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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!

Table Tennis Tip ― Devastate the One-Wing Looper

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: , , , , , — by Jena N. on February 9, 2017 @ 12:35 pm

By Samson Dubina, Professional Table Tennis Athlete and Coach

If your table tennis opponent’s primary shot is an extreme topspin attack, he is considered a looper. Loopers can play far from the ping pong table or close to the ping pong table; some loopers are penholders while others use the shakehands grip; some loop from both forehand and backhand and some just forehand.  In this article, I’m going to describe the table tennis opponent who loops with just his forehand.

If you have a chance to watch your opponent prior to your table tennis match, that’s perfect because you can have somewhat of an idea what he is going to do and you can think to yourself, “Ok this one-wing looper is looping with his forehand, so when I push deep to his backhand, he will just push back OR he will pivot and play a forehand OR he will try to smash with his backhand OR he might try to develop a backhand loop during the table tennis match and give it a try.”  As you can see, there are multiple ways to cover up a lack of strong backhand looping.  If you don’t have time to watch him prior to your match, then you might need to do some testing.  See what he does on all the shots.  If you immediately find some weaknesses, then pick on those weaknesses and use that to your advantage.  If you aren’t sure within the first few points, then you need to continue searching.  Here are some tips that apply to nearly all one-wing forehand loopers.

#1 Play Wide Angles

Interestingly, most one-wing loopers are very lopsided in all their strokes.  Your opponent might have a very high level forehand loop and almost no-backhand loop, a very high level backhand block and almost no forehand block, a very high level backhand push and almost no forehand push.  Regardless of what he prefers, playing angles will force him to use both sides.  For example, serve very sharp with your backhand to his short wide forehand, on the next ball try to push or loop to the extreme backhand side.  Anytime you use opposite angles, it will be tough for him to cover.

#2 Double-Up

Sometimes the one wing looper will understand your pattern of playing angle then the other angle and he will be anticipating the pattern.  In this situation, you need to double up with the same angle twice.  In general, is pattern play preferred?  It depends!  If the pattern is working in your favor, keep it.  If you opponent understands your pattern and is reading you like a book, then that particular pattern is bad.  So many club level players think patterns are bad because they want to be “unpredictable.”  However, if a pattern like short angled forehand then deep angled backhand is working, then why let your opponent off the hook?

#3 Play Long Rallies

The one-wing looper might have many weaknesses.  The longer the table tennis rally goes, the more likely that he will need to use his weaker stroke.  If you lengthen the rally and remain steady, then you will likely have a good opportunity.  For example, you push sharp to the wide backhand, your opponent steps around and loops with his forehand from the backhand side, next you block to the wide forehand, your opponent does the crossover step and loops the wide forehand, next you block to the backhand, your opponent lobs, and you smash for a winner.  Imagine if you had tried to counterloop his opening shot; it could have been good or it could have been wild.  When you chose to wait and lengthen out the point with a steady rally, then you had the opportunity.  Not “had” the opportunity, you CREATED the opportunity.  That is an important distinction.  When you are just looking for the opportunity, it implies that you are the passive one, just sitting back looking.  I prefer to use created because you created the chance with your well placed push and tactical blocking.

#4 Attack First

One-wing loopers know that they have weaknesses and know that they can’t play long rallies ― yes it isn’t a secret, they know it.  As a result of knowing it, they often will try to finish the point early with a very strong loop.  It is vitally important that you attack first with extreme angles and immediately put them on the defensive.

#5 Adjust to Variations

Because the one-wing looper is stronger is some areas and weaker in some areas, you must always be ready for variations.  For example, he might have the ability to push with his forehand and backhand; however, his forehand push is much quicker and much spinnier than his backhand.  In this case, you need to be ready to adjust when looping his forehand push vs looping his backhand push.

#6 Be Ready for Transitions

When playing table tennis against one-wing loopers, be ready to quickly transition from offense to defense and vice versa.  Maybe you are looping and he is blocking, suddenly he backs up and throws a massive counterloop into the mix.  In this situation, you might need to block controlled to the angle.  Maybe he is looping and you are blocking, after using great placement, he just rolls up a simple light-topspin ball; this is the one you have been waiting for, in this situation, go for the counterattack.

#7 Keep Track

The one-wing looper might seem a bit erratic.  However, he is likely limited in what he can do.  If he cannot do certain things well, be persistent at exposing those weaknesses.  If your push to the wide backhand continues to win points, be persistent at doing that shot.  Between points, step back and continue to evaluate and re-evaluate what he can and cannot do.

#8 Remember These Basic Rules

If this article seems overwhelming, remember these closing tips when playing table tennis against the one-wing looper:

  1. Attack First
  2. Serve Short Angled Serves
  3. Loop the Serve to the Extreme Angles
  4. Stay Close Throughout the Rally
  5. Work the Point and Play Long Rallies

2017 Arnold Table Tennis Challenge

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , — by Jena N. on February 2, 2017 @ 8:00 am

 

The 2017 Arnold Table Tennis Challenge is set for March 3-5 in Columbus, Ohio.

The 14th annual event will feature over 60 ping pong tables on 70,000 square feet under world class lighting. The Newgy Robo-Pong table tennis robot will be on site to practice on and see it in action, as well as elite athlete exhibitions.

$10,000 in prize money is up for grabs along with trophies and medals in 36 different table tennis events.

This 4-star table tennis tournament will include USATT Round Robin and Giant Round Robin events (Open Singles, Junior, Over 50, Over 65, Under 800- Under 2500) and non-USATT recreational events (hardbat, family doubles, youth, adult)

Play 6-10 table tennis matches whether you win or lose.

All table tennis matches are best 3 out of 5 games, played to 11 points except handicap and harbat. Quarters, Semis and Final of Open are best 4 out of 7 games.

Register to compete in this tournament by February 20, 2017.

For more information, click here.

For entry form, click here.

The Arnold Table Tennis Challenge is part of the Arnold Sports Festival which will feature approximately 18,000 athletes from 80 countries competing in 70 different sports and events, including 14 Olympics sports. This annual event also includes the Arnold Fitness Expo which features 1,000 booths of the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition and two stages that host non-stop competitions and entertainment.

2017 World Championship of Ping Pong – Results

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , , — by Jena N. on January 31, 2017 @ 1:04 pm

 

20 year-old Weihao Yan of China won the sixth annual World Championship of Ping Pong at the Alexandra Palace, London this past weekend, January 28-29, 2017!  Alexander Flemming of Germany is this year’s runner-up.

Yan stated that he has actually only been playing sandpaper ping pong for six months and hasn’t received any professional table tennis training.

More than 25 countries were represented with 64 table tennis players competing in this tournament.

This event attracted a large, excited crowd of 1,200 fans.

$100,000 total prize fund was up for grabs!

For complete tournament results, visit http://www.worldchampionshipofpingpong.net/knockout/.

The $3000 Newgy Ohio Open Table Tennis Tournament

Filed under: Samson Dubina,Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , — by Jena N. on January 26, 2017 @ 8:00 am

 

The $3000 Newgy Ohio Open Table Tennis Tournament is set for Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Shaw Jewish Community Center (JCC) – 750 White Pond Drive, Akron, Ohio 44320.

This 2-star USATT sanctioned event will include international competition, prize money and trophies, free lunch and dinner, free parking and discounted hotels.

The format is Giant Round Robin with groups of seven table tennis players with four table tennis players advancing from each group. Competitors should expect to play 5-10 table tennis matches per event.

Giant Round Robin (RR) Events include:

  • Open Giant RR
  • Under 2600 Giant RR
  • Under 2400 Giant RR
  • Under 2200 Giant RR
  • Under 2000 Giant RR
  • Under 1900 Giant RR
  • Under 1800 Giant RR
  • Under 1600 Giant RR
  • Under 1400 Giant RR
  • Under 1200 Giant RR
  • Under 1000 Giant RR

This tournament will also include Fun Mini Round Robin Events with groups of 3-4 table tennis players with 1 player advancing from each group. (USATT membership not required for these events)

Fun Mini Round Robin Events include:

  • Open Doubles
  • Recreational Doubles
  • 31-Point Handicap
  • Recreational Singles

All table tennis matches are best 3 out of 5.

For more tournament information and to register, click here.

Robo-Pong Broward Open Table Tennis Team Tournament

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , — by Jena N. on January 23, 2017 @ 8:00 am

 

The Robo-Pong Broward Open Table Tennis Team Tournament is set for Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Broward Table Tennis Club – 3371 N. University Drive, Davie, Florida 33024.

This 4-Star USATT sanctioned team table tennis tournament includes the following event categories:

U-4800

U-4300

U-3800

U-3300

U-2800

Tournament Director: Carlos Zeller

Tournament Referee: Terese Terranova (NR/IU)

Entry deadline is February 4, 2017.

Click here to register.

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