This book is excellent as a course text or as a self-instruction guide. It uses a unique progression of skills - the steps to success - to help players select serves and return shots that will give their opponents problems; add excitement to their game by putting topspin, backspin, or sidespin on the ball; choose the proper stroke to match their particular needs - whether for quickness, power, deception or just fun; select the best grip; improve their practices and games by starting out with an effective warm-up routine; find and enter tournaments; and prepare for tournament competition. Each of the 15 steps featured in Table Tennis: Steps to Success provides a solid foundation of basic skills and concepts. As players progress, they will learn how to adapt their game using the advanced strategies and playing techniques. Each step (chapter) explains why the skill or concept is important, identifies the keys to correct technique, helps players correct common errors, explains how to practise each skill in realistic ways, lists specific performance goals for each drill, gives a summary checklist for evaluating proper technique, and lets player proceed at their own pace.
Table Tennis: Steps to Success features over 120 drills and 140 illustrations and will help students get started, make steady progress, practise match-winning skills, and correct problems as they develop.