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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (6 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477643788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477643785
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Hodges is a member of the U.S. Table Tennis Hall of Fame, a USATT certified National Coach, editor of USA Table Tennis Magazine for 12 years, and author of over 1300 articles and six books on table tennis. See his webpage at www.TableTennisCoaching.com, including his daily table tennis blog.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 July 2013
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Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers is excellent and different. It offers the reader logical tactical advice on playing table tennis that you simply won't get from other books, which is what makes it so different. It is aimed at the competent player and definitely not beginners, so I do imagine there will be people who buy it and find it is way above their level of play. But for the advanced players it offers great insight in tactical awareness and why certain tactics work. It is well written and enjoyable to read, Larry Hodges personality comes across through every page.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr Nick on 4 Feb 2014
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This is a book very much concerned with strategy and tactics.
The author Larry Hodges is a national level coach in the USA and so its reasonable to assume that all of the players that he works with will already have a fully developed range of shots so there's little, if any, advice on the developing the pure technique associated with different types of shots. The focus here is on knowing and playing to the strengths of your own game whilst stopping your opponent from playing their natural game or, if that can't be achieved, then disrupting it. There are sections on service types, playing with and against different types of rubber on the bat and differnt styles as well as the key tactics associated with playing against different types of players.

There are player photographs in the book although, unlike coaching manuals where the focus is on stroke play and these can be used to usefully illustrate points made in the text, here their use is largely limited to name-checking USA team players that Hodges has coached as well as a sprinkle of both past and present masters of the game.

For the British reader, there is some use of those quirky American English expressions that can really make your teeth grind. For example, the cover describes Hodges as a 'hall of famer' - whatever one of those is...

But if you can get past that mincing of the English language, there's a lot of sound tactical and strategic advice here. Its almost certainly aimed at players and coaches toward the intermediate to elite end of the ability spectrum. So this is not a book for beginners and, as the title indicates, it really does need some concentration and thinking to be applied in order to get the best out of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By saffron on 26 July 2013
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excellent value .a very interesting read .i would recommend it to anyone interested in enhancing their skills as a player.
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