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

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Racket Angle

Things to think about...

By Coach Carl Hardin
 
In match competition, trust your training and let yourself play to win.
When receiving a serve or a stroked table tennis ball.
•        Your contact point on the ball is determined by your opponent’s direction of swing, blade angle and the point their blade departs from the ball.
•        Decide and visualize the point of the TT ball that you need to contact in order to stop, continue or change the spin to gain control of the point..

What Do You Fear?

Change your mind!

In this article, I would like to briefly talk about changing your mindset in regards to your opponent’s strengths. 
 
Many players fear their opponent’s strengths so much that it messes up all aspects of their game.  Instead of fearing the strength, try to use the strength against him.  I’ll give several examples…
 

Mental Strategies - Part 17

By Coach Carl Hardin

Principle #1 your mind can only concentrate on one thing at a time.
 (Action Statement for principle #1) I take control of what I picture, choosing to think about what I want to create in my life.
 
Principle #2 what you say is not important. What you cause yourself or others to picture is crucial.

Tournament Results!

Check out the winners from the 3-Star Newgy Akron Open!

Results From the Newgy Akron Open!
Thanks to the 96 players who attended!  We look forward to seeing many of you at the May tournament in Cincinnati and the September tournament in Akron.  We would like to give a huge thanks to...
 
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Our Staff!
Greg Thompson, Perry Wilson, Pierce Scott, Sam Dubina, Nancy Dubina, Cathy Steele, Raymond Johnston, Orlando McEwan, Karen Pon, David Bussey, and Ron Arcaro
 
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Mental Strategies - Part 16

Should I be thinking about the outcome or execution?

Article Written by Carl Hardin
 
Anxiety is a natural part of competing because we tend to worry about the outcome of a match and what’s going to happen in the future. We have no control over the outcome but we can control our execution. When you start to think about what’s going to happen, redirect your thinking to your breathing, this will keep your mind away from “the what if”.
 

Mental Strategies - Part 15

Learn to play "IN THE ZONE"

 

Bible Verse of the Week

Galatians 2:16

Galatians 2:16
knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
 

Elite Tournament Press Release

The Fight for $3000 in Cash and Prizes!

Come watch elite table tennis here in Akron!!!
 
On Saturday, March 22 Wang Zhen will lead the pack of 95 players striving to take home a portion of the $3000 cash and prizes.  Wang is currently the #1 player in North America who is ranked #60 in the world and a former member of the Chinese Super League.  His tough competition includes:
 

Mental Strategies - Part 14

Read 2 FAQs

 
There are 2 frequently asked questions that I would like to answer in this blog posting…
 
Question #1
Bob, “Samson, why do I often play much better in tournaments against players would are rated 200 points higher that I am.  It seems like I play better against better players.”
 
Question #2
Betty, “Samson, why do I often play very poorly against better players.  I just can’t seem to get into my normal routine.”
 
Hi Bob!

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
 

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