Coach Samson Dubina US National Team Coach 4x USATT Coach of the Year

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The Power of God

Read the Bible Verse of the Week

Throughout the Bible, we can see that God often chooses to use unlikely heros.  For example, the apostle Paul was one of the greatest preachers and he says in the Bible that he didn’t have excellent speech.  His greatness was in the message that he preached…  He preached Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Slow Down Champ!

Learn about the time between points...

In matches, it is critical to adjust your in-between-point-speed based on several factors.  If you have lost several consecutive points, take your time before serving or receiving.  If you are feeling fatigued near the end of the match, take your time.  If you are unsure of the proper strategy to use next, take your time.  If you feel in control of the match and physically feel good, then it is a great strategy to play fast between points and finish the match asap.

200 in ONE

Read a Summary Article on Various Topics

Within the last year, there have been over 200 posted coaching articles at  I realize that sometimes it can seem overwhelming to try to figure out which articles to read and which tips that you should be applying to your game.  For this reason, I have written this summary article which will summarize many of the articles within 1 sentence. 
When developing a good loop, focus on spin rather than speed.
When developing a good push, contact the ball early and keeping the ball low with spin.

Robot Skype Lessons

What will you learn in a robot lesson?

Throughout the year, many players have been improving through the use of robot practice.  If you purchase a Newgy Robot from me, then you can receive 3 hours of free skype lessons.  Call Roger at 1-800-55-NEWGY and tell him that Samson sent you.  If you are an advanced player, then your lessons will be geared toward very advanced robot drills.  If you are a beginner, then here is an outline for your first 3 skype lessons:
Robot Skype Lesson #1 (60 minutes)
Basic rules of the game
Basic robot set-up and take-down

College + TT Comparison

Learn, Practice, Apply, Perform

In College, you learn new information from lectures and from personal study.  Each week, your professor will likely send home a short homework assignment then about twice per month, you will likely take a quiz over the new material.  About half-way through the semester, you will have a mid-term then at the end of the semester take a final exam.

Bible Verse of the Week

Looking to the Author and Finisher of Our Faith

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
So what does God want us to do?  As this verse says…
#1 He wants us to lay aside every sin that ensnares us

Equipment Details

Racket, Rubber, and Poly Ball

Which racket/rubber combination is the best?  It depends on your skill level and your style.  I’m going to outline several styles and give racket/rubber recommendations.

November 1st Deadline

Pre-Order on DVD and Blue-Ray By November 1st

International Table Tennis Skills
Coming soon on DVD and Blue-Ray
Preorder before November 1st to save $10 and also receive free shipping!
DVDs will be shipped the week of Nov 24th to ensure arrival before Christmas!

Bad Word - For Players

Players should avoid using this word

I Can’t!!!
On a daily basis, many of my students say the words, “I can’t” as it relates to learning a new stroke,  learning a new serve, enduring through physical training, and many other table tennis related activities.
As a coach, when I hear a player say these words, here is what I’m hearing…

Bad Word - For Coaches

Coaches should avoid using this word...

To all the coaches reading my articles, I have some advice.  Try to avoid using the word “but.”  This word seems very harmless, yet it can ruin your complements.  For example…
My student asks, “So Coach Samson, what did you think about my performance at the last tournament.”
I reply, “Your looping was very powerful; your footwork was fast; you had good strategy; BUT you missed every smash.”