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

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An article related to improving players table tennis skills.

#1 Most Difficult Rule Change

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Devastate the Cheater

Learn the Step-By-Step Approach

 
 
 
 
 
In competitive sports, there are always athletes who want to win so badly, that they will do absolutely anything to accomplish that goal.  Yes, there are cheaters in table tennis too.  Instead of giving you dozens of examples of how cheaters get away with it, I’m going to give you a more general perspective on how you can properly handle any situation that arises.
 

Weak Points

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Weak Points
 
In matches, should you use specific patterns or should you just hit anywhere?  Well, you always want to keep your opponent off-balance while realizing that there are specific shots and locations that commonly cause errors from your opponent.  Today, I’m going to outline a six basic patterns.
(Note:  There are actually hundreds of these patterns.  I’m just listing six as a starting point)
 

HIGHLIGHTS!

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Tournament Tough in 20 Steps

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Learn how to train your mind and body!

 
 
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Prep work:       Set Goals

Ten Tactical Timeout Tips

Take 3 minutes to read these 10 tips...

 
 
 
 
 
Ten Tactical Timeout Tips
 
Many international matches have been won or lost based on WHEN the timeout was called and WHAT was said during the timeout.  In this short article, I’m going to give some brief tips about timeouts…
 
#1 Call It Early

Root of the Problem

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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.”
 

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?"

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