My new table tennis book

My new table tennis book

I am pleased to announce the publication of my debut book – SPIN: Tips and tactics to win at table tennis. I have always wanted to publish a book. I’m sure the 23-year-old Tom would have anticipated some world changing political masterpiece. But life takes us in some unexpected directions, and a career obsessing about table tennis is certainly a more unusual turn of events. But now that my life is full of the joys of balls pinging and ponging, I wouldn’t want it any of other way.

My book is aimed at amateur table tennis players (i.e. most of the table tennis playing population!). Most of us don’t aspire to be a professional player and become world champion. We have more modest goals. We just want to improve. We want to beat a friend, family member, work colleague, club-mate or arch-nemesis. We want to improve our win percentage. We want to move up a division. We want to progress further in a tournament. We just want to get better at this weirdly addictive game.

This is the reason I have written this book. It is a book to help amateur table tennis players improve their skills, win more points and win more matches. I share tips on training, service, returning serves, winning points, tactics, playing matches and continual improvement. These are tips which work at amateur level. Tips which are achievable. Tips which will make a difference, even if you only play one hour per week.

I make no apology. I’m not a great table tennis player. I have never played professionally. I have never won a tournament of any significance. I am just a decent amateur player, who has progressed from the bottom division of a local league to the top division. But maybe my experience will resonate with you. My struggles are very likely to be similar to your struggles. The strategies I have used to progress in amateur table tennis are very likely to work for you too. I may not be a world champion, but I have a way of playing and teaching table tennis which will hopefully be very relevant to you.

I know books are a bit “old school” these days. It’s all about the internet – YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok (whatever that is). I’ve just about got my head around YouTube and Twitter, but all the other social media channels leave me slightly confused! But I do like getting stuck into a physical book – you know, something you can actually touch and smell. There’s nothing quite like getting absorbed in a good book, and switching off from all the digital notifications which intrude upon our lives.

Basically, what I am saying is … BUY MY BOOK! It’s 230 pages of cracking table tennis advice and anecdotes. SPIN: Tips and tactics to win at table tennis is available to purchase from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle format in the following countries…

Blogs and videos

You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging or creating videos over the past few months. There has been two reasons for this. (1) I have been busy with the book, plus home-schooling during lock-down. This has left very little time for anything else. (2) Table tennis in the UK stopped for a few months, so there didn’t seem much point in publishing content.

But now that the kids are returning to school, I will have a bit more time to create content. Plus table tennis in the UK is starting up again. Many clubs have re-opened and some leagues are planning to restart soon. It feels as though the world is very tentatively returning to normal. So in September, I will start blogging again and publishing videos on my YouTube channel. It’s good to be back!

About Tom Lodziak

I’m a table tennis coach based in Cambridge in the UK. I have 70+ free table tennis lessons on my popular YouTube channel. I also have 150+ coaching articles to help you improve your table tennis skills. You can read more about my background on my About Tom page.

9 thoughts on “My new table tennis book

  1. I’m interested in your book as a amateur senior (I am 68 years old) beginner since 3 years. If it could improve my table tennis and help me win more matches I would be delighted. But I live in Sweden! Which is not in your list. Tough luck or is it possible to buy the book somehow?

    Sincerely yours, Kjell Gunnarsson
    Norrköping Sweden

    • Hi Kjell – I think you can still order from any Amazon store, but you may have to pay extra for postage?

  2. Hallo Thom , i,vd just ordered your book, i just can wait to receive it. I would be gladly to writte with you in one year and to Talk abot my (maybe) possible improvements. Thank you for your work .
    God bloss you and your Family!

  3. Hi Tom, immediately purchased your book, as I like to collect all table tennis related materials, and I so enjoy your upbeat videos. Can’t wait to get it and dig in!
    I’m not sure when or if we will ever be able to play again as a club here in Fairbanks, Alaska, as so many are still terrified and apparently afraid to face life. I refuse to play with a face diaper.
    Good luck on reopening your clubs.

  4. Hi Tom,

    I like your youtube videos. That’s gerat what you present and I could use it to improve my table tennis. So I had to order your book!!! 🙂

    I watch out for more videos to come!


  5. Almost finished reading the book. It is excellent. Great for intermediate or higher player. I feel it’s a great book that is way beyond the very basics. I have been surprised just how good it is – well done!

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