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

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Devastate the Lobber

Learn the Tactics!

 
 
 
Devastate the Lobber
 

Beat the Pick-Hitter!

Learn tactics to beat this difficult opponent

 
 
 
 
 
In this article, I’m going to briefly describe the tactics that you should use to beat a pick-hitter.  A pick hitter is usually a rather defensive player who suddenly attacks as a surprise.  In order to best understand your opponent, you need to start off by analyzing him in detail by asking yourself the following questions in regards to your opponent.  You should ask yourself these questions when you are studying your opponent prior to the match or during the first few points of your match.
 

The Think Circle

Learn the 4-Step Process

 
 
 
 
 
Between pitches in baseball, the batter steps out of the batter’s box to re-focus.
 
The same thing is true in table tennis; the pros often call this the “think circle.”
 
Between points, step back about 4-6 feet away from the table and draw an imaginary circle around yourself and collect your thoughts in your think circle.  Every pro athlete has a different method of processing the points, relaxing, and gearing up for the next point, but I’m going to give you the method that I personally use.
 

20 Different Opponents!

This year, become a tactical tournament player!

 
 
 
 
Playing the right tactics is one of the vital keys to winning your next match.  In order to know which tactics to play, it is often helpful to label your opponent as a looper, chopper, lobber, blocker, etc.  Once you have placed him in a category, then you can begin making a game-plan.  (please realize that many playing styles overlap)
 
Check out these tactics articles on playing specific opponents:
 

Weak Points

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Weak Points
 
In matches, should you use specific patterns or should you just hit anywhere?  Well, you always want to keep your opponent off-balance while realizing that there are specific shots and locations that commonly cause errors from your opponent.  Today, I’m going to outline a six basic patterns.
(Note:  There are actually hundreds of these patterns.  I’m just listing six as a starting point)
 

Poker Face

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Overplaying

Learn how to pull off that HUGE upset!

 
 
 
 
Overplaying!
In 2016, I was selected as a US National Team Coach.  Throughout 2016, as I talked with many national team players, one main topic continued to rise to the surface – OVERPLAYING! 
Remember:
 
The biggest upsets happen when you play normal.
 

Devastate the One Wing Looper

Read the 8 Main Keys

 

 

 

 

If your opponent’s primary shot is an extreme topspin attack, he is considered a looper. Loopers can play far from the table or close to the table; some loopers are penholders while others use the shakehands grip, some loop from both forehand and backhand and some just forehand. In this article, I’m going to describe the opponent who loops with just his forehand.

Devastate the Defensive Chopper

Read the tips, dominate your opponent!

   
 
 
 
 
 
 

Devastate the Offensive Chopper

Read the Tactics!

Devastate the Offensive Chopper

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