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Filed under: Newgy/Robo-Pong — by Jena N. on August 10, 2010 @ 9:00 am

 

Welcome to Newgy’s blog! We are excited to share some interesting articles about the table tennis world as well as valuable table tennis training tips, upcoming tournament information, tournament results and much more. We feature a great selection of blog contributors including some of the top table tennis pros and coaches, as well as recreational ping-pong players and Newgy team members. Thanks for stopping by!

Go from Good to Better to Best in Your Table Tennis Practice and Matches

Filed under: Samson Dubina,Table Tennis Tips — Tags: , , , , — by Jena N. on August 27, 2015 @ 9:35 am

By Samson Dubina

Most table tennis players have “good” practice sessions on a weekly basis but they aren’t the “best.”  Many players continue practicing the same things over and over without pushing themselves to improve their spin, placement, variation, power and shot selection.

There are improvements that you personally need to make this week during your table tennis training and practice matches.  Make a note card and keep it beside the ping pong table.  Before each point in practice and matches, glance at the note card to remind yourself of what you need to work on.

Here are some examples of a few things that you might need to focus on. Remember to:

1. Lean forward

2. Keep my table tennis racket up

3. Watch the contact point when returning a serve

4. Wait on the ball, watch the bounce, read the spin, then contact the ball when returning serve

5. Spin the ball and focus on friction, not force

6. Contact the ball low when I am serving

7. Glance at my opponent prior to serving

8. Get back into my ready position after I serve

9. Adjust my feet based on the position of my hit

10. Watch my opponent’s racket and re-adjust my feet based on what I see

11. Be patient in working the point

12. Have confidence in my loops and complete the stroke

13. Attack the majority of the balls against my opponent’s middle transition point

There are literally thousands of things that you could write on that little note card as reminders.  However, I recommend that you choose two things to focus on each session.  Review after the session on how you did.  Did you actually do your “best” in applying these things in order to improve your table tennis practice sessions and matches?

The good, better, best principle applies to table tennis matches as well.  Are you checked out of the match just because your opponent is 300 points higher?  Do you have a defeated attitude because you have lost to this opponent the previous five times?  Do you feel that you will have a bad table tennis tournament because you only slept three hours the night before?  Do you lack confidence because you didn’t properly warm-up?  Don’t give up before you start!  And of course, don’t give up during the match either!

I’m not asking you to do the death crawl or to begin some Rocky Balboa style fitness program.  All I’m asking you to do is give it your best.

Give your best physically

When you are training with your Robo-Pong table tennis robot, be disciplined in keeping your knees bent and be disciplined in moving for each ball – no reaching and leaning allowed.  When you are playing matches at the table tennis club and are tired after the third match, don’t go home.  Push yourself to play five more matches more than you think that you can play.

Give your best mentally

Instead of allowing your mind to wander off and think about your favorite TV show, do your best to stay in the moment; use every moment at the ping pong table to perfect your skills.

Give your best emotionally

When things aren’t going your way, stop whining and having a sour attitude.  Grow up, be mature, and emotionally get back in the game.  Unfortunately, losses have an accumulative effect.  After a loss, be willing to pick yourself up and give your best.

Give your best tactically

Throughout the table tennis match, be ready to evaluate and re-evaluate your current tactics and be willing to change if necessary.  Be disciplined enough to keep track of the point and how you won or lost the points.  If the game is 10-10, can you clearly recall what you did right on 10 points and what you did wrong during the other 10 points.  If you can, then you can think clearly how to play your strong points against your opponent’s weak points.

Remember to always give your best physically, mentally, emotionally, and tactically in table tennis!

Peak Performance for Table Tennis Tournaments

Filed under: Samson Dubina,Table Tennis Tips — Tags: , , , — by Jena N. on August 25, 2015 @ 2:32 pm

By Coach Samson Dubina

Many professional table tennis players peak for certain tournaments each year.  By having a systematic training cycle, these players can perform well at the important tournaments.  There are usually four parts to the six-month season:  Pre-season, in-season, the peak tournament and post-season.  Here are some tips for how you can learn to “peak” for that one important table tennis tournament six months from now.

Pre-Season

For the first few days before the intense training begins, you should take out a notebook and write out your main goal.  What do you hope to win or accomplish in the major table tennis tournament six months from now?  Next, make a plan.  How often do you plan to practice table tennis drills?  How often do you plan to play practice matches?  How often do you plan to play tournaments?  And finally, determine what changes need to be made to your basic, foundational table tennis strokes.

In-Season

At the beginning of the season, it is very important to work on your base strokes and develop excellent consistency in the long table tennis rallies.  Also, during the beginning of the season, you should try to make some improvements to your table tennis game.  Realize that it will likely take at least 30-60 days to change a bad habit.  During the beginning of the season, it is also important to strengthen your body – especially your legs and core.  With better fitness, you will be able to train harder and longer during the season and will be less likely to get injured at your main table tennis event six months away.  As the season progresses, it is very important to begin doing more game-like drills starting with the serve.  As you play table tennis matches, make sure that you take plenty of notes and adjust your practice according to your findings.  Before the peak table tennis tournament for the season, it is also important to play in other tournaments.  Playing tournaments is the best way to understand every aspect of your game and is one of the best ways to improve your mental game as well.

The Peak Tournament

Now, it is time to play your best at your peak table tennis tournament.  If you have properly prepared physically and mentally and have played plenty of practice matches and tournament matches, then performing well at your peak tournament should not be a huge issue.  During the competition, treat this tournament as any other tournament, go through your normal tournament routine, focus, and have FUN.

Post-Season

After your peak table tennis tournament, it is important to rest for at least one week to allow your body to fully recover.  During this rest week, spend some time to re-evaluate your season and your peak performance.  Adjust your training plans accordingly and begin strategizing how to come back even stronger the next table tennis season!

Newgy Ohio Open Table Tennis Tournament

Filed under: Samson Dubina,Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: — by Jena N. on August 11, 2015 @ 2:25 pm

Date: September 11-12, 2015

Location: 2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, Ohio 44720

Event Details:

3-Star USATT Sanctioned Event

$5000 Cash and Prizes

Format – Giant Round Robin – 12 groups with approximately 8 players per group and the top 4 finishers advance from every group. Each player will compete in about 6-10 matches per event. All events will be 3-out-of-5 games.

Includes free lunch, drinks, snacks and spectator admission.

Registration deadline is September 5.

Entry Form

2015 National Senior Games

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , — by Jena N. on July 17, 2015 @ 10:53 am

 

The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) is a 501(c)3, non-profit, corporation dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles for athletes age 50 and over. A recognized multi-sport organization of the United States Olympic Committee, the NSGA is comprised of 49 Member Organizations and 2 Associate Member Organizations who conduct state or national multi-sport competitions, which serve as qualifiers for the National Senior Games.

The 2015 National Senior Games were held this week in Minnesota. 12,000 athletes ages 50 and up competed in 21 different sports, including table tennis. Every state was represented with our home town state of Tennessee taking home the 7th most medals of all the states.

The table tennis events included Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles in ages groups ranging from 50 to 90+.

Congratulations to all the senior athletes that competed in and won at this year’s National Senior Games!

Newgy’s Larry Thoman placed 4th in his Men’s Singles division, 55-59. Dennis Roundtree of Nashville placed 3rd in his Men’s Singles division, 55-59. Friend of Newgy’s, Sue Garnier, placed 4th in Women’s Doubles, 55-59.

For a list of complete table tennis event results, click here.

2015 U.S. Table Tennis Open Results

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: — by Jena N. on July 16, 2015 @ 2:28 pm

 

Some of the world’s best table tennis action was on full display at the 2015 U.S. Table Tennis Open in Las Vegas last week.

More than 1,000 table tennis players from over 30 countries competed in several events including men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles, juniors, boys and girls, Hardbat, Sandpaper and Para.

This year’s event also featured the “World’s Biggest Ping Pong Pool Party” at The LINQ Hotel Pool.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Tournament Results Highlights:

Men’s Singles – 1st Place: Jinxin Wang – CA, USA,   2nd Place: Adrian Crisan – Romania

Women’s Singles – 1st Place: Miyu Maeda – Japan,   2nd Place: Ying Liu – CA, USA

Men’s Doubles – 1st Place: Hiromitsu Kasahara & Kohei Morimoto – Japan,   2nd Place: Jun Hyung Ko & Jae Hun Lee – Korea

Women’s Doubles – 1st Place: Sakura Mori & Miyu Maeda – Japan,   2nd Place: Chihiro Hara & Misaki Mori – Japan

Mixed Doubles – 1st Place: Takuya Jin & Yuki Matumoto – Japan,   2nd Place: Kaito Fujimoto & Chihiro Hara – Japan

For complete tournament results from all 103 events, click here.

 

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