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

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Psalm 19

Bible Passage of the Week

Psalm 19
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line[a] has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

Scouting Your Opponent

Learn a new method on how to improve your game!

Whether you want to make the US Olympic Team, win the senior games, or beat your Uncle Bob; it is always a great idea to scout out your competition.  In this article, I’m going to describe two separate methods of scouting your table tennis opponent.  The first is the long-term method.  This is best accomplished by video analysis.  The second is short term; this is a more common situation.  You enter a tournament and are watching your opponent play the round robin group ten minutes before your match against him.  You have never seen him before, and you need to quickly make a game plan.

Practicing the right things!

Find out which strokes are the most IMPORTANT

I have received hundreds of table tennis e-mails with questions regarding table tennis.  One of the most common questions is…
“Which skills should I be working on?”
 
That’s a good question.  My answer will vary because of…
1. The age of the player
2. The game-style of the player
3. The mental game of the player
4. The physical condition of the player
With that said, I’ll attempt to list some general items that should be learned at each level.
 
Novice
A. Rules of the game
B. Basic footwork (side-to-side)

Active Blocking

Steps to learning this modern skill!

Most table tennis players label topspin shots into several categories such as: loop, block or smash. However, modern attacking players have developed an offensive block called an active block. Active blocking is a combination between a block, loop and counter loop. It is best used off-the-bounce against a slow to medium speed loop.
Watch in this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwbcgOPxx8w&feature=fvsr as Kenta effectively uses active blocking to stop his opponents’ attack and take control of the table.

What Just Happened?

Learn about an eye-opening experience that happens to many players

You are focused and ready for a huge battle.
You surprisingly win the first game 11-0.
You start thinking about how amazing you are playing.
You start thinking about how easy it is.
You aren’t thinking about strategy.
Your opponent relaxes and changes strategy.
You start losing in the 2nd game.
You are shocked by the change of events.
You start to mentally freak out and your mind goes blank.
You lose the match 3 games to 1.

The Good News of Jesus Christ - Part 7

The Gospel
Pride vs. Humility

 
 
The Bible Says…
God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
James 4:6b,10
 
We are naturally very proud people.  We enjoy telling others about our good table tennis wins, about our accomplishments, and about the nice things that we have done.
 
The Gospel is Jesus Christ is a pride smashing thing to believe.  When you first hear it, it might sound bad. 
 

Stay in the Zone

How hard should I loop?

Professional players clearly understand their potential and limitations.  They know how hard they should loop, where to loop, when to loop, and when not to loop.  Ma Long loops most of his balls with 60-95% power.  His selection on how hard to loop depends on his positioning, his distance from the table, his opponent’s return, and his opponent’s positioning.   Timo Ball loops most of his balls with 40-80% power; this is the zone that he feels most comfortable playing.
 
Now, let’s move the scenario to YOU…

Trajectories

When do I contact the ball early? Top-of-the-bounce? Fall?

In table tennis, you can contact the ball on the rise, on the top of the bounce, or on the fall.  Sometimes beginners have difficulty controlling the spin, depth, and power because they don’t know when to hit the ball. 
 

Prepare For Disaster

What to expect...

When you serve, return serve, or hit any shot throughout a table tennis match, your opponent will have a variety of choices on how to return the ball.  You need to prepare yourself for the worst-case-scenario then adjust if he does something easier.
 

The Angles

A Good Question To Ask...

Next time that you are discussing ping pong with a recreational player, ask him the following question, “If the table tennis table is five feet wide, why is the Olympic-size court thirty-five feet wide?”   …he probably won’t have an answer.
 
Most recreational player hit the corners, but can’t hit the ball any wider.  By using spin and contacting the side of the ball on a push or loop, you can easily develop a wide shot.    If you add some sidespin to your shot, you can make it go even wider.
 

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