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Five-time U.S. singles and 11-time doubles champion Dan Seemiller, possibly the best American table tennis player ever, shares his secrets for top-level play in Winning Table Tennis: Skills, Drills, and Strategies.
Readers will learn the best table tennis techniques, strategies, and conditioning methods for success. The authors provide beginning through advanced players with practical tips that make a difference.
The book features 29 drills for developing better shot-making skills. Seemiller`s creative shot and grip innovations will give players an edge. The 124 photos and illustrations make it easy for players to learn the proper techniques and sharpen skills. Plus, the book offers drill variations designed to hone the skills of advanced players and professionals.
Winning Table Tennis shows players how to
• choose the right equipment,
• serve and return serves,
• use proper footwork and get into position,
• practice more efficiently,
• prepare for competitions,
• make effective strategy decisions in singles and doubles play, and
• condition the body for optimal performance.
Also provided is a conditioning program to help prevent injuries and prepare players for optimal performance.
Part I: Sharpening Your Skills
Chapter 1. Standard Strokes and Advanced Variations
Chapter 2. Serves and Returns of Serves
Chapter 3. Footwork
Part II: Preparing to Play
Chapter 4. Choosing the Right Equipment
Chapter 5. Training Preparation and Care
Chapter 6. Conditioning Drills
Chapter 7. Total Conditioning
Part III: Competing to Win
Chapter 8. Tournament Preparation
Chapter 9. Tournament Tactics
Chapter 10. Thinking Like a Winner
Dan Seemiller knows table tennis, drawing from years of professional competition, international-level coaching, and his love of the game.
Seemiller was the #1 player on the U.S. table tennis team from 1973 to 1983. He was U.S. singles champion 5 times and doubles champion 11 times, winning 8 years in a row. In 1977 he and his doubles partner made the quarter finals of the World Championships--the first U.S. team to go that far in international competition. During his playing career, Seemiller reached a world ranking of #19.
Seemiller, who coached the U.S. National Men's table tennis team in 1988 and 1989, has been teaching table tennis at clinics and camps for more than 20 years. He is the inventor of the American "Seemiller grip," which combines two other popular grips to provide better racquet control.
Past-president of the United States Table Tennis Association (USTTA) from 1990 to 1995, Seemiller was unanimously inducted into the USTTA Hall of Fame in 1995. He now coaches and travels throughout the world, giving clinics on table tennis and producing instructional videos. For more information on Seemiller's clinics and videos, call 412-884-5864.
Seemiller lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Valerie, and their children, Sara and Daniel, Jr. He enjoys golf, softball, and yard work.
Coauthor Mark Holowchak combines a keen interest in sport performance with a great enthusiasm for table tennis. He has been an avid player since 1973 and has been coaching power lifters at the University of Pittsburgh since 1988.
Holowchak has written numerous articles on fitness, nutrition, strength training, philosophy, and sport psychology for weightlifting and table tennis magazines. He has a master's degree in philosophy from Wayne State University in Detroit and a master's degree in history and philosophy of science from the University of Pittsburgh. A member of the USTTA, he is completing his PhD in history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh.
Holowchak lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and enjoys lifting weights, reading, and traveling.
"Danny does an excellent job for all serious tournament players wanting to go to that next level. If you can't make it to one of Danny's private camps, this book is the next best training assistant." Sean P. O'Neill Two-time member, U.S. Olympic Team National Coaching Chairman, USATT