Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 - 2018 USATT Coach of the Year
 

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Mental Strategies - Part 18

Four Tips to Mental Victory in Duece Games!

In an average tournament, you might have around 20 games that are 9-9 or 10-10.  Your success or failure during the tournament largely rests on winning those games.  I have a few tips that will help you better win those important sets.
 
#1 Enjoy them!  You probably enjoy the rush from other things in life like roller coasters, scary movies, caffine, and other things.  If you feel a bit excited in a close game and your heart is pounding a bit harder, learn to enjoy it!  Enjoying those close games with a smile will help you to relax and play your best!
 

Mental Strategies - Part 17

By Coach Carl Hardin

Principle #1 your mind can only concentrate on one thing at a time.
 (Action Statement for principle #1) I take control of what I picture, choosing to think about what I want to create in my life.
 
Principle #2 what you say is not important. What you cause yourself or others to picture is crucial.

Mental Strategies - Part 15

Learn to play "IN THE ZONE"

 

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!

Mental Strategies - Part 13

You are a loser!

 
If you are a tournament player, shaking off a loss will be one of the biggest hurdles that you need to jump.  This entire article can be summed up in 1 sentence…
 
Stop the excuses, admit you lost.  
 
After admitting to yourself that you lost that match and it was your fault, you will then be able to clearly think why you lost and you will learn from your mistakes.  If you continue to make excuses, then you won’t change, you won’t improve, and you will keep losing.
 

Mental Strategies - Part 12

Learn How to Become a World Class Player!

 
Question:            Samson, how can I improve my mental game?
 
Answer:               Choose a level-headed, world-class player and copy him.
 
When studying this elite athlete there are several things that you should be looking for.
 
Attitude During Training

Mental Strategies - Part 11

Earned, Never Given

 
You have often heard the Marines say, “Earned, never given!”
 
This is the same mindset and you should have in table tennis. 
When you serve a fast, surprise serve, you are planning for your opponent to return and you are planning to win the rally.
When you loop with your powerful forehand, you are expecting your opponent to return it and you are expecting to loop multiple balls in order to win the rally.
When you push deep and fast to your opponent’s wide forehand, you are expecting a soft opening that you can counterloop.
 

Beat the Champ

Learn Mental Strategies Against Elite Players!

When you play against high-rated opponents, do you play better or worse?
 
If you play better against them, it is probably due to the fact that you are more mentally relaxed having a “nothing-to-lose” mentality.  If you have this focused, relaxed attitude – wonderful!  Try to go into every match and every practice session giving your best, having fun, and not putting the pressure on yourself.  This is a great experience!
 

The Comeback

Learn Some Strategy from Shreyans Bafna (age 15)

 

Start Thinking the Right Way

Learn a tip from Roger Liu (age 12)

Your mental attitude has a TREMENDOUS influence over the outcome of the game. It can help you beat players rated much higher than you. However it can be a humongous factor in losses against players rated much lower than you. This can set back your goals in table tennis. So how do you fix it?

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