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

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Ohio Mega Camps - Invitation!

May 1st Deadline!

 
 
 
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Day 1 (Shaw JCC Mega Camp)

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3:1 Principle

Learn to evaluate your training sessions!

 
 
 
3:1 Principle
 
Inconsistency is likely the main reason for your poor performance in tournaments.  Will doing more drills help you?  Possibly.
 
Here at the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy, we aren’t just concerned with the number of hours, we are also concerned about the quality of the hours realizing that each individual player might need to adjust his/her drills slightly.  In this article, I’m going to briefly outline the 3:1 principle that we have developed.
 

Sarah Jalli Training Video

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Backhand Footwork

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Typically, playing about 60-65% forehand and about 35-40% backhand will allow you to cover the table best.  However, for some of my students, I give some flexibility as each player/style/age/conditioning/body type is unique.  Because the forehand zone is larger, most players practice forehand footwork or full-table footwork.  I have rarely seen players practicing backhand footwork. 

 

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. 
 

Back Injuries

Read 7 Ways to Keep Your Back in Top Shape

 
 
 
 
 
During the last 10 years, I have really struggled with back injuries, even to the point of being bedridden.  Today, I would like to make a few suggestions to you, so that you can avoid hindering your tt game with back problems.
 
1. Stay Active

Fitness

Watch the full series of fitness videos by Samson Dubina

Footwork

Training vs Warm-Up Article and Video

In table tennis, every drill should have a purpose. One distinction that needs to be made is the difference between training and warm-up. When you see professional players warming-up at tournaments, they might do some forehand, backhands, and a simple footwork drill. That might be about it at tournaments. However, their daily training routine might look drastically different. Here are a couple thoughts on this concept.

Targeting the Transition

Check out these new drills!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Targeting the Transition
 
 
“You need to attack his middle.”
“I recommend that you play 80% of your hits to his transition point.”
“Hunt the elbow – play the elbow – your opponent gets jammed easily!”
 

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