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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 Strategy – Targeting the Transition

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: , , — by Jena N. on September 29, 2016 @ 8:00 am

By Samson Dubina, Professional Table Tennis Athlete and Coach

“You need to attack his middle.”

“I recommend that you play 80% of your hits to his transition point.”

“Hunt the elbow – play the elbow – your opponent gets jammed easily!”

Over and over again, I hear coaches at table tennis tournaments wisely reminding their students about the importance of ball placement, especially placement to the middle transition ball to jam the opponent.  However, these same coaches never give their students SPECIFIC drills in the table tennis training hall to help to learn to find the middle and attack the middle.  In this article, I’m going to give you the reasons for attacking the middle then a few drills that might help you get started.

The Reason

Table tennis should be played automatically, almost unconsciously.  Between points, it is important to do much thinking as far as processing the previous point and forming new tactics, but in the heat of the point, you should relax and let it happen.  Too much thinking during the point will hinder your progress.  When your opponent plays to your forehand, then it is simple, your body knows to play a forehand, it doesn’t require much thought.  Same thing with the backhand.  However, when your opponent hits you a middle transition ball, you need to make a decision. “Should I step quickly to the side and use a forehand or step quickly to the other side and use a backhand?”  This decision that needs to be made often causes you to lose positioning and timing therefore you are forced to hit a lower percentage shot with a lower quality hit.  I could literally continue for five more pages on this topic, but I’m going to spare you from a long read.  Just remember this, the middle transition ball between backhand and forehand is one of the main targets that you should be hitting; however, this skill will never reach its peak potential unless it is trained!

Drills

I have developed many table tennis drills for attacking, defending, serving, and receiving against the middle transition ball.  However, I’m only going to discuss three drills here today.  Once you have performed these three drills for a few weeks, you will then be targeting the middle about twice as often in table tennis games and you will understand that ball placement needs to be developed in the training hall, not just in the classroom.

Drill #1 – Player A blocks to the middle transition point.  Player B attacks to the middle transition point.  The goal for the drill is never to allow the opponent to hit more than 1-2 backhands or forehands; in order to do this, both table tennis players need to be aware of where they hit and which side was used by their opponent.  For example, if the opponent used a backhand from the centerline, then the next ball needs to be placed slightly more to the forehand.  If the opponent used another backhand, then the next ball again needs to be even more to the forehand.  Should you watch the incoming ball or your opponent?  Both!  You should be specifically seeing the incoming ball while being able to slightly see your opponent with your peripheral vision.

Drill #2 – Player A blocks to player B’s 75% forehand zone.  Player B plays all forehand.  Player B plays one ball to the wide backhand and one ball to the wide forehand.  Anytime that player B chooses, he attacks the middle transition point then it becomes free point.

Drill #3 – Player A blocks anywhere on the table.  Player B attacks two balls to the wide backhand, two balls to the wide forehand, then one ball to the middle transition point.  The drill continues in that pattern.  You can also start this (or any other drill) with a serve.  Player A serves, player B loops or flips, then the drill begins.  As you get closer and closer to your next table tennis tournament, you should begin the majority of the drills with a serve.  Drills are NOT meant to improve your table tennis practice.  Drills are meant to improve your table tennis match performance.

I hope that these three table tennis drills will be helpful.  Once you understand the concepts of these three drills, it will then be easier for you to design dozens of your own drills designed to perfect this table tennis skill.

 

2016 Newgy & Wang Vision Institute Open Table Tennis Tournament

Filed under: Newgy/Robo-Pong,Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: — by Jena N. on September 27, 2016 @ 3:36 pm

 

This 2-Star USATT sanctioned table tennis tournament is set for Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Academy Park Gym at 120 Everbright St, Franklin, TN 37096. (just outside of Nashville)

The tournament format is Two Tier Round Robin Groups. Top 40 in Upper Division, Next 16 In Second Division. All players advance to second stage Group Round Robins. Group winners and 2nd place advance to Semi-Finals and Finals.

Cash prizes and trophies!

This table tennis tournament is limited to 56 players so sign up today to reserve your spot!

Entry deadline is October 1.

Entry form

More information

This event is sponsored by Newgy Industries, Inc. and Wang Vision Institute, and presented by Williamson County Parks & Recreation and the Nashville Table Tennis Club.

Table Tennis Tip – Serve Return

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: , , — by Jena N. on September 26, 2016 @ 3:57 pm

By Samson Dubina, Professional Table Tennis Athlete and Coach

About 95% of all table tennis players say that serve return is their biggest problem.

#1 Strokes

In order to return very spinny serves, it is vitally important that you know how to stroke the ball with spin so that you can loop, chop, push, or flip the serve.  Blocking the serve is rarely ever a good option.  By generating your own spin, you won’t feel your opponent’s spin nearly as much.  If you block the serve, you will feel the full effect of your opponent’s spin as it has time to “bite” into your rubber.  This is the reason that I spend so much time on the basic strokes with my younger table tennis students.  Once they can understand how to loop, chop, push, and flip ― then making small adjustments in the backswing, racket angle, feeling, etc. ― is simple.  Get your strokes right and serve return will become much easier.

#2 Long Serves

When you see a tricky long serve coming (and you have no idea what it is) then wait on the ball before looping or chopping.  By waiting, it gives you more time to read the spin, the spin on the ball will slightly decrease, and the speed on the ball will slightly decrease.  If you can read the bounce, then you can adjust accordingly.  If the ball has slightly less spin, then it will be more manageable.  If the ball has less speed, it will allow you to “grab” the ball better, which will give you more spin on your loop or chop.  When a fast, deep serve comes, most table tennis players charge the table and power block it off-the-bounce.  I recommend when a long serve comes that you wait, read it, and spin it on deep with good placement.

#3 Short Serves

If the serve is actually short, then you need to step forward and lean over the table.  (I use the word “actually” because many serves are assumed to be short but are actually long.)  Once you have stepped in for the short serve, your body is now stable.  When you are stable, it is much easier to control the flip to a good location or to trick your opponent with a push by dropping short or jamming long.  When receiving the short serve with a push, it is critical to contact the ball early on the rise.  When receiving the short serve with a flip, it is critical to contact the ball on the top-of-the-bounce.  Most table tennis players have those two contact points reversed.

#4 Spin

The easiest way to read the spin is to watch your opponent’s racket.  Just remember that the direction that the racket is swinging is the direction that the ball will jump off of your racket.  If your opponent is swinging down, then it is backspin and the ball will want to jump down off your racket.  If your opponent is swinging down and to his right, then it is backspin sidespin and the ball will want to jump down and to his right off your racket.  Reading the spin involves four different aspects – watching the racket, listening for the sound, watching the bounce, and looking for the label.  Listening for the sounds difference is nearly impossible as most top-level table tennis players tap their foot when serving to cover up the sound.  If you don’t see a label, it means nothing.  If you do see a label on the ball, it means that the serve has no spin or very little spin.  Some top-level players hide the no-spin by turning the label to the side before serving.  Just remember that watching the racket and watching the bounce are more reliable than listening for sound or searching for the label on the ball.

#5 Practice

At the conclusion of your next table tennis practice session, ask your training partner to serve you 30 minutes of serves.  Don’t play the point, just focus on reading the spin, getting in position, and generating your own spin.  After 30 minutes, then do the same for him.  If serve return really is your main problem, then it is absolutely appropriate to isolate just serve return and spend focused time on it each session.

In conclusion, I’m going to re-emphasize my first point.  In order to return very spinny serves, it is vitally important that you know how to stroke the ball with spin so that you can loop, chop, push, or flip the serve.  By generating your own spin, you won’t feel your opponent’s spin nearly as much.  As you continue to perfect this first point, then the other aspects of serve return will become much easier!

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Table Tennis

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , , — by Jena N. on September 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am

 

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will include over 4,000 athletes representing more than 170 countries around the world on September 7-18, 2016.

The 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team consists of 267 members. American athletes will compete in 20 sports including archery, cycling, equestrian, goalball, judo, paracanoe, paratriathlon, powerlifting, rowing, sailing, shooting, sitting volleyball, soccer seven-a-side, swimming, table tennis, track & field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair fencing and wheelchair tennis.

There will be 29 table tennis events for individuals and teams over 10 days, September 8-17, 2016.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games’ table tennis matches will be held in the Riocentro – Pavilion 3 stages, with eight official competition table tennis tables.

Good luck to all the Paralympic Athletes!

Check out this amazing Table Tennis shot by David Wetherill from the London 2012 Paralympic Games!

Rio 2016 Olympics – Table Tennis

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , , — by Jena N. on September 1, 2016 @ 12:42 pm

 

Congrats to all the winners and all the athletes that competed in the Rio 2016 Olympics!

Throughout Aug. 6-17, 2016, 184 table tennis athletes representing 59 countries competed in four events in the Table Tennis category. The events included Men’s and Women’s Singles, and Men’s and Women’s Teams.

China took home the Gold in all 4 table tennis events, with Japan, Germany and North Korea taking home Silver and Bronze medals.

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Table Tennis Team:

Yue “Jennifer” Wu , Ft. Lee, NJ, Singles & Team

Lily Zhang , Milpitas, CA, Singles & Team

Jiaqi Zheng , Milpitas, CA, Team

Yijun Feng, Atlanta, GA, Singles & Team

Kanak Jha, Milpitas, CA, Singles & Team

Timothy Wang , Houston, TX, Team

Check out this great video of the Rio 2016 Olympics Table Tennis Review.

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