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Serving Precision in Table Tennis

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: , , , , — by Jena on October 1, 2014 @ 8:00 am

 

When serving, many table tennis players focus on height, deception, speed, spin, and placement.  These elements are very important.  However, the main reason that you need to practice serving is to develop precision.  If you have control over your serve, it is easy to control the rally when you are serving.  Here are a few consequences of having poor precision.

A. You accidentally served long (when trying to serve short) and Ma Long rips the ball for a winner.  With more precision, you would have been able to better control the depth of your serve.  This is a very common mistake.  You were expecting a push from your short serve, but you were punished by a surprise loop because you weren’t able to control your serve with proper precision.

B. You accidentally served short to the middle (when trying to serve to the short forehand) and Zhang Jike steps in for an easy backhand flip.  With more precision, you would have been able to better control the placement to the forehand making it more difficult for him to use his powerful backhand flip.

C. You accidentally served long to the forehand (when trying to serve long to the elbow) and Wang Hao loops with extreme power wide to your forehand for a winner.  With more precision, you would have been able to better control the placement making it more difficult for him to smoothly loop with his forehand.  By serving long to the elbow, Wang Hao would have had to make a quick decision to use his forehand or backhand and would likely have given a weaker return.

D. You accidentally served short and high no spin (when trying to serve low heavy backspin) and Ma Lin finishes you off with a flip-kill.  With more precision, you would have been able to serve with more backspin, forcing him to push or give a weaker flip.

In order to master this skill of precision and control on your serve, you should be practicing your serves at least twice per week.  A good, tricky serve is only effective if you have control over it and can serve with the intended spin, speed, variation, and placement at the appropriate time.  If you have precision when serving, you can somewhat predict why type of ball is possibly coming next.  When you can predict what is coming, then it is much easier to form a game plan for the next several balls.

Sometime you should practice your serve when you are fatigued near the end of a hard workout session.  Also, make sure that you play plenty of practice matches and are properly able to use your serves.  Before each serve in the matches, consider the possibilities of various returns.  Each point in table tennis begins with a serve and return.  If you improve your serve and return game this year, you are well on your way to the next level in table tennis!

Samson Dubina

Illegal Serves in Table Tennis

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: , , , , — by Jena on September 29, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

 

When playing in table tennis tournaments, you will often be up against illegal serves.  With the right actions and attitude, you can easily diffuse the problem and play a fair table tennis match.  Here are the steps of action that I would recommend.

1. Observe the problem.  Preferably in a match prior to your match, try to watch your opponent for possible illegal serves.

2. Try to decide if he is getting some advantage.  Tossing the ball 5” instead of 6” doesn’t really give an advantage.  However, if he is spinning the ball with his fingers, hiding the contact, or throwing the ball into his table tennis racket, then he is probably getting an unfair advantage.

3. If he is getting an unfair advantage, then politely state the problem to him and ask if he could serve correctly because it is bothering you.

4. If he refuses to change, then go ask for an umpire from the tournament desk.  If an umpire is available, your request will be granted.

5. Thank the umpire for his assistance and briefly explain the situation.

6. After the umpire is in charge of the match, don’t argue or dispute with him.  Accept the fact that he will be an un-biased opinion and will judge each of the serves fairly.

7. After the table tennis match has concluded, shake hands with your opponent and the umpire.  Regardless of what happened during the match, be prepared to shake off the match and prepare for your next opponent.

Samson Dubina

NCTTA-Newgy 2014 Scholarship Winners

Filed under: Newgy — Tags: , , — by Jena on September 12, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

 

For the past several years, Newgy Industries has been proud to partner with the NCTTA (National Collegiate Table Tennis Association) to award college students/table tennis players with scholarships. Table tennis scholarship recipients are selected based on their table tennis skills, classroom success, essays and financial need. This is a great opportunity to help talented and motivated college students advance in table tennis while continuing their education.

Congratulations to the 2014 NCTTA-Newgy Scholarship recipients!

Bliss J. Chang – University of Alabama, Birmingham

Cheng Li – Mississippi College

Yichi Zhang – Mississippi College

Ellen Hwang – University of California at Berkeley

Caroline Kajihara – Texas Wesleyan University

Nan “Nancy” Zhou – Brown University

 

September Newgy Akron Open Table Tennis Tournament

Filed under: Newgy,Samson Dubina — Tags: , , , — by Jena on August 25, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

 

The September Newgy Akron Open Table Tennis Tournament will be Friday, September 26 – Saturday, September 27, 2014 and is open to both recreational players and USATT players.

Walsh University will host the concluding event of the Ohio Circuit.

Walsh University is located at 2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, Ohio 44720 and has space for 30 ping-pong tables and 300 spectators.  The venue features air conditioning, 28′ ceilings, 800 lux lighting and a beautiful wood floor to play on.

Tournament features:
$3,000 in Cash, Trophies and Other Great Prizes!
FREE Tournament Shirts!
FREE Meals, FREE Snacks, FREE Drinks!
Discounted Hotels!
Discounted Flights!

Tournament Sponsors: Newgy, Studio 330, Wil-Cut, Paddle Palace, Nittaku, PongTrac, Butterfly and Simplex Creative.

Sign up soon as space is limited!

Click here for more information and for the Entry Form.

Click here to see a list of the players already signed up.

Featured Club: SMC Woodbury Table Tennis Club

Filed under: Newgy — Tags: , , , — by Jena on August 19, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

 

The SMC Woodbury Table Tennis Club is the premier place to play and train on Long Island, New York. It features 8 new ping-pong tables in a 7500 square feet air conditioned facility.

Table tennis coaching is available with the club’s coach Sameh Awadallah. Sameh was a top ranked professional table tennis player and national team member in Egypt before moving to the USA five years ago. He coaches all levels from beginner to advanced. He is known for having “the best backhand in America.”

The club is open for League Night on Tuesdays and for Open Play on Fridays.

SMC Woodbury is hosting a table tennis clinic on August 29-30 with pro table tennis players/coaches Samson Dubina and Sameh Awadallah. The clinic will be geared toward intermediate and advanced level players.

To learn more about this table tennis club, visit www.woodburytabletennis.com.

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