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

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The Learning Stages

Learn the Recipe For Success!

 
 
 
 
Learning a new skill in table tennis takes time.  Some skills take about a month to develop, but most take about 2-3 years to fully master.  In this blog, I’m going to talk about the steps to perfection.  It is vitally important to go step-by-step, even if it takes a long time.  You can apply this theory to ANY stroke; however, I’m going to use the backhand loop against block as an ILLUSTRATION.
 
Understanding the Need

No Lone Rangers

Don't neglect this one main aspect of improvement...

 
In the world of elite table tennis, there are no lone rangers. 
 
If you want to improve your game this year, you won’t be able to stay hidden in your house forming game strategies for months and come out 500 points ahead.
 
I’m a huge advocate of robot training.  I practice with my Newgy robot.  However, I also need to use my skills against other players and in tournaments.
 
I’m a huge advocate of physical training.  However, I need to use my physical abilities in training and in tournaments. 
 

Maximizing Your Game Under Poor Circumstances

Learn 10 Ways to Immediately Boost Your Table Tennis Game!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I posted this article about 4 years ago.  For those of you who didn't read it previously, I would recommend that you check it out!  This article applies to over 90% of US Players...
 
 
 
 
 
Maximizing Your Game Under Poor Circumstances
 
True or False Question:
One must play against better players in order to improve?
 
Answer:  FALSE

2015

...Thinking toward the future...

 
 
 
 
 
 
Last week at the local table tennis club, there were about 10 players rated 1800 and 1 player rated 2100 who was a controlled looper.  I asked the 2100-rated player what he could possibly do to improve to the next level…  After a bit of discussion, we agreed that he needed to learn to play more aggressively and develop his power shots. 
 

Why Does This Happen?

Read about a strange phenomenon

Sometimes players will work very hard over the summer training many hours each day.  At the end of the summer, they play a tournament and are very disappointed with their results.  They might have spent thousands of dollars traveling to China, hiring pro coaches, and giving great effort…  but still they didn’t have the expected results.
 
Yet other times, players will take a break for a few weeks and practice very little.  Without expecting much from their first tournament of the season, these players are sometimes surprised with amazing results!
 

Improving Long-Term

What should I be working on this year?

During the first lesson with a new student, I often ask the following question,
“Which areas of your game are you trying to improve long term and what measures are you taking to improve those areas?” 
They usually respond with a short reply like…
“I’m working on losing this fat belly.”
Or
“I’m just trying to perfect my forehand, that’s all I care about.”
Or
“I just want a serve that no one can return.”
Usually their answers are very short and not detailed.  They want to improve, but don’t have a plan.
 

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