Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 USATT Coach of the Year
 

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Root of the Problem

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Are you looking for it?

 
 
 
 
 
Unless you can find the root of the problem – your problem with persist and you will continue losing.  I often ask players why they lost a specific match.  They often respond with…
 
“It was a bad match.”
“I was just off.”
“I didn’t practice enough.”
“My opponent was on fire.”
 
When I ask for specifics, some have no answer, while others somewhat give generalities like…
 
“I missed too many backhands.”
 

Week 1 (Ohio Mega Camp)

Watch the action and learn from the lectures!

Week 1 of the Ohio Mega Camps was centered around foundational strokes and footwork. Check out the action and watch the videos!

There are 6 aspects of every stroke. Regardless if you are a beginner or professional, you need to learn these elements of the stroke and be willing to adjust them as necessary during both drills and match play.

#1 Preparation
Preparation involves seeing what type of shot your opponent did. Without understanding what type of ball is approaching, it is difficult to choose the right shot.

10 Distictions

See the difference

We are still accepting more players for the Ohio Mega Camps!  
E-mail, text, or call me today to reserve your spot! 
Samson Dubina tt@samsondubina.com 330-949-9230
Cost is $45/session or $360 for a full camp
 
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8 SLUMP-BUSTING TIPS

How do I GET OUT of this slump?

 
 
 
 
At some point in your playing career, you have probably encountered a bad slump.  How long will the slump last?  …sometimes a day, a month, or a year.  In this article, I’m going to give you several tips on how to get out of a slump.
 
#1 Rest Your Mind

400 Coaching Articles

10 Years of Full-Time Coaching

During the last 10 years of full-time coaching, I have written around 400 coaching articles.  These articles are now tagged and somewhat organized by topic.  Check out the full listing and read the articles of your choice.  Check them out here - http://www.samsondubina.com/news/tags

13 Stages

Develop a systematic approach to learning a new skill

 
 
A few years ago, I wrote this article.  During a skype lesson tonight, one of my students was asking me to re-post it!  I hope you enjoy re-reading it!  This systematic approach is helpful for players of all ages and levels.  As you begin your journey, think about these 13 stages...
 
13 Stages!
 
"I'm so dumb!"
"I'm a loser!"
"Why can't I just do it?"

Nittaku Factive

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Best Beginner-Intermediate Rubber!

 
 
 
 
You have hundreds of different table tennis rubbers to choose from. Which should you choose? I recently chose Factive for my daughters, Fiona age 7 and Kenzie age 5. Why did I choose Factive, because it has thin sponge and good control while maintaining a decent amount of speed and spin. Since switching to Factive, they are playing significantly better.
 

Ohio Clubs

Check out the listing!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here in Ohio, there are 19 table tennis clubs.  At various facilities, you can drop in a play a few games, take a private lesson, join a group class, participate in a league, play a major tournament, or possibly even purchase some equipment.  We have posted this listing so that you can find a club in your city and begin sparring against some locals.  Check out the listing...
 
 
 
Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy – Location #1
Address:              355 Hoover Ave Akron, Ohio 44312

Shut-Up and Just Play

...Or call an umpire?

 
 
 
 
In the US, most tournament matches are not umpired.  However, you can request an umpire if there is a problem.  So when should you seek help from a tournament official?  You should get help when your opponent is getting an unfair advantage from something like his serve. 
 
Get an umpire if…
1. Your opponent is throwing the ball into the racket and getting an unfair advantage
2. Your opponent is hiding the ball and getting an unfair advantage

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