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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!

The Think Circle in Table Tennis

Filed under: Samson Dubina,Table Tennis Tips — Tags: , , — by Jena N. on August 8, 2016 @ 8:00 am

By Samson Dubina

Between pitches in baseball, the batter steps out of the batter’s box to re-focus.

The same thing is true in table tennis; the pros often call this the “think circle.”

Between points, step back about 4-6 feet away from the table and draw an imaginary circle around yourself and collect your thoughts in your “think circle”.  Every pro athlete has a different method of processing the points, relaxing, and gearing up for the next point, but I’m going to give you the method that I personally use.

#1  Ask yourself the question, “What just happened?”

While the point is fresh on your mind, you should replay the details of each hit.  If you can’t remember how you messed up, you will likely make the same mistake again.  If you can’t remember how you scored, then you won’t likely be able to capitalize on your opponent’s weak points.

#2  Remind yourself of your primary tactics.

From the first few points of the table tennis match, you should be forming some specific tactics based on your strengths and the opponent’s weaknesses.  Point by point, you should be willing to adjust your primary tactics, especially if you are losing.

#3 Breath deeply.

Deep breathing has a calming effect allowing you to forget about that missed smash, calm your anger, and come back focused for the next point.

#4 Ask yourself the question, “What’s next?”

If you are serving, first determine exactly what you plan to serve and what the possible returns will be.  If you are receiving, then ask yourself how you plan to deal with fast serve, how you plan to deal with short backspin serves, how you plan to deal with no-spin serves.  Remember, you must stay fairly neutral when receiving and be ready for anything, while at the same time, having general tactics against various serves.

This method that I briefly explained is the method that I use to analyze the point, remind myself of the plan, calm myself down, and get to the specifics.  I would encourage you to develop your own method and be consistent at using it during drills, club play, leagues, and table tennis tournaments.  As with any skill, it takes time to develop, but it is definitely worth the effort!

USA Masters Games – Table Tennis Championship

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , — by Jena N. on August 4, 2016 @ 8:00 am

 

The USA Masters Games is the National Sports Festival for adult athletes!

24 sports, including table tennis, were featured at this great event from July 21-31, 2016 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The table tennis competition was a 4-star USATT Sanctioned event refereed by Ed Hogshead IU, CR.

Congratulations to all the winners of this exciting table tennis event!

2 Person Team RR – 1st Place: Ladislav Sranko / Lubomir Valek, 2nd Place: Jonathan Lamp / Ryan Robinson, 3rd Place: Tyrone Petty / Jeremy Rabuck, 4th Place: Yiqing (Linda) Liu / Roger Dickson

Tiered Singles RR – 1st Place: Asaf Azarsky, 2nd Place: Michael Leshinsky, 3rd Place: Leonid Sukher

Men Over 40 RR – 1st Place: Anders Bergstrom, 2nd Place: Antonio Luis Marques Ferreir, 3rd Place: Roger Dickson, 4th Place: John Chen

Open Singles RR – 1st Place: Jishan Liang, 2nd Place: John Chen, 3rd Place: Leonid Sukher, 4th Place: Neville Brabrook

For complete tournament results, click here.

Table Tennis is… Fun, Active, Educational

Filed under: Samson Dubina,Table Tennis Tips — Tags: , , , — by Jena N. on August 1, 2016 @ 4:31 pm

By Samson Dubina

From the first day at an ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) Training Course, you will learn that when teaching kids, table tennis must be fun for them (they need to enjoy it!), active (sometimes they have short attention spans), and educational (they need to be learning and improving).  For my very young students who are under 6 years old, it is mostly fun and active.  For the older students, it becomes more educational with more emphasis on strokes, footwork, etc.

Yesterday, Janset was having a hard time staying focused on her table tennis drills.  As I do with many of my juniors, I have them play games while doing footwork drills.  For this particular drill, Janset had to flip my sidespin serve then play three more balls on the table in order to score a point.  If she won the game, she got a free soda.  If she lost the game, then she needed to do 20 pushups.  Janset became 100% more focused and consistent, and tried hard to reach the fourth ball on every rally.

Regardless of your age or maturity level, I would recommend that you try it out as well.  Instead of going through a long, mindless footwork drill, challenge yourself and your practice partner by keeping score during the table tennis drill.  A simple way to do this would be that you attack all the balls to your opponent’s backhand, he blocks anywhere.  On the 7th ball, it is free point.  Any attacks or any blocks missed prior to the 7th hit also count as a point.  Play games to 5.  After doing the drill while keeping score, ask yourself if your performance was different.  If your performance was better, it probably means that you weren’t giving full concentration before.  If your performance was worse, it probably means that you put too much pressure on yourself when keeping score.  Pressure is good if it leads to more concentration and more consistency.  Pressure is bad when it leads to muscle tightness and inconsistency.

Featured Table Tennis Club: Zing!

Filed under: Table Tennis Clubs — Tags: — by Jena N. on July 28, 2016 @ 8:00 am

 

Zing! Table Tennis Club recently opened in Easthampton, Massachusetts. This cool new place features 3800 sq. ft. of playing area and a lounge, 9 world-class Donic table tennis tables and the Newgy Robo-Pong 2050 table tennis robot.

Zing! is open 365 days a year to both members and non-members. The club offers private party rentals for events and professional table tennis coaching. A juice and coffee bar are even in the works.

Two professional coaches reside at Zing! including Founder and CEO, Noel Abbott, who is ITTF certified, and Ernest Virgo, two-time National Champion of Jamaica.

All ages and playing levels are welcome at Zing!.

For more info, visit www.zingtt.com.

 

2016 U.S. National Table Tennis Championships

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , — by Jena N. on July 26, 2016 @ 11:29 am

 

The 2016 U.S. National Table Tennis Championships took place July 4-9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This great event featured several divisions including Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Juniors, Seniors, Sandpaper, Para and more.

Here are some of the highlights of champions!

Men’s Singles – 1st Place: Jha, Kanak, 2nd Place: Feng, Yijun

Women’s Singles – 1st Place: Zhang, Lily, 2nd Place: Zheng, Jiaqi

Men’s Doubles – 1st Place: Cheng, Newman & Huang, Jeff, 2nd Place: Chodri, Kunal & Avvari, Krishnateja

Women’s Doubles – 1st Place: Zhang, Lily & Zheng, Jiaqi, 2nd Place: Wu, Yue & Hugh, Judy

Mixed Doubles – 1st Place: Feng, Yijun & Zheng, Jiaqi, 2nd Place: Wang, Timothy & Zhang, Lily

Congratulations to all the winners!

For complete results of the U.S. National Table Tennis Championships, click here.

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