ball.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As always, footwork is key to all drills. Active feet are a must. As I said to one player during the session, “Your feet should move like rabbits, not dead hamsters!” Meanwhile, I continued our weekly “What’s your name, Coach?” joke. This weekend I explained that my name was Esargrate, and even spelled it for them. I told them to call me Coach Esargrate. (Say it out loud. They figured it out quickly.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On a side note, remember how in last week’s <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3556" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">April 1 blog</a> I announced that China had hired me as the Head Tactics Coach for the Chinese National Team? Alas, when they picked me up at the airport I explained to them how I planned to convert the entire Chinese Team to the Seemiller grip. <i>I was joking!</i> But they have no sense of humor, and I never made it out of the airport. They put me on the next flight back home, alas. (If you look at the first letter of each line in last week’s blog, what it spells out is purely coincidental.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Now go and enjoy the eclipse – and see my Butterfly Eclipse cartoon at the end below!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Follow the action! They have two events left this season, a West Division event in Wichita, KS, Apr. 5-7, and the Championship Weekend at Loyola University, Chicago, IL, Apr. 27-28.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/whos-going-to-chicago-princeton-or-florida/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Who’s going to Chicago: Princeton or Florida?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/major-league-table-tennis-championship-tickets-now-on-sale/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major League Table Tennis Championship Tickets Now On Sale</a> (for Championship Weekend at Loyola University, Chicago, IL, Apr. 27-28)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Training Tips </b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-hanwei-wang-backhand-loop-from-underspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop from underspin</a> (2:14) with Hanwei Wang</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-hanwei-wang-backhand-flip-serve-return/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Flip Serve Return</a> (1:41) with Hanwei Wang</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-hanwei-wang-forehand-loop-from-underspin-and-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Loop from underspin and footwork</a> (1:50) with Hanwei Wang</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-bob-chen-returning-long-serve/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Returning Long Serve</a> (63 sec) with Bob Chen</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-bob-chen-third-ball-attack/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Third Ball Attack</a> (67 sec) with Bob Chen</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-sanuka-herath-amicus-training-match-play-situation-drill/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Amicus Training: Match Play Situation Drill</a> (58 sec) with Sanuka Herath</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-sanuka-herath-amicus-training-backhand-flip-and-follow-up-attack/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Flip and Follow up Attack</a> (1:23) with Sanuka Herath</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-kou-lei-backhand-loop-crosscourt-down-the-line/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop Crosscourt &amp; Down the Line</a> (46 sec) with Kou Lei</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/fethomania-6-drill-4/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 6: Drill 4</a> (54 sec) with Stephan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/fethomania-6-drill-5/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FETHOMANIA 6: Drill 5</a> (54 sec) with Stephan Feth and Larry Thoman</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Pingispågarna</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeunDfibCmY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Playing to the POCKET: How to LEARN &amp; PRACTICE to IMPROVE your TABLE TENNIS | Ping Pong Tutorial |">Playing to the POCKET: How to LEARN &amp; PRACTICE to IMPROVE your TABLE TENNIS</a> (5:12)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZKDx0-hlWs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How To Learn and Practice with SHORT PIMPLES in TABLE TENNIS | Tutorial | Methods">How To Learn and Practice with SHORT PIMPLES</a> (7:25)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVTMoHmNfmY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How To QUICKLY Improve Your BACKHAND Opening | Step-by-Step Table Tennis Lesson">How To QUICKLY Improve Your BACKHAND Opening</a> (2:06)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ti Long</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdyWNMc-rnY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fixed wrist issues and improved Forehand Topspin's power">Fixed wrist issues and improved Forehand Topspin's power</a> (7:18)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUT76qbvqbg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Increases Spin for all serve techniques">Increases Spin for all serve techniques</a> (3:46)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odlhgyx90jI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Tip Returns 4 types of serves - Forehand">Tip Returns 4 types of serves - Forehand</a> (7:35)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9HgF5HpoVc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Increases the power of Forehand Flick">Increases the power of Forehand Flick</a> (6:30)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from PongSpace</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M2qjvvk9iQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Correcting the Forehand Loop | Table Tennis Tutorial">Correcting the Forehand Loop</a> (4:06)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtPAIKlNPbo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The tuck and roll - Jiangmen Youth Cup 2024 - Edmund Suen">The tuck and roll - Jiangmen Youth Cup 2024 - Edmund Suen</a> (11 sec)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKoQvxz4F7g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Correcting the Forehand | Table Tennis Tutorial">Correcting the Forehand</a> (2:54)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5YQ1tv3GjM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Wang Hao vs Ryu Seng Ming 2008. My participation as umpire.">Wang Hao vs Ryu Seng Ming 2008. My participation as umpire</a> (9:00)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMx8bYztb0I&amp;t=56s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="4 table tennis techniques you must master to go from beginner to master.">4 table tennis techniques you must master to go from beginner to master</a> (2:03)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ipa4piO2sM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Sun Yingsha. Forehand the bets table tennis women.">Sun Yingsha. Forehand the bets table tennis women</a> (1:50)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4aw7ZGXrqg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Wang Manyu the best elite female backhand.">Wang Manyu the best elite female backhand</a> (4:21)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Dark Arts of Serving</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/the-dark-arts-of-serving/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Tom Lodziak. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Roadmap to Learning Forehand Counter from Scratch</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJlXGQufwXM&amp;ab_channel=Drupepong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (20:43) from Drupe Table Tennis. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Ping Sunday/EmRatThich</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXN2uwIjseM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong lost Hugo Calderano | WTT Champions Incheon 2024">Fan Zhendong lost Hugo Calderano | WTT Champions Incheon 2024</a> (6:32)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtyypqXABm4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long lost to Liang Jingkun | WTT Champions Incheon 2024">Ma Long lost to Liang Jingkun | WTT Champions Incheon 2024</a> (4:13)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUmquOOXBxo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Hugo Calderano defeated both LEBRUN brothers (Alexis, Felix) | WTT Incheon Champions 2024">Hugo Calderano defeated both LEBRUN brothers (Alexis, Felix) | WTT Incheon Champions 2024</a> (2:14)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKoYm2i1Nx8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Wang Chuqin = illegal serve ?">Wang Chuqin = illegal serve ?</a> (7:35)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeKcQqGh2L4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long, Fan Zhendong at WTT Incheon Champions 2024">Ma Long, Fan Zhendong at WTT Incheon Champions 2024</a> (4:16)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ask the Coach</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions and answers</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from National Collegiate Table Tennis Association</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">All articles by Michael Reff. </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/pongspace-joins-2024-championship-fun" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">PongSpace Joins the 2024 Championship Fun</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/balancing-act-college-tt-and-academics" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Balancing Act of College TT and Academics</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/flying-solo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Flying Solo</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/paying-it-forward-nctta-alumni-2024-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Paying it Forward: NCTTA Alumni at the 2024 Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/joola-and-nctta-partner-success" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">JOOLA and NCTTA Partner for Success</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/eau-claire-makes-it-count-2024-nctta-championships" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Eau Claire Makes It Count at 2024 NCTTA Championships</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/content/nctta-welcomes-new-national-organization-director-usatt" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NCTTA Welcomes new National Organization Director to USATT</a> – Kagin Lee</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/chuqin-and-zhendong-lead-mens-rankings/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Chuqin and Zhendong Lead Men’s Rankings</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/saarbrucken-repeats-atop-champions-league/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Saarbrucken Repeats Atop Champions League</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/breaking-news-2024-us-junior-national-team-trials-highlights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2024 US Junior National Team Trials Highlights</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/pan-am-masters-games-see-you-in-cleveland-this-july/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pan Am Masters Games – See You in Cleveland this July</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Post Olympic Trials: A Thank You Note</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/post-olympic-trials-a-thank-you-note-by-rachel-sung/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Rachel Sung.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Navigating The Role Of An Olympic Alternate</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/almost-olympian-navigating-the-role-of-an-olympic-alternate-by-sally-moyland/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Sally Moyland.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Coach Mingwei Ju: Shaping Young Talents and Building Community</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/april/05/coach-mingwei-ju-shaping-young-talents-and-building-community" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the USATT article</a> from Table Tennis America. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Table Tennis Media</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLKptRulSag" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="🔥 Throwback | Jiang Jialiang vs. Lo Cheng-chun | 1985 WTTC">Throwback | Jiang Jialiang vs. Lo Cheng-chun | 1985 WTTC</a> (24:03)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEj7otAXxdo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="🔥 Throwback | Jan-Ove Waldner vs. Chen Longcan (1990)">Throwback | Jan-Ove Waldner vs. Chen Longcan (1990)</a> (17:10)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY9FJrcxEcU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="🔥 Truls Moregardh | Best From 2024 Swedish National Championships">Truls Moregardh | Best From 2024 Swedish National Championships</a> (3:22)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from ITTF</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/08/1-week-to-macao-thrilling-new-playing-format-unveiled-for-ittf-world-cups-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">1 Week to Macao: Thrilling New Playing Format Unveiled for ITTF World Cups 2024</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/07/chen-mengs-quest-for-a-second-womens-world-cup-triumph/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Chen Meng's Quest for a Second Women's World Cup Triumph">Chen Meng's Quest for a Second Women's World Cup Triumph</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/05/can-fan-zhendong-continue-his-world-cup-reign/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Can Fan Zhendong continue his World Cup reign?">Can Fan Zhendong continue his World Cup reign?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/05/ittf-president-continues-equipment-manufacturers-tour-to-foster-sustainability/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF President Continues Equipment Manufacturers Tour to Foster Sustainability">ITTF President Continues Equipment Manufacturers Tour to Foster Sustainability</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/03/the-2024-ittf-international-umpire-examination-dates-revealed/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The 2024 ITTF International Umpire Examination Dates Revealed">The 2024 ITTF International Umpire Examination Dates Revealed</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/01/april-rankings-propel-over-100-para-table-tennis-players-on-the-road-to-paris-2024/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="April Rankings Propel Over 100 Para Table Tennis Players on the Road to Paris 2024">April Rankings Propel Over 100 Para Table Tennis Players on the Road to Paris 2024</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/04/01/iconic-trophies-and-medals-ready-for-the-revival-of-the-ittf-world-cup/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Iconic Trophies and Medals ready for the revival of the ITTF World Cup">Iconic Trophies and Medals ready for the revival of the ITTF World Cup</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left: 8px;"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2024/03/30/legacy-renewed-exploring-the-history-of-the-ittf-mens-womens-world-cup/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Legacy Renewed: Exploring the History of the ITTF Men’s &amp; Women’s World Cup">Legacy Renewed: Exploring the History of the ITTF Men’s &amp; Women’s World Cup</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Frog Pong</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=2421447068245971&amp;set=gm.7287139668080028&amp;idorvanity=4708105259316828" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Frog Cartoon1</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/048/607/577/large/jp_smile-driver2.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Frog Cartoon2</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://images.fineartamerica.com/images/artworkimages/mediumlarge/1/the-forehand-smash-john-lautermilch.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Frog Cartoon3</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://thumb.ac-illust.com/e1/e11c8c9a403801dbb01b40bbfe73a8f9_t.jpeg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Frog Cartoon4</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://thumb.ac-illust.com/7a/7a35a706165d2794480c87de9f47c98c_w.jpeg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Frog Cartoon 5</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.aliexpress.us/item/1005005933970350.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Hanging Frog Table Tennis set</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.scullyandscully.com/Webstore%20Product%20Images/BF245WB_0.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Two Frogs Playing</a> (and <a href="https://www.scullyandscully.com/austrian-bronze-frogs-playing-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">here’s where you can buy the bronze sculpture</a> for $450!)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.google.com/search?sca_esv=807b745412b14cf8&amp;sca_upv=1&amp;sxsrf=ACQVn08Ewo0foltTkkBXZ72CmN7wvY2JkQ:1712584752179&amp;q=frog+table+tennis+paddles&amp;uds=AMwkrPt3WrCCUIpuQZiXY0TM3Lr1FP0nTYAfxsPJtI83gpZXZn3_EbrPunlM8lnphIIbmYXBmCDNjBvsiGuwW539-ywDQl7IvGJp7bWlhKU8UpDAMZMjKywR5px2RqpyjPewtNWRgfhib9cyYy3edaoJUvcWu-Ji8kodMy7scaRn3nofWSRn7Q_PUYjLrt9euRtW6HQ5YyJfIuxaRigloYAxZMSeWyzmjzOjPZ8g510HkFMYIJ-mwevJtBn4igeqrYdmenqTQk7KtRUxkIjFfHWobA-8TGE46VA8hPtgfKj0fknmCEKHzuDU7Zz5VYpYRjdia6gMROYV&amp;udm=2&amp;prmd=sivnmbtz&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwi9m7Su47KFAxX548kDHaUEC-oQtKgLegQIChAB&amp;biw=2560&amp;bih=1313&amp;dpr=1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Frog Ping-Pong Paddles</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Hypnotizing Ricocheting Ball</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/XNCt74yi0oo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (15 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Someone Said Table Tennis is an Easy Sport</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=379581858393446&amp;set=a.178016111883356" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">This is what happened to them</a>! (Here’s the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/435778892_379581855060113_8236135447220504147_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=5f2048&amp;_nc_ohc=ZGpu63W68WAAb7nCjlZ&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-2.xx&amp;oh=00_AfALbGzGh-P45XbzTQHMHaBy5XySRS1pdy9AF74jl6PG_Q&amp;oe=6619CFF6" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Daily Takes on the Butterfly Legends</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY-frgd9qqI&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (28:09) as they play (with a 3-0 spot) against Michael Maze, Kalinikos Kreanga, Werner Schlager, and Zoran Primorac.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Eclipse</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/butterfly-eclipse.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is</a>! I didn’t know they made ping-pong balls that big. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 04/08/2024 - 16:39</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 08 Apr 2024 15:39:09 +0000 Larry Hodges 3558 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3558#comments April 1, 2024 http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3556 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">April 1, 2024</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tip of the Week</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3554" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">What Makes a Great Doubles Partnership?</a></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="line-height:15.0pt"><span style="tab-stops:-.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(Excerpt from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a> by Larry Hodges. April is Doubles Month!)</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;<i>BREAKING NEWS</i> - I’ve Been Hired as Head Tactical Coach for the Chinese National Team</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><strong>A</strong>fter 48 years coaching in the US, next week I start my new job coaching the top Chinese<br /> <strong>p</strong>rofessional players as the new Head Tactical Coach for the Chinese National Team. I’ve<br /> <strong>r</strong>eviewed videos of their players for months, and after weeks of emailing back and forth,<br /> <strong>I</strong> wrote up a detailed report with my tactical analysis last week to China’s head coach,<br /> <strong>L</strong>iu Guoliang. He read my book, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tactics-Thinkers-Hodges/dp/1477643788" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers</a>, and says he’s its biggest<br /> <strong>f</strong>an. I look forward to working with Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Wang Chuqin, and the<br /> <strong>o</strong>thers. I fly to Beijing on April 8 – I’m already packed. So, to all my fellow coaches and<br /> <strong>o</strong>ther US friends, when you next see me, I’ll be coaching China. They’ll use my tactics against<br /> <strong>L</strong>ily Zhang, Amy Wang, Kanak Jha, Nikhil Kumar, the Naresh brothers, and other US players.<br /> <strong>S</strong>orry! (The whole Chinese team is now required to read <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</a>!)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Doubles for Champions</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CXJ9JNBV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">What, you mean you still haven’t bought my new book</a>!!!??? I’ve been patient with you, but if you don’t buy it today, tomorrow you will be docked 100 rating points.</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">=&gt;SPECIAL NOTE – if you have a table tennis site and would like to feature or review the book, <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">let me know</a> and I can send you a free copy (print or pdf). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Junior Trials – Part 1</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I flew down to West Monroe, Louisiana, March 24-30, for the first of the two US Junior Team Trials. (Part 2 is at the 888 Club in Burlingame, CA, May 24-27 – I expect to be there.) <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=3593" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are complete results of Part 1</a>. The tournament ran well, run by Vlad Farcas with referee Linda Leaf. They even provided me with a chair when I explained that (when spectating and not coaching) I couldn’t sit in the bleachers for more than five minutes without straining my back, since they had no back support. The hotel was a seven-minute walk away. The playing facility was excellent, with good lighting and flooring, and extra tables for practice. On the down side, getting to West Monroe is tricky – not a lot of flights going there. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here are two USATT articles:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/march/30/part-one-done-top-finishers-shine-during-junior-national-team-trials" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Part One Done: Top Finishers Shine During Junior National Team Trials</a> by Vlad Farcas</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/march/27/2024-us-junior-national-team-trials-part-1-begin-in-west-monroe" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2024 US Junior National Team Trials – Part 1 Begin in West Monroe<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"> by Vlad Farcas</span></span></a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I ran into difficulties prepping our players before the Trials. Why? Let’s see, first I injured my neck while chopping to a player (to prepare him for a chopper at the Trials), and wore a neck brace for four days, until four days before we left for the Trials. Then, the day before leaving for the Trials, while stepping a barrier, I put my foot down wrong and sprained my right ankle. I hobbled around for the rest of the session, then went straight to Walgreens, where I bought an ankle brace that I would wear throughout the Trials. It worked – I was able to play, though I had to wear running shoes for the extra support, which felt like playing on stilts. While the ankle problem made movement and forehand shots tricky, it didn’t affect my backhand blocking, and so I ended up doing lots of that – my backhand blocking in a drill is still a wall. Another problem is that since I was favoring my right ankle, it put pressure on my knees and back, which also began to hurt. But I survived. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">We had six players from MDTTC competing – Stanley Hsu, Mu Du, Ryan Lin, Winston Wu, Richik Ghosh, and Carmen Yu. I coached all but Ryan and Carmen in some matches, along with fellow MDTTC coaches Cheng Yinghua and Wang Qingliang. Coach Lai from Taiwan coached Ryan. (Ryan spent much of the last year training in Taiwan.) Carmen was coached by her dad, Thomas Yu. As usual, there were many ups and downs. It was jaw-dropping watching some of them pull off great wins and then lose to seemingly weaker players – playing in a Trials isn’t easy! Lots of pressure. Stanley (15) won the Under 17 Boys’ Trials and finished sixth in Under 19. Mu Du (15) finished sixth in Under 17 Boys. Carmen finished third in Under 15 Girls and sixth in Under 17. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As usual, I spent a bunch of time watching videos of opponents and taking notes. I also brought my giant racket case, the one with six rackets of different surfaces. All but the hardbat racket have regular inverted (Tenergy) on the reverse side. I used two of the rackets to prepare players for opponents, the long pips chopping racket and the short pips racket. The six rackets had: </span></span></p> <ol> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Long pips with thin sponge (chopping blade)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Long pips with no sponge (push-blocking blade)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Medium long pips</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Short pips</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Antispin</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Hardbat</span></span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As usual, lots of tactical issues came up. Here are a few.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One opponent ate up any serve that went the least bit long, even ripping serves that were half-long, where the second bounce was right over the white line – he had enough power to right over the table. So we had to go to shorter serves. Fortunately, the opponent didn’t have a good short game, and so returned the short serves long, which gave my player the attack. Many of the short serves were no-spin and were popped up. He started leaning in over the table as my player served, so a few sudden deep serves paid off. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One bad loss came about for one simple reason – the opponent would serve backspin, my player would push long to the backhand, and the opponent would backhand down the line. The backhand loop itself wasn’t that strong, but my player felt uncomfortable against it and missed it over and over, leading to a close loss. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One of Stanley’s opponents had short pips on the forehand. Before the match I pulled out my short-pips racket and warmed him up with it for 20 minutes. It paid off. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There was a lot of focus on ball placement, both for rallies and serves. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Heavy pushes to the backhand were effective in a surprising number of matches, but not always. Against short serves, it’s almost always best to mix in short and long pushes, and flips, and adjust the percentages based on the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, and their serves. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Olympic Trials</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=3588" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are the results</a>. Here are some links. (I wasn’t there.) </span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/march/24/kanak-jha-amy-wang-lead-at-us-olympic-team-trials-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Amy Wang, Rachel Sung Secure Olympic Qualification</a> by Barbara Wei</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/march/24/kanak-jha-amy-wang-lead-at-us-olympic-team-trials-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kanak Jha, Amy Wang Lead at U.S. Olympic Team Trials</a> by Barbara Wei</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/march/22/top-eight-players-decided-at-us-olympic-team-trials-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Top Eight Players Decided at U.S. Olympic Team Trials</a> by Barbara Wei</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.usatt.org/news/2024/march/22/qualification-kicks-off-at-the-us-olympic-team-trials-table-tennis-in-west-monroe" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Qualification Kicks Off at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials</a> by Barbara Wei</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://onedrive.live.com/?id=ACD8701C94F053F8%21257063&amp;resid=ACD8701C94F053F8%21257063&amp;ithint=folder&amp;authkey=%21AK75jGwnENwrfAA&amp;cid=acd8701c94f053f8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Photos by Grant Bergmann</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=901180395348315&amp;set=a.488811663251859" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Mixed Doubles Results and Commentary on Problems by Bruce Liu</a> on Facebook – feel free to comment if you were there. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Leadership: 18 Principles to Succeed at Any Table in Business, Sports, and Life</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ping-Pong-Leadership-Principles-Business/dp/B0CYLNFCRT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the new book</a> by Justin Bookey, 293 pages. I’m in the book, where I told Justin about a match I once played where I used all sorts of theatrics, faking difficulties and missing on purpose, to convince the opponent to keep chopping (which I was very good against) rather than attacking (where he might have challenged me). The section is titled, “When Deception is Fair Play.” Here’s the book’s description from Amazon: </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Tens of millions of people worldwide enjoy ping pong on some level. And if you’re looking to enhance your leadership skills, ping pong offers surprisingly relevant lessons for success.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Justin Bookey has spent decades in both worlds. As an Emmy-nominated content creator and strategist, he’s worked with leaders at global companies to accomplish their business goals. As a competitive table tennis player, he’s trained with national and world champions and won medals at the US Open.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Those two worlds rarely overlapped—until Bookey realized that the core principles he learned while training to compete at the table also apply to success in business and leadership.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In the 1970s, the leaders of the US and China famously used friendly table tennis matches as a first step in thawing decades of icy relations—an effort dubbed Ping Pong Diplomacy. Ping Pong Leadership takes the next step, showing leaders of all types how to envision and create meaningful change, from small business to the Fortune 500 and broader communities.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Along with exclusive insights from leaders in commerce, culture, and technology, this book distills lessons from the world’s most-played sport into 18 actionable and unforgettable “Pong Principles.”</span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">For leaders, entrepreneurs, and competitors of all kinds, Ping Pong Leadership is a powerful guide to success at any table.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dana Hanson RIP</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The long-time table tennis aficionado left us two days ago. </span></span>Here's <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=829433835881817&amp;set=a.472051641620040"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:#050505">In Memory of Dana Hanson</span></span></a> <span style="color:#050505"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-variant-ligatures:normal; text-align:start"><span style="text-decoration-thickness:initial"><span style="text-decoration-style:initial"><span style="text-decoration-color:initial"><span style="float:none">by the Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina Table Tennis Community. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here’s what USTT Hall of Famer Sean O’Neill wrote of him <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=7786930771326492&amp;set=a.270948149591496" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">on Facebook</a>: </span></span></p> <p style="margin-left:48px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The entire table tennis community lost one of our greatest supporters and lover of the game with the passing of Dana Hanson this evening. </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dana played out of the Richmond Table Tennis club, but was a regular at the US Open, US Nationals and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/USTTHallofFame?__cft__%5b0%5d=AZX89Pr6JtTH5CLicFL5Avr0v7BUztWU0mtGhKkenSxjCutTycjr4BLvEdLf0dEJaxBV46L6V2kFbMaxcr6qMc5ohnMCS6kOZltO7H5xXWAPdiSV9OiECFIZPoUJZYuXd0J2OTQ-piwyHGUftPw_tm3mypop1cEheKiijhiKhRHNKSFnLONryZS1YFDc66Blz0Y&amp;__tn__=-%5dK-R" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">United States Table Tennis Hall of Fame</a> annual dinners. </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Dana loved to play singles and doubles. Condolences go out to the members of RTTC, Moni Rot, and David + Donna Sakai who were close friends of Dana. </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Our sports brings together players of all kinds, young and old, big and small, and kind and generous. Dana possessed all of the best attributes of our game and he will be sorely missed by all that had the pleasure to hid the ball and play a match against him.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Major League Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Follow the action! They have two events left this season, a West Division event in Wichita, KS, Apr. 5-7, and the Championship Weekend at Loyola University, Chicago, IL, Apr. 27-28.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Home Page</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.majorponghead.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major Pong Head</a> (blog coverage)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/whos-going-to-chicago-princeton-or-florida/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Who’s going to Chicago: Princeton or Florida?</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mltt.com/major-league-table-tennis-championship-tickets-now-on-sale/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Major League Table Tennis Championship Tickets Now On Sale</a> (for Championship Weekend at Loyola<span style="color:#555555"> University, Chicago, IL, Apr. 27-28)</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>News from All Over</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Since I’ve been away two weeks (coaching at US Junior Trials), as I often do when I’m away for more than a week, rather than try to list every interesting article, here are links to some of the main news and coaching pages that have been active in that time, and you can pick and choose.</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Butterfly News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ITTF News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.org/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">NCTTA News</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@pongspace9577/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PongSpace</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIyhoU4jcjFWkeelzga-2qA/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ti Long</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSunday/EmRatThich - Video</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@ttblab/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8qB0R__Vb9Pw3nQMw5haUg/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">TacoBackhand Videos</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/@Pingispagarna/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Pingispågarna</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">PingSkills Ask the Coach</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Chop Block in Table Tennis: How-To &amp; When To Use It</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingpongruler.com/chop-block-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> by Alex Horscroft at PingPongRuler. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Fan Zhendong Slammed</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/china-personalities/article/3256212/champion-china-table-tennis-player-slammed-losing-crucial-singapore-game-after-joyfully-singing" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from the South China Morning Post (in English). The full title is, “Champion China table tennis player slammed for losing crucial Singapore game after ‘joyfully singing’ at Taylor Swift gig.” </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Chess at Light Speed</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2024/mar/19/ping-pong-players-from-all-skill-levels-ages-and-c/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, WA. The full title is, “Ping-pong players from all skill levels, ages and countries of origin flock to play ‘chess at light speed’ in weekly club gathering.” </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Talent Has Arrived</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Arrived-Table-Tennis-Funny-T-Shirt/dp/B0CWL8DK49" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy this table tennis shirt</a> at Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Crowd Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://i.pinimg.com/564x/0c/7f/69/0c7f69c953670aa31f3acec63fabd2f3.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the cartoon</a>!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>It’s Safe to Say I’m Winning: Rwanda Ping-Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10161057259343407&amp;set=a.10155654779233407" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the cartoon</a>! (Here’s the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/420168945_10161057259323407_9113031469983839838_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=5f2048&amp;_nc_ohc=x9A9UGCW254AX96REph&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-2.xx&amp;oh=00_AfDhpEVAVEYycLhBgnxEbGtmC_KFuMVVi4qNgX-smi9ZuQ&amp;oe=65FFBAC8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Beat Me, Win $100 [China]</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycm-HLOpBaA&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (15:20) from Adam Bobrow!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tennis Stereotypes</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVGTykF2wNs&amp;t=299s&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (9:08) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis -  Confederate Cavalry on a Plane</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My humorous science fiction story, “<a href="https://www.metastellar.com/fiction/confederate-cavalry-on-a-plane/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Confederate Cavalry on a Plane</a>” was published at Metastellar on March 20. A physics professor and his student on a passenger plane argue about the possibility of infinite alternate universes, while being robbed blind by a bratty kid. The professor bets the student that even the most unlikely event possible must happen, leading to three very confused Confederate Cavalry charging down the aisle of the plane. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</span></span></p> </div></div> </div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Larry Hodges</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 04/01/2024 - 20:35</span> <section class="field field-node--comment-node-blog field-formatter-comment-default field-name-comment-node-blog field-type-comment field-label-hidden display-mode-threaded comment-bundle-comment-node-blog comment-wrapper"> <a name="comments"></a></section> Mon, 01 Apr 2024 19:35:52 +0000 Larry Hodges 3556 at http://tabletenniscoaching.com http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3556#comments