Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Larry Hodges is a member of the U.S. Table Tennis Hall of Fame, a USATT certified National Coach, editor of USA Table. This books (Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers [PDF]) Made by Larry. Description this book Learn table tennis tactics from USATT Certified National Coach and Hall of Famer Larry Hodges. -Richard McAfee, USATT National Coach, ITTF Trainer, and USATT Coaching Chair, Table Tennis Tactics For Thinkers By Larry Hodges Actually, book is really a window to the globe. Also many people could not such as checking out books; the.

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Table Tennis Tactics. f r Thinkers. By Larry Hodges. U.S. Table Tennis Hall of Famer • USATT Certified National Coach • ITTF Coach. See daily TT blog at. Table Tennis Tactics. Your Path to Success. Klaus-M. Geske & Jens Mueller. Maidenhead: Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK) Ltd., ISBN: Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers site Tactical Matches. Here are two . This is a direct link:

My induction into the U. Table Tennis of Fame in Opening the Maryland Table Tennis Center in I had my picture in the local paper the next day, and signed dozens of autographs.

Coaching the Baltimore Orioles in I coached Brady Anderson and J. The publication of Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers.

It was a void that needed to be filled. My previous best seller, Table Tennis: Steps to Success, sold over 30, copies and was translated into Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Malaysian, and Hebrew, but it is now out of print. I now have eight books on table tennis. The newest is More Table Tennis Tips. It was about three minutes long, and was shown worldwide over and over for 24 hours, and seen by tens of millions of people. I was interviewed on it.

Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers

Two Days of Terror. Around or , for the first two days at the U. Open Team Championships I played like a maniac, beating hordes of top players without any bad losses. If I had stopped then I would have been rated over strong enough to make U. National Team. On the third and final day, my teammates showed up late, and I ended up getting a last-minute five-minute warm-up with a really bad player who sprayed the ball all over the table with long pips.

Between that, and my irritation at my teammates, I could barely play — and against two weaker teams and six lower-rated players, I went I went into the tournament rated , and despite that finish came out Tom: You have written a lot of table tennis tips. Larry: The first years I played that would have been any lefty with a good backhand hit, and anyone with short pips.

I finally figured both out. I never beat Bill.

Open Teams many years ago, with us winning ! All four of us are now in the U. Table Tennis Hall of Fame! The score is and in the deciding game. What two serves will you use?

I often liked to serve very low, short side-top, faking backspin, which most opponents would return somewhat passively, giving me an easy forehand. Or perhaps a big breaking serve into the wide backhand, where most opponents topspin it back softly, again giving me a relatively easy forehand. But this is the Olympic Final, in the last game. Tom: Which player in the US has biggest potential to break top 20 in the world? Larry: Never in U. No table tennis. No sci-fi writing. What are you going to do?

Larry: Crossword puzzle, movie, and a great sci-fi novel, with lots of popcorn and Mountain Dew, and some Rocky Road ice cream! Larry: When I was a kid I was an Orioles baseball fan, and dreamed of being a major league baseball player. That and boxing were the only sports I ever followed as a kid. When I was twelve, I got my dad to make me a wooden home plate.

I put it on my bed, then put strings across the walls so I could see the actual strike zone. When I did play, I absolutely refused to swing at anything outside the strike zone. Or anything near the edges. Or pretty much anything unless I had two strikes. But I did have a game-winning bases-loaded triple once got thrown out at the plate, it was the top half of the last inning. So I normally played second.

But one day when I was about 13 I was playing right field. It was the last inning, we were up by a run, two outs, but they had a runner at second. The next batter singled to right. I fielded it as the runner was rounding third. I flipped the ball to him, he threw a perfect strike to the plate to nail the runner, and we won. Tom: Any big table tennis plans in the next five years?

I was recently named chair of the U. Coaching Committee.

My focus there will be on recruiting and training professional coaches to set up and run full-time centers and junior programs. I want to change this. Quick fire questions… Tom: Which is your strongest, forehand or backhand?

A Review of Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers by Larry Hodges

Larry: Forehand. Smart opponents realize they have to move the ball around, and when they get a weak ball, end it with their forehand — unless they have a really powerful backhand. This weekend it paid dividends for him - well, almost. I usually eat choppers alive, but he wasn't really a "chopper" this match, as he kept attacking. The score went to 9-all in the fifth before I won the last two points.

The key to what made him so difficult to play wasn't just his attacking; it was the threat of attacking. Besides his usually defensive play, he won points with his attack three ways: Directly by attacking; By my playing overly aggressive to avoid his attack; By my overplaying into his backhand chop to avoid his forehand counterloop, thereby letting him almost camp out on the backhand side and chop everything back with ease.

The problem I had with his forehand counterloop is that it would catch me close to the table, and so I'd almost always block it. I tried looping into his middle and wide forehand, but he ran them all down to counterloop over and over. Then he'd swoop in and keep looping, and I'd usually end up fishing and lobbing. At 9-all in the fifth, he suddenly counterlooped - and I counterlooped off the bounce for a winner, a shot I used to be good at, but that I don't do nearly as often anymore.

I may have to go for that shot more against him. Or I might work on dead-blocking the ball. I also probably need to go after his middle more in my first loop, where he's not as ready to counterloop. As it was, I was somewhat lucky to pull off that shot at 9-all, and could easily have lost this match.

In another match I played a really good two-winged hitter who, until now, simply couldn't return my serves. However, we've played a lot recently, and for the first time ever he did a decent job of returning my serves, and once in a rally, could hit really well. At this point I'd been at the club coaching and playing for eight hours, and I found myself unable to go through him with my attack, nor could I outlast him in rallies since I was too soft against his strong hitting due to exhaustion.

I had just finished playing the extremely tiring in the fifth match against the chopper - see above.

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After losing the first game - the first game I'd ever lost to him - I went to a simple strategy of pushing or chopping his serves back as heavy as I could. He had a nice hitting game, and could loop against normal backspins, but against these ginzo backspins, he fell apart.

When he did manage to lift one up, it was too soft and usually short, so even exhausted I could smash them or block them hard to his middle. I won the next three games. The key was to commit to the heavy backspins so I knew in advance I would be doing them, and so could really load them up and control them.

More tactical examples coming tomorrow. In a month or so I plan to put together a site version with all 90 photos that'll be in the print version.Interesting insight into mindset of a former world champion. Tom: Favourite TV programme? Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.

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I often liked to serve very low, short side-top, faking backspin, which most opponents would return somewhat passively, giving me an easy forehand. Down-the-line shots are great for this as players naturally expect the ball to come back on the diagonals. Larry thank you very much!


Tom: What do you like the least about coaching? Larry: When I was a kid I was an Orioles baseball fan, and dreamed of being a major league baseball player.

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