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

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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
 

Bible Chapter of the Week

John 6

John 6

The Missing Key in Table Tennis Footwork

USATT Article and Video!!!

 
     Most club players are unable to excel in table tennis because of their poor footwork.  Many players blame their beer belly or their age or their footwear or their training partners.  However, the aspect of footwork that I will be describing in this short article is an aspect that every player can improve upon, regardless of their age, rating, or physical condition.  Today, I want to show you the importance of anticipation as it relates to footwork in table tennis.  There are three elements that I want you to remember.

Sponsorship Opportunity for National-Level Event

Three Options Available

 
Dear Table Tennis Players,
 
We are looking for sponsorships for our September 26-27 tournament.  One top player from China (Ma Lin's former teamate) has already committed to coming.  It will be a very exciting event.  If you are willing to partner with us, please send me an e-mail asap tt@samsondubina.com.  Thanks in advance!
 
 
Sponsorship Packages
September Table Tennis Championship Tournament
Akron, Ohio
 

Mastering Blocks

By Richard McAfee

While not as flashy as topspin attacks and kills, few strokes are more important to your success as a player than the often under-appreciated block stroke.  The basic “control” block is one of the very first strokes that all players learn and then unfortunately, many players stop developing and improving this core technique. 

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