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Welcome to Newgy’s blog!

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!

2016 Alabama Middle/High School Table Tennis Club Team Championships

(Duke Stogner, Operations Manager of BumperNets)

The 2016 Alabama Middle/High School Table Tennis Club Team Championships were at the Trussville Parks & Recreation Center Red Gym on Friday, October, 14, 2016.

Participating Schools9 high schools: Baker in Mobile; Hewitt in Trussville; McAdory in McAdory; Mtn. Brook in Mtn. Brook; Oak Mtn. in Birmingham; Oneonta in Oneonta; Pinson Valley in Pinson; Spain Park in Spain Park; Sumiton in Sumiton.  5 middle schools: Berry in Hoover; Hewitt; Oak Mtn; Simmons in Hoover; Oneonta in Oneonta; Simmons in Hoover.

Participating Students: 81

ResultsHigh School: A-Division1st. pl: Spain Park; 2nd. pl: Hewitt; B-Division1st. pl: Spain Park; 2nd. pl: Hewitt.  Middle School: A-Division: 1st. pl: Berry; 2nd. pl: Oak Mtn; B-Division: 1st. pl: Berry; 2nd. pl:Hewitt.

MVP: High School: Ben Hartwiger;  Middle School: Luke Smith

In Addition:  This table tennis event started in 2011, so this is the 6th consecutive year as it keeps getting bigger.

Until the time comes when there are enough girls to have their own table tennis team (three per team), this is a co-ed event for now.  This is the second consecutive year girls have been on a team.  Last year, Caroline Cox, an 8th grader, made the Hewitt Middle School team, making her the first girl to take part.  This year, there were two; Kyle Wilson, another 8th grader from Oneonta Middle School and Lexi McGrew, a 7th grader from Simmons Middle School.

Final Results


2016 Edgeball Chicago International Table Tennis Open

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , — by Jena N. on October 20, 2016 @ 7:00 am


The 2016 Edgeball Chicago International Table Tennis Open will be held October 29-30, 2016 at the Libertyville Sports Complex in Libertyville, Illinois.

This 4-Star USATT sanctioned table tennis tournament attracts world class table tennis players including Jorgen Persson of Sweden, a former world champion, Chen Weixing (World #55), Lucjan Blaszczyk of Poland and Thiago Monteiro of Brazil.

This exciting table tennis festival will kick off with the Friday night warm-up on Oct. 28 and will include music, games, entertainment and a chance to meet, play and take pictures with the international table tennis players. The semi-finals and finals will include performances by magician Brent Allan and the Glenview Cheerleaders. The event is hosted by comedian Brett Walkow.

Over $12,500 in cash prizes is up for grabs!

More than 300 table tennis players are already registered to compete so sign up now to reserve your spot before the deadline of Monday, Oct. 24. You can register online at or visit for more details.

Newgy is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2016 Edgeball Chicago International Table Tennis Open, along with Joola, GO2 Logistics and Edgeball Table Tennis Corp.


2016 U.S. Open Table Tennis Championships

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — by Jena N. on October 18, 2016 @ 8:00 am


The 2016 U.S. Open Table Tennis Championships are set for December 12-17, 2016 at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada!

This 5 Star tournament includes 94 different table tennis events including Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Junior Teams, Cadet, Sandpaper, Hardbat, Recreational and many more.

The 2016 U.S. Open Table Tennis Championship is open to all members of the USATT and to members of ITTF affiliated associations.

The previous year’s event drew more than 1,100 table tennis players from all around the world.

The Linq and The Flamingo are this year’s official tournament hotels.

The entry deadline is Nov. 20, with Early Bird entry available through Nov. 6.

Online entry is now available. Click here to for more information and to register.

Bad Strokes in Table Tennis?

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: , — by Jena N. on October 10, 2016 @ 8:00 am

By Samson Dubina, Professional Table Tennis Athlete and Coach


Wang:  Hey Bob, how are you doing this table tennis tournament?

Bob:  This is the worst I have ever played!  I haven’t touched a racket for two weeks then on my first table tennis match that long-pips guys messed up my stroke and now I don’t know what to do.

Wang:  Well, let’s practice.

After the practice…

Wang:  Yeah, you aren’t on top of your game.

Bob:  My strokes are terrible, I’m just not looping the ball like I used to.

I have heard conversations like this one many times.  In fact, there is so much talk about “strokes” going on that I rarely hear table tennis players talk about timing, positioning, contact point, balance, and all the other important aspects of the table tennis game.  As it relates to Bob’s problem in the above scenario, it is often due to timing that one’s stroke feels “off”, especially if Bob hadn’t touched a racket for two weeks.

So what do you do when you are in a slump and lose your timing?

Return to the Basics

In order to get the timing correct, it is important that you move into position quickly so that you aren’t diving at the ball.  The longer the racket stay in front of your body, the easier it is to “time” the ball.  If you take your racket back too quickly and wait for 1.5 seconds in your backswing, then you are likely to whiff the ball, especially against a long-pips-type floating shot.  If you take your racket back too far with a huge swing, then you are likely to hit your edge, especially against a fast jumpy topspin block.

Adjust Your Swing

When you backswing, take the swing back based on the actual ball that is coming toward you.  If it is a fast block, then adjust your backswing accordingly.  If it is a high no-spin block, then adjust your backswing accordingly.  With focused practice on having an adjustable stroke, you can even be proficient at hitting off-speed, weird balls.

Let It Happen

Getting back to the basics, re-evaluating your positioning, timing, adjustments, and everything else is good, but sometimes you can overthink it.  This happened to me last year with one of my table tennis students.  He was coming back to playing table tennis after a long break and couldn’t seem to time the ball very well.  I gave him all the textbook answers, it didn’t help. He was getting worse and worse as the lesson progressed.  Finally, I told him just to relax and forget about everything that I told him during the last 30 minutes.  I told him just to have fun and swing.  He began playing 10x better.  So what happened?  He learned to just LET IT HAPPEN!  He was over-thinking it.  You see, initially, when beginning table tennis training, a player needs information to be programmed correctly.  After the player has been trained properly, then executing often comes from just letting it happen.  Sometimes overthinking the stroke will hinder your progress in table tennis.


So the next time your table tennis strokes feel “off” just consider the timing.  Be willing to make necessary adjustments while being patient with yourself and enjoying the moment!

Table Tennis Skill – Looping Flips

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: , — by Jena N. on October 6, 2016 @ 8:00 am

By Samson Dubina, Professional Table Tennis Athlete and Coach

Looping flips is one of the most under-developed table tennis skills in America.  Nearly everyone trains looping pushes, looping long serves, looping blocks, and even looping loops.  However, the loop against the flip requires a slightly different technique.

Shorter Strokes

When looping a long push, you have about 0.5 seconds to react to the push.  When looping a fast flip, you have about ½ that time.  In order to loop a fast flip from near the table tennis table, you need to shorten your backswing on your loop using mostly wrist on the backhand and using mostly forearm on the forehand with a slight waist rotation.  Most table tennis players error on swinging too big or merely just blocking.  Looping the flip is critical, but it must be done with a short swing.  The swing is so short that it is sometimes referred to as a “twitch”.

Fast Adjustments

There are many different types of flips, especially with the backhand.  In order to loop it properly, you need to keep your racket in front of your body as long as possible and be ready to make quick adjustments with your feet, body, and hand so that you can loop any type of flip by adjusting the size of your swing, the timing of your swing, and the height of your swing.

Quicker Timing

When your opponent steps forward to flip, he is leaning over the table.  If you can loop the flip early (when the ball is rising), your loop will come quickly at him before he has time to get back into position.  Most table tennis players are afraid of the flip and shy back away from the table.  By playing quick timing, you can take back control of the table.

Critical Placement

Most table tennis players have trouble at the middle transition point.  When they step forward to flip, this particular weakness becomes much weaker because now the middle is exposed and they are off-balance.  Placement on your loop against a flip is critical – placement to the middle.  If your opponent did a backhand flip, then target just slightly to the forehand side of the transition point.  If you opponent did a forehand flip, then target just slightly to the backhand side of the transition point.

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