Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 - 2018 USATT Coach of the Year
 

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Mental Strategies - Part 19

There are 3 things that you can control

Here are some of the attacks against your commitments; pressure thoughts about needing to win or fearing to lose, awareness of others’ expectations, other competitors’ gamesmanship, injuries, nets and edges, poor lighting and slick floors. None of the issues would matter as much to you if you weren’t striving to be something greater. However the higher your table tennis game elevates, the greater the potential for distractions that can suck the commitment right out of you like a mental game undertow.

Success in Looping Long Serves

Learn the step-by-step process

Looping serves is a bit more challenging than many players imagine.  However, if you follow the right thought process and use the right technique, then you will be on your way to major improvement.  Here are some steps…
 
1. Watch the opponent’s positioning at the table and body language to possibly see if he will serve short or long.
 
2. Next, watch his backswing, contact point, and where the ball contacts his side of the table.  At this point, you need to start adjusting your feet while keeping your hand in front.
 

DVD Coming Soon...

Instructional DVD available worldwide!

We have completed the filming for the instructional DVD.  After several months of editing, it will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray.  Check back for the trailer and additional details.
 
The DVD includes - Step-by-step instruction on the details of advanced footwork, strokes, drills, serve, serve return, short game, match strategy, scouting, mental game, and advanced training routines.   The demonstrations are greatly enhanced by the multi-angled clips as well as slow motion and split screen.  Available fall 2014.

Five Ways to Dominate!

Match Reminders

In table tennis, there are five different ways to win points…
 
1. Speed
2. Spin
3. Placement
4. Variation
5. Consistency
 

Timeout

Samson gives coaching advice about when to call a timeout during your big games.

You are playing the most important 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?
 
This article gives some helpful tips on when to 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.
 

The Drills - Part II

Read the details of advanced robot training!

In this blog posting, I’ll be detailing robot drills 11-20 and giving some tips on how to perfect your game using these drills.  Every robot comes with FREE lessons when purchased at www.samsondubina.com
 
 
Drill #11

Tournament Photos!

400 New Table Tennis Photos from the March 22nd Newgy Akron Open!

Here are the tournament photos from the Newgy Akron Open!
 
http://cljstudios.exposuremanager.com/g/akron_newgy_open
 
I want to give a special thank you to our professional photographer (Chris Jordan) from CLJ Studios who volunteered her time to help us.  Please support her for her dedication to table tennis!
 
 
Our complete list of upcoming events can be found here:  
 

Mental Strategies - Part 18

Four Tips to Mental Victory in Duece Games!

In an average tournament, you might have around 20 games that are 9-9 or 10-10.  Your success or failure during the tournament largely rests on winning those games.  I have a few tips that will help you better win those important sets.
 
#1 Enjoy them!  You probably enjoy the rush from other things in life like roller coasters, scary movies, caffine, and other things.  If you feel a bit excited in a close game and your heart is pounding a bit harder, learn to enjoy it!  Enjoying those close games with a smile will help you to relax and play your best!
 

Bible Passage of the Week

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

The Apostle Paul Says, "And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony[a] of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.  And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not

Youth and Parents Learn Together

Take Advantage of this Great Opportunity!

Youth table tennis classes start on Tuesday, April 1st.  Every student receives a free racket and a free table tennis shirt.  With a group of 10-12 students and 3 top coaches, each student will receive plenty of instruction.  Parents are encouraged to attend and can participate for FREE!
 
I hope that you and your son or daughter will consider attending!  More info:  http://samsondubina.com/node/244
 
 

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