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Breaking 2000 Paperback – February 8, 2012
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Improvement in table tennis is rarely a steady upward progression; as you learn new things, your game often temporarily "regresses" as you learn the new technique, and so rapidly-improving players often go up a bunch, then down a little, then up, then down. If you chart their improvement, it's more of an upward staircase. And that proves to be the case with Alex - see his rating chart. (I created the graphic from the USATT ratings page. If you have a rating, just put in your name, and then click on "Chart Ratings" on the right.)
Here are some interesting quotes from the book. There are many more that are specific to the techniques he is working on, but these are some of the more general ones that caught my eye. I especially love the "I did not know what I did not know" statement - this is the bane of so many players, who often do not know that they do not know what they do not know.
"I know exactly how I was losing my matches during the tournament. I simply did not know what I did not know. My game consisted of simply reacting to the ball and hitting it if the opportunity came up.Read more ›
As Alex writes at the end about reaching the 2000 rating level: "I have one piece of advice for you: do not give up. You can reach this level too." This is the spirit of the book and I'd say it's a must-have for any serious player's library of table tennis books!
This is a good book to read for to strengthen one's strategy - but it is a little short on specific techniques. At any rate, I believe that it is worth reading.
However, if you are like me - an average table tennis player who does NOT train 10 times a week, look no further. Alex in this book describes his own journey to the coveted USATT 2000 level and through it, gives very insightful pointers on how to improve as a player. In my opinion, that is something no other table tennis book does. I never needed any motivation but this book helped me understand how to improve my game at various levels of play - what to expect and how to tackle it. In that sense, its extremely inspiring.
Easy to read, easy to apply.
I just broke USATT 1800 today and I would say, my story is very similar to Alex's and I hope to reach 2000 soon like him.
This is my first and only review on Amazon. This book deserves it.
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This book is great. It is very inspirational and is an easy read for those folks who appreciate table tennis as a sport. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stanley and Asia
Very interesting read. Lots of detail of what the author went through at each stage. I felt it was a great book and it was good reading while waiting to play at work. :)Published 16 months ago by William Schultz
I started playing table tennis 3 months ago and have gotten a bunch of books to read as well as the arching videos. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Orthie
This book will help me achieve my goal in playing ping pong. I think I can do the same way to improve my game and set up my goals to become a good ping pong player. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robert Valenzuela
I was disappointed in this book. I don't mind the $4.99. That's not a lot of money at all. The first half of the book basically repeats the same pattern over and over again: here's... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Erik J. Barzeski
If you are serious about your game, you will enjoy this accounting.Published 20 months ago by Lon S
Nothing really useful for advancing ping pong skill. More of a personal journey in reaching 2000. Not worth the money and would not recommend it.Published on December 2, 2013 by Steve
Outstanding book on table tennis. It is very well written and tells an inspirational story on personal journey. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Dmitriy