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March's Winning Entries for Our Contest

Congratulations to Larry Hodges of Rockville, MD (First Place) and Robert Mayer Runner up for their contributions to the Coaching Forum contest. The winning entries are listed below for your review and implementation into your training program.



First Place


Larry Hodges
Rockville, MD 20852

Newgy Circuit

Set up Newgy robots on three consecutive tables. Set the first and third table on topspin, the middle one on backspin. Players line up on the first table, youngest or lowest rated first, and each try to hit 20 consecutive shots(this can vary, depending on player's level). If a player misses before 20, he/she go to end of the line, and next player goes up.

As soon as a player gets 20 in row on table one, he/she goes to table two, and again has to hit 20 in a row. If a player misses before reaching 20, he/she goes to the end of that line. If first player to reach second table doesn't get 20 on first try, he/she has to wait until another player reaches that table and has a turn before getting next chance.

As soon as a player gets past table two, player goes to table three. An object (a cup, a paddle, etc) is set on the table, and player has five shots to hit it. If player misses, he/she goes to end of line. Again, if the first player to reach third table doesn't hit object in five tries, he/she has to wait until another player reaches that table and has a turn before getting next chance.

First player to successfully run the circuit is the winner!



Runner-up


Robert Mayer
Memphis TN 38141
Bluff City TTC

I have found the Newgy Robot to be useful for even rather mundane tasks such as service practice. By setting a bucket of balls on the table beside me, I can begin serving balls on by one, knowing that the recycling net is there to catch most of them. When the bucket is finally empty, I simply turn the ball feeder on high speed and place the bucket in front of it to get a quick refill so I can begin again.

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