An article related to improving players table tennis skills.
by Samson Dubina on Mon, 2013-12-02 10:41
When do I contact the ball early? Top-of-the-bounce? Fall?
In table tennis, you can contact the ball on the rise, on the top of the bounce, or on the fall. Sometimes beginners have difficulty controlling the spin, depth, and power because they don’t know when to hit the ball.
by Samson Dubina on Sun, 2013-12-01 08:06
When you serve, return serve, or hit any shot throughout a table tennis match, your opponent will have a variety of choices on how to return the ball. You need to prepare yourself for the worst-case-scenario then adjust if he does something easier.
by Samson Dubina on Thu, 2013-11-28 19:32
A Good Question To Ask...
Next time that you are discussing ping pong with a recreational player, ask him the following question, “If the table tennis table is five feet wide, why is the Olympic-size court thirty-five feet wide?” …he probably won’t have an answer.
Most recreational player hit the corners, but can’t hit the ball any wider. By using spin and contacting the side of the ball on a push or loop, you can easily develop a wide shot. If you add some sidespin to your shot, you can make it go even wider.
by Samson Dubina on Wed, 2013-11-27 16:54
Tournament Article From Our Last Event Here in Akron
Newgy September Giant Round Robin
Eighty-one players from 7 different states competed in the Newgy September Giant Round Robin played on 12 tables with excellent conditions, free meals, and over $2000 in cash and prizes.
by Samson Dubina on Mon, 2013-11-25 21:47
Find Out the 4 Secrets About When to Call It
Picture this: You are playing the most important table tennis match of your life in the final round, crowds have gathered, big money is at stake, you are preparing to serve, the score is 9-9… should you call timeout?
The question above could be answered “YES” or “NO” depending on the circumstance. In the above situation, you should possibly call timeout if:
1. You need to consult your coach. If you are unsure on what to serve or what strategy to use, ask your coach.
by Samson Dubina on Mon, 2013-11-25 21:38
Failure vs. Success For the Offensive Player
You have practiced your attack for months…
Hired a physical trainer…
Perfected your favorite table tennis robot drills…
Purchased the newest equipment…
Watched every table tennis video on the market…
Held tight to your diet…
Prepared mentally for your first tournament…
BUT failed to win a single match! What went wrong? As an offensive player, your experienced opponents were probably able to attack first.
by Samson Dubina on Fri, 2013-11-22 20:59
by Samson Dubina on Sun, 2013-11-17 15:22
12 Tips About Coaching Table Tennis!
Since the beginning of 2008, I have been coaching table tennis for a living. Right now, I have eighteen students ranging from 600 level to 2200 level. In this article, I’m going to give twelve practical ways that I use to maximize my students’ potential.
Tip #1 - Goals
by Samson Dubina on Fri, 2013-11-08 23:27
Test your knowledge about current table tennis facts!
Table Tennis Quiz
1. When did table tennis become an Olympic Sport?________
a. 1988 b. 1996 c. 2012
2. According to the International Olympic Committee, table tennis is now the _______ sport in the world, based on total tournament players.
a. #1 b. #2 c.#3
3. Spin is the main factor that distinguishes recreational ping pong from professional table tennis. The ball can spin up to__________ rotations per minute.
a. 78 b. 780 c. 7800
by Samson Dubina on Wed, 2013-09-18 16:36
Footwork Mechanics, Anticipation, Visualization, and Fitness
Four Elements of Footwork
“If I can lose 10 pounds, my footwork will really improve!”
This is a common statement made by hundreds of club players nationwide. Yes, their footwork probably will improve, but losing 10 pounds is only 1 of the 4 elements to having excellent footwork. I have seen some great athletes (in other sports) who had very poor footwork in table tennis. I have also seen some 300 pound table tennis players who had decent footwork.
Element #1 Mechanics