One of the most foundational aspects of the game is a neutral racket position. Until the ball is approaching, you should not take a backswing.
Based on your hit, your opponent’s positioning, your opponent’s racket angle, and your opponent’s timing, you can adjust with your feet… BUT not take the hand back until you visually see the incoming ball or even until the ball crosses the net. How will this benefit you? There are 5 primary ways and many secondary ways it will benefit you…
Today, in the interactive lecture, we discussed various types of drills - systematic, semi-systematic, random, multi-location from both sides, open ended, and game situation drills... detailing the reasons for each drills and at what stages each drill should be implemented. We also talked about the 10 stages of implementing footwork (see video below).
The Newgy Cincinnati Open was the first 4-Star USATT sanctioned event held in Cincinnati during the last 8 years. With over 100 entries and 20 professional tables, this (soon to be) annual event has had a great beginning. We plan to continue with the same giant round robin format – groups of 8 with the top 4 players advancing to the next round.
Read an article from the next issue of the USATT Magazine
The Newgy Akron Open set the record for the largest tournament in NE Ohio during the last 10 years. Leading the pack of 96 players was Wang Zhen (rated 2822) who just return from training in China and Germany. The 2-day event began on Friday with warm-up events and concluded Saturday with the Giant Round Robin events.