How many times have you had a friend ask, “why do you play Table Tennis”? Ever
have a parent ask you, “why should my child take up the sport of Table Tennis”?
How about a reporter ask you for facts on the benefits that our sport offers?
When this happens to me, I normally rack my brain to come up with a few
answers knowing that I am leaving out so much of the greatness of our sport.
Finally, there is now a short easy reading book that has captured the many
In this article, Richard McAfee lists 100 steps that every top player need to take to reach perfection in table tennis. I hope that reading this will be as beneficial to you as it has been to me.
1. Athlete will be able to produce and explain a proper grip, including pressure points.
2. Athlete will be able to demonstrate the proper ready position.
3. Athlete will be able to execute the following basic strokes with correct form, directional control, and with an 80% success rate when fed by coach:
One of the most difficult skills for the average player to learn is match strategy. There are several reasons for this.
1. It requires the ability to focus on what your opponent is doing. This can be difficult when your own strokes are not sound.
2. It requires a lot of experience to realize what strategies work against different styles.
3. Finally, it is hard to fine much in writing regarding match tactics. This is largely due to the complexity and individuality of the issue.
McAfee’s Mechanics Mastering Blocks By: Richard McAfee, Joola Sponsored Coach and USATT Hall of Fame Inductee
While not as flashy as topspin attacks and kills, few strokes are more important to your success as a player than the often under-appreciated block stroke. The basic “control” block is one of the very first strokes that all players learn and then unfortunately, many players stop developing and improving this core technique.