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Chess at Lightning Speed, Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers by Larry Hodges is now available at Amazon  Photo By: Courtesy of Larry Hodges


There are hundreds of books on chess tactics; logically it should be the same for table tennis.

It is the principle that is the thinking of Larry Hodges, a member of the United States Table Tennis Association Hall of Fame and National Coach.

He is the author of Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers .

The book is the latest of several publications written by Larry Hodges, a full time coach in the United States and an ITTF certified coach.

Previous Publications
Previous publications have been: Table Tennis: Steps to Success; Table Tennis Tales and Techniques; and Professional Table Tennis Coaches Handbook.

Furthermore, he writes a daily blog for tabletenniscoaching

Different Styles
“The book discusses tactics against different styles, grips, and surfaces, as well as tactical and strategic thinking”, explained Larry Hodges.

"Tactics isn't about finding complex strategies to defeat an opponent. Tactics is about sifting through all the zillions of possible tactics and finding a few simple ones that work”, is the start of the first chapter.

Tactical Toolbox
“The book then explores the tactical and strategic development needed to have the specific tactical tools needed in any given match”, added Larry Hodges explaining the necessities as a "tactical toolbox”.

High Praise
Furthermore, the book has received high praise from notable names

"Larry Hodges' book on table tennis tactics is the best I have ever seen on this subject. This is the first book that explains how to play against the many styles of the game." - Dan Seemiller, five times United States Men's Singles Champion and United States Men's Team Coach

"Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers is a must read for any player serious about winning. This tactical Bible is right on the mark, and is exactly how I was taught to put together game-winning tactics and strategies." - Sean O'Neill, five times United States Men's Singles Champion and twice Olympian

"Larry has done an excellent job in breaking down the skills needed by all players to improve in these areas. This book should be on every table tennis player’s mandatory reading list." - Richard McAfee, United States Table Tennis National Coach, ITTF Trainer, and Chair of United States Table Tennis Association Coaching Committee (2009-2013)

The Book
The book includes 21 chapters, named by Larry Hodges as follows:

Chapter 1: Tactical Thinking
Chapter 2: Strategic Thinking
Chapter 3: Your Tactical Game
Chapter 4: All About Spin
Chapter 5: Beginning Tactics
Chapter 6: Conventional Tactics
Chapter 7: Tactical Examples
Chapter 8: Service Tactics
Chapter 9: Receive Tactics
Chapter 10: Rallying Tactics
Chapter 11: Different Grips
Chapter 12: Pushing
Chapter 13: Loopers
Chapter 14: Blockers, Counter-Drivers, and Hitters
Chapter 15: Choppers
Chapter 16: Fishers and Lobbers
Chapter 17: Non-Inverted Surfaces
Chapter 18: Hardbat Tactics
Chapter 19: Doubles Tactics
Chapter 20: Tournament Tactics
Chapter 21: Coaching Tournament Matches
Afterword: Tactical & Strategic Thinking Revisited
Glossary: Table Tennis Terminology
Appendix: Recommended Reading

The Book
Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers Available from Amazon at US$16.16.


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