TableTennisCoaching.com - - Your worldwide center for table tennis coaching http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/ en June 20, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3388 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">June 20, 2022</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>Next Blog – July 11</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'm off for the US Team Trials and Nationals in Fort Worth, TX, June 23 – July 7, where I'll be coaching for two weeks. However, the Tip of the Week will still go up on both Mondays while I'm gone. See you soon!</span></span></p> <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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3387" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">1% Hesitation = 100% Miss</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>MDTTC Open</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I spent much of the weekend coaching at the MDTTC Open at the Maryland Table Tennis Center. Here are <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2468" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">complete results</a>, care of Omnipong. One nice breakthrough – after making the final in four consecutive tournaments (and losing some close finals), Stanley Hsu (US #1 in 13 and under) broke through and won Open singles, over Khoi Dinh, 8,9,5. He also teamed with Mu Du (who made the quarters of the Open) to win Open Doubles. Here's a picture of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/StanleyHsuTT/photos/pcb.752424772870806/752423292870954" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Stanley</a>, and of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/StanleyHsuTT/photos/pcb.752424772870806/752423299537620" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Stanley &amp; Mu Du</a>. (Here are the non-Facebook versions – <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/289350782_752423279537622_979056938430511014_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=730e14&amp;_nc_ohc=1We5JqcxG-kAX9Is5GA&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT98kLuQUdlFWqnjiURBczeiamViYCk0xJa_B7lJbWJ8UA&amp;oe=62B68D39" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Stanley</a>, <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/289505452_752423289537621_3657457475155065421_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=730e14&amp;_nc_ohc=hw11YBBk1VAAX-iZZxR&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-Tth1v7v72N3fmfG4S8-vYdBGYnt-q_oKof7bl1jpEJw&amp;oe=62B60ED3" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Stanley &amp; Mu Du</a>.) Stanley only lost one game in singles – to Ryan Lin (US #1 in 12 and Under) in the quarterfinals. Stanley, Mu Du, Ryan, and lots of other top juniors all train together regularly at MDTTC. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Serve practice and selection seemed to be a key aspect of many of the matches I coached. In one close match, up 2-1 in games and at 9-9, I signaled Ryan Lin to use a serve he hadn't used the entire match. It wasn't one of his front-line serves, and he only serves it with sidespin-topspin, but looks a little like backspin. Normally, when it's close, you want to use your best serves. But in this case I was pretty sure the opponent would hesitate and pop the serve up, something he hadn't done with almost any of the past serves. And he did – a serve and easy rip, leading to the win. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had worked with Navin Kumar a lot on serves before this tournament, especially his backhand serve, where he had a good side-top serve, but needed a fast, dead one. So he worked on the fast, dead one – and it worked! Player after player put it in the net, and he ended up winning his preliminary round robin. Ironically, he now was having trouble doing his side-top serve – but he's going to practice it to make sure he can do both at the upcoming Nationals. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I coached two players against two different lobbers, and both had difficulty. One problem with modern table tennis is that it's all centered around looping, so players generally don't smash as well as they used to. But a combination of patience, placement, and mixing in blocks enabled both players to win. One thing that helped one player was to always set up as if smashing to the wide forehand, and then, a little before contact, rotate the shoulders back and smash down the line. In general, when playing a good lobber, it's best to smash to the backhand and middle, and only go to the forehand when you see an open court. Most players are more consistent, spinnier, and have more range on the forehand lob than on the backhand lob, which was the case in the two matches I coached. They are also almost always a bigger threat to counter-attack on the forehand side. But it depends on the lobber. And, of course, it's always best if you can disguise your direction until the last second. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Nationals Entries</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's the apparently <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=101&amp;r=2357&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">final listing of 752 players</a>, which is about the norm for a Nationals. Two surprises. First, last year's winner, Xin Zhou, who would have been top seed in Men's Singles at 2771, is only playing Men's Doubles (with Aditya Godhwani). Second, for the second year in a row, Kanak Jha, rated 2767 (and world #31 and presumably the favorite if he played), who won the event four times in a row (2016-2019, with 2020 skipped due to pandemic), isn't entered. Neither Xin nor Kanak are playing in the US Team Trials either. (Team Trials are June 25 – July 1; Nationals are July 2-7; both are in Fort Worth, TX. I'll be coaching at both.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</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://samsondubina.com/videos/winning-mindset" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Winning Mindset</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/three-ways-boost-your-game" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Three Ways to Boost Your Game</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/think-circle" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Think Circle</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://samsondubina.com/equipment/fathers-day-gift" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Father's Day Gift!</a> – Pandemic Robot Training (2:46)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>5 Tips To Improve Your Reverse Pendulum Serve</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-5-tips-to-improve-your-reverse-pendulum-serve-with-vlad-farcas/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (65 sec) with Vlad Farcas.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ti Long Corrects 9 Techniques and Guides 3 Exercises</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=GDDtHtoNQdY&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (25:55). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</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=3CJev9NGq4M" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE DAY TIMO BOLL WAS FRIGHTENINGLY CLOSE TO BEAT FAN ZHENDONG">THE DAY TIMO BOLL WAS FRIGHTENINGLY CLOSE TO BEAT FAN ZHENDONG</a> (4:37)</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=cmpj_rgL22Q" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WANG CHUQIN SURPRISINGLY WINS THE BATTLES OF THE YOUNGSTERS">WANG CHUQIN SURPRISINGLY WINS THE BATTLES OF THE YOUNGSTERS</a> (1:12)</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=US8AFUMhp6w" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WHEN TABLE TENNIS BECOMES SATISFYING (Best of defenders from perfect camera angles)">WHEN TABLE TENNIS BECOMES SATISFYING (Best of defenders from perfect camera angles)</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=huM4695WWbI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE CLOUDWAKER DESTROYING HIS OPPONENTS FOR 2 MINUTES STRAIGHT!">THE CLOUDWAKER DESTROYING HIS OPPONENTS FOR 2 MINUTES STRAIGHT!</a> (2:11)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from TT Shorts</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=MLo1DtUL1EU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="FAST table tennis Shots 2 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world.">FAST table tennis Shots 2 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world</a> (2:57)</span></span></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=W2jePtHnISw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Good place Shots 2 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world">Good place Shots 2 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world</a> (3:30)</span></span></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=mDBfmIoJF3c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Counter Shots 2 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world">Counter Shots 2 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world</a> (3:24)</span></span></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=Zzfpn67FOOo&amp;t=9s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Useful backhands 3 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world">Useful backhands 3 | from the Best table tennis matches in the world</a> (2:58)</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=unok7Wak0Tg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Kill Shots | from the Best table tennis matches in the world">Kill Shots | from the Best table tennis matches in the world</a> (2:00)</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=sPjQ2UvUGmY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Beautiful Comeback | Timo Boll VS Jun Mizutani / 2019 German Open">Beautiful Comeback | Timo Boll VS Jun Mizutani / 2019 German Open</a> (4:37)</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</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>National Collegiate Table Tennis Association June Newsletter</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.nctta.org/newsletters/jun2022/index.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here it is</a>!</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/qiu-wins-in-lima/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Qiu Wins in Lima</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/wab-club-feature-mk-georgia-table-tennis-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: MK Georgia 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://butterflyonline.com/lin-yun-ju-and-mima-ito-win-in-zagreb/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lin Yun-Ju and Mima Ito Win 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/ovtcharov-qiu-shine-in-lima/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ovtcharov, Qiu Shine in Lima</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/lin-yun-ju-and-mima-ito-favorites-in-finals-in-zagreb/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lin Yun Ju and Mima Ito Favorites in Finals 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/truls-moregard-and-lin-yun-ju-advance-to-quarters-in-zagreb/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Truls Moregard and Lin Yun-Ju Advance to Quarters 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/ovtcharov-makes-quarters-in-lima-as-many-seeded-players-fall/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ovtcharov Makes Quarters in Lima as Many Seeded Players Fall</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Butterfly/Bowmar</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/2022-wtt-feeder-westchester-highlighting-american-participants/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 WTT Feeder Westchester: Highlighting American Participants</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/2022-africa-cup-comments-from-omar-assar-the-winner/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Africa Cup Comments From Omar Assar The Winner</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USA 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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/June/17/Para-National-Team-Takes-Home-14-Medals-from-Cancun-Mexico" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">U.S. Para Team Takes Home 14 Medals from Cancun, Mexico<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none">. One of the silver medalists was Samuel Altshuler, who is from my club and who I work with in group sessions and sometimes coach at tournaments – though I wasn't along for this one. </span></span></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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/June/17/Friendship-Rings-True-at-Ping-pong-Diplomacy-Teams-Houston" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Friendship Rings True at Ping-pong Diplomacy Teams Houston</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>A U.S. Table Tennis Tour Honors the Legacy of Ping Pong Diplomacy</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=K7xCqmFSxWY&amp;ab_channel=CGTNAmerica" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (2:48). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How Many Table Tennis Players in the World</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/how-many-table-tennis-players-in-the-world/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from PingSunday/EmRatThich. </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/2022/06/17/featured-ittf-magazine-model-reliability/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Featured in ITTF Magazine: “The Model of Reliability” </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/2022/06/15/brazil-launches-second-level-coach-education-program/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Brazil launches second level of coach education program">Brazil launches second level of coach education program</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/2022/06/15/ittf-received-record-number-bids-host-senior-youth-veteran-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Received Record Number of Bids to Host Senior, Youth and Veteran World Championships">ITTF Received Record Number of Bids to Host Senior, Youth and Veteran World 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://worldtabletennis.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Comparison of dynamic elasticity between two types of new material plastic table tennis ball: taking DHS D40+ and Nittaku 40+ as an Example</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://assets.researchsquare.com/files/rs-1683743/v1/c43ff19c-053a-494f-9e91-41dcf21c4cc5.pdf?c=1654500575" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the paper</a> from Research Square. Just some light summer reading. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Joo Sae Hyuk, From Defense To Offense</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=0ZA03FrT52k&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisTemple" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (37 sec). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Extreme 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=97XKSIx9b-o&amp;ab_channel=Dreesus" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (4:45) – with one of the strangest and funniest commentaries on the game I've ever heard! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Gun Game 4</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=WHDFgneZIzE&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (8:54) from Pongfinity! Where they take on challenges with sandals, skateboards, irons, a jar of peanut butter, a racket with a huge hole in it, boxing gloves, motorcycle helmets, basketballs, spoons, and giant kids' toy car!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Belly 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=xqpdhDmjkGc&amp;ab_channel=PingPongTrener" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (13 sec)!</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, 06/20/2022 - 17:49</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 Jun 2022 16:49:33 +0000 Larry Hodges 3388 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3388#comments June 13, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3386 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">June 13, 2022</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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3385" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">"Losing Is Not My Enemy. Fear of Losing Is My Enemy."</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On Saturday morning we had our roughly quarterly junior program party, at Seneca Creek State Park. Lots of barbecue (hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken) and other food &amp; drink! I brought three frisbees, others brought a soccer ball, football, and a volleyball net &amp; ball, and the kids (and two dogs) spent over two hours in non-stop activity. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Then it was back to work. In the Novice Junior Class, we did an hour of multiball, and then it was time for games! As usual, the most popular is building a wall or pyramid of plastic cups and then taking turns knocking it over as I feed multiball. <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/6-12-22-novice-class.mp4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's video</a> (2:19) of the end of the class as the kids destroy "The Pretty Good Wall of Maryland"! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In the other groups we had an end-of-season tournament. (This was the meeting before summer camps begin, other than the Novice group which has one more session next Sunday.) I mostly watched and recorded results, but I also spoke with them between matches. One thing I kept emphasizing was playing aggressive. Most of the players are playing in the MDTTC Open next weekend, and 18 are going to the US Team Trials and/or the US Nationals in late June/early July. So we're getting them ready for those. Some of the players in Group 3 are playing in their first or one of the first tournaments next weekend, so I went over things they needed to know about tournaments – such as not to walk in another player's court while the ball is in play, which happened several times in the session! Also, how to record scores, etiquette, and so on. Next on the todo list for them: Why ratings are the single most important thing in life. :) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">With these tournaments coming up, I've been on the players to really practice their serves. One serve some of them are trying to perfect is the fast, down-the-line serve. See video of this below under Butterfly Training Tips, demonstrated by Yu Di. Some players have real problems returning this serve, and if they have to guard against it, they have more problems with other serves. If you don't have this serve, you are handicapped when you play these players. Even against players who don't have major problems with the serve it's still effective to use once or twice a match, both to catch them off guard and so they have to guard against it. (There are three deep serves that I consider the "holy grail" of deep serves that everyone should have – along with variations. The three are the fast down-the-line; fast no-spin at the elbow; and a big breaking serve deep to the backhand that curves away from the receiver.) I also had a private session with Navin Kumar on Sunday, where we also focused on serves, along with smashing and the usual drills. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US Nationals</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As I write this, there are exactly <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=101&amp;r=2357&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">700 players</a> entered in the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2022-us-national-table-tennis-championship" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Nationals</a>, with the final deadline in two days, on Wednesday, June 15. It's in Forth Worth, July 2-7. However, before that there is also a week of US Team Trials, also in Fort Worth, June 25-July 1. I'll be coaching at both. We have 13 from our junior program in the Team Trials (which includes the various junior teams) and 18 going to the US Nationals. (At the Nationals, I'm also playing one event, Over 60 Hardbat. I'm the defending champion in both that event and Over 40 Hardbat, but due to scheduling conflicts, I can't defend my title in the latter. I normally use sponge, but play hardbat on the side.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Last week I noticed that when you sort the players in the US Nationals <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=110&amp;r=2357&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">by club</a>, it actually sorts by state and then club. Since the 18 players in our junior program are from three states (14 MD, 3 VA, 1 PA), they were listed in three different segments. I emailed Craig Krum (founder and owner of <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Omnipong</a>), and he not only fixed the problem almost immediately, but added a Sort by State button as well. Thanks Craig! </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-yu-di-fast-serve-down-the-line/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Fast Serve Down The Line</a> (51 sec) with Yu Di</span></span></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-session-8-promo-video/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Fethomania Session #8 – Promo Video</a> (1:18 and article)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>51 Coaching Articles from Matt Hetherington</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.mhtabletennis.com/p/coaching-blog.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here they are</a>! (He also has a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/MHTableTennis/featured" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">video page</a>.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</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://samsondubina.com/events/and-out-footwork" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">In-And-Out Footwork!</a> (63 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://samsondubina.com/coaching/q-session" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Q &amp; A Session</a> (18:05)</span></span></li> </ul> <ul> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>10 Mistakes Table Tennis Players Repeatedly Make</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=7faV6NPJM4Y&amp;ab_channel=TableTennisDaily" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (10:48) from Table Tennis Daily. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the 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=GLaNWIlT2do" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: Teaching the new butterfly forehand topspin.">Teaching the new Butterfly forehand topspin.</a> (1:47)</span></span></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=z-tLf7OLPDo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: forehand topspin. Teaching and improvement.">Forehand topspin. Teaching and improvement.</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 Taco Backhand</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=Ae53J_626HQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WHEN LIANG JINGKUN PLAYED AT HIS BEST AND BEAT FAN ZHENDONG">WHEN LIANG JINGKUN PLAYED AT HIS BEST AND BEAT FAN ZHENDONG</a> (2:04)</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=DoF0_VPC5zE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE MATCH MA LONG HAD SERIOUSLY TROUBLE WITH ROBERT GARDOS">THE MATCH MA LONG HAD SERIOUSLY TROUBLE WITH ROBERT GARDOS</a> (3:53)</span></span></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=I5MjE1P0zNA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="SIMON GAUZY SHOCKING THE WORLD WITH INCREDIBLE STROKES!">SIMON GAUZY SHOCKING THE WORLD WITH INCREDIBLE STROKES!</a> (3:14)</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</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 Barbara Wei/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"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/June/09/Lily-Zhang-World-Bronze-Medalist-Returns-to-Houston-to-Celebrate-Ping-Pong-Diplomacy" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Lily Zhang World Bronze Medalist Returns to Houston to Celebrate Ping Pong Diplomacy</a>. "Lily Zhang needs little introduction for US Table Tennis fans. Since she picked up a paddle almost two decades ago at the age of 6, she has won over American table tennis fans with her speed, dedication, and passion for the sport."</span></span></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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/June/09/Living-Legends-Tell-Their-Ping-Pong-Diplomacy-Stories" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Living Legends Tell Their Ping Pong Diplomacy Stories</a>. "After a chance encounter between US teammate Glenn Cowan and Chinese champion Zhuang Zedong at the event, the Chinese team invited the US team to China for a series of friendship matches, later known as Ping Pong Diplomacy, opening the doors for diplomatic ties between the two countries."</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/moregard-jorgic-harimoto-and-yun-ju-to-face-off-in-zagreb/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Moregard, Jorgic, Harimoto, and Yun-Ju to Face Off 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/wab-club-feature-spin-smash-table-tennis-ping-pong-center-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Spin &amp; Smash Table Tennis &amp; Ping Pong Center</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/borussia-dusseldorf-wins-german-ttbl-title/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Borussia Dusseldorf Wins German TTBL 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://butterflyonline.com/zeng-beixun-turns-heads-in-havirov/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Zeng Beixun Turns Heads in Havirov</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/angel-naranjo-takes-top-prize-in-salta-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Angel Naranjo Takes Top Prize in Salta</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/five-golds-for-teamusa-at-ittf-copa-cristina-hoffman-2022-para-open/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Five Golds for TeamUSA at ITTF Copa Cristina Hoffman 2022 Para 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 the 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/2022/06/09/featured-ittf-magazine-swedes-double/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Featured in ITTF Magazine: “Swedes at the Double” </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/2022/06/09/ittf-president-attends-asoif-general-assembly/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF President Attends ASOIF General Assembly">ITTF President Attends ASOIF General Assembly</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/2022/06/09/full-houses-achieved-mexico-elite-group-grows/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Full houses achieved in Mexico, elite group grows">Full houses achieved in Mexico, elite group grows</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/2022/06/08/landmark-win-manuela-guapi/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Landmark win for Manuela Guapi">Landmark win for Manuela Guapi</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/2022/06/07/mikael-andersson-appointed-ittf-group-sports-director/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Mikael Andersson Appointed as ITTF Group Sports Director">Mikael Andersson Appointed as ITTF Group Sports Director</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/2022/06/07/tamara-leonelli-opening-day-winner-cancun/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Tamara Leonelli, opening day winner in Cancun">Tamara Leonelli, opening day winner in Cancun</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Reflection On The Month Of May</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/reflection-on-the-month-of-may-by-joanna-sung/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Joanna Sung.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Well Placed Shots from the Best Table Tennis Matches</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=E0FMpHZoh2c&amp;ab_channel=TTshorts" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (1:39). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Haruna Ojio vs Lily Zhang | WTT Feeder Westchester Women's Singles Final HIGHLIGHTS</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=rJshDIQZHvw&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (6:16). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Top Plays from World 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=aXYtez5OSIs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Hugo Calderano</a>! (2:10)</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=5Gz71-1Okgo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Darko Jorgic</a>! (1:53)</span></span></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=KbmLQfJd6T8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Truls Moregard</a>! (1:58)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>FINAL | German League 2022</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I think these are two matches in a team final, but I'm not sure. If you know better (and have links to any other matches in it if it's a team final), <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">email me</a>!</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=7vxAL9cBQYA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Timo Boll vs Darko Jorgic</a> (11:08) </span></span></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=DYHf75EgBuY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dang Qiu vs Patrick Franziska</a> (10:33)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Christina Kallberg vs Linda Bergstrom | Final | 2022 Swedish National Championships</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=IYHbYw_OmfE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (9:53)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Highlights - Hana Goda vs. Fatimo Bello | Final | 2022 ITTF Africa Cup</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=DVspwaVjj0E&amp;ab_channel=PingPongAfrica" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (5:44). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Meet the Table Tennis Prodigy and Climate Champion Who Has Given Joe Biden Advice</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/meet-the-table-tennis-prodigy-and-climate-champion-who-has-given-joe-biden-advice-095124718.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from UK Sports.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>"...Over to You" Nation Africa Ping Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://mobile.twitter.com/ndula_victor/status/1534757831060115462/photo/1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the cartoon</a> – but I'm not sure what it means. <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Email me</a> if you know!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Stable Tennis?</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/Stable-Funny-Ping-Pong-T-Shirt/dp/B07WRVG5DC" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can buy a</a> "I Like to Play Stable Tennis" shirt!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Adam Bobrow!</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=6AmlbD9w4Hk&amp;t=268s&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">YOUTUBER vs. School</a> (14:50)</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=9onMlTvAxUQ&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrowShorts" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dangerous Ping Pong</a> (28 sec) – this is real "chopping" with a real "blade"!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis – New SF Story Published</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My story, "<a href="https://dailysciencefiction.com/.../four-score-and-seven..." style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Four Score and Seven Years of the End of America: A Bibliography</a>," was published by Daily Science Fiction this morning. It's the story of the downfall of America from 1953 to 2040 – told in the form of a bibliography! It has a lot of inside jokes. Most of the names, especially in the second half, are real people. </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, 06/13/2022 - 14:22</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, 13 Jun 2022 13:22:21 +0000 Larry Hodges 3386 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3386#comments June 6, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3384 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">June 6, 2022</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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3383" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">What Are Your Strongest and Weakest Links?</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching and Preparing for the Nationals</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Things are getting serious as our players gear up for the upcoming <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2022-us-national-table-tennis-championship" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Nationals</a>! (As of now, there are <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=110&amp;r=2357&amp;h=" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">660 players</a> entered, with final deadline on June 15. There are 22 players from MDTTC entered, including 18 from our junior program.) Especially noticeable are the added serve practices, and the increased intensity both of that practice and practice in general. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">When our top juniors practice their serves, they are often so focused I'm hesitant to disturb them by saying anything to them, like, you know, coaching stuff!!! So I am a bit more hands-off, though I still swoop in with magic words of wonder. For example, yesterday one of our top juniors was practicing serves for a LONG time, with great focus. I noticed he was practicing short serves for a long time, then long serves for a long time. So I made sure he ended the session by alternating them. It's easy to do a fast and aggressive deep serve (with speed, spin, and depth) when you are doing it over and over. But being able to do it after serving short is trickier. I sometimes tell players when practicing long serves to imagine it's deuce-in-the-fifth, or better still down match point, so they can learn to pull off those serves when it's close. Of course, at these higher levels they mostly serve short, but it's a lot harder pulling off an aggressive long serve under pressure than a short one. But I also challenge them to do a short serve under an imagined pressure score where the second bounce is just short of the end-line – another serve that's hard to pull off under pressure. Under pressure, many players serve a little longer than usual, and so their long serves go off, and their two-bounce short serves go long and get looped.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Another focus this weekend was recovering from forehand loops from the corner. Too often players finish these shots off-balance or out of position. When you forehand loop from the wide forehand or backhand, following through back into position is part of the stroke and technique. Too often players don't so this, and so can't cover the other wide angle – and then, instead of realizing the root of the problem, they just say, "I'm too slow!" </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a private session with Navin Kumar. Major focuses for the day were smashing (both forehand and backhand), and serves. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/probabilities-vs-indicators-0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Probabilities vs Indicators</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://samsondubina.com/videos/confidence" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Confidence!</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/nandan-naresh" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Nandan Naresh</a> (45 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://samsondubina.com/coaching/sarah-jalli-0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sarah Jalli</a> (34 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Do Advanced Forehand Topspin Against Backspin</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=kDDAXuEtQgM&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> from Ti Long (12:45). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Blow a 5-0 Lead – My Latest Tournament Disaster</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/how-to-blow-a-5-0-lead-my-latest-tournament-disaster/" 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>3 Table Tennis Drills to Help Improve Hand-Eye Coordination</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/a40126522/table-tennis-drills-hand-eye-coordination/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article and video</a> (4:20) from Men's Health, with Adam Bobrow. </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</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 the 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=KY8kJh8zjtA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: differences in training.">Differences in training</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=bMIoih7rWaw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table tennis: the best counterattacks.">The best counterattacks</a> (2:52)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</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=BPAl6rMm3rg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE DAY OVTCHAROV BECAME WORLD CUP CHAMPION">THE DAY OVTCHAROV BECAME WORLD CUP CHAMPION</a> (2:37)</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=cTpALAmu80g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE DAY LIN YUN JU PLAYED INSANE AND WON OVER MA LONG!">THE DAY LIN YUN JU PLAYED INSANE AND WON OVER MA LONG!</a> (1:22)</span></span></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=y0RyD5DwHGs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THERE’S NO WORDS LEFT TO DESCRIBE FAN ZHENDONG">THERE’S NO WORDS LEFT TO DESCRIBE FAN ZHENDONG</a> (4:02)</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=-cZVjwREd2c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE GUY THAT BEAT MA LONG PLAYS FANTASTIC TABLE TENNIS!">THE GUY THAT BEAT MA LONG PLAYS FANTASTIC TABLE TENNIS!</a> (3:17)</span></span></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=AxgmHz3foKU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="MA LONG PRIME BEATS ZHANG JIKE 4-0">MA LONG PRIME BEATS ZHANG JIKE 4-0</a> (2:01)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Truls Moregardh vs Viktor Brodd | Final 2022 Swedish National Championship</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=JyTV-nqeE7Q&amp;ab_channel=TT11TV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (10:05). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USA 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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/June/02/Table-Tennis-Once-Again-Set-to-Inspire-Friendship" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Once Again Set to Inspire Friendship</a> by Barbara Wei. "Legacy of 1971-1972 Ping Pong Diplomacy Significant as USATT Ping Pong Diplomacy Team Championships Tour Kicks off in Houston, TX on June 10th."</span></span></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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/June/01/Two-Weeks-Remaining-for-Participants-to-Register-for-the-2022-US-Nationals" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Two Weeks Remaining for Participants to Register for the 2022 U.S. Nationals </a>by Joshua Dyke. "The 2022 U.S. Nationals begin at the Fort Worth Convention Center on July 2 and finishes on July 7, 2022.The Fort Worth Convention Center is teaming with three official event hotels within walking distance of the tournament venue."</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the National Collegiate TTA</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.com/2022-elections-voting" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 NCTTA Board Elections Voting</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/CollegeTT/photos/a.10150640199253960/10160282072158960/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Best of the Best for 2021-22 Season</a> (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/285862344_10160282072153960_3865195274076621909_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&amp;ccb=1-7&amp;_nc_sid=730e14&amp;_nc_ohc=HzNq1d7ItdoAX-HVk4S&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT8_B5tnOyB0AzMuErLHpEMzR2KFakfLIV7JKkJjF2MimQ&amp;oe=62A20DF0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.)</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/truls-moregardh-and-christina-kallberg-win-swedish-national-titles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Truls Moregardh and Christina Kallberg Win Swedish National Titles</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/wab-club-feature-fullerton-table-tennis-academy-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Fullerton Table Tennis Academy</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/us-nationals-entry-deadline-approaching/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">US Nationals Entry Deadline Approaching</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Joanna Sung</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-world-championships-by-joanna-sung/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Feeder Fremont Tournament</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/isf-world-school-sport-games/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ISF World School Sport Games in Normandy, France</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>In Memoriam: Truong Manh Tu</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/in-memoriam-truong-manh-tu/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">From Truong's Family</a>. Truong was a long-time worker for Butterfly USA and a top player and coach at the Silicon Valley TTC. <a href="https://pingsunday.com/tragic-news-coach-truong-tu-has-passed-away/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's a tribute</a> (and title listing) from PingSunday. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Southeast Asian Games</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/southeast-asian-games-sea-suthasini-sawettabut/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the interview</a> with Suthasini Sawettabut</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/2022/06/04/aida-dahlen-emerges-successful-play-concludes-montenegro/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Aida Dahlen emerges the most successful as play concludes in Montenegro">Aida Dahlen emerges the most successful as play concludes in Montenegro</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/2022/06/03/luka-bakic-delights-home-supporters-gold-podgorica/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Luka Bakic delights home supporters, gold in Podgorica">Luka Bakic delights home supporters, gold in Podgorica</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/2022/06/03/stephanie-grebe-strikes-gold-first-first-montenegro/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Stephanie Grebe strikes gold, first of the first">Stephanie Grebe strikes gold, first of the first</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/2022/06/03/featured-ittf-magazine-panagiotis-gionis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: &quot;Panagiotis Gionis&quot;">Featured in ITTF Magazine: "Panagiotis Gionis"</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/2022/06/02/enthusiastic-reception-africa-responds-competition-managers-seminar/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Enthusiastic Reception, Africa Responds to Competition Managers’ Seminar">Enthusiastic Reception, Africa Responds to Competition Managers’ Seminar</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/2022/06/02/five-questions-france-ping-tour-brings-table-tennis-french-cities-summer-long/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Five Questions for France: ‘Ping Tour’ Brings Table Tennis to French Cities All Summer Long">Five Questions for France: ‘Ping Tour’ Brings Table Tennis to French Cities All Summer 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.ittf.com/2022/06/01/call-bids-host-2023-ittf-world-hopes-week-challenge/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Call for bids to host the 2023 ITTF World Hopes Week &amp; Challenge">Call for bids to host the 2023 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/2022/06/01/filip-radovic-leads-host-nations-home-podgorica/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Filip Radovic leads host nation's home in Podgorica">Filip Radovic leads host nation's home in Podgorica</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/2022/05/31/2022-international-umpire-exam-dates-announced/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="2022 International Umpire Examination dates announced">2022 International Umpire Examination dates announced</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How Will Shortz Turned Pleasantville into a Table Tennis Mecca</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.theinsidepress.com/how-will-shortz-turned-pleasantville-into-a-table-tennis-mecca/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from The Inside Press.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>"Rafael Nadal Said He Wanted to Kill Me"</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://thesportsrush.com/f1-news-rafael-nadal-said-he-wanted-to-kill-me-nico-rosberg-plays-table-tennis-with-21-time-grand-slam-winner-in-the-latters-luxurious-yacht" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from The Sports Rush. "Nico Rosberg plays table tennis with 21-time Grand Slam winner in the latter's luxurious yacht."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Why Table Tennis Has Unique Place in Lagos Calendar</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://guardian.ng/sport/why-table-tennis-has-unique-place-in-lagos-calendar/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from The Guardian. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Master Shirt</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.spreadshirt.com/shop/design/funny+ping+pong+master+table+tennis+player+mens+t-shirt-D6056d22cb92e2f11f24fe31b?sellable=Y5n7GxzYOaUAoLNb5Nzp-210-7" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can buy one</a>, or as a hoodie. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Etsy 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.etsy.com/market/table_tennis_pin" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can buy all sorts of ping-pong knick-knacks</a> – pins, ties, socks, statues, shirts, you name it!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Infinite Loop of Ball Hitting Stretchy Paddle</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/CxxiPZPKMpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">It's sort of mesmerizing</a>! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Ball Trick Shots</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/DSlAQAq5b1I?&amp;ab_channel=IMMYSWORLD" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (20 sec) set to music. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Egg Race Gets Intense</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/znaGN8--FJE?&amp;ab_channel=BestShorts" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (42 sec) from Pongfinity!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Peter Breaks Table Tennis Table</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/kQOKSs_nI3o?&amp;ab_channel=ClubTennisTaulaCalella" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (25 sec)! I wrote about the Family Guy table tennis episode in my <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3366" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">March 28 blog</a> (with the episode airing the night before), but this gives a nice action compilation of the big climax! Note that Cleveland served the last ball high on purpose, so Peter could smash, as at the end Cleveland wanted Peter to win. </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, 06/06/2022 - 17:16</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 Jun 2022 16:16:25 +0000 Larry Hodges 3384 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3384#comments May 30, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3382 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">May 30, 2022</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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3381" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Practice Matches vs. Tournaments</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Balticon and Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a Science Fictional Table Tennis Weekend! I spent Friday and Saturday as a panelist at <a href="https://www.balticon.org/wp56/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Balticon</a>, the annual science fiction convention in Baltimore. (Here’s my <a href="https://schedule.balticon.org/#part/11161" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Balticon Profile and Schedule</a> – I was on two panels and had a book signing.) Despite being a science fiction convention, there were a lot of table tennis angles. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/larry-balticon-2022sm.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s a picture of me</a> at my signing. Here are the table tennis connections:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Throughout the convention – both in panels, signings, and just talking with others at the convention, people kept saying, over and over, versions of, “Hey, you’re the table tennis guy, right?” Word has gotten out!!! </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Note the shirt I’m wearing – yes, that’s Baby Yoda (Grogu) playing table tennis! Part of the reason I wore that shirt that day was because I was on a panel called “Your Favorite Alien,” and so Baby Yoda was mine. (We talked a lot about various aliens in movies and novels.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Note the books fourth from the left – it’s <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Pong-Larry-Hodges/dp/1512117080/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Spirit of Pong,</a> my table tennis fantasy novel. What, you haven’t bought it? It’s only 100 pages and is on sale at Amazon for only $5.99!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Note the book on the far left, and on the poster – <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Campaign-2100-Scorpions-Larry-Hodges/dp/0692657487" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions</a>. One of the four main characters is a table tennis champion, and there are several table tennis scenes. <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/2355" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s my blog about that</a>. However, there’s only one left in stock – I’ve changed publishers. My new publisher, Arc Manor, will be coming out with their version this summer. (Text won’t change, other than a minor change I’m requesting, but it’ll have a new cover.) </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Second from the left is another of my novels, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Sorcerers-Space-Larry-Hodges/dp/1503275612" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sorcerer’s in Space</a>. The main character there is also a table tennis player, though that only comes up near the start. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The editor of one of the major SF magazines told me they really liked my story, “First Galactic Table Tennis Championships,” which I’d submitted to them a couple of months ago, so there’s a good chance they’ll buy and publish it. If so, I’ll link to it in my blog. The story takes place about a hundred years in the future, where table tennis has spread to the local galaxy, with the first Galactic TT championships taking place in Beijing – with aliens from around this arm of the galaxy attending. Lots of intrigue, controversy, and interesting human and alien table tennis players!</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">One sad thing. On Saturday, while I was having eating in the hotel dining hall, pandemonium broke out across the street. As dozens of us watched, 15 police cars, two ambulances, and a fire truck arrived within minutes. Several said they had heard gunshots, though I didn’t hear that. A few hours later I went for a walk and discovered the whole area was cordoned off by the police, and a dozen police officers were guarding the area. I asked them what had happened, and they said it had been a shooting. Here's the <a href="https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-ci-cr-shooting-0528-20220529-norl7fhz6bggjiybqsimtxkiem-story.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Baltimore Sun article</a> on the shooting at the waterfront promenade – two 17-year-olds were shot, one died. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Besides the panels and signing, my highlight of the tournament was finally meeting David Gerrold, who is both a famous SF writer (“The Trouble with Tribbles” and “The Martian Child,” which won the Hugo and Nebula awards, and about 70 novels) and a very active and outspoken progressive activist on Facebook, where I follow him and sometimes comment. I spoke with him for about ten minutes, and bought a couple of his books plus one of his toy tribbles. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I was back at MDTTC coaching on Sunday, where I had two group sessions, plus a private session with <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10297504/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Navin Kumar</a>. (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/503474837/videos/379325620669754">Here's video</a>, 54 sec.) In the Intermediate group, I was a walk-around coach. Focus was footwork (as always) but also placement – I kept harping on keeping the ball to the wide corners, not a foot inside the corners as so many do. For the Advanced session, they had an odd number, so I was a practice partner for 90 minutes – and after spending two sedentary days at Balticon, I was stiff as a rock. I came out exhausted, and had cramps that night! As usual, I blocked well, but when I had to move my level goes down, alas. But I actually had some good counterlooping rallies with some of the kids!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Operation Mincemeat with Ivor Montagu and Ian Fleming</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I recently saw the movie <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1879016/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Operation Mincemeat</a>, which dramatized a real event from World War II. It’s described on IMDB as, “During WWII, two intelligence officers use a corpse and false papers to outwit German troops.” But there’s a table tennis angle – one of the main characters in the movie was the real-life founder of the ITTF and long-term president, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivor_Montagu" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ivor Montagu</a>! Yes, when Montagu wasn’t playing and developing table tennis around the world, he was a communist activist, while his brother, Ewen Montagu, was a British agent and one of the primary movers of the operation. Here’s the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mincemeat" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Wikipedia entry on Operation Mincemeat</a>, and the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mincemeat_(film)" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Wikipedia entry on the movie</a>. Here's an <a href="https://www.ittf.com/2017/04/02/oddball-spy-games/">ITTF article</a> on both his table tennis and his spying for the Soviets, and another on his <a href="https://www.ittf.com/2016/12/06/raise-glass-90-years-ago-today-first-ball-struck-world-championships/">founding of the first Worlds</a>. (Ian Fleming, who would later write the James Bond novels the movies are based on, was also involved in the operation and as a character in the movie.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</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://samsondubina.com/videos/ball-placement-tips" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ball Placement Tips</a> (8 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://samsondubina.com/videos/8-reasons-you-will-improve" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">8 Reasons You Will Improve</a> (8:21)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/instant-warmup" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Instant Warmup</a> (50 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from TacoBackhand</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=-cZVjwREd2c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE GUY THAT BEAT MA LONG PLAYS FANTASTIC TABLE TENNIS!">THE GUY THAT BEAT MA LONG PLAYS FANTASTIC TABLE TENNIS!</a> (3:17)</span></span></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=AxgmHz3foKU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="MA LONG PRIME BEATS ZHANG JIKE 4-0">MA LONG PRIME BEATS ZHANG JIKE 4-0</a> (2:01)</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=ayapZcz1RhU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE MATCH FAN ZHENDONG WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH!">THE MATCH FAN ZHENDONG WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH!</a> (1:53)</span></span></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=2p-3ErasuhU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ma Long serve and attack in super slow motion">Ma Long serve and attack in super slow motion</a> (8:14)</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=vWZgkqVil_8&amp;t=5s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="XU XIN’S PLAYGROUND">XU XIN’S PLAYGROUND</a> (3:32)</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=aZ9_a7YS170&amp;t=50s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE JAPANESE MAGICIAN PLAYS BEAUTIFUL TABLE TENNIS!">THE JAPANESE MAGICIAN PLAYS BEAUTIFUL TABLE</a> (2:07)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ma Long Table Tennis Player: Inspiring</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=dVxvgTMyOyY&amp;ab_channel=PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (8:51) from the 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>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</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>NCTTA Internships – Available for Summer 2022</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://nctta.com/content/nctta-internships-available-summer-2022" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the info page</a> from the National Collegiate TTA. </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/sad-news-at-butterfly-truong-tu/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sad News at Butterfly: Truong Tu</a>. Very sorry to hear this - I worked with Truong a number of times. </span></span></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/crush-is-hiring/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">CRUSH is Hiring</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/ittf-rankings-stable-at-the-top/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Rankings: Stable at the Top</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/wab-club-feature-central-florida-table-tennis-club-4/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Central Florida Table Tennis Club</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/pingpod-featured-in-mens-health-article/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">PingPod Featured in Men’s Health Article</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USA 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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/25/Play-More-Save-More-2022-US-Nationals-Early-Bird-Discount-Ends-May-31" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Play More, Save More, 2022 U.S. Nationals Early-Bird Discount Ends May 31<span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="text-underline:none"> - That’s TODAY!</span></span></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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/25/Announcement-2022-US-Table-Tennis-Hall-of-Fame-Induction-Ceremony-Postponed" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Announcement: 2022 US Table Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Postponed</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/30/Texas-Table-Tennis-Summer-Begins-at-Next-Regional-Qualification-Tournament" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Texas Table Tennis Summer Begins at Next Regional Qualification Tournament</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/30/2022-Silicon-Valley-Teams-Tournament-Finals-Livestream" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Silicon Valley Teams Tournament Finals Livestream</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/28/Livestream-the-2022-US-Nationals-South-East-Regional-Qualification-Tournament-from-Broward-TTC" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Livestream the 2022 U.S. Nationals South East Regional Qualification Tournament from Broward TTC</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/28/Dear-Ponger-Polands-Daniel-Gorak-and-Nigerias-Ahmed-Adeleye-Return-to-Westchester-TTC" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dear Ponger: Poland's Daniel Gorak and Nigeria's Ahmed Adeleye Return to Westchester TTC for May Open</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/28/US-Players-to-contend-with-International-Talent-at-2022-Silicon-Valley-Teams-Tournament" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">U.S. Players to Contend with International Talent at 2022 Silicon Valley Teams Tournament</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/25/Ping-Pong-Diplomacy-Tour-Draws-Near-in-Houston-Texas" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ping-Pong Diplomacy Tour Draws Near in Houston, Texas</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/25/One-Month-Out-USATT-National-Team-Trials-at-Texas-Wesleyan" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">One Month Out, USATT National Team Trials at Texas Wesleyan</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/24/National-Jr-Team-Members-from-ICC-Earn-Four-Medals-at-ISF-Gymnasiade-World-School-Sport-Games" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">National Jr. Team Members from ICC Earn Four Medals at ISF Gymnasiade – World School Sport Games</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/23/2022-USATT-National-Team-Summer-Training-Camp-and-U19-Pan-Am-Champs-Prep-Camp-Approaching" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 USATT National Team Summer Training Camp and U-19 Pan Am Champs Prep Camp </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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/23/Womens-Sports-Foundation-Ready-for-2022-Child-Care-Grant-Applicants" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Women's Sports Foundation Ready for 2022 Child Care Grant Applicants</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the 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/2022/05/28/durban-unveils-logo-2023-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Durban Unveils Logo for 2023 World Championships Finals">Durban Unveils Logo for 2023 World Championships 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/2022/05/27/italy-welcomes-ittf-president-sorling-ittf-group-ceo-dainton/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Italy Welcomes ITTF President Sörling &amp; ITTF Group CEO Dainton">Italy Welcomes ITTF President Sörling &amp; ITTF Group CEO Dainton</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/2022/05/27/featured-ittf-magazine-great-britain-reciprocates/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: &quot;Great Britain Reciprocates&quot;">Featured in ITTF Magazine: "Great Britain Reciprocates"</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/2022/05/26/budapest-unveiled-next-wtt-grand-smash-host/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Budapest Unveiled as Next WTT Grand Smash Host">Budapest Unveiled as Next WTT Grand Smash Host</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/2022/05/26/wtt-announces-events-2022-calendar/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WTT Announces More Events in 2022 Calendar">WTT Announces More Events in 2022 Calendar</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/2022/05/24/tabletennisunited-fund-supports-solidarity-ukrainian-table-tennis-community/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="#TableTennisUnited Fund Supports Solidarity for Ukrainian Table Tennis Community">#TableTennisUnited Fund Supports Solidarity for Ukrainian Table Tennis Community</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/2022/05/24/para-table-tennis-events-ever-popular/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Para Table Tennis Events Ever More Popular">Para Table Tennis Events Ever More Popular</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Aruna Quadri vs Omar Assar | FINAL | Africa Cup 2022</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=pwi3tHrc__A&amp;ab_channel=ttlondon2012" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (15:40). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Bundesliga Final 2022 with Borussia Düsseldorf</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/bundesliga-final-2022-with-borussia-dusseldorf/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from PingSunday/EmRatThich. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Top 10 Classic Shots of Timo Boll</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=SDHQmLW8rsY&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (5:20). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Useful Backhands 2 | from the Best Table Tennis Matches in the World</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=Zi9thQJe6zM&amp;ab_channel=TTshorts" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (3:28). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Romain Ruiz vs Samuel Walker | Final Challenger Series</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=YiXvvaHfi4M&amp;ab_channel=TT11TV" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (6:05) of this <a href="https://www.challengerseries.net/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Challenger Series</a> event between Walker (ENG, world #89) and Ruiz (FRA, world #584 but well underrated). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Veterans Champ Rallies Support for 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.graphic.com.gh/sports/sports-news/veterans-champ-rallies-support-for-ping-pong.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a>. “National veterans table tennis champion, Emmanuel Daitey, has appealed to corporate bodies in the country to support the growth and development of the sport.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Farsley 70-year-old Achieves Dreams of Becoming National Table Tennis Champion</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/people/farsley-70-year-old-achieves-dreams-of-becoming-national-table-tennis-champion-3702643" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from the Yorkshire Evening Post. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How Olufunke Oshonaike Turned Her Breaking Point into a Breakthrough</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://olympics.com/en/news/olufunke-oshonaike-tokyo-2020-nigeria-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> on the Nigerian star. “As Olympic history beckons, Africa's most successful female table tennis player shares with the Olympic Channel how her troubled times inspired her to sporting glory.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>My Quest for a Natura Psychedelic High</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/ganzfeld-effect-ping-pong-ball-alternative?fbclid=IwAR3PTY-EEVTU7_SUuWh6HAb26NllW3Si6BQyCPa1p0HaoUL1FaB2I4LPYY8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the article</a> from Mel Magazine. “It’s possible to experience a temporarily altered state without drugs or alcohol through a neurological phenomenon known as the Ganzfeld effect. And all it takes is a ping-pong ball, headphones and a knife.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Feel Table Tennis Challenges</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/channel/UCIyhoU4jcjFWkeelzga-2qA/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (15 sec) 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 Pongfinity</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/vf56mXuguqI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Never Let Them Know Your Next Move 😂">Never Let Them Know Your Next Move</a> (6 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/shorts/BTXYpPWYrDs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Pro Tennis Serves are INTENSE!!">Pro Tennis Serves are INTENSE!!</a> (27 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>I Was Not Expecting That!</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/kB_VsmX17gI?&amp;ab_channel=TrystwithTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (13 sec) – with a dog swallowing finish!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Kids Double-Hit 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/shorts/qN1jsZtFQv8?&amp;ab_channel=TrystwithTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (16 sec) of the new ping-pong version that’s sweeping the nation. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Why Ping-Pong is Racist</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/BjMClgOv950?&amp;ab_channel=TrystwithTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the video</a> (30 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>I Like Ping Pong and Maybe 3 People</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-People-Gifts-T-Shirt/dp/B08L764RFR" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s where you can buy this shirt</a> at Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>1943 Mutt &amp; Jeff Table Tennis Cartoon</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ebay.com/itm/353961823162?chn=ps&amp;mkevt=1&amp;mkcid=28" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here’s the cartoon</a> – you can buy it for $9.95. </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, 05/30/2022 - 15:57</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, 30 May 2022 14:57:04 +0000 Larry Hodges 3382 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3382#comments May 23, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3380 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">May 23, 2022</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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3379" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Rushed Backhand Loop</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It was another busy weekend. I coached in six junior group sessions. (We have about 60 kids divided into four groups.) In the Novice group, I introduced three kids to forehand looping against backspin. We also had a forehand-to-forehand competition. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In the Intermediate group, an interesting thing happened. During such sessions, when I'm a "roving" coach, I often subconsciously twiddle my paddle back and forth between shakehands, penhold, and Seemiller grips. One of the kids saw the Seemiller grip and asked about it. During break, I showed him and a couple others the grip, including its strengths (strong in middle, great for blocking and for wristy forehand loops [super spinny, especially against backspin], having an alternate surface) and weaknesses (difficult to backhand loop, forehand counterlooping not as good, not as good at covering the wide angles), and explained that two US players had reached top 20 in the world with this grip - Eric Boggan (17) and Dan Seemiller (19). Next thing I know they all are fooling around with it! I had to get on them to stick to shakehands before one of the other coaches noticed and wondered who'd brought this on! (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xlj8Dyv4uQg&amp;ab_channel=kaginism" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's video</a> of Dan Seemiller vs. Wei Qi from ten years ago. Besides the grip, note how much trouble 2500 player Wei has with Dan's backhand serve, especially early on.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Ever notice how some coaches, when walking about, hold the racket with a penhold grip, even though they are normally shakehanders? There's a simple reason for this - it's the most restful grip for holding the paddle when your arm is at your side. With the shakehand or Seemiller grip, you have to contract muscles more to hold the racket. I've seen some even feed multiball this way, for the same reason. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In the advanced group, I focused a lot of positioning and ready position. Near the end, </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I was recruited to play up-down tables - not easy when you're out of practice, stiff from walking around coaching for hours, and getting older (62)! I started off poorly, missing easy shots, but gradually improved. Over and over my serves saved me. But I kept missing easy forehands!!! One player asked afterwards why my receive position was so off to the side. I explained that I came from an era where many players greatly favored the forehand, and so was looking to receive most serves with my forehand - ideally, by looping, otherwise forehand flips. This generation mostly favors backhand receive (due to the advent of the banana flip), and so stands more neutral. Next time I'll show him videos of players from the past, who stand even more extreme than me. <a href="https://youtu.be/dnrXTLweHts?t=200" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's Ryu Seung Min</a> (KOR) on his way to winning the gold medal in Men's Singles at the 2004 Olympics against Wang Hao (CHN) - link should take you to the first point, where you see Ryu standing way over to the left. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>We've Been Insulted . . . By Dexter: New Blood!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I watched the new 10-episode series from Paramount+. In Episode 2, at 38:43, Harrison (son of Dexter) says, <span style="color:black">"Wrestling is an Olympic Sport, Audrey." His girlfriend, Audrey, responds, "So is Ping-Pong." Yikes! Someone needs to watch some table tennis highlight reels. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>South African Table Tennis Coach Looking to Coach in US</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/coaching-resume-Omar-Zain-Eddin.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the table tennis resume</a> of Omar Zain Eddin. He's the High Performance Manager and National Team Head Coach for South Africa. I met him at the recent ITTF Hopes Camp in Austria, where he asked about this since he wasn't able to coach full-time in South Africa. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Tahl Leibovitz's Paddle at the Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs</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/100003943098076/videos/1058267638397276/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (18 sec) with Tahl. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/table-tennis-mind" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Table Tennis Mind</a> (7:52) - this is a must watch. (I wrote about this quite a bit in <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>.)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/pitfalls-anticipation" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Pitfalls of Anticipation</a> (2:08)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/mental-strength/table-tennis-mental-test" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Table Tennis Mental Test</a> (14:15)</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-jishan-liang-forehand-loop-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Loop &amp; Footwork</a> (91 sec) with Jishan Liang</span></span></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-ye-tian-high-arc-looping-against-chop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">High Arc Looping Against Chop</a> (45 sec) with Ye Tian</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://pingsunday.com/collecting-used-table-tennis-paddles-for-kids/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Collecting Used Table Tennis Paddles for Kids</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://pingsunday.com/quadri-arunas-equipment-with-green-rubber/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Quadri Aruna Equipment with Green Rubber</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://pingsunday.com/andrej-gacina-will-play-in-france/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Andrej Gacina Will Play in France</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from TacoBackhand</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=aUf6ohmCjgs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="When a 16 year old Lin Yun-Ju introduced himself to the table tennis world">When a 16 year old Lin Yun-Ju introduced himself to the table tennis world</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=zScsgQ85GIc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Timo Magic Boll">Timo Magic Boll</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=QcW0eIfCHRk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE FUTURE OF CHINA">The Future of China</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=wVoPqbspE6E" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Lin Gaoyuan destroys his opponents!">Lin Gaoyuan destroys his opponents!</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ti Long Trains and Corrects 7 Exercises</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=dZTgP3jlgMs&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (13:58). </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</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 USATT</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(Note - while the five WTT articles are dated May 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16, when WTT published them, they actually all went up on the USATT news page on the night of Thursday, May 19. As I noted in my blog last week, timely news articles like these should be going up immediately.)</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/20/USATT-Adds-Barbara-Wei--as-Media-Liaison-for-Ping-Pong-Diplomacy-Championships-Tour" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Adds Table Tennis Commentator and Journalist Barbara Wei as Media Liaison for Ping-Pong Diplomacy Team Championship Tour</a>. Congrats to Barbara! She developed at the Maryland Table Tennis Center - I remember her when she was around eight years old and watched her develop into a member of the US Cadet and Junior National Teams - and had countless practice sessions and matches with her. (I coached her at some tournaments, but she was primarily a student of Jack Huang.) While she now lives in Chicago, she visits her family in Maryland regularly and was at MDTTC last night, practicing with our top juniors. </span></span></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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/16/Rankings-Rise-in-the-USA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Rankings Rise in the USA</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/15/Chuang-Rolls-Back-the-Years-with-Title-Success-in-Westchester" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Chuang Rolls Back the Years with Title Success in Westchester</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/10/Fremont-Fuels-Rankings-Rise" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Fremont Fuels Rankings Rise</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/09/Stars-Play-Ball-In-Westchester" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Stars Play Ball In Westchester</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/08/Sasao-Marks-International-Return-with-Titles" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sasao Marks International Return with Titles</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association</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.com/content/nctta-national-fundraiser-part-deux" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NCTTA National Fundraiser Part "Deux"</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.com/content/2022-nctta-board-election" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 NCTTA Board Election</a></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</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/wtt-youth-contender-berlin-a-miwa-sweep/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Youth Contender Berlin: A Miwa Sweep</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/some-of-worlds-best-u20-players-in-berlin-for-wtt-youth-contender/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Some of World’s Best U20 Players in Berlin for WTT Youth Contender</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/wab-club-feature-orange-county-table-tennis-academy-3/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Orange County Table Tennis Academy</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/2022/05/21/gold-collected-play-concludes-amman/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="More gold collected, play concludes in Jordan">More gold collected, play concludes in Jordan</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/2022/05/20/surprise-winners-exacting-times-top-seeds-amman/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Surprise winners, exacting times for top seeds in Amman">Surprise winners, exacting times for top seeds in Amman</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/2022/05/20/ittf-head-integrity-participates-interpols-match-fixing-task-force-meeting/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Head of Integrity participates in INTERPOL’s Match-Fixing Task Force meeting">ITTF Head of Integrity participates in INTERPOL’s Match-Fixing Task Force meeting</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/2022/05/20/featured-ittf-magazine-heart-gold/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: &quot;Heart of Gold&quot;">Featured in ITTF Magazine: "Heart of Gold"</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/2022/05/19/first-titles-decided-amman/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="First titles decided at Al-Watani Para Championships">First titles decided at Al-Watani Para 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.ittf.com/2022/05/19/visit-london-ittf-leadership/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Visit to London for ITTF Leadership">Visit to London for ITTF Leadership</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/2022/05/18/al-watani-para-championships-return-national-honour-stake-amman/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Al-Watani Para Championships return, national honour at stake in Amman">Al-Watani Para Championships return, national honour at stake in Amman</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://worldtabletennis.com/home" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Puerto Rican Dominance in the Caribbean Table Tennis Championship</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/puerto-rican-dominance-in-the-caribbean-table-tennis-championship/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article and three videos</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Creating Unimaginable Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/creating-unimaginable-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article and video</a> (2:59) from Butterfly. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Process Of Making Table Tennis Racket in South Korea</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=8awh3AGbxK0&amp;ab_channel=BlackMaker%EB%B8%94%EB%9E%99%EB%A9%94%EC%9D%B4%EC%BB%A4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (10:40). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Sugar Cane Secret to Taiwan Table Tennis Player's Singles Success</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4540109?fbclid=IwAR3gT30-oRTj2jZI91JhAZkfD2H_recGNrKo_cSWUmovnhtirYGtZTyZUFQ" 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>Table Tennis Player Breaks World Record with 117 Opponents in One Rally</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/05/05/Guinness-World-Records-most-consecutive-opponents-table-tennis-rally/8261651765079/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article and video</a> (3:46)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Toddler Swallows Table Tennis Ball, Dies of Suffocation</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nashik/toddler-swallows-table-tennis-ball-dies-of-suffocation/articleshow/91552103.cms" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a>. If you have young kids at home, be careful of leaving balls lying around, and watch them if you take them to the club. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Austrian Bronze Cats Playing 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.scullyandscully.com/collectibles/austrian-bronzes/bronze-cats/austrian-bronze-cats-playing-table-tennis.axd" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Who wouldn't want to pay $450 for this</a>??? Handmade in Austria!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Design - Today's Schedule 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.zazzle.com/ping_pong_design_todays_schedule_t_shirt-235551310451232219?pv2=eyJhbGciOiJFUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJjIjoiVVNEIiwiZXhwIjoxNjUzMzI0Nzg1LCJtIjoiNTIxOTQ1NCIsIm8iOiJ6MjM1NTUxMzEwNDUxMjMyMjE5IiwicCI6MjEuMTA5OTk5OTk5OTk5OTk5fQ.EnD2Ei1DenvPNIugmzm2AZYA3kF7V1EdBWVTZV0vsG96vqhaKbV3Ip8fzcS6akdd61on7VovTEyOQfnuuTMR4w&amp;rf=238667102951921389&amp;tc=CjwKCAjw4ayUBhA4EiwATWyBrma1-2RhIGW6C6YQvL-UxRdK7L58pTZ4J618JN5H-ZbELJ1SbwdiVxoCObQQAvD_BwE&amp;utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=us_shopping&amp;utm_term=z235551310451232219&amp;ca_chid=2001810&amp;ca_source=gaw&amp;ca_ace=&amp;ca_nw=g&amp;ca_dev=c&amp;ca_pl=&amp;ca_pos=&amp;ca_cid=575560800715&amp;ca_agid=135069575431&amp;ca_caid=15869450538&amp;ca_adid=575560800715&amp;ca_kwt=&amp;ca_mt=&amp;ca_fid=&amp;ca_tid=pla-1524947052393&amp;ca_lp=9007792&amp;ca_li=&amp;ca_devm=&amp;ca_plt=&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds&amp;gclid=CjwKCAjw4ayUBhA4EiwATWyBrma1-2RhIGW6C6YQvL-UxRdK7L58pTZ4J618JN5H-ZbELJ1SbwdiVxoCObQQAvD_BwE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Who doesn't want this shirt</a>? Today's Schedule: 8AM Coffee; 9AM-5PM Ping Pong; 6PM Happy Hour. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Backflop onto Table</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/M1RSusU-u2s?&amp;ab_channel=FunnyShorts" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video (8 sec)!</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Cat Pong - Ball on a String</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/srRUm8kf_Oo?&amp;ab_channel=SnowwolfJku" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (26 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Adam vs. Yasi</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=vVIaM_36g6c&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (14:36) as Adam Bobrow plays Yasi Ortiz, the Champion of the Caribbean! </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, 05/23/2022 - 17:54</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, 23 May 2022 16:54:10 +0000 Larry Hodges 3380 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3380#comments May 16, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3378 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">May 16, 2022</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><b>Tip of the Week</b><br /> <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3377">Never Decide If You Have to Move</a>.</p> <p><b>Table Tennis Timeliness and Weekend Coaching</b><br /> I was three minutes late for a group session yesterday. Yes, three minutes - and it's only the third time I've been late in the thirty years since we opened MDTTC in 1992. I estimate I've done about 25,000 sessions in that time. So, what happened?</p> <p>I was sitting in my lounge chair at home reading and about to have lunch, when I suddenly realized the clock on my wall that claimed it was about noon wasn't moving. I glanced at my watch . . . and it was 12:48 PM! And I had a session at 1PM, and I was about a 12-minute drive away! I leaped to my feet, threw things together, and raced for my car. I didn't have time for lunch. At a stop light I texted that I'd be a few minutes late. I <s>walked</s> <s>ran</s> sprinted into the club at 1:03 PM. Since Coach Wang was already leading them in stretching, hardly anybody noticed I was late. But it felt funny rushing into the club and right into a session. I normally arrive 15 minutes early, both so I'm not rushed, so I'm never late, and to set up things as needed (balls, ball nets, changing shoes, etc.).</p> <p>The two other times I was late? Once I simply had my times off by an hour, and arrived an hour late. The other time there was a car accident, and I was stuck in one spot, with cars ahead, behind, and on both sides, for almost an hour before I was able to get out.</p> <p>Timeliness is important for coaches. I know of two table tennis coaches who lost their coaching positions because they were late so often.</p> <p>As to the coaching itself, I had six group sessions this weekend, all junior players, ranging from the weekly novice group to two sessions with the advanced group. I did two sessions primarily as a practice partner/coach, one mostly multiball, and three mostly as a walk-around coach. Some of the things emphasized this weekend were serving lower; keeping the ball to corners in drills (unless the drill is to go to the middle); and focusing on consistency, not ripping the ball.</p> <p><b>WTT Feeder Westchester 2022</b><br /> <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2570">Here's the World TT Page</a> for the event held at the Westchester TTC in New York, USA, May 11-15, with complete <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?selectedTab=Results&amp;eventId=2570">results</a>. I was only there the first day, but it looked like it was run well. It is hopeful that we can attract stronger players to these ITTF Feeder events in the US - the top seed in <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?selectedTab=Player%20List&amp;eventId=2570">Men's Singles</a> (and eventual winner) was Chuang Chih-Yuan (TPE, world #25), and the top seed in <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?selectedTab=Player%20List&amp;eventId=2570">Women's Singles</a> was Shin Yubin (KOR, also world #25).</p> <p>For something like this, you'd think there would be all sorts of news items on the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news">USATT news page</a>, but there aren't any, at least on the front page of the news page, going back to April 4. Shouldn't there be news articles promoting this event, as well as reporting the results? (There hasn't been a new news item there since May 6, and before that you have to go back to April. Remember when they used to have daily news there from around the US and the world?)<br /> ADDENDUM: On Thursday night, May 19, three days after I wrote the above, five WTT news items on the WTTs finally went up on the USATT news page - all dated so they appear to have gone up on May 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16. I think they each went up on the ITTF/WTT news page on those dates. Why didn't USATT put these links up on our news page immediately, on the day of publication at WTT, before they became old news? </p> <p>Here are two articles from Steve Hopkins on the Butterfly news page:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-feeder-westchester-ojio-over-zhang-and-chuang-over-duda/">WTT Feeder Westchester: Ojio over Zhang and Chuang over Duda</a></li> <li><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wtt-feeder-westchester-zhang-in-womens-final-four/">WTT Feeder Westchester: Lily Zhang in Women’s Final Four</a></li> </ul> <p>I went up on the first day with Ryan Lin and his dad. Ryan, 12 and about 2200, was there just for experience. He lost his only match (why is it SE instead of RR?), and we spent the rest of the day watching and doing homework. (I pointed out some of Chuang's techniques in his doubles matches, and others.)</p> <p>One big nit - when a rule leads to a bad result, change the rule. They have a one-size-fits-all rule where a coach has to pay $300 for coaching accreditation to coach any matches. It doesn't matter if you are there to coach one match on one day, or coach lots of matches all five days! So, if I wanted to coach the US #1 12-year-old in his one match, we'd have had to pay $300 in addition to his $300+ entry fee. It wasn't worth it - $300 will get you 6-7 hours training with a 2600 player - so he played the match without a coach. I had to sit in the stands and watch. His opponent, a Canadian, had a Canadian national coach coaching him - it's cost effective for him to pay $300 since he'll be coaching a number of matches all five days. Seriously, there should be a daily coaching fee. Otherwise, it's like going to a nice restaurant and being told if you want one meal, you have to buy five days' worth of meals. (Plus, couldn't we negotiate some sort of break so USATT certified coaches don't have to pay so much? We already have to pay $75 annual "Pro" membership, an annual $50 coaching fee, pass SafeSport, and a background check. Now I have to play $300 to coach a top junior in his one match, right here in the US?) On the trip up and back, we took a break halfway each time and tossed a frisbee around for 15 minutes. That was fun! It's also becoming a tradition during our long drives to tournaments in NY, NJ, OH, and NC.</p> <p><b>USATT Visits the White House</b><br /> <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/May/06/USA-Table-Tennis-Visits-the-White-House">Here's the photo gallery</a>.</p> <p><b>Butterfly Training Tips </b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-aditya-godhwani-half-long-loop-gameplay/">Half Long Loop &amp; Gameplay</a> (77 sec) with Aditya Godhwani</li> <li><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-derek-may-returning-power-loops/">Returning Power Loops</a> (4:51) with Derek May</li> </ul> <p><b>How to Train a Good Serve</b><br /> <a href="https://butterflyonline.com/how-to-train-a-good-serve/">Here's the article</a> by Jeffrey Zeng (one of my fellow coaches at MDTTC).</p> <p><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/out-your-mind">Out-of-Your-Mind</a></li> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/your-first-tournament">Your First Tournament</a></li> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/reverse-preparation">Reverse Preparation</a></li> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/table-tennis-slugfest">Table Tennis Slugfest</a> (23 sec) - great rally!</li> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/choosing-table">Choosing a Table</a> (2:39)</li> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/winning-ugly">Winning Ugly</a> (5:25)</li> <li><a href="https://samsondubina.com/tournaments/tournament-results-and-photos">Tournament Results and Photos</a> (Presper Financial Architects in Ohio)</li> </ul> <p><b>Power is the Least Useful Skill at Lower Levels</b><br /> <a href="https://www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/power-is-the-least-useful-skill-at-lower-levels/">Here's the article</a> by Tom Lodziak.</p> <p><b>New from the Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0b9akzyT6E" title="Table tennis: Multi-Ball Exercise for speed.">Multi-Ball Exercise for speed</a> (1:14)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0R2J-agmkE" title="Table tennis: gesture speed frequency and scrolling speed.">Gesture speed frequency and scrolling speed</a> (1:58)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYK5hp1Lz5o" title="Table tennis: footwork basic. Side Step FHTP.">Footwork basic. Side Step FHTP</a> (59 sec)</li> </ul> <p><b>New from Ti Long</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVT9paz1bwM" title="Ti Long trains 6 professional exercises for young athletes | Tutorial &amp; Fix">Ti Long trains 6 professional exercises for young athletes</a> (21:38)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwzvV_bWZU8" title="Ti Long trains professional athletes 10 exercises | Tutorial &amp; Fix">Ti Long trains professional athletes 10 exercises</a> (22:29)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMUXX3Hv3R8" title="How to Return Reverse Serve | 3 basic and easiest ways | Part 1">How to Return Reverse Serve | Part 1</a> (10:48)</li> </ul> <p><b>Ask the Coach</b><br /> <a href="https://pingskills.com/table-tennis-forum#gsc.tab=0" target="_blank">Here are the latest questions</a> from PingSkills.</p> <p><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVbvn2onBRQ&amp;t=5s" title="DARKO JORGIĆ PLAYS BACKHAND WINNERS FOR 2 MINUTES (PERFECT CAMERA ANGLES) SLOW MOTION">DARKO JORGIĆ PLAYS BACKHAND WINNERS FOR 2 MINUTES (PERFECT CAMERA ANGLES) SLOW MOTION</a> (2:00)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R90LeNnaEmA" title="Lin Yun Ju vs Ovtcharov (GOOD CAMERA ANGLE)">Lin Yun Ju vs Ovtcharov (GOOD CAMERA ANGLE)</a> (1:17)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBjL2TdXrFU&amp;t=2s" title="QUADRI ARUNA SENDING ROCKETS">QUADRI ARUNA SENDING ROCKETS</a> (3:30)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z877xEV450g&amp;t=44s" title="MA LONG PLAYS INSANE TABLE TENNIS! (GOOD CAMERA ANGLES)">MA LONG PLAYS INSANE TABLE TENNIS! (GOOD CAMERA ANGLES)</a> (2:57)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvVq8JwaE3k" title="The day TIMO BOLL LOST a World tour FINAL to a 14 YEAR OLD">The day TIMO BOLL LOST a World tour FINAL to a 14 YEAR OLD</a> (1:53)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/yqeVBQvoaoQ" title="World championships doubles final 2021🌮🔥🏓 Credits: Joe Bao">World championships doubles final 2021</a> (10 sec)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFtIKBpjQck" title="THE SWEDES WHO SHOCKED THE WORLD AND BECAME WORLD CHAMPIONS">THE SWEDES WHO SHOCKED THE WORLD AND BECAME WORLD CHAMPIONS</a> (2:38)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI3vuqyd63c" title="XU XIN DESTROYS DEFENCE">XU XIN DESTROYS DEFENCE</a> (2:09)</li> </ul> <p><b>ITTF News</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/description?artId=1270">Become a WriTTer!</a> ITTF is looking for writers.</li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/15/meeting-expectations-lasko-impresses-ittf-top-officials/" title="Surpassing Expectations, Lasko Impresses ITTF Top Officials">Surpassing Expectations, Lasko Impresses ITTF Top Officials</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/14/first-titles-decided-surprise-winners-lasko/" title="First titles decided, surprise winners in Lasko">First titles decided, surprise winners in Lasko</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/13/five-questions-hungary-world-youth-festival-returns/" title="Five Questions for Hungary: World Youth Festival Returns">Five Questions for Hungary: World Youth Festival Returns</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/13/first-high-performance-research-training-camp-a-success/" title="First High Performance Research Training Camp a success">First High Performance Research Training Camp a success</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/13/featured-ittf-magazine-remarkable-story-hans-soova/" title="Featured in ITTF Magazine: The Remarkable Story of Hans Soova">Featured in ITTF Magazine: The Remarkable Story of Hans Soova</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/13/medallists-known-colour-unknown/" title="Medallists known, colour unknown">Medallists known, colour unknown</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/12/united-nations-appointment-hana-goda/" title="United Nations appointment for Hana Goda">United Nations appointment for Hana Goda</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/12/caused-biggest-first-day-upset-france-jonas-hansson-slovenia/" title="Caused biggest first day upset in France, same again for Jonas Hansson in Slovenia">Caused biggest first day upset in France, same again for Jonas Hansson in Slovenia</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/11/ittf-president-showcases-sport-inclusivity-global-sports-week-paris/" title="ITTF President Showcases Sport Inclusivity at Global Sports Week in Paris">ITTF President Showcases Sport Inclusivity at Global Sports Week in Paris</a></li> </ul> <p><b>Quadri Aruna</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/nigeria-sports-news/527435-table-tennis-nigerias-quadri-aruna-breaks-into-worlds-top-10.html">Table Tennis: Nigeria's Quadri Aruna breaks into World's Top 10</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/nigeria-sports-news/528973-the-journey-has-been-tough-and-the-sacrifice-many-says-quadri.html">The journey has been tough and the sacrifice many, says Quadri</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/nigeria-sports-news/527803-table-tennis-african-players-tasked-to-emulate-quadri-aruna.html">African players tasked to emulate Quadri Aruna</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hV_bEr8aZg&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis">Top 5 Points from Quadri Aruna</a>! (2:20)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBjL2TdXrFU&amp;ab_channel=tacobackhand">Quadri Aruna Sending Rockets</a> (3:29)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr5idkZZ5Gc&amp;ab_channel=Drupepong">Aruna Quadri Insane Power! Timing vs Technique</a> (56 sec)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU1nh52ui8w&amp;ab_channel=SlomoSports">Quadri Aruna Now | The Green Bat</a> (2:56)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZD9t55lTho&amp;ab_channel=ttlondon2012">Aruna Quadri vs Dang Qiu | German League 2022</a> (6:05)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-nnBQBKPos&amp;ab_channel=ttlondon2012">Timo Boll vs Aruna Quadri | German League 2022</a> (8:29)</li> </ul> <p><b>German League Rematch: Dusseldorf and Saarbrucken Advance to Final</b><br /> <a href="https://butterflyonline.com/german-league-rematch-dusseldorf-and-saarbrucken-advance-to-final/">Here's the article</a> by Steve Hopkins.</p> <p><b>Daniel González Ascends into the Top 100 World Ranking</b><br /> <a href="https://butterflyonline.com/table-tennis-player-daniel-gonzalez-ascends-into-the-top-100-world-ranking/">Here's the article</a>. The Puerto Rican player currently resides in NYC.</p> <p><b>Sportageous Talks to Ecuadorian Pro Table Tennis Player Alberto Mino</b><br /> <a href="https://www.sportageous.co/alberto-mino-ecuadorian-table-tennis-player/">Here's the article</a>. "Ecuadorian table tennis player, Alberto Mino, talks about the Tokyo Olympics, being Ecuador #1, and the psychology of table tennis."</p> <p><b>Ma Long Plays Insane Table Tennis</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z877xEV450g&amp;ab_channel=tacobackhand">Here's the video</a> (2:56).</p> <p><b>The TT Point of the Century?</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOAyxmDUWUM&amp;ab_channel=TrystwithTableTennis">Here's the video</a> (48 sec) of the point between Ma Long and Dimitrij Ovtcharov.</p> <p><b>Best Women's Rallies of All Time</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5TfLr52CD8&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis">Here's the video</a> (12:22)!</p> <p><b>Useful Backhands from the Best Matches in the World</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHcw35uy7tk&amp;ab_channel=TTshorts">Here's the video</a> (4:16).</p> <p><b>Unstoppable Shots from the Best Matches in the World</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPBSoCfsit0&amp;ab_channel=TTshorts">Here's the video</a> (3:00).</p> <p><b>Taking Table Tennis to the Next Level</b><br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=402475908414224">Here's the video</a> (55 sec) from World Table Tennis.</p> <p><b>Samuel Walker vs Tom Jarvis | FINAL | 2022 England National Championships</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv3kWWdCowc&amp;ab_channel=ttlondon2012">Here's the video</a> (12:16). (Pitchford and Drinkhall did not play.)</p> <p><b>Real Tennis Player VS Ping Pong Player</b><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-omhV3kE48g&amp;ab_channel=IllyaMarchenko">Here's the video</a> (5:25). "Today I [Illya Marchenko] accepted a challenge from Slovakian table tennis player Lubomir Pistej."</p> <p><b>Gov't to the Rescue of Table Tennis Team Stranded in Dom Rep</b><br /> <a href="https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/govt-to-the-rescue-of-table-tennis-team-stranded-in-dom-rep/">Here's the story</a> from the Jamaica Observer.</p> <p><b>Singapore Loses 0-3 to Thailand Ending Streak</b><br /> <a href="https://www.channelnewsasia.com/sport/table-tennis-women-team-event-lose-thailand-sea-games-2021-silver-2686486">Here's the story</a> from Channel News Asia. "Singapore loses 0-3 to Thailand in 31st SEA Games table tennis women's team, ending 9 consecutive gold streak."</p> <p><b>Saturday Evening Post Ping-Pong Cartoons</b><br /> <a href="https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2022/05/cartoons-ping-pong/">Here they are</a>!</p> <p><b>New from Pongfinity!</b></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BToB0LkLayM" title="Can You Split a Ball by Hitting It at an AXE?">Can You Split a Ball by Hitting It at an AXE?</a> (8:29)</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/JJLYvsDB7rY" title="Imagine if this wasn't recorded 🤯">Imagine if this wasn't recorded </a>(10 sec) - have to see this to believe it!</li> </ul> <p>***<br /> <a href="mailto:larry@larrytt.com">Send us</a> your own coaching news!</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, 05/16/2022 - 17:54</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, 16 May 2022 16:54:31 +0000 Larry Hodges 3378 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3378#comments May 9, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3376 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">May 9, 2022</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">While I was in Austria, two Tips went up, plus this week's Tip. Here they are!</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">April 25: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3373" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">How to Stop a Simple Third-Ball Forehand Attack</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">May 2: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3374" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Don't "Go For a Shot" or "Play Safe" - Just Do the Right Shot</a></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">May 9: <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3375" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Playing the Middle Doubles the Opponent's Difficulties</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>&lt;BEGIN AUSTRIA TRIP&gt;</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">WTT Youth Contender and ITTF Hopes Camp in Linz, Austria</span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">I've divided this into four parts: </span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="#Travel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Travel</a></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"><a href="#WTTYouthContender" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Youth Contender</a></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"><a href="#TimeOff" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Time Off</a></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"><a href="#ITTFHopesCamp" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Hopes Camp</a></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">=&gt;<a name="Travel" id="Travel">PART 1: Travel</a></span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Wow, what a great twelve days in Austria! On Monday, April 25, I flew to Linz with Ryan Lin (USA #1 in 12 and Under). The nine-hour flight arrived in Vienna on Tuesday morning. It was delayed 90 minutes after we boarded, so we were on the plane for nearly eleven hours. We then took an hour and 45-minute train to Linz. Below are a couple of pictures. (For all Facebook pictures, I'm also linking to the non-Facebook versions, since those not on Facebook often can't see Facebook photos.)</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.154739800360073/154738153693571" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ryan and I in our USA warmups</a> just before leaving for the airport. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/278734130_154740003693386_8801831111315927521_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=21Va_HXwVewAX9voTV0&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT_5dVWgcwjh46z_N4aW_Hg3QAJ47S1tTjS2FlKDqOn-4A&amp;oe=627D7573" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) </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"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.154739800360073/154738130360240" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ryan and I at the airport</a>. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/278930264_154739993693387_3821450743245339876_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=Oubde_47QZwAX8-Jdap&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT9z9gkR6UTo4OIq2yp0ZRikyNxPTH_xILevQ29nP46vIw&amp;oe=627ED4A7" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On the flight to Vienna, a man across the aisle, one seat up, wouldn't put on his mask. Flight attendants kept asking and telling him to do so. At times he'd say none fit him or they are uncomfortable. For much of the flight, he simply put a drink on his tray table and said he was drinking. Other times he'd put it on until they left, then immediately take it off. The Stewardesses finally got tired of asking and seemed to give up on him. Ryan and I mostly slept on the flight, though he also did some of his homework. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>=&gt;<a name="WTTYouthContender" id="WTTYouthContender">PART 2: WTT Youth Contender</a></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">The first part of our trip was the WTT Youth Contender (boys' events), April 27-29. The local organizers picked us up at the train station and took us straight to the playing venue, the Tips Arena. It was divided into two areas, the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.155641826936537/155641586936561" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Match Area</a> and the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.155641826936537/155641730269880/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Practice Area</a>. (Here's the non-Facebook versions: <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279154833_155641583603228_4587766310045394113_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=vba9vbb5iGoAX9aO630&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-O52S8AcFNehjiB5jFyb7jEDZDeBA-3lga9pBP3MSxzw&amp;oe=627F4D88" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Match Area</a> and <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279245095_155641726936547_5499264939473980805_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=06zwl1NCDOsAX-yJurj&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-Tojcjc_AmwC-s9mqTLY29DydBn9HAl5dW8H5hC7-Gwg&amp;oe=627E2215" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Practice Area</a>.) Ryan and I were both Covid vaccinated, and as required, we'd both had a PCR Covid test just before leaving the US. They gave us another test at the venue. The Ryan and I had a 90-minute practice session to get used to the playing conditions. (After the long flight and train, I was tottering about this first session, and Ryan wasn't playing well either, but we both got better.) Then we checked into our hotel for the stay, the Hotel Park Inn. (I spent twelve days wondering if I should point out that "Inn" and "Hotel" seemed redundant.) We had another practice session the following morning, then Ryan practiced with Emmanuel Otalvaro of Columbia - who would not only be his ongoing practice partner for much of the trip, but would move in with Ryan on the second day and be roommates and video game partners. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.155641826936537/155641476936572" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's Ryan and Emmanuel</a>. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279080792_155641473603239_6508508233399223531_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=eroHL6qcwUIAX-jv0nA&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-N7sHzWtMdfiI15agbtvIhHiJYDSc_Wx4Z4K1H6Wtrig&amp;oe=627DF987" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) Emmanuel and Ryan came in 1-2 at the America's Hopes Tournament in Ecuador last year. Emmanuel is about 2250, Ryan about 2200. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Here's the ITTF page for the <a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5373/2022/wttyouthcontender-Linz/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Youth Contender</a>; click on <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2545" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">EVENT INFO</a> to get to the WTT page with results. Ryan was in two events, Under 13 Boys and Under 15 Boys. Here are some pictures of Ryan:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.155641826936537/155641263603260" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">In front of the Sponsor Wall</a>. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279474201_155641260269927_4649608143963551159_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=T_kktGSaDbMAX-DfIXZ&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-25vZcYExO4bChiBe6wRAl6foU0Dj2UxRYZCGZqevliQ&amp;oe=627EDF4F" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) </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"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.155641826936537/155641336936586" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">About to smash</a> in the practice hall. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279112429_155641330269920_4267841777376666858_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=zDC5V_O5tFcAX8VZV2h&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT8iRSmBjTbuacofcYf5eGPHUl1knmyc5CGVtHprHuJMDQ&amp;oe=627D6C94" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.)</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"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.155641826936537/155641383603248" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Serving</a> in the practice hall. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279080792_155641380269915_317217877814723380_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=vdv5zwnhjewAX8ndQp6&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT_iG1CesvX4bRsYz23_Vx8HAqKjcQ4RlYw3jLlywtmgvQ&amp;oe=627EB1B4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.)</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">In Under 13, Ryan didn't play well at the start. Part of the problem was the time difference. He'd arrived the previous morning, and so only had one day to adjust to a six-hour time difference. His first match was against a Croatian player at 10:30 AM Wednesday, which was 4:30 AM Maryland time. In a match I'm certain he could have won, he instead lost at 9,7,7. After that, he played better, defeating a player from Ukraine, 6,-8,7,2. Yes, he was able to attend despite what's going on in his country - don't get me started on that. I spoke some with his mom on the issue - and it turned out she was from the US (spoke perfect English) before emigrating to Ukraine. Her son had actually been born in the US before moving to Ukraine, and had joint citizenship. In his final match in the RR, Ryan played a player from Qatar, and started out well, and ended up having to struggle before pulling it out, 9,11,-6,-9,9, and advancing into the main draw.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">In the first round (round of 32), played Wednesday night, Ryan played a player from Spain, and won, 11,8,-10,9. In the second round (round of 16), he played the top seed, Benjamin Girlinger of Austria. This would be Ryan's worst match of the tournament by several magnitudes - he'd lose at 4,5,4 - but he'd get redemption. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">In Under 15 the next day, Ryan was in a group of three. As luck would have it, he had Girlinger again - and in his first match Thursday morning! The match was at 9:30 AM, which is 3:30 AM Maryland time, and since Ryan had just gotten killed by him in his last match the night before, I was worried about this match. But Ryan and I discussed tactics (shh!), and this time he played much, much better in a spectacular match by both players - but oh, how the Lords of Fate conspired against Ryan!!! In game one, at 9-10, Girlinger gets an edge to win. In game two, at 10-all, he gets another edge, and wins 12-10. At this point Ryan is beyond frustration, but he's playing well - and with nothing to lose, he lets loose in the third, winning 11-4. Game four is close all the way, but Girlinger pulls away at the end and wins, 9,10,-4,8. But now Ryan is playing well - only thing is, the tournament is almost over for him. But not only did he get some redemption from that poorly played match on Wednesday night, he also, as I pointed out to him, played dead even with Girlinger this time, as the two ended up tied in points, 38-38. Oh, those edges! (The online listing has Ryan losing the fourth 11-7, but it was 11-8.) </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">In his second match, he played Mihai Nagy of Romania, and player he knew well from the previous Hopes Camp and Tournament in Jordan, and who would also be in the upcoming Hopes Camp. They played a great dead-even match, but alas, the Romanian pulled it out, -9,10,-12,8,9. So Ryan was done with the tournament. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">=&gt;<a name="TimeOff" id="TimeOff">PART 3: Time Off</a></span></b><br /> <span style="color:black">We now had two days off before the ITTF Hopes Camp would start on Sunday. We spent Friday mostly at the venue where Ryan practiced much of the day with Emmanuel and did serve and receive practice with me. He also did a lot of homework. We also discovered the four local pizza places - we'd eat at all of them. (We ordered a pepperoni pizza at the first place - and due to some miscommunication, we got a pizza covered with hot peppers! But we picked them out and it was very good.) Throughout our stay meals were served at the playing venues for free, but sometimes we wanted something different. On our off days, we would have to take a 15-minute bus ride each way to get the meals, so we had pizzas. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">On Saturday, Ryan and I walked one mile and toured the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linz_Castle" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Linz Castle and Museum</a>. (The Wikipedia article is rather sparse, and doesn't mention that it's mostly a museum now.) Then we went to the <a href="https://www.zoo-linz.at/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Zoo Linz</a>! Lots to see there. The he and Emmanuel played video games the rest of the day while I read and did some writing. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">=&gt;<a name="ITTFHopesCamp" id="ITTFHopesCamp">PART 4: ITTF Hopes Camp</a></span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">[Here is the ITTF article on the camp, which went up on Tuesday: </span><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/05/10/hopes-squad-assembles-linz/">Hopes Squad Assembles in Linz</a>.]<br /> <span style="color:black">What a great job by </span>Massimo "Max" Costantini (ITTF High Performance Elite Coach, ITA) and Dominique Plattner (AUT)! This was my third ITTF Hopes Camp with them, following ones in Ecuador and Jordan last year. Everything was well organized, they kept discipline (not easy with a pack of 12-year-olds), and of course the training was once again excellent. They were not only great in the training, but very helpful outside of training - they helped arrange our Covid tests, make changes in our train schedule, and other issues. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The physical training sessions were run by Dominique and Didi, the latter a top physical trainer and former boxer who had highly entertaining exercises for the kids - including some boxing practice!!! (No real punching except at targets.) <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/videos/1161974594591297" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's video</a> (13 sec) of the physical training in the morning (13 sec), with Dominque running it. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The camp was held at the Linz AG Froschbert Sportpark Lissfeld, which has a full-time table tennis training center. There were 14 "official" players in the camp (most with their coaches present), with others brought in on a day-to-day basis, so we usually had 16 players. The players, mostly age 12 (a few 11 or 13) were from USA, Puerto Rico, Columbia, England, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Belgium, Czech Republic, South Africa, Tunisia, Iran, and Australia. There wasn't a weak link in the group, basically the best 12-year-olds in the world from Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. They ranged from about 2100 to 2350 in level, with most of them (including Ryan) in the 2200 range. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">With some daily variations, here was the basic training schedule:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">7:40 AM: Meet in lobby for 15 minutes of outside physical training, then breakfast. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">9:30 AM-12:30 PM: Training, including about 15 minutes of physical training at the start and finish. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">4:00-7:30 PM: Training, including about 15 minutes of physical training at the start and finish.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">The drills were varied and intense, and included lots of footwork and stroking drills, lots of serve and receive drills, and an hour of multiball training each afternoon, fed by the players' coaches. (So I fed to Ryan.) There were also several practice tournaments, so the kids got lots of match play as well. Ryan didn't play particularly well in the practice tournaments at first, but on the last day he exploded and played really well. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">The kids had a welcome surprise one afternoon when 2003 World Champion <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werner_Schlager">Werner Schlager</a> showed up and spent the afternoon with us. He gave a talk on how to become a champion and answered lots of questions from the players and the coaches. He watched Ryan play for ten minutes and had a few suggestions for him. Here's a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.157210693446317/157208976779822/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">picture of Ryan and I with Werner</a>, from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ryan's Facebook Table Tennis Page</a>. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279418772_157210796779640_3685920324003893155_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=BcfM5pD2IooAX8083Is&amp;_nc_oc=AQkKy4vwDYGCCPpPSPBcg7GMkIM5wNDnBy4ato7OSicRngFEVtW_P9DilZgEbcZkNHMaZ0OOh_IEmBREMkhUZbyi&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT8oBraui2eeEJIO0xfy0Gft6InxZY5PsazwfjfvNiHNOA&amp;oe=627E0E3F" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) Here's a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ryanlin2009/photos/pcb.157210693446317/157208933446493/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">group picture of the whole camp with Werner</a>. (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/279627223_157208926779827_5274608835726407457_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&amp;ccb=1-6&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=9IZMIQBkKCEAX_Ftqv4&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT9BosZfkaprT1ZTO05vERXW31x-WcWBe4bT-5bwws8rNA&amp;oe=627F02AD" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) I'm second from the left in the back; Werner's right in the middle in the back; Ryan's in the front in the blue and black shirt; Emmanuel is the slightly shorter kid two spots to the right of Ryan in front. (Enrique Rios from Puerto Rico is in the second row, toward the left, in the dark blue shirt with "Churry" in green on it - that's one of his sponsors. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/elchurrypr/photos/pcb.5014376495322843/5014367928657033/">He has a sandwich named after him</a>! He has a USATT rating of 2319, and was one of the two or three strongest in the camp. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Enrique-Yezu%C3%A9-R%C3%ADos-2387198438190898">Here's his Athlete Facebook page</a>.) </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">For meals, most days we had an "Americas Table," where the two from USA, two from Columbia (Emmanuel and his coach), and two from Puerto Rico (Enrico Rios and his mom) sat together. It was an interesting mix: I only speak English; Ryan speaks English and Chinese (though he's learning Spanish); Emmanuel, his coach, and Enrique's mom only speak Spanish. Enrique speaks Spanish and his rapidly improving English, so he ended up being a translator for much of the time, though Ryan and Emmanuel often used the English-Spanish translator app on their phones. Every night the three of us helped ourselves to the free hot chocolate offered in the lobby. (The machine also had various types of coffee for others.) </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">We had the morning of Wednesday, May 4 off - yes, Star Wars Day. So the six from the Americas went for a long walk about Linz. It's also when the kids discovered the ice cream place nearby - or rather, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelato" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">gelato</a>, which is the European version of ice cream, which the kids absolutely loved. In the last three days of the camp we had three trips to the gelato place. We had another walk that night. Here are two pictures:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Trinity-Column.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Enrique, Emmanuel, and Ryan</a> in front of the <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Trinity_Column_monument_in_Linz_main_square_(8167882711).jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Trinity Column in Linz Main Square</a></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"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Ryan-book-monument.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ryan in front of a huge book monument</a>, with numerous guns of various types coming out of it. (That tall one at the top is a tank turret.) <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Das_andere_Buch_by_Theo_Blaickner,_Linz_01.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's a page</a> with some info on it. </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"><a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Enrique-and-Larrys-forehand.mp4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Enrique describing my forehand</a> (12 sec)!</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">I kept notes on Ryan's matches and training throughout the trip, and compiled a list of things he should focus on as he continues his training at home in Maryland. Other coaches did the same, of course - I saw one coach's notebook that was absolutely jammed with about 50 pages of notes and sketches of various drills. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Before leaving, we were required to have another Covid PCR test, which we did two days before leaving. Because the medical facility at the playing venue had closed the day before, they arranged for our tests at a local facility - but it cost $69 each. (In all, we both had four tests for the trip.) the PCR test was required - but for some reason, nobody ever asked for it on our return flights, at either end!</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">On Friday, May 6, it was time to go home. Once again we took the hour and 45-minute train to Vienna, and the nine-hour flight back to Maryland, full of jokes, brain teasers, and homework. I even got some writing done!</span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>&lt;END AUSTRIA TRIP&gt;</b></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">Countries I've Been To</span></b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">With the addition of Austria, I've now been to 23 countries. (I've also been to all 50 US states.) Here they are in </span>the order that I've visited them: USA, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan*, Japan, China, Bahamas, Portugal, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Egypt, Panama, Ecuador, Jordan, Austria. (*For this listing, I have the self-governing Taiwan as a country, for lack of better word ("self-governing entity" is too ponderous), but that's <i>not</i> a political statement or a claim that Taiwan is a country, so please leave the politics out of this.) Here's my book on my seven-week tour of Europe and Egypt in 2019: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B086PN9B67" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Larry's Adventures in Europe and Egypt: Seven Weeks Following Tour Guides with Little Flags and Funny Hats, and the Quest for the Elusive Dr Pepper</a>, one of my <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">17 books</a> (with two more coming out later this year - "Yet Still More Table Tennis Tips" and "Yet Still More Pings and Pongs"). In October this year I'll be in Pula, Croatia, coaching Navin Kumar at the World Parkinson's Table Tennis Championships, and I likely will do a one-week or so tour of some neighboring countries afterwards. There's also a chance I might be going to Argentina in a few weeks to coach at another ITTF Hopes Camp and two junior tournaments. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WTT Feeder Fremont</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=2569" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the WTT page</a> for the event, just held May 5-8 in Fremont, CA. Following that is . . .</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>WTT Feeder Westchester</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'll be going up on Tuesday to coach and spectate for 1-2 days at the <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?eventId=2570" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WTT Feeder in Westchester</a>, NY, May 11-15. I'm going up with Ryan Lin (US #1 in 12 and Under, just back from Austria) and his dad. He's playing in <a href="https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?subEvt=MSINGLES&amp;selectedTab=Draws&amp;eventId=2570" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Men's Singles</a>, but likely won't last long there. The primary purpose is for Ryan to watch some of the matches in person . . . and maybe get an autograph and picture with top-seeded Chuang Chih-Yuan!!! (Ryan was born in the US, but his parents are from Taiwan, as is Chuang.) Poor Ryan will be stuck in the stands as I commentate on tactics and technique in the matches! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I returned from Austria on Friday night, exhausted and used to Austrian time, six hours ahead of us. Alas, I had six group sessions to coach at on Saturday and Sunday, each 90 minutes. Our junior program is divided into four groups - Group 1 ("Select"); Group 2 ("Progress"); Group 3 ("Intermediate"); and Group 4 ("Novice"). On Saturday, I did Group 4 (mostly feeding multiball), Group 1 (where I was a wandering coach), and a combined Group 2-3 session, where I was a practice partner. On Sunday I did Group 3 (mostly feeding multiball), Group 2 (practice partner); and Group 1 (wandering coach). I also did a one-hour session with Navin Kumar on Sunday. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/navin.kumar.161/videos/392336872774318" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's video</a> (27 sec). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It was one of the most tiring weekends ever, as I came in tired, and the sessions were almost all back-to-back-to-back. On Saturday I was on my feet for five hours straight, and on Sunday it was 2.5 hours, off an hour, and then three more hours on my feet. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">A lot of the focus was (as usual) making sure we have active feet. I also harped a lot on keeping the ball to wide corners in drills rather than just to the middle forehand or backhand. What you do in practice you will do in a match. </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 haven't blogged since April 18 (due to my 12-day trip to Austria), rather than try to list every interesting article, for this blog I'll just link to some of the main news and coaching pages, 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://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT 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">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="https://butterflyonline.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">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="http://nctta.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">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://samsondubina.com/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Samson Dubina</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.tabletenniscoach.me.uk/articles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tom Lodziak</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">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://pingsunday.com/articles/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">PingSunday/EmRatThich - 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/c/EmRatThichTableTennisCoach/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">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/channel/UC8qB0R__Vb9Pw3nQMw5haUg/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">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/c/PERFORMANCEBIOMECHANICSACADEMYTABLETENNIS/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Performance Biomechanics Academy</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/MALONGFanmadeChannel/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">MaLong Fanmade Channel</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/MHTableTennis/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">MH 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/UCIyhoU4jcjFWkeelzga-2qA/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ti Long</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>D Vishwa: The Future of Indian Table Tennis, Destined for Great Things, Until Tragedy Struck</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://scroll.in/field/1022800/d-vishwa-the-future-of-indian-table-tennis-destined-for-great-things-until-tragedy-struck" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> on the 18-year-old Indian star. <a href="https://scroll.in/field/1022055/table-tennis-tamil-nadu-paddler-d-vishwa-dies-in-car-accident" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's another article on it</a>. He was entered at the WTT Youth Contender (Under 19 events) in Linz, Austria, which I just returned from. They held a moment of silence for him there. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Who Did It Best? Around The Net</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=4gR3u4CiJhg&amp;ab_channel=WorldTableTennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (2:36), from World Table Tennis.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>'Futuristic' Ping Pong Venue Opens In Astoria, Promising 24/7 Gameplay</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://patch.com/new-york/astoria-long-island-city/futuristic-ping-pong-venue-opens-astoria-promising-24-7-gameplay" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> on the new PongPod in Queens, NYC. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Inside the NBA got Chuck again with Ping Pong 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=xC1H1sMZTZ0&amp;ab_channel=HouseofHighlights" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (4:40) from House of Highlights. Table tennis section starts at <a href="https://youtu.be/xC1H1sMZTZ0?t=111" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">1:51</a>. See Charles "Chuck" Barkley dowsed in ping-pong balls!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Boxing Pong Shirts</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://teeartprint.com/product/table-tennis-bat-boxing-gloves-boxing-table-tennis-t-shirt/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can get them</a> at Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ice Table</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/battleofthepaddlebristol/photos/a.1568157793449527/1795224977409473/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the picture</a>! (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.18169-9/16387394_1795224977409473_6823314585813712032_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=9267fe&amp;_nc_ohc=zPtVNczX2EQAX9IhdXW&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT89FfTC-e9eK1hrC8XTz8q5KE-b032taoGVrgu5Qlr6jg&amp;oe=628585A0" 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>Anything Can Be a Table Tennis Table</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/watch/?v=709715903559995" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (22 sec)! </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Pongfinity!</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=KT6Zi9iRE3c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Return My Serve, I Fill Your Gas Tank">Return My Serve, I Fill Your Gas Tank</a> (8:01)</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/shorts/M0rQ9hARrhU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ping pong illusion with Zach King">Ping pong illusion with Zach King</a> (14 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/shorts/oT6HukxhFPg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Never Let Them Know Your Next Move">Never Let Them Know Your Next Move</a> (8 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>And The Winner is ...</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=lMhvwYPbyfw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (15:38) from Adam Bobrow!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Mostly Non-Table Tennis - Eight Sales in Eight Weeks!</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It's been a crazy two months in my science fiction writing world - eight sales!!! As noted below, a ping-pong ball has a major impact in "Christmas Interrupted." (<a href="http://larryhodges.org/bibliography/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's my science fiction bibliography,</a> with links to many of my stories. I've sold 131 short stories and 4 novels.)  </span></span></p> <ol> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Small Step" (6600 words) to Abyss &amp; Apex. What really happened on the moon when Neil Armstrong left out the "a" in "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Buzz must negotiate with time-altering aliens to save mankind!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Christmas Interrupted" (3600 words) to the Flame Tree Christmas Gothic anthology. What happens thousands or millions of years from now, when humankind is extinct but Santa, suffering from Alzheimer's, still tries to deliver presents to children every year, to the extreme annoyance of his aging elves? A darkly comic story, with a surprise ending that many will find touching. A ping-pong ball has a major impact on the story!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Rationalized" (2400 words) to the Flame Tree Compelling Science Fiction anthology. A dystopian society requires everyone to have an operation when they turn 13 to remove the parts of the brain responsible for emotion. An underground that avoided the operation fights back - and their leader faces an impossible decision. Probably the best tear-jerker I've ever written.</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"The Vampire on the Tesseract Wall" (3900 words) to Dark Matter Magazine, my third sale to them. A 4-D being collects 3-D beings to display on its wall. It gets more than it bargained for when it collects a powerful vampire. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Packing List for the Invasion" (1000 words) to Daily Science Fiction, my third sale to them since December. The story is told in the form of a literal packing list. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Ten Songs of Halloween" (1700 words) to the B Cubed Alternative Holidays anthology. A nasty spirit explains what happens each hour, a countdown toward its killing you, with a new song every hour. Can you escape?</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"A Grand Canyon of Lions" (100 words) to Martian Magazine. Yeah, that happened. Anything that's possible happens somewhere in the multiverse, right?</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">"Death Message" (100 words) to Martian Magazine. A deadly way to send a ship-to-ship message.</span></span></li> </ol> <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, 05/09/2022 - 17:51</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, 09 May 2022 16:51:05 +0000 Larry Hodges 3376 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3376#comments April 18, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3372 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">April 18, 2022</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>Next Blog Will Be Monday, May 9</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">However, the <a href="http://tabletenniscoaching.com/TipOfTheWeek" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tips of the Week</a> will still go up each Monday. I'm going out of town for two weeks, coaching at the ITTF Youth Contender and Hopes Camp in Linz, Austria - see segment below. </span></span></p> <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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3371" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Keep the Ball to the Extreme Angles in Practice</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>ITTF Youth Contender and Hopes Camp in Linz, Austria</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I'm off next Monday to Linz, Austria to coach at the <a href="https://www.ittf.com/tournament/5373/2022/wttyouthcontender-Linz/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Youth Contender</a> (April 27-29) and <a href="https://www.ittf.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/2022-Hopes-Squad-Follow-Up-Activity-Linz-25-April-5-May.pdf" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Hopes Camp</a> (May 1-5). I'll be coaching Ryan Lin (12, 2155 (was recently over 2200), #1 in US for 12 and Under), who will be playing in Under 13 and Under 15 Boys. Also attending and competing will be three US girls: Mandy Yu (coached by Wei Qi), Tashiya Piyadasa (coached by her dad, Thilina), and Genelia William (traveling with family, might have a local coach her). Also attending will be the top two boys from Puerto Rico, Enrique Rios and Steven Moreno. It'll be a lot of work, but it'll also be a fun reunion of the players (Ryan, Mandy, Tashiya) and their coaches (Me, Wei Qi, Thilina) - we were together at previous Hopes events last year in Cuenca, Ecuador and Amman, Jordon. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">HOWEVER . . . there is one serious problem we will face, one that dwarfs all others, an absolute calamity in the making that could lead to international instability, pestilence, famine, and war . . . there is no Dr Pepper in Austria. <i>How Will I Survive???</i></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I coached in four group junior sessions over the weekend. In the Novice group, we focused on fundamentals, as usual, but for the last 15 minutes, I introduced them to a new game we haven't done recently. I put a bottle of water on the table. I told them I have a pet Saint Bernard that slobbers all the time, and that I'd put a pan under his mouth the night before and caught all the slobber, and put it in the bottle. And so the bottle was dog saliva! I explained that they'd rotate in a line, rapid-fire, each getting three shots (wide backhand, middle, wide forehand), and if anyone hit the bottle, I had to drink the dog saliva. I assured them that none of them were good enough to do it, and so I was completely safe. I wasn't; they had delirious fun, I drank lots of it. Yuck!!! (When I have green Gatorade, we play the same game, except it's "squeezed worm juice.") </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I was a practice partner for the second strongest group, which ranged from 1200 to 1800. One of the drills started with them serving backspin, I push to their forehand, they loop to my backhand, I block to their backhand, and the rally continues with the usual 2-1 Falkenberg drill: backhand from backhand side; forehand from backhand side; forehand from forehand side; and repeat. But a strange thing happened - over and over, even though they knew I was going to push to the forehand, they started to move to cover their backhand. Why? Because, from years of practice, if I'm going to push to the forehand, I aim my paddle at the backhand side, and only change directions at the last second. It's one of those simple things that maybe 1% of players under 2200 regularly do. At least our kids will grow up getting used to it!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">In the other two groups, I mostly fed multiball, though I also did some walking around coaching. (On a side note, I usually coach <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10297504/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Navin Kumar</a> on Sundays, but he had to take the day off. See his segment below - he's featured on Parkinson's TV.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">Larry Hodges Books</span></b><br /> <span style="color:black">It's time for one of my shameless sales plugs for my table tennis books! They are all on both my <a href="http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/larryhodgesbooks" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff6300">Larry Hodges Books</span></a> page here and on my <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Larry-Hodges/e/B001KINJFY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ff6300">Amazon page</span></a>. (You might also try out one of my science fiction books, or even my travel book to Europe and Egypt!) </span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><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> - my best-seller</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tips-Larry-Hodges/dp/1497496144" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tips</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/1544715137" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">More Table Tennis Tips</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088N68MS6" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Still More Table Tennis Tips</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Table-Tennis-Tales-Techniques-Hodges/dp/B003AYB2A0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Table Tennis Tales &amp; Techniques</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Professional-Table-Tennis-Coaches-Handbook/dp/1484033760" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Professional Table Tennis Coaches Handbook</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Pong-Larry-Hodges/dp/1512117080/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">The Spirit of Pong</a><span style="color:black">  - fantasy table tennis novel about a top American who goes to China to learn the secrets of table tennis - and trains under the spirts - ghosts! - of past champions. My personal favorite.</span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">I have two other out-of-print table tennis books, <i>Table Tennis: Steps to Success</i> (from 1993, and a bit dated) and <i>Instructors Guide to Table Tennis</i> (from 1989). I may do updates and reprint these someday.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2022 US Nationals Update</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/April/13/2022-US-Nationals-Update" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the report</a> from Nationals Director Mike Babuin on the <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/usa-table-tennis/2022-us-national-table-tennis-championship" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 US Nationals</a>, July 2-7 in Fort Worth, TX. Here's the ongoing list of entries, which you can sort by rating, alphabetically, or by event. There are 124 so far as I write this. At the moment, we have 17 of our junior players from MDTTC planning to go, with ten of them also playing in the Junior Team Trials held there the week before. So I'll be coaching there for two weeks. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Navin P. Kumar - ParkinsonTV</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/watch/?v=1145998819466979&amp;ref=sharing" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (8:17) on Facebook, here's the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLZO5kRHsL4&amp;ab_channel=EndingParkinson%27sDisease">Youtube version</a>. I'm <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10297504/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Navin</a>'s coach, but during the filming of this I was out of town coaching at the World Hopes in Jordan, so didn't get to make an appearance. </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="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-crystal-wang-abs-back-exercises/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Abs &amp; Back Exercises</a> (1:44 and 1:48) with Crystal Wang. </span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-wenting-zha-foundational-skills/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Foundational Skills</a> (1:47) with Wenting Zha, commentary by Brian Pace.</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-shashin-shodhan-the-forehand-pendulum-serve/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Forehand Pendulum Serve</a> (1:27) with Shashin Shodhan, commentary by Brian Pace.</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-training-tips-with-zelin-ye-handspeed-footwork/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Handspeed &amp; Footwork</a> (58 sec) with Zelin Ye, commentary by Brian Pace.</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/rehearsal" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Rehearsal</a> - with quotes from Lanny Bassham</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/buying-racket" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Buying a Racket?</a> (3:35) - 4 Aspects to Consider</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/videos/puerto-rico-open" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Puerto Rico Open</a> (2:01) - highlights</span></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="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/alexis-lebrun-world-youth/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Alexis Lebrun - the New World Youth Leader</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/gacina-andrej-equipment/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Gacina Andrej Equipment and Playing Style</a> (world #33 from Croatia)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPzWixTpkfA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="elbow problem in the backhand topspin table tennis technique">Elbow problem in the backhand topspin table tennis technique</a> (5:12)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUEWyYLlLHs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Fan Zhendong training 2022">Fan Zhendong training 2022</a> (3:40)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_SPJ3K89qs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Miwa Harimoto loves dancing">Miwa Harimoto loves dancing</a> (50 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvPR5zzqKWU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="message from Quadri Aruna">Message from Quadri Aruna</a> (2:55)</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Table Tennis Philosophy/Coach Jon</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSM4xQql8OI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The First Step In Learning How to Loop">The First Step In Learning How to Loop</a> (52 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7lRDK4igSQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Video Self-Analysis of Table Tennis Habits">Video Self-Analysis of Table Tennis Habits</a> (2:47)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NxuDx7Ht-M" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="A Little (Very Little) Table Tennis Action">A Little (Very Little) Table Tennis Action</a> (2:47)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=act0cZ1_Jm8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How Many Times Should You Change Your Tactics During a Table Tennis Match?">How Many Times Should You Change Your Tactics During a Table Tennis Match?</a> (5:08)</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Taco Backhand</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(Just discovered <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8qB0R__Vb9Pw3nQMw5haUg/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">this site</a> - lots more videos.)</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLzqp6IuyGg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE BIGGEST COMEBACK IN MODERN TABLE TENNIS">The Biggest comeback in Modern Table Tennis</a> (1:21)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huhZ_98lwPE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="TIMO BOLL’S GREATEST VICTORY">Timo Boll's Greatest Victory</a> (1:13)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDqhqn0OaRg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="WHEN MA LONG BECAME THE GOAT">When Ma Long Became the GOAT</a> (1:42). That's Mattias Falck of Sweden he's playing in the 2019 final (with short pips on the forehand). One small note - at 1:27 it says Ma Long is the only player to win "World Championships" three times in a row. However, just sticking with Men's Singles, Viktor Barna won four times in a row (1932-35, when it was held annually, and a fifth in 1930) and Zhuang Zedong won three in a row (1961, 1963, 1965). </span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH2kF9PQ9nI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="CHINAS BIGGEST THREAT! BEST OF LIN JUN YU EP 4">China's Biggest Threat! Best of Lin Jun Yu</a> (2:11)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeaL89hC4EE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="XU XIN BEHIND THE BACK SHOT">Xu Xin Behind the Back Shot</a> (12 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMQXzuPeepE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE MATCH MA LONG WANTS TO FORGET">The Match Ma Long Wants to Forget</a> (1:54)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkYJ8-XEGf4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="MA LONG 360 BLOCK">Ma Long 360 Block</a> (13 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFwle8_8Pfw&amp;t=5s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE GOAT (PRIVATE RECORDING) Best of Ma Long EP 8">The GOAT: Best of Ma Long</a> (2:27)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaeQHIT1sMs&amp;t=30s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="THE GERMAN POWERHOUSE CRUSHES HIS OPPONENTS! (GOOD CAMERA ANGLES) BEST OF FRANZISKA EP 3">The German Powerhouse Crushes His Opponents! The Best of Franziska</a> (2:26)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g47xrinOQSM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="BEST ANGLE - FAN ZHENDONG VS LIANG JINGKUN (SEMI FINAL WTTC 2021)">Best Angle - Fan Zhendong vs. Liang Jingkun (Semifinals WTTC 2021)</a> (10 min)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/shorts/wnyvJoHWGbo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="FAN ZHENDONG AROUND THE NET SHOT">Fan Zhendong Around the Net Shot</a> (15 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIVgPNOW3hI" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="IS FAN ZHENDONG THE NEXT GRAND SLAM? (GOOD CAMERA ANGLES) BEST OF FZD EP 9">Is Fan Zhendong the Next Grand Slam Champion? Best of FZD</a> (2:47)</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Drupe Pong</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">(Just discovered <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQNgmj_R1FCCx8KopqJ4vQQ/videos" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">this site</a>.)</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTrabz3ZPSQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Aruna Quadri backhand version 1.0 to 2.0!">Aruna Quadri backhand version 1.0 to 2.0!</a> (2:34)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc47fAjImdA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="3rd Baroda Open Quarterfinals ( Vishal Baraiya vs Anantha Hegde)">3rd Baroda Open Quarterfinals ( Vishal Baraiya vs Anantha Hegde)</a> (6:39)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPooXB0Dj2o" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="A serve to catch your opponent off guard">A serve to catch your opponent off guard</a> (31 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEX5gwc-kDY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Sharath Kamal annoys Yuan Licen with Indian style blocking">Sharath Kamal annoys Yuan Licen with Indian style blocking</a> (1:18)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibzOzm_lVLg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Wang Chuqin anticipates Ma Longs combo the 3rd time">Wang Chuqin anticipates Ma Longs combo the 3rd time</a> (58 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6KEsx5akGs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Gameplay points - 70 year old with EPIC counterattack!">Gameplay points - 70 year old with EPIC counterattack!</a> (40 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr5idkZZ5Gc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Aruna Quadri Insane Power!">Aruna Quadri Insane Power!</a> (57 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX8xa-TKdlU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Sanil Shetty Best Points - Elegant Topspin!">Sanil Shetty Best Points - Elegant Topspin!</a> (3:25)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HccvJ0P325E" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="3rd Baroda Open 2022 - Semifinals (Keval Makwana vs Anantha Hegde)">3rd Baroda Open 2022 - Semifinals (Keval Makwana vs Anantha Hegde)</a> (16:31)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYN2P7neLjY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="2nd Baroda Open 2021 - Round of 16">2nd Baroda Open 2021 - Round of 16</a> (11:52)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbP_6rCW1gk" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Forehand Topspin technique evolution!">Forehand Topspin technique evolution!</a> (60 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQXe-k-cVP0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Gameplay points - crazy drop shot!">Gameplay points - crazy drop shot!</a> (51 sec)</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY_r_ve_W2M" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Forehand Topspin Drill">Forehand Topspin Drill</a> (46 sec)</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Developing Kids 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://pingskills.com/blog/developing-kids-in-table-tennis" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (12:08) from PingSkills. </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</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</b></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/a-puerto-rico-experience-la-playa-plazas-plantains-and-ping-pong/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">A Puerto Rico Experience: La Playa, Plazas, Plantains, and Ping Pong</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-puerto-rico-open-from-the-lower-divisions/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Butterfly Puerto Rico Open: From the Lower Divisions</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/butterfly-puerto-rico-open-teams-tta-888-win-in-san-juan/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Butterfly Puerto Rico Open Teams: TTA/888 Win in San Juan</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/wab-club-feature-denver-table-tennis-alliance-part-2/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Denver Table Tennis Alliance Part 2</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/big-team-changes-for-ovtcharov-major-upgrade-for-neu-ulm/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Big Team Changes for Ovtcharov: Major Upgrade for Neu-Ulm</a></span></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="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/04/15/five-questions-kazakhstan-major-strides-nationwide/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Five Questions to Kazakhstan: Major Strides Nationwide">Five Questions to Kazakhstan: Major Strides Nationwide</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/04/14/veterans-society-president-peter-bakker-passes-71/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Veterans Society President Peter Bakker Passes at 71">Veterans Society President Peter Bakker Passes at 71</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/04/14/houston-sports-moment-year-mixed-doubles-pairs-nominated/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Houston Sports Moment of the Year: Mixed Doubles Pairs Nominated">Houston Sports Moment of the Year: Mixed Doubles Pairs Nominated</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/04/12/ittf-publishes-development-objective-report/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Publishes Development Objective Report">ITTF Publishes Development Objective Report</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.ittf.com/2022/04/12/table-tennis-confirmed-2026-commonwealth-games/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis Confirmed for 2026 Commonwealth Games">Table Tennis Confirmed for 2026 Commonwealth Games</a></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">ITTF <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ittfchannel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">video page</a> ("World Table Tennis") </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>War in Ukraine – Stranded in Russia, Table Tennis Player Polina Mikhailova Was Able to Find Her Saint-Quentin Club: "what is happening affects her a lot"</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://5aial.com/war-in-ukraine-stranded-in-russia-table-tennis-player-polina-mikhailova-was-able-to-find-her-saint-quentin-club-what-is-happening-affects-her-a-lot/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from 5aial.com. And speaking of Ukraine, did you know that German superstar table tennis player <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimitrij_Ovtcharov" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Dimitrij Ovtcharov</a> (world #7, I think #2 at one time) was actually born in Ukraine? His family moved to Germany shortly after he was born. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Global Table Tennis Balls Market SWOT Analysis, Key Indicators, Forecast 2029 : STIGA, Butterfly, Franklin Sports, KEVENZ, EastPoint Sports</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.bloomingprairieonline.com/global-table-tennis-balls-market-swot-analysis-key-indicators-forecast-2029-stiga-butterfly-franklin-sports-kevenz-eastpoint-sports/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the report</a> from Blooming Prairie Online. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>PingPod Coach Tahl Leibovitz</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/watch?v=505219797758541" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the interview</a> (1:23). </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Xianyao He – Tournament Highlights</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/xianyao-he-tournament-highlights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (2:31) of the USA Cadet Team Member. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Malong Fanmade Channel</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/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Happy Birthday to the Legendary Vladimir Samsonov!</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=50786Qh8_mU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (5:10) of former world #1 <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Samsonov" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Samsonov</a>, who turned 46 yesterday (Apr. 17), who retired just last year. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Monday Motivation with Jean-Philippe Gatien!</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/watch?v=322973569926149" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (33 sec)! Lefty Gatien was the 1993 World Men's Singles Champion. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Dreamer21 Table Tennis Museum</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/channel/UCEj-ySRDkmQb1UyxVx68GyQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the page</a> with six videos (most 10-15 min) showing his extensive TT collection. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Bryson DeChambeau Returns to PGA Tour, Said He Hurt His Wrist Playing Table Tennis</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://sports.yahoo.com/bryson-dechambeau-returns-to-pga-tour-said-he-hurt-his-wrist-playing-table-tennis-wgc-match-play-masters-002110870.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Yahoo Sports. There were a number of reports on this, but this seemed the best one. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Clocks</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/s?k=table+tennis+clock&amp;crid=10DQWO5WEYU04&amp;sprefix=table+tennis+clock%2Caps%2C80&amp;ref=nb_sb_noss" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here are some</a> at Amazon. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>The Legend of 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.amazon.com/Ping-Pong-Table-Tennis-Women/dp/B09VC1VWF3?th=1" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the throw pillow</a> from Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Happy Thai New Year with a SPLASH!</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/watch?v=3039449923037227" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (29 sec) from Punny Boy. How come my students never do this to me???</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Sharath Kamal Achanta Rates YOUR Crazy Table Tennis Shots!</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=FFJL8TysZq4" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (3:22) from the Indian star. And the winner? <a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1675524989463278&amp;aggr_v_ids%5b0%5d=1675524989463278" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Kevin Table Tennis</a> (22 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Ping Pong Game Show, Winner Gets The Sponsorship</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=ifCJprkuDak&amp;t=432s&amp;ab_channel=AdamBobrow" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (13:44) from Adam Bobrow!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Coaching 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=HlusZiyl_5Q&amp;t=3s&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (8:37) from Pongfinity! This is great - I recognize a lot of coaches here!</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, 04/18/2022 - 17:42</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, 18 Apr 2022 16:42:30 +0000 Larry Hodges 3372 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3372#comments April 11, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3370 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">April 11, 2022</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/3369" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Do You Receive to Set Up Your Game?</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis . . . Blackspins?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There have been various attempts to create the equivalent of "belts" in table tennis. A decade or more ago Diego Schaaf created <a href="https://images.teamusa.org/-/media/USA_Table_Tennis/Images/Features/MeritBadge_600x375.jpg">table tennis pins</a>, with different types signifying various levels reached in rating. It was a great idea, but it never took off. Perhaps it was too complicated - at a glance, it was tricky to really know what each one signified. (I just spent fifteen minutes trying to find mine - I thought it was in my playing bag, but I can't find it there.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Here's a thought. The belts in martial arts are very simple - just a belt, with the color signifying level. What if we created simple ball-shaped pins, where the colors signify highest level reached, using the same colors from martial arts? For example:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">White: Beginner</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Yellow: 1000</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Orange: 1200</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Green: 1400</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Blue: 1600</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Purple: 1800</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Brown: 2000</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Black: 2200</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My first thought was that you had to be 2400 or 2500 for black. But in martial arts, a person can start as an adult, and if he sticks with it, can eventually reach black belt. I Googled it, and <a href="https://themmaguru.com/which-black-belt-takes-the-longest" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">found this</a>: "An adult student who train Karate and who attends class at minimum two times per week on a regular basis can expect to earn a black belt in about five years. Some very dedicated karate students who train more intensely have been known to earn a black belt in as little as two or three years." </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">My guess is that an adult who does this in table tennis might reach 1800, 2000 at most. And it's almost impossible for an adult beginner to reach 2400. So I decided to make it 2200, a more reachable goal for a hard-working adult, and a pretty high level - a 2200 player can make a living as a coach. (Perhaps even lower it to 2000.) There would also be different degrees of black belt, as in martial arts, where are nine degrees of black belt. So a 2200 player would be first degree; 2300 would be second degree; and so on, every 100 points. The best players in the world would probably be rated about 3000 in USATT ratings - they'd be ninth degree.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">But what do we call these levels? A beginner starts out as a "whitespin." When he reaches 1000, he's a "yellowspin." And so on up to "blackspin." (I don't like the more obvious "whiteball," "blackball," etc. - it has rather humorous connotations.) So a 2200 player would be first degree blackspin; a 3000 player would be ninth degree blackspin. We could also adjust the ratings for women or disabled, and for players from the past both from before ratings came out in 1974 and because they've since inflated, but we can do that if this idea takes off. (We might also want to bring in a martial arts expert to see how they would set this up for table tennis.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>US National Collegiate Table Tennis Championships</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="http://www.nctta.org/champs/2022/index.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here is the home page</a> for the event held this past weekend in Rock Round, TX, with complete results, news, and video. There's lots of news coverage of this on the <a href="http://nctta.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NCTTA site</a>. Here's an article featuring Sharon and Gal Alguetti from Indiana University, <a href="https://www.wthr.com/article/sports/local-sports/twin-brothers-lead-indiana-university-table-tennis-to-first-national-championship-appearance/531-71a382a6-c5f7-4a33-b3db-a07a775386ef" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Twin brothers lead IU table tennis to 1st national championship appearance</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Butterfly Puerto Rico Open Teams</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://sportfist.com/TableTennis/Usatt/Results/Results/Sdt/706" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the results page</a> for the event held this past weekend, April 8-10. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World Table Tennis Day</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It was on April 6, this past Wednesday. Here are some related links!</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/2022/04/05/world-table-tennis-day-2022-celebrating-power-peace/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis Day 2022: Celebrating the Power of Peace</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=9dPh77ZMlJk&amp;ab_channel=ITTFFoundation" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis Day 2022</a> (64 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.ittf.com/2022/04/06/ioc-president-wishes-everyone-great-world-table-tennis-day/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">IOC President Wishes Everyone a Great World Table Tennis Day</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/watch?v=679982113118871" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Jan-Ove Waldner Wishes You a Happy World Table Tennis Day</a> (13 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.facebook.com/watch?v=5276993465653662" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis Day on the Artic Ocean</a> (36 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=gSveo4hW3rg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">"Why I Love Table Tennis" by Popular Players</a> (2:32)</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="http://www.news.cn/english/20220406/0000d5cf3fb34871b5bded4e1514c6d8/c.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Yan An, Fang Bo Launch Table Tennis Club</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=XcRF4nSyI3E" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Spectacular Shots in 2021</a> (5:19)</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.facebook.com/234102623373061/photos/a.1937110756405564/4875479859235291/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Sri Lanka: Kids and Lots of Balls</a>! (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/277674259_4875479852568625_8912325447135260783_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=FlxTgCodW6wAX8AoB2l&amp;_nc_oc=AQm4MLG4UWO67R2pMXM8zb1e6Xs62vwQOkhon7Xr1s5tYpYdcxYiMRIi9DABWDYteqpSkO33o25y5l3BODZrXOvB&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT_KzW3LOVbEGQ-hFnI5yGphP_lxAIn875fSAgd_zfH9dg&amp;oe=625975D5" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">non-Facebook version</a>.) </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"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/world-table-tennis-day/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">What is World Table Tennis Day?</a> (From PingSunday/EmRatThich.)</span></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-darius-fahimi-training-with-dimitrij-ovtcharov/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Training with Dimitrij Ovtcharov</a> (50 sec) with Darius Fahimi.</span></span></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-taiwo-adeyinyka-forehand-counterloop/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand Counterloop</a> (1:29) with Taiwo Adeyinyka, commentary by Brian Pace. </span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/grip-pressure" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Grip Pressure</a> - 3 Tips From Samson Dubina</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/top-rated/learning-stages" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">The Learning Stages</a> - Learn the Recipe For Success!</span></span></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=qimftp7JbWU&amp;ab_channel=samsondubina" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Faulkenberg Footwork</a> (30 sec)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Can't Smash, Won't Smash</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/cant-smash-wont-smash/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article and video</a> (5:40) by Tom Lodziak. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>3 Effects of the Free Hand</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=KFm8Ku_TCO8&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (8:32) 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 Table Tennis Philosophy/Coach Jon</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=EN2KWowHy8Y" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="A Better Way To Look At Your Table Tennis Goals">A Better Way To Look At Your Table Tennis Goals</a> (8 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=XOsknWvtogA" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The Trouble With Table Tennis Shoes (and What To Do About It)">The Trouble With Table Tennis Shoes (and What To Do About It)</a> (5:18)</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=bOxK6nC9qzU" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The Very Misunderstood Table Tennis Ready Position">The Very Misunderstood Table Tennis Ready Position</a> (3:37)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>19 Advantages and Disadvantages 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://racketrampage.com/19-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Racket Rampage. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Playing Table Tennis to Lose Weight</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://jumpingsmash.com/will-table-tennis-help-lose-weight/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Will Table Tennis Help Lose Weight?</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.trendingus.com/table-tennis-weight-loss/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Benefits of Playing Table Tennis to Lose Weight</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.sportsrec.com/6970053/what-are-the-benefits-of-playing-table-tennis-to-lose-weight" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">What Are the Benefits of Playing Table Tennis to Lose Weight?</a></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</a> from PingSkills.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b><span style="color:black">New from PingSunday/EmRatThich</span></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"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/rubber-for-all-ping-sans-frontiere/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Rubber for All Project - Recycle Your Used Rubbers</a></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"><a href="https://pingsunday.com/world-table-tennis-day/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">What is World Table Tennis Day?</a> (Also listed in World Table Tennis Day segment above.)</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=3y1WQ-MyA_Y&amp;t=5s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to serve legally in table tennis">How to serve legally in table tennis</a> (4:15)</span></span></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=0IoHOI-YAWs" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Don't throw your used table tennis rubbers away">Don't throw your used table tennis rubbers away</a> (5:21)</span></span></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=CM7asWbt48Y" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="6 types of spin in table tennis that you should know">6 types of spin in table tennis that you should know</a> (9:05)</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=AgT2g1jjmlw" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="When is the World Table Tennis Day?">When is the World Table Tennis Day?</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=4-B-KCCJ5-g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to deal with the top 5 dirty table tennis serve">How to deal with the top 5 dirty table tennis serve</a> (4:35)</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=dZfJK02Ju8M" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Darko Jorgic equipment and playing style">Darko Jorgic equipment and playing style</a> (6:15)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Danny Seemiller - "World's Greatest Table Tennis Coach"</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=5262759467088306&amp;set=pcb.5262759597088293" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the picture</a> of Dan with this new award, "A Dominique Clark creation for a well-deserved man!" Dan wrote, "One of my talented and gifted students made this for me. Thanks Dominique and Crystal." (Here's the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/278376386_5262759750421611_1608420438540484375_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=8bfeb9&amp;_nc_ohc=Ty2eWIjcnAQAX-UrFZK&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-UMfj5fZVYhgQpBj2kKcRPFQATqyuc6onkyNkRVNqVKQ&amp;oe=6258F692" 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>'The Sport of Love': Ping-Pong, the Great Equalizer</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/06/sports/ping-pong-wally-green.html" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> in the New York Times. "Wally Green has played everywhere from Brooklyn to Pyongyang, becoming a beloved American ambassador for table tennis — and international understanding — in the process."</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT News</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There was only one news item from USATT this past week, <a href="https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/News/2022/April/05/2022-Washington-State-Qualifier-Shaping-into-a-Massive-Northwest-Table-Tennis-Event" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">2022 Washington State Qualifier Shaping Into a Massive Northwest Table Tennis Event</a>. It was held this past weekend, and I'm sure it was successful. However, I wish USATT would drop the hyperbole - 122 players is not "massive." (Also, only 25 played in the Qualifier events that are referred to in the heading.) But 122 is a good turnout!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Quadri Aruna</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The Nigerian star is all over the news this 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://punchng.com/ittf-rankings-aruna-returns-to-top-12/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF rankings: Aruna returns to Top 12</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://guardian.ng/sport/aruna-must-start-winning-laurels-to-become-real-great-says-obisanya/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Aruna Must Start Winning Laurels to Become Real Great, says Obisanya</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.thecable.ng/aruna-quadri-becomes-first-african-to-reach-semi-final-of-wtt-star-contender/amp" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Aruna Quadri becomes first African to reach semi-final of WTT star contender</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://tdpelmedia.com/aruna-goes-down-with-ttc-in-bundesliga" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Aruna goes down with TTC in Bundesliga</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Lover Vera Celebrates 100th Birthday</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/wolverhampton/2022/04/08/table-tennis-lover-celebrated-100th-birthday-with-themed-cake/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from the Express &amp; Star in Wolverhampton in Britain. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Would You Rather Play Table Tennis with Obama or Donald Trump?</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskAnAmerican/comments/ghu2bu/would_you_rather_play_table_tennis_with_obama_or/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the discussion thread</a> on Reddit. I usually keep politics out of this blog, but this was too funny. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Emotional Ping-Pong Paddle Images</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://charatoon.com/?sch=table+tennis&amp;btnSend=Cartoon+Search" 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>Custom Caricature Portrait From Your Photo / Table Tennis Player</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/855309633/ping-pong-player-gift-custom-caricature" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can have them made</a> for $32. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Funny 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/shorts/aIZrbREXw9c?&amp;ab_channel=Funlover" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (14 sec) from Spartans TTC. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Longest Rallies</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/watch?v=390329022657382" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis Day's Longest Table Tennis Rally Ever</a> (5:47)!</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"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/722997652/videos/10157065169167653" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis Day Rally</a> (22 sec)! - featuring Eric Owens, Mimi Bosika, Danny Dulkin, Elie Mehl, Lucian Munteanu, Jon Bosika, and others. </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Non-Table Tennis - Science Fiction Stories</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I had a good month selling short stories, selling six this past month, including that great three-day span from March 6-8! I can't announce two of the sales yet - they want to make a public announcement of their next table of contents, and so we're asked to keep quiet until then. Here's a <a href="http://larryhodges.org/bibliography/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">listing of my sales</a>, many with links to the stories. Here are the six sales this past month:</span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">March 6: "Small Step" to Abyss &amp; Apex. What really happened when we first landed on the moon, from Buzz Aldrin's point of view - and why Neil Armstrong seemingly left out the "a" in "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind. Hint - there are time-freezing aliens, and Buzz must negotiate to save Earth!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">March 7: "Death Message" to Martian Magazine. A deadly way to communicate an important message. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">March 8: "Packing List for the Invasion" to Daily Science Fiction. The story is literally told by what the aliens pack before invading Earth. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">March 28: "Christmas Interrupted" to . . . can't announce it until after April 22! It's way, way in the future, possibly a million years or more, and Santa is very, very old and is fighting Alzheimer's, humanity is extinct . . . and yet he still tries to deliver his toys to children each Christmas, to the ongoing irritation of his also-aging elves and reindeer. It's a darkly comic story, with a surprise ending that many will find touching. (The ending features a ping-pong ball!)</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">March 31: "Rationalized" to . . . can't announce it until after April 29! In a dystopian future, everyone has an operation at age 13 to remove all emotions - but there's an underground that fights this, who have avoided the operation but must pretend to be unemotional, no matter what happens. </span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">April 4: "A Grand Canyon of Lions" to Martian Magazine. If anything possible must be happening somewhere in the multiverse, then, well . . . see the title. </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, 04/11/2022 - 17:49</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, 11 Apr 2022 16:49:26 +0000 Larry Hodges 3370 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3370#comments April 4, 2022 http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3368 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">April 4, 2022</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://tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3367" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">If You Get Caught Out of Position, Either You Made a Mistake or Your Opponent Did Something Great</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World Table Tennis Day</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">It's this Wednesday, April 6! Here's the <a href="https://worldtabletennisday2022.vfairs.com/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Info Page</a> and the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dPh77ZMlJk&amp;t=1s&amp;ab_channel=ITTFFoundation" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF video</a> (64 sec)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>MDTTC Open and Weekend Coaching</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I spent Saturday coaching at the MDTTC Open. Here are <a href="https://www.omnipong.com/T-tourney.asp?t=103&amp;r=2289" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">complete results</a> care of Omnipong. As usual, it was a wild ride - sometimes the kids play great, sometimes they don't. Lots of tactical decisions. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">On interesting one - several of our juniors had to play this 2100 player with a very strong forehand loop. He varied his tricky serves, sometimes long, sometime short, and look to follow with a forehand. If you pushed the serve, he was all over it; if you topspinned it back and it was anywhere over 80-90% of the table he was all over it with his forehand. So the answer? Decide in advance to topspin <i>every</i> serve back to the wide, wide backhand. Since there was no decision to make, it's a lot easier. If the serve was long, soft-loop to wide backhand; if the serve is short, soft-flip to wide backhand. If the player tried to step way around to play forehand from way over on the backhand, then sometimes topspin the serve to the wide forehand. (The player is from our club, and asked me about this. He is going to work hard on developing his backhand attack off those soft topspins.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">There seemed to be a number of opponents with strong forehands, weaker backhands, so a lot of the coaching was about pinning opponents down on the backhand and going after their backhands and middle. A few opponents had seemingly good receives against most serves - until we threw every serve at them, and then they crumbled. (That was me long ago - good against any serve, but weak against lots of variation.) </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Most of our group sessions were cancelled due to the tournament, but we had the Novice group (mostly ages 7-8 or so) on Sunday afternoon. Lots of shadow practice and multiball! As usual, halfway through I brought out the two "<a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/froggy2sm.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">froggies</a>" as targets. At the end, in what's become a new thing, we did five minutes of "Simon Says"! (The kids keep asking every session, "Can we play Simon Says at the end?") </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>USATT Coaches List</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">As of tomorrow (April 5), it'll be two months since I've been off the <a href="https://usatt.simplycompete.com/userAccount/c" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">USATT Certified Coaches Listing</a>. Why? My SafeSport certification ran out on Feb. 5. I retook it in January, and did all the other things required to stay certified - background check, USATT "Pro" membership (I'm a life member), and the $50 annual fee. The problem, I'm told, is because of the USATT software. When I received an email from SafeSport saying it was time to renew, it gave a link to where I could do so at SafeSport.com. I aced the test - but I kept getting emails afterwards saying my SafeSport certification had expired. I emailed with USATT on this, but they said they are unable to make the change in my file, and can't do so until their software is updated. And so, for two months now, I've been off their list. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">I know a number of others are in the same situation - as of now, there are only 63 coaches on the USATT certification list. There were 318 when I stepped down from my second tenure as coaching chair a few years ago. I know the numbers have dropped dramatically since then, due to the SafeSport requirement and the hated $50 annual fee, and when I last checked before the software problem, there were about 90 USATT certified coaches. I've been told for weeks that the problem would be fixed in days, but other things apparently keep putting it off. Once they get around to fixing this issue, I hope they'll have the sense to postpone the annual $50 fee by however long they took to get coaches back on the list. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New School Club in Virginia with Improvised Tables, Looking to Fund New Ones</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Rachel Ku, who trained as part of the MDTTC junior program for the last three years (I'm one of the coaches), discovered that her high school in Virginia (Langley High School) didn't have a table tennis club. So she and her non-identical twin sister, Katherine, decided to start one. (They are both Freshmen.) They prepared all the necessary forms, begged a school teacher to be the sponsor, and recruited several of their classmates as officers. But they didn't have table tennis tables - so they improvised! <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/ku-table-tennis-table-sm.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's a picture</a> of how they put together classroom tables to create one. They are now raising money to buy tables. The <a href="https://hwglobal.org/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">HW Global Foundation</a> will match any donations raised by the students for their club. (If you'd like to donate, email <a href="mailto:hwglobalfoundation@gmail.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">HW Global</a>, Attn. Rachel Ku.) </span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The club has now met several times, and membership has grown to 20. (<a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Rachel-Ku-2022-Virginia-Nationals-Qualifier.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Rachel Ku</a> just won Under 15 and Under 17 girls, and made the finals of Women's Singles at the Nationals Qualification Tournament for Virginia. Her brother, <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/Jeremy-Ku-2022-Virginia-Nationals-Qualifier.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Jeremy Ku</a>, who also trains at MDTTC, won Under 13 and Under 15 Boys and got third for Under 17. Here's all three - <a href="http://www.larrytt.com/images/rachel--katherine-jeremy-ku-2022-Virginia-Nationals-Qualifier.jpg" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Rachel, Katherine, and Jeremy Ku.)</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/butterfly-training-tips-with-crystal-wang-off-the-table-leg-strengthening-exercises/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Off The Table Leg Strengthening Exercises</a> (1:47) with Crystal 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-crystal-wang-off-the-table-footwork-training/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Off The Table Footwork Training</a> (76 sec) with Crystal 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-yutian-wang-forehand-drill/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Forehand drill</a> (62 sec) with Yutian 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-shashin-shodhan-backhand-loop-from-underspin/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Backhand Loop From Underspin</a> (88 sec) with Shashin Shodhan, commentary by Brian Pace. </span></span></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-wenting-zha-wide-angle-attacks/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Wide Angle Attacks</a> (57 sec) with Wenting Zha, commentary by Brian Pace.</span></span></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-natalie-chan-tournament-highlights/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Tournament Highlights</a> (74 sec) with Natalie Chan.</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from Samson Dubina</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://samsondubina.com/coaching/post-traumatic-stress-disorder" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder</a> - How do you react to a loss?</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/equipment/fall-love-your-backup-racket" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Fall in Love with Your Backup Racket</a> - Prepare for disaster...</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/top-rated/nets-and-edges" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Nets and Edges</a> - Learn 5 Key Elements to Returning Some of the Most Difficult Balls!</span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://samsondubina.com/coaching/5-aspects-ball-selection" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">5 Aspects of Ball Selection</a> - What are you looking for? (76 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://samsondubina.com/videos/fastpong" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">FastPong</a> - NEW Invention! (2:55)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Review: FastPong Training System</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/review-fastpong-training-system/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the review</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 Table Tennis Philosophy/Coach Jon</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=43hjZGd-rZY" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis - Long Stroke, Short Stroke, No Stroke">Table Tennis - Long Stroke, Short Stroke, No Stroke</a> (6:49)</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=f_GC0R3gPoE" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis Coaching or Training Saturation???">Table Tennis Coaching or Training Saturation???</a> (6:49)</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=1mNuf3vfiV8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="What Makes A Great Table Tennis Serve - The Surprising Answer">What Makes A Great Table Tennis Serve - The Surprising Answer</a> (4:34)</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=5RB_z3nRxJc" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Table Tennis Decisions (It's All Decisions)">Table Tennis Decisions (It's All Decisions)</a> (11:17)</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://pingsunday.com/power-ground-backhand/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">How to Apply Power from Ground to the Backhand Side</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=wJ8oHuko9ek&amp;t=7s" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="How to apply &quot;Power from the ground&quot; to the backhand">How to apply "Power from the ground" to the backhand</a> (4:23)</span></span></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/umpire-mistake-net/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Umpire Mistake - Ball Touches Net Assembly</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=GppLFdcYQ4E" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="The umpire is wrong - ball touches the net">The umpire is wrong - ball touches the net</a> (2:19)</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=h1j3HpfyhiQ" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Is Truls Moregard the new king of table tennis?">Is Truls Moregard the new king of table tennis?</a> (3:57)</span></span></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=XvKDSLMWVcM" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Where to practice table tennis in France">Where to practice table tennis in France</a> (10:43)</span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>How to Serve Half-Long and Its Tactics</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=H8nIoio-dg8&amp;ab_channel=TILONGCLUB-ProfessionalTableTennisTraining" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (10:29) 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</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</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/wab-club-feature-rhode-island-table-tennis/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">WAB Club Feature: Rhode Island 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://butterflyonline.com/ttbls-final-four-likely-set-dusseldorf-saarbrucken-muhlhausen-fulda/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">TTBL's Final Four Likely Set: Dusseldorf, Saarbrucken, Muhlhausen, Fulda</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/ochsenhausens-longshot-playoff-hopes-alive/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Ochsenhausen's Longshot Playoff Hopes 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://butterflyonline.com/andrej-gacina-on-top-at-wild-star-contender-event-in-doha/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Andrej Gacina On Top at Wild Star Contender Event in Doha</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from USA 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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/April/04/Emburgh-and-Sarand-Medal-in-Spain" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Emburgh and Sarand Medal in Spain</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/March/31/South-Jersey-ISC-is-Ready-to-take-on-the-New-Jerseys-2022-SQT" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">South Jersey ISC is Ready to take on the New Jersey’s 2022 SQT</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/March/30/Westchester-TTC-Looks-to-Crown-State-Champions-in-April" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Westchester TTC Looks to Crown State Champions in 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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/March/30/Womens-Sports-Foundation-Travel-and-Training-Funding-Now-Available" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Women's Sports Foundation | Travel &amp; Training Funding Now Available: Deadline May 27</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.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2022/March/30/NY-Military-Academy-Starts-Table-Tennis-Program-Looks-to-Bring-in-World-Class-Coaches" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">NY Military Academy Starts Table Tennis Program, Looks to Bring in World Class Coaches</a></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association</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.com/content/texas-and-california-powerhouses" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Texas and California Powerhouses</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.com/content/spotlight-alumni-0" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Spotlight on Alumni</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.com/content/new-kids-block" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">New Kids on the Block</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.com/content/going-solo" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Going 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.com/content/women-nctta" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Women in NCTTA</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.com/content/people-power" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">People Power</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/2022/04/03/curtain-closes-ismailia-clement-berthier-man-form/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">ITTF Egypt Para Open 2022: Curtain closes in Ismailia, Clément Berthier the man in form</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/2022/04/02/french-pairs-impress-doubles-success/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="French pairs impress, doubles success">French pairs impress, doubles 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="https://www.ittf.com/2022/04/01/tokyo-medallists-show-quality-egyptian-soil/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Tokyo medallists show quality on Egyptian soil">Tokyo medallists show quality on Egyptian soil</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/2022/03/31/ittf-opens-bidding-processes-several-world-championships/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF Opens Bidding Processes for Several World Championships">ITTF Opens Bidding Processes for Several World 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.ittf.com/2022/03/31/opening-day-success-leading-names-ismailia/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Opening day success for leading names in Ismailia">Opening day success for leading names in Ismailia</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/2022/03/29/ittf-attu-sign-agreement-enhance-collaboration/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="ITTF and ATTU Sign Agreement to Enhance Collaboration">ITTF and ATTU Sign Agreement to Enhance Collaboration</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/2022/03/28/ukrainian-players-meet-ittf-leadership-doha/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" title="Ukrainian Players Meet ITTF Leadership in Doha">Ukrainian Players Meet ITTF Leadership in Doha</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://worldtabletennis.com/news" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">World Table Tennis News 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">Here's the ITTF <a href="https://www.ittf.com/news/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">news page</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ittfchannel" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">video page</a> ("World Table Tennis") and <a href="https://www.ittf.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>Olympian Table Tennis Player Lily Zhang Is Hopeful About WTT World Tour 2022 Thanks to Coach Zheng Pu’s Support and Training</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220331005043/en/Olympian-Table-Tennis-Player-Lily-Zhang-Is-Hopeful-About-WTT-World-Tour-2022-Thanks-to-Coach-Zheng-Pu%E2%80%99s-Support-and-Training" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Business Wire. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>When Nixon Met Mao: Ping-Pong Tables Charted a Path to the Negotiating Tables</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/china/article/3172125/when-nixon-met-mao-ping-pong-tables-charted-path-negotiating-tables" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the new article</a> from the South China Morning Post.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Free Us From Sport England's Dead Hand</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/free-us-from-sport-england-s-dead-hand-dwnwsxwfq">Here's the article</a> by former English star Matthew Syed. You have to subscribe to read it there, but here's a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10159746276584491&amp;set=gm.1416710118761624" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">scan of the article on Facebook</a>, and the <a href="https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/277163207_10159746276624491_2860824164738644160_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&amp;ccb=1-5&amp;_nc_sid=5cd70e&amp;_nc_ohc=syp_Bty-kEcAX88Au_p&amp;_nc_ht=scontent-iad3-1.xx&amp;oh=00_AT-AV6jW1m-cB8cl5GSPwTK84mYr_FPQRaYTJsyGRunveg&amp;oe=625497BD" 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>Olufunke Oshonaike: Why Women Need Each Other</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://olympics.com/en/news/olufunke-oshonaike-table-tennis-africa-women-future" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> from Olympics.com. "Olufunke Oshonaike, Nigeria's and Africa's table tennis pioneer, waved goodbye to the Olympic Games last summer in Tokyo after seven appearances." (Here's an interview with her from February, <a href="https://punchng.com/my-parents-supported-my-table-tennis-career-funke-oshonaike/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">My parents supported my table tennis career</a>.)</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>2022 ITTF Para Spanish Open: Van Emburgh Wins Gold, Sarand Upsets the Odds to Win Silver</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://butterflyonline.com/2022-ittf-para-spanish-open-van-emburgh-wins-gold-sarand-upsets-the-odds-to-win-silver/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the article</a> by Vlad Farcas</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Northshore Spring Open - Jimmy Butler vs. Ojo Onaolapo</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/jimmy.butler.583234/videos/846634070067953" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (5:13 - first 1:25 is bio info on Jimmy Butler, main video starts around 1:40) from Jimmy Butler. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New from the Malong Fanmade Channel</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/channel/UCn2AasLKAJwJ7GRb161cJ8g" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lots of new videos here</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Insane Rally</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/watch?v=809747466150999" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (25 sec)!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Table Tennis Posters</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.art.com/gallery/id--b766165/table-tennis-posters.htm" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the page</a> at art.com. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Saatchia Table Tennis Art</b></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/paintings/table-tennis/feature" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the page</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>Cloud Services: Take the World by Cloud</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=TrzPWa0PUdA&amp;ab_channel=Accenture" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the commercial</a> (30 sec) about Accenture's cloud services, which features table tennis from 0:05 to 0:10. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>My Lucky Ping Pong 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-Ping-Pong-T-Shirt/dp/B09MWFLC38" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's where you can buy yours</a> at Amazon!</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>New Service Rules Explained</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=S7bzKuJrMxY&amp;ab_channel=TomLodziak" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (4:44) from Tom Lodziak that came out on April 1, 2022. Yes, we need to prepare for all these crazy changes to the serve rules! I still can't believe the ITTF now requires the serve to start with the ball resting freely on the flat, dry tongue. But at least they allow the server to towel off his tongue before each serve. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><b>World's Spinniest Table</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=0xrC8vaddcg&amp;ab_channel=Pongfinity" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Here's the video</a> (8:04) from Pongfinity! They covered the table with grippy table tennis sponge, plus other escapades. </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, 04/04/2022 - 17:58</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, 04 Apr 2022 16:58:11 +0000 Larry Hodges 3368 at http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com http://www.tabletenniscoaching.com/node/3368#comments