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

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Spin Videos

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Most of the questions that I receive are about spin - importance of spin, types of spin, how to read spin, how to generate spin, how to generate more spin, etc...
Today, I wanted to share some of my best videos on spin. Check them out!

Serving Video and Notes

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Many players have watch this video and asked for my notes.
Watch the video then check out the notes below

Improving your serve is the fastest way to progress your table tennis game. In this article, I will be outlining nine ways that I personally use to perfect my serve:

#1 Use the serves that best setup your game

#2 Train them in a tournament environment

#3 Miss some serves

#4 Use your best serves early

9 Serving Tips

Watch this 13 min lecture!

Shut-Up and Just Play

Learn about playing tournament matches without officials...

 
 
 
 
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

Illegal Serves

Learn 7 Steps to Take in Dealing With Illegal Serves

 
 
 
 
 
When playing tournaments, you will often be up against illegal serves.  With the right actions and attitude, you can easily diffuse the problem and play a fair match.  Here are the steps of action that I would recommend…
 
#1 Observe the problem.  Preferably in a match prior to your match, try to watch your opponent for possible illegal serves.
 

Precision

Serving tips!

 
 
 
When serving, many players focus on height, deception, speed, spin, and placement.  These elements are very important.  However, the main reason that you need to practice serving is to develop precision.  If you have control over your serve, it is easy to control the rally when you are serving.  Here are a few consequences of having poor precision…
 

The Power of Serving!

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At the club level, long and slow serves are easily attacked with strong loops.  World class players also serve long sometimes, HOWEVER, their long serves are very fast as a surprise and well placed.  Watch this short video demonstrating various serves.  Notice how fast the long serves are.  

 

 

The Best Serve

Explanation and Video

The best serves in table tennis are low with good placement as well as good variation in the type of spin and degree of spin.
So how can your read the spin on a good serve?
 
There are 4 ways:
1. Watch the direction of the racket
2. Watch the bounce of the ball
3. Listen for the sound at contact
4. Look for the logo on the ball
 
In this short video, I give some tips about how to read the racket on a forehand tomahawk serve https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqLxc6mxj6I
 

Serving in a New Dimension

Learn How Zhang Jike and Other Top Players Have Changed Our Sport

Throughout the last 20 years, when returning serves, most of the world’s best players have looped the long serves and pushed short on the short serves.  In order to attack first, about 90% of the elite serves have been short.  This information has trickled down to even the lowest of the club level players.  I heard many many many club players repeating, “Com’on, serve short!”
 
SERVING SHORT has been the theme of coaches and players in an attempt to stop the receiver from looping the serve.
 

Mastering the Professional Serve

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Most players want to improve their serves, but many of them don’t know where to start.  Here is what I would recommend…
 
#1 Decide what serves best match your game
 
#2 Find a top player who serves those exact serves
Here are some sample videos…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbrmRarOysk&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miIX2BxpQ4E

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