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

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The Amateur vs The Pro

Boost Your Level By Making Small Adjustments

 
When an amateur player becomes inconsistent with his backhand loop, he just starts pushing…
 
When an amateur player becomes inconsistent with his forehand smash, he just starts blocking…
 
When an amateur player can’t keep his best serve short, he stops serving it…
 
When an amateur player has a problem, he can’t fix it. 
 
When a professional player encounters an inconsistency in his game, he realizes the problem, and immediately fixes it.
 

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Are You in a Jam?

Learn a New Strategy!

After surveying dozens of club players across the country regarding game strategy, there is one common strategy used across the board.  Most players work the point from corner to corner.  Most players start off by playing against their opponents’ backhands.  If that doesn’t work, then they play to the wide forehand then back to the backhand.
 

Bible Verse of the Week

Read a Passage From Romans 8

 
 
Romans 8:28-30
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Eat to Win

Learn the Details About Meals

Most professional athletes have very strict diets.  They feast for breakfast eating heathly food with good carbohydrates, eat normal for lunch, and eat a bit lighter for dinner.
 
Why do they eat so much early in the day?  They eat large amounts of food to fuel their workouts.  Without the proper carbohydrate intake, they cannot give 100% to practice because they run out of energy after 1-2 hours.  The large intake of food in the morning is what fuels their workout. 
 

Boost Your Attack!

Read About 2 Critical Aspects of Attacking

If you are an offensive players, there are 2 aspects of the game that you need to master.
 
 
The first aspect is…   Creating the opportunity to attack first.  I hear many club players telling themselves throughout the night, “Just use your attack!”  Well that sounds nice, but how are you going to create the opportunity.  There are several ways.
1. Try to loop long serves
2. Try to loop half-long serves
3. Try to serve short and push short so that your opponent can’t easily loop first

New USATT Article and Video!

Read the Article and Watch the Video to Learn the Details of Serve Return!

One of the most commonly asked questions in table tennis is…  “How can I best return no-spin serves?”  No-spin serves appear to be very easy but can be very difficult to return.
 
If you want to loop your opponent’s backspin serve, you will probably be very focused, position your body very low, use lots of spin, and loop the ball onto the table successfully.  Do you have this same  approach when looping a no-spin serve?  Many players do not have the same level of concentration and many players do not use enough spin when returning a no-spin serve.
 

Ratings and Skills

Learn How Ratings Can Mentally Fool You!

Often times, tt players will wrongly associate ratings with skills.  Just because an opponent has a certain ratings doesn’t necessarily mean that your opponent can do this or can’t do this.  For example…
 
I asked my 1800-rated student why he wasn’t attacking his (2100-rated) opponent’s half-long serve.  My student responded by saying that because his opponent was rated 2100, he assumed that all his serves were short.
 

This Will Hurt

Learn About the #1 Most-Detrimental Shot in Your Game!

There is 1 shot in table tennis that will really hurt you.  But before I tell you what the shot is, I’ll first make a couple of observations about your body positioning.
 
If you attack with your forehand from your forehand side, it doesn’t really matter where you attack.  You should mix up your placement – wide forehand, wide backhand, and middle transition.  Because your body is centrally located in relation to the table, you will likely be able to recover quickly for the next ball.
 

Anger

Read the Proverb of the Week

When dealing with an angry person in a tournament, here is something to consider...
 
Proverb 15:1
A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievious words stir up anger.

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