Preview the 3-Star Tournament Coming to Akron This March!
Before registering for a tournament, I would like to see the venue. Words on an entry form can only somewhat describe the conditions. In future years, I would love to see short promotional videos for every major event across the US.
When starting a doubles match, the servers and receivers are chosen just like in singles. One pair hides the ball, and the other pair guesses which hand that the ball is in. If you choose correctly, I would recommend choosing to receive serve, not to start with the serve. So why should you choose to receive?
Matthew 22:34-40 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Playing at an Elite Level Starts by Thinking at an Elite Level
This year, set some high goals in table tennis and work consistently to reach these goals. Look ahead to the competition 200-rating points ahead of you and think about your previous matches against them in tournaments. What shots worked? What shots didn’t work? Did you need to alter your strategy?
Here in the Midwest, the Seemiller grip is fairly common among older players. There are 3 different versions of the grip, but we won’t go into the details about the grip itself. We will look more closely at the strategy against these players.
In table tennis, try your best to build an early lead in points, try your best to win the first game, try your best to win the match 3-0.
One of my students recently lost to a player who had an amazing forehand and a terrible backhand. This opponent’s forehand was at least 1900-level and his backhand was around 800-1000 level. After losing, I asked my student why he played so many balls to the forehand. He responded by saying, “Well, I didn’t want my opponent to know that I knew his weak point.” What a terrible way to lose a match.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Despite its reputation as a leisurely game, at the competitive level table tennis brings out some potent extremes of emotion. And I hate to say it, but it'd be silly to deny that I've earned a reputation as one of the fairly "hot-headed" players in the Ohio region. I've been approached about my use of language one time (oops), and have overheard other players scolding my emotional outbursts, or learned about their bemused reactions through the grapevine.