Table tennis : steps to success by Larry Hodges

By Larry Hodges

A workbook that provides a innovative fifteen-step software for studying the elemental talents and ideas of desk tennis, with illustrations, task sheets, and dialogue of kit and warm-up exercises.

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Flat stationary thumb free spin attack. They're a safe way to serve, because backspin serves are difficult to attack, especially if they land short on the table. When serving backspin, you'll probably get a backspin return. Backspin servers usually attack with heavy topspin, because the likely backspin return can be attacked with heavy topspin very easily. Don't just serve to put the ball in play: Serve with a plan. Try to use serves that will give you returns that you're comfortable with. 1 Beginning position for serving.

Of the ball (usually downward toward the bottom) with a stroke. 2). This keeps the ball at the same height for a longer period of time than other balls, which makes it easier to keep the ball low. This makes back- Backspin Figure The ball three basic types of spin. spin ideal for defensive players. (Actually, — TOPSPIN If you hit the ball • so that the top half of it rotates away from you, you create topspin. This is done by hitting the back of the ball (usually toward the top) with an upward stroke.

Players use two-step footwork and go back and forth, picking up the balls in the full bucket and putting them in the empty bucket. Players can only handle the balls with their playing hands. Two or more can race each other in this game (you need more buckets and possibly more tables if more than two race at one time). Whoever moves all the balls from one bucket to the other first wins. Set Success Goal = Move all the balls from one bucket to the other first Your Score = (#) times moved all the balls from one bucket to the other first 54 Table Tennis: Steps to Success Positioning and Footwork Keys to Success Checklist The importance of footwork in table tennis cannot be overemphasized.

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