Published on 14 January 2009
Coming Soon - Expanded Online Coaching Program
Planned Relaunch Date: 1st July 2013
I'm not taking any more students for my online coaching program for the next few months, while I work on the redesign and expansion of the program to include playing with normal inverted rubbers on both sides.
I'll also currently planning to reshoot the existing videos from the currently long pip and antispin coaching program - there is some great information there, but looking back I need to tighten things up to remove a lot of the unnecessary repetition and tangents that I have included in some of the longer videos.
I've been busy doing some coaching with many of our local juniors, and I'm keen to widen the scope of the coaching program to include what I've been passing on to them - and what I've been learning as well!
At the moment I'm thinking of a relaunch around the 1st July 2013. I've yet to give any serious thought about pricing or how I'm going to break up the course - first I've got to hammer out what needs to be included.
I'll keep you posted as things progress.
12 March 2013 - I'm currently thinking about course content and how to improve my delivery of information.
Learn The Advanced Secrets Of Long Pips And Antispin Play From A Combination Bat Master!
Are you struggling with your long pips or antispin? Are you not sure what is going to happen when you hit the ball?
Imagine having complete mastery of your long pips or antispin, switching from defense to attack in the blink of an eye, and craftily twiddling your racket to confuse and frustrate your opponent.
In my coaching program, I'll use video to show you the training, techniques and tactics you need to dismantle your opposition. Here's some of the things you'll discover along the way:
- Learn why long pips and antispin are completely predictable - and how to know exactly what will happen regardless of what spin is on the ball, or what stroke you use.
- Discover the basic techniques that you will execute to control the ball with your long pips or antispin, and why trying to use inverted rubber techniques with your long pips or antispin doesn't work.
- Master the art of twiddling your bat in order to confuse your opponent and set up your own attacks.
- Learn how to smoothly switch between defense and attack at will.
- Find out how to shut down your opponent's third and fifth ball power attack. Stop getting those balls blasted by you!
- Explore the fundamentals of combination bat play, and how they naturally lead to more advanced tactics and techniques. And discover just when you have to break the rules!
In my online video coaching program I'll show you exactly how to improve your combination bat play faster than you thought possible. You get the benefit of a one-on-one coach right at your computer!
|My long pip tactics drove Justin Han nuts!
|Photo © 2008 Greg Letts
Learn What Really Works Out There On The Table
I used to subscribe to the "more is better" theory when it came to table tennis training. But when I came back to table tennis after treatment for cancer in 2004, I had to scrap many of my old assumptions. I couldn't train harder and longer in order to improve. I didn't have any excess energy to waste on stuff that didn't work. Instead, I had to search for new, more efficient ways to stay competitive while only training a few hours per week.
Nowadays I can compete at the Australian National level while only training a fraction of the hours other top players do. Why? Because I've learned to focus on what really works, and how to make the most of my limited training time.
Greg's Online Long Pips and Antispin Table Tennis Coaching Program
Inside my online coaching program, I’m going to lift the lid on advanced combination bat play, and pass on what I’ve learned in over 20 years of playing high level table tennis.
- I’ll share my training techniques, my tactics, and my sneaky secrets that have kept me competitive with the top Australian players, brought me to the top of the Australian Veterans scene, and helped me keep improving as I move past 40.
- I’ll document my mistakes and what they taught me (don't worry, there's plenty to talk about!), and share my successes (and there are few of these as well, thankfully!).
- I’ll keep you informed about what I’m learning and doing right now as I prepare for the 2012 Australian Open, Australian Veterans, and New Zealand Veterans. You’ll get it straight from my training table to your monitor!
- Click here to see what I promise to do for you in my coaching program. And also what I expect from you as a member of my coaching group.
This is a video based program. I'm not just going to be writing articles for you to read and then forget - I'm going to be actually showing you the techniques, tactics and training methods that you need to know. Then you need to go out and do it - even one hour a week is enough to start making improvements to your play.
Here’s what you'll get as a member of my online coaching group:
- Video explanations on long pip and anti tactics and techniques, available in large and small file sizes.
- Written online summary versions of the videos for easy reference.
- You can send me videos for analysis of your game, and get my advice on what table tennis tactics and training you would find useful to improve your play.
- You can ask questions in my forum and receive a detailed, personal reply from me.
- You'll get access to other coaching group member's questions and my replies - learn from your fellow member's problems and queries!
- You'll have the ability to discuss my answers or other topics with me and other group members in the forum, or by commenting on the articles themselves.
- I'll provide video replies to questions that will be of interest to most members.
- Regular video updates of other table tennis tips, tactics and techniques.
- And much more! (Here's the outline for the first 6 months of the course.)
Sample Videos From The Online Table Tennis Coaching Program
- In my coaching program, I demonstrate and discuss long pip, antispin and inverted rubber techniques that you need to master - here's my Long Pips & Antispin vs Backspin (54MB, 24min 21sec) technique demonstration video, and my discussion of Long Pips & Antispin - Basic Push Technique (12.5MB, 6min). These are the small file versions of 428x240 pixels - the larger versions are 856x480 and 1024x576 pixels.
- There are a number of important concepts that you need to be aware of to play good combination bat table tennis - here's my video of the concept of playing elbows to demonstrate what I'm talking about - this is the small file version (19MB).
- You also get the chance to send me videos of yourself and get my advice about your technique and match tactics and what you can do to improve them - here's a technique analysis I did for one of my forum members.
- These are articles and flash animations rather than videos, but they are very important for all my coaching group members to understand before beginning the program - How Long Pimples Really Work and How Antispin Really Works.
- Tactics are extremely important for combination bat players - here's where I discuss one of my own recent matches, in which I started badly, adjusted to winning tactics and made a comeback, and then blew it by pushing a winning set of tactics too far! (Small file version - 428x240 pixels - Part 1 - 33MB, Part 2 - 33MB; Large file version - 856x480 pixels -119MB).
Who Is Greg?
Want to know more about me? I was the Guide to the About.com table tennis site from May 2006 to February 2009, and again from November 2009 onwards, and the owner and publisher of Greg's Table Tennis Pages since 2005. You can visit my Who is Greg? page for the full story of my table tennis career - it's not a bad read if you've got a few spare minutes.
Here's some of my recent results:
- Ranked #3 in the O/40 Order of Merit at the 2010 New Zealand Veteran's Championships, playing as a two winged looper with inverted rubber on both sides.
- Ranked #2 in the O/40 Order of Merit at the 2010 Australian Veteran's Championships, playing as a close to the table aggressive combination bat player with long pips, a completely new style for me.
- Ranked equal #2 in the O/40 Order of Merit at the 2011 New Zealand Veteran's Championships, playing with my "lollipop grip" (an extreme grip I was using due to a number of physical aches and pains I was suffering from).
- Ranked #2 in the O/40 Order of Merit at the 2011 Australian Veteran's Championships, playing a mixture of attack and defence with a conventional grip again. I was the runner up in the O/40 Men's Singles, and won the Gold Medal in the O/40 Men's Doubles with Craig Campbell . I also won the Table Tennis World award for the best male player in the O/40 age group. You can check out my win in the O/40 Mens's Singles Semifinal against Wayne Heginbotham on YouTube.
- I was the runner up in the O/40 Men's Singles and O/40 Mixed Doubles at the 2012 New Zealand Veteran's Championships, and ranked #3 in the O/40 Order of Merit. You can check out my Test Match game against eventual winner Malcolm Darroch on YouTube.
Here's a few sample videos of me playing at the Australian Open in pre-veteran times.
2008 - Greg vs Justin Han (current Australian top 3 player) - Game 1 (12MB).
2007 - Greg vs Paul Pinkewich (30MB) - check out the twiddling from both of us!
2005 - Greg vs Kamalesh Tharmasuthan (World ranking #849 in September 2005) (~24MB)
2005 - Greg vs Chamara Fernando (World ranking #593 in December 2008) (~18MB)
Are You Ready To Get Started?
You can join my online coaching program and enjoy all the above benefits for $25 Australian per month for the 6 months of current content.
So if you want to use your long pips or antispin successfully without having to be superfit, supertalented, or train long hours, and you want to become part of my coaching group and hang out in my program (we're all nice guys, I promise!), then subscribe to my online coaching course using the PayPal button below.
Important Note: Once you join my coaching program, PayPal sends me an email to let me know I have a new member. I'll then email you to ask you what username and login you will like. It may take me a few hours to reply to you - I do have to sleep (and play table tennis) sometime!
Remember - if you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to use the comment section below, and I'll get straight back to you.
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