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

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Serve Return Disasters

You CAN'T Return It!

 
 
 
Serve Return Disasters
 
“You can’t return that serve!”
“I’m sorry!”
“You can’t!”
“I don’t care if you pay me $1000 for this secret 1-hour lesson.  You can’t consistently return that deep spinny sidespin serve with 10 variations because you don’t have real strokes.  You are trying to chisel and block back those serves that are 2000 rpms, and it isn’t going to happen.”
 
 
This is the conversation with many new students that I get on a daily basis.

Serve Return Simplified

Try this 1 weird-simple trick!

 
 
 
Serve Return Simplified
 
 
There are 2 primary ways to read the spin – watch the racket and watch the bounce.  The pitfall that devastates most beginner/intermediate players is the timing.  When they don’t know the spin, they panic and trap the ball too quickly.  The correct move is to wait.  Wait.  If you couldn’t tell the spin from the contact point when your opponent touched the ball, then wait.  Let the ball rise, then even drop a bit before returning it. 
How does that make the return easier?  There are 5 ways…
 
 

Forehand Reverse Pendulum Serve

Learn 3 primary keys!

Serve or Receive?

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If you win the toss, which do you choose?  Serve or Receive?
 
This article starts off seemingly insignificant but concludes with the main point.  You must read the full article to understand the thought process…
 

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Serve & Return

Serving
Improve both your serve and serve return!

The #1 topic in table tennis is serve & return. This week, I decided to feature some of my videos. Regardless if you are developing a new serve or just perfecting an old favorite, I would highly recommend that you take a minute and check out these videos...

The Complete Game

Learn the importance of developing many skills

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I have asked many table tennis players about the most important aspects of the game.  I commonly hear responses such as…
 
“It’s all about footwork.  If my footwork improves, I’ll be able to return everything because I’ll be in position.”
 
“This game is 99% about serve and serve return.  If I can improve those aspects, I can really beat everyone at this club.”
 

Open Your Eyes 0_0

Look at your opponent and win!

 
 
 
 
 
Winning tournaments isn’t merely about having fast footwork and a powerful loop.  Winning is often determined by how poorly you can make your opponent play.  In many other sports like swimming or running or weight lifting, you compete and your opponent competes.  Your job in running is to perform well yourself.  However, your job in table tennis is to hinder your opponent.  I’m going to be very blunt here…  If your opponent doesn’t miss, then you can’t score a single point! Think about that for a minute…
 

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