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The Top 5 Reasons That Make ROBO-PONG the Perfect Holiday Gift

Filed under: Newgy — Tags: , , , — by Jena on December 16, 2014 @ 10:20 pm


1.) Practically anyone can play ping pong with Robo-Pong – any age, gender, skill or athletic level.

2.) Learn a new sport. Did you know table tennis is an Olympic Sport? If you already play, advance your table tennis skills and take your game to the next level.

3.) Playing ping pong with Robo-Pong is a great workout, for both your body and your brain. You can really work up a sweat, burn lots of calories and help improve your hand-eye coordination and balance.

4.) Robo-Pong is the perfect ping pong partner. It’s always ready to go and won’t ever get tired.

5.) Most of all, it’s fun! It’s fun to play Robo-Pong solo or with friends and family.

Bonus: Robo-Pong is available in five different models, so there’e one for everyone’s budget and level of play. It’s also user-friendly and easy to set up, take down, store and transport.

This holiday season, you can’t go wrong… with Robo-Pong!

The Surprise Move in Table Tennis

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: , , , , , , — by Jena on December 14, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

By Samson Dubina

Most offensive table tennis players try to serve short and receive short.  If you are an offensive player, I would recommend that you use this strategy… most of the time.

If you serve long and push long, then your opponent will have plenty of swinging room and likely loop first, forcing you into a defensive position.  A short, low serve is much more difficult to attack because the table is in the pathway of the loop.  However, after you have used this strategy for several points, a smart or observant opponent will probably catch on and begin pushing back short.  Once he has proven that he also has the ability to push back short, your plan will be stopped because in return it will be difficult for you to use your strong loop.  For this reason, I would recommend an occasional long push or long serve to the backhand.  When pushing long or short, I recommend pushing quick, off-the-bounce for several reasons.

#1 – By pushing off-the-bounce, you will be able to disguise both short and long pushes with the same backswing.

#2 – By pushing off-the-bounce, you will be able to keep your push much lower.

#3 – By pushing off-the-bounce, you will be able to take the reaction time away from your opponent for an even faster surprise.

If you mistakenly let the push rise to the top-of-the-bounce or even drop, then your opponent will likely be able to predict a long push and your push will often be much slower.  As a surprise, it is critical that you quickly move your body forward by stepping forward with your right foot, lean over the table, stop your body momentum, and lightly brush the ball just after it contacts your side of the table.

So why should you push long to the backhand instead of long to the forehand or middle? Table tennis players have a much larger hitting zone on the forehand and middle.  Even if you surprise your opponent to the forehand, it will be quite easy for him to recover, even if the push is slightly higher, lower, deeper, shorter, faster, or slower.  There are many positions that he can contact the ball and still safely make a forehand loop.  With the backhand loop, the body is in the way.  A quick surprise push will be so sudden to your opponent that he will not have time to move back nor will he have time to rotate his body to the side.  With a small hitting zone, your opponent will likely be forced to push back, which will set up your strong looping game.

Now let’s reverse roles…  So what if your opponent uses the long push to your backhand?  What should you do?  That’s exactly what I’m going to demonstrate for you in this 2 minute video clip:

Pips in a Nutshell

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: , , , — by Jena on @ 2:03 pm

By Samson Dubina

First of all, you’re probably wondering, “what are pips?” The term pips refers to the pimpled rubbers on table tennis rackets. They have raised tubes in a uniform pattern (instead of a smooth surface), and different kinds of pips produce different effects when playing table tennis.

All table tennis rubbers can fall into one of three basic categories.

1.) Grippy Inverted Rubbers

What you see is what you get.  If your opponent strokes the ball with a topspin stroke, the ball will be topspin to some degree or another.  Same principle applies to backspin or sidespin.

2.) Recreational Rubbers, Short Pips and Long Pips with Grip

What you see is not what you get.  Even though your opponent might appear to be spinning the ball, the ball will usually have no-spin.

3.) Anti-Spin Rubbers and Long-Pips without Friction

What you see is not what you get.  If you impart light spin on the ball, when your opponent returns the ball (even if it appears that he is spinning) the ball will be without spin.  If you impart very heavy spin on the ball, then your opponent’s ball will have some spin coming back to you.  If you impart very heavy backspin, then the ball with have some topspin coming back.  If you impart very heavy topspin, then the ball with have some backspin coming back.  The trouble that most table tennis players encounter is that they impart very little spin on the ball, then are surprised when the pips or anti-return comes back without spin.  The main point that you must remember is that anti and pips don’t create spin, they just return the ball with your spin.

Table Tennis Players/Students – Avoid This Word

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: , , , — by Jena on November 19, 2014 @ 8:00 am

By Samson Dubina

I “can’t

On a daily basis, many of my table tennis students say the words, I “can’t” as it relates to learning a new stroke,  learning a new serve, enduring through physical training, and many other table tennis related activities.

As a table tennis coach, when I hear a player say these words, here is what I’m hearing:






Often, when a player has declared that he can’t do something, then he will stop giving his best effort or give up all together.  Therefore, I no longer allow my students to use these words.  Instead, I ask them to say something like: I haven’t fully developed it yet and I’m working toward my goals!

Positive thinking equals positive results in table tennis.

Table Tennis Coaches – Avoid This Word

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: , , , , , — by Jena on November 12, 2014 @ 8:00 am

By Samson Dubina

As a table tennis coach, I think it is very important to praise and encourage your students when they have played well. If a coach compliments their student and then follows it with the word “but”, it basically discounts the positive that was just said and can be discouraging to the student.

For example:

My student asks, “So Coach Samson, what do you think about my performance at the last table tennis tournament?”

I reply, “Your looping was very powerful, your footwork was fast, you had good strategy, BUT you missed every smash.”

By using the word “but” it puts the focus on what my table tennis student didn’t do.  In light of all the good things that I said, he will remember that I was focusing on his one weak point.  Instead, here is how I should have worded that sentence.

I reply, “Your looping was very powerful, your footwork was fast, you had a good strategy, AND we need to continue to work on perfecting your smash.”

By using the word “AND” I have not degraded him but instead I show that we have areas to continue improving while building his confidence.

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