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

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Top 10 Ways to Make Improvements This Year!

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Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Level THIS YEAR!
 
There are some short-cuts that you can do for a quick improvement in your game right now, some elements that you can improve this year, then some aspects that take 5-10 years to fully develop.  In this article, I’m going to talk about mid-range improvements that you can make during the next 12 months.
 
#1 Time-Management

Breathe Man, Breathe!

This applies to YOU!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 
 
Breathe Man, Breathe!
 
Breathing both BETWEEN points and DURING the point is a very important, and often neglected, aspect of the game!  Players who have learned to properly exhale at contact improve their timing, power, mental focus, and endurance.
 
So how do you test it?
 
Just warmup forehand to forehand.  Is it natural for you to exhale with each hit?  If it feels unnatural, you probably haven’t been doing it!  Now play some points, ask a spectator to stand close and listen for the exhale and watch your chest. 

Targeting the Transition

Check out these new drills!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Targeting the Transition
 
 
“You need to attack his middle.”
“I recommend that you play 80% of your hits to his transition point.”
“Hunt the elbow – play the elbow – your opponent gets jammed easily!”
 

New Videos!

Check out the recent training from the Samson Dubina TT Academy!

The Tactical Mindset

Post-Tournament Analysis

 
 
 
 
 
 
     Just like any other table tennis skills, developing a tactical mindset takes discipline.  As I work through the various styles over the coming weeks and teach you how to play against various opponents, I want you to understand that you too can think of your own tactics.  I’m not very smart, I’m just an average guy.  However, I do spend quality time thinking.  You too can develop this same discipline.

The Talent Trap

Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Talent Trap
By Jim Thompson
 
Carol Dweck of Stanford University, Author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, has identified 2 distinctly different mindsets of most coaches – the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.
 
 
Fixed

Thanksgiving

Thank You to Parents

 
 
 
Table Tennis Success

 

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During the last few days, I have been reflecting on all the many things that I'm thankful to God for.  An often overlooked aspect of the sport is...

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PARENTS

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Themes - Ohio Winter Camp

Find out what you will be improving!

 
 
 
 
 
Ohio Winter Camp (December 28 - January 1)
 
Footwork…  Often times, when we hear the word footwork, we think of…  endless multiballs sessions with the coach feeding thousands of gutwrenching balls, dreaming of the ability to move like Xu Xin, wishing that we wouldn’t have gone to the McDonalds’ drive through, and somehow hoping that we will keep our 2021 New Year’s Resolutions!
Think Again!
 

The Perfect Stroke?

Take a "4-QUESTION-TEST" to see if you have perfect strokes...

During tournaments, I hear many players commenting about various strokes…
“He has good strokes!”
“His strokes are wrong!”
“How does he have a 2000-rating with strokes like that?”
“His loop is very smooth!”
“He won the tournament, but he doesn’t have the best strokes.”
“His strokes are old-school!”
“Wow, his strokes flow nicely together!”
 

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