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…
 
 

Serve or Receive?

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This article starts off seemingly insignificant but concludes with the main point.  You must read the full article to understand the thought process…
 

Serve Return

Read 5 Helpful Tips!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Serve Return
 
About 95% of all players say that serve return is their biggest problem.
 
#1 Strokes

Details of Flipping Serves

serve return
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Details of Flipping Serves
 
Flipping is one of the primary ways to return short serves.  In this article, I’m going to outline the various aspects of developing a professional flip and give some details about each aspect.
 
Reading the Spin
There are 4 primary ways to read the spin…
#1 Watch the racket movement at contact
#2 Listen to the sound at contact
#3 Read the bounce
#4 Watch for the label

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...

Serve Return Placement

Brand New Video

The Cute Little Guessing Game

Should you be playing this game?

 
 
 
 
We now have 6 weeks before the US nationals!  That is just the amout of time that you need to improve your serve return!  Check out the latest article that can boost your level!
 
 
 
The Cute Little Guessing Game

Serve Return

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About 90% of table tennis players claim that serve return is their biggest issue. I feel that they aren't able to return serve properly because they haven't developed the stroke. It isn't merely good enough just to touch the ball back to the other side. The player must actually loop or push or flip the serve with quality. Check out one of my favority serve return drills where I demonstrate flipping and looping the sidespin/backspin serves:

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.”
 

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