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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.

Table Tennis Tips – Short and to the Point

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — by Jena on November 5, 2014 @ 10:14 am

by Samson Dubina

I have written hundreds of table tennis articles and blogs throughout my career as a professional table tennis player and coach.   I realize that sometimes it can seem overwhelming to try to figure out which articles to read and which tips that you should be applying to your game.  For this reason, I have written this summary article which will summarize many of the table tennis tips I discuss in my articles in just one sentence – short and to the point.

When developing a good loop, focus on spin rather than speed.

When developing a good push, contact the ping-pong ball early and keep the ball low with spin.

When developing a good block, try to bend your knees, lean forward, get your feet in position, and relax your grip on your table tennis racket.

When developing a good smash, focus on getting your feet in position first then take your backswing to the appropriate height depending on the ball placement, ball depth, ball height, and spin.

When developing a good serve, focus on serving low with spin while using the serves that best setup your game, training them in a table tennis tournament environment, varying the quality of spin, and using them in practice matches as well.

When developing a good serve return, focus on having the proper ready-position, reading the spin from your opponent’s table tennis racket, moving to the ball, reading the bounce, then adjusting and readjusting just before contact.

When developing a good table tennis strategy, focus on your opponent’s strengths, weaknesses, serve, and serve return.

When developing a good perspective on winning and losing in table tennis, read the book 7 Days in Utopia.

When developing a good level of confidence, remember that: trust is a must or your game is a bust.

When developing a good deception, focus on varying the spin, speed, placement, and type of shot while still staying within your means to maintain at least 70% consistency.

When developing a good base of physical training, focus on lower body and core strength and speed – focus on speed and flexibility, not bulky muscle.

When developing a good table tennis tournament plan, be sure to set goals – when you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.

When developing good rallies in table tennis, focus on anticipating the incoming ball based on the placement of your hit, the type of your hit, the spin of your hit, watching your opponent’s racket, while watching the incoming ball.

When developing a good tournament game, try to play at least one table tennis tournament per month to test your skills and test your ability to perform well under pressure.

When developing a good strategy against loopers, try to attack first and force them to block or lob.

When developing a good strategy against blockers, be patience and work the point until you are ready to hit a winner.

When developing a good strategy against choppers, try to attack the middle often and move them in-and-out instead of side to side.

When developing a good strategy against lobbers, try to see which balls are hitting near the net (smash down) and which balls are hitting near your endline (smash forward).

When developing a good strategy against lefties, try to expose the wide forehand with explosive loops then curve wide the backhand when they are away from the ping-pong table.

When developing a good strategy against long pips, try to push deep to the pips in order to get an easy no-spin ball to loop.

When developing a good strategy against female table tennis players, try to loop with plenty of spin deep on the table, which will be difficult for them to smash or block.

When developing a good power shot, focus on using your core muscles while relaxing your arm as much as possible – at contact, focus on the acceleration.

When developing a good mental game, try to focus on the performance and strategy rather than the benefits of winning or the consequences of losing.

Two-Star 2014 Newgy Wang Table Tennis Open Results

Filed under: Newgy,Roger Dickson — Tags: , — by Jena on October 16, 2014 @ 12:01 pm


Congrats to all the winners of the Newgy Wang Open Table Tennis Tournament! 60 table tennis players competed for trophies and cash prizes at the Academy Park Gym in Franklin, Tennessee on Saturday, October 11. Newgy Industries and the Wang Vision Institute were proud to sponsor this great event that attracted players from all across Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Virginia. Newgy’s Coach Roger Dickson did a great job, once again, organizing and refereeing the tournament, with the help of the Nashville Table Tennis Club. The format was Two-Tier Round Robin.

“A youth movement and new faces in local table tennis could be seen at the 2014 Newgy – Wang Vision Institute Open. It was a mix of local new young players and several of the Atlanta International Table Tennis Academy students making up the youth movement. Even the US Nation Jr. Boys coach – Shigang “Alex” Yang was here to see his students compete. One boy kept Coach Yang’s attention for most of the event, Andrew Yang at 7 years old and the Coaches son not only competed against all comers – but managed to capture 3rd in Division F!

The new faces were lead by Mina Boushra. Formerly a player in Egypt, Mina has started playing again and his left handed forehand attack and good use of his long pips backhand not only lead him to victory in the Qualifying groups but got him to the Open Final! Not a new face to finals in events throughout the South, John Mar from Atlanta used his pose, patience and power to bring home the Championship and to hand Mina his only lost matches of the day.” – Coach Roger Dickson, Newgy

Here are all the groups and event winners:

Top Tier AM – Mar, John, Skripnik, Ivan, Weishaeupl, Robert, Boushra, Mina, Neuendorf, Tim, Zhang, Kui, Handoko, Leidy, Flowers, Donny

Tier 2 AM – Glasscock, Michael, Mann, Eli, Fox, Bryson, Hurt, Jonathan, Kavanaugh, Robert

Open Singles          

Mar, John

Boushra, Mina

Handoko, Leidy

Skripnik, Ivan

Top A      

Chen, Cuiren

Patton, Charles

Dailey, Tommie

Arabov, Iliyan

Top B      

Cook, Joshua

Bagchi, Ayan

Jordan, Archie

Ruan, Ethan

Top C      

Guo, Xiaofeng

Mann, Thomas H.

Top D      

Zhu, Sabrina

Tillery, Glenn

Chen, Ben

Sun, Qi

Lower E  

Mann, Eli

Kavanaugh, Robert

Xing, Xuejing

Hurt, Jonathan

Lower F   

Magee, Daniel

Williams, Wayne

Yang, Andrew

Taylor, Laura


4 Variations to the Forehand Loop in Table Tennis

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

by Samson Dubina

You probably know that you need to vary your loops in table tennis. However, it is very difficult to consistently give good variation if you haven’t trained for it in practice. In this article, I’m going to suggest 4 variations that you should add to your forehand loop to improve your table tennis game.

Vary the degree of spin. By adding more or less spin to each ball, you will be able to learn to better control the ball and you will make it more difficult for your opponent to comfortably block your loop. If you add the no-spin variation, be careful not to loop with too much speed. The more topspin that you add to your loop, the more potential for speed that you can have while still maintaining consistency.

Vary your distance from the ping-pong table. Against some blockers, you need to stay quite close to the table in order to loop. Against some counterattacking/smashing players, you need to give yourself a bit more distance from the table in order to loop. Regardless of who you are up against, it is critical that you be able to smoothly move in-and-out away from the table. If you have merely been practicing side-to-side footwork, it is time for you to add the in-and-out variations to your practices.

Vary your ball placement. Improving your ball placement is one of the fastest ways to improve your table tennis game. Against those players who are comfortable with both backhand and forehand, you should often target the center transition point. Against those players who are trying to play full-table forehand or full-table backhand, then you need to work the angles in order to make them play with their weak side. When practicing ball placement, try not to be too self-focused on your stroke, but instead be focused more on your opponent – his strengths and his weaknesses.

Vary the type of spin. By adding various amounts of sidespin to the ball, you can make it much more difficult for your opponent to block or counterloop. Practice adding slight amounts of sidespin to your topspin loop. Once you become consistent at that skill, next try to add more sidespin or even sidespin-backspin. The more topspin you apply, the more speed that you can add to your loop. If you loop with pure sidespin or sidespin backspin, make sure that you focus on control, not power.

Demonstration Video:

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