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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!

The 2016 Table Tennis Olympic Team Trials Results

Filed under: Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , — by Jena N. on February 11, 2016 @ 5:10 pm


The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Table Tennis were held last weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The event included three one-day table tennis tournaments, with 63 males and 16 females competing. The youngest athlete there was just 11 years old and the oldest was 93 years old.

The six winning athletes, ranged in age from 13 to 42 and will join the 2015 U.S. national’s winners Jiaqi Zheng and Yijun Feng in representing the U.S. at the North America Olympic Qualification Tournament in April in Ontario. There, they compete for spots at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Olympic Team Trials in Table Tennis:

Chen Wang, Timothy Wang, Lily Zhang, Sharon Alguetti, Crystal Wang and Kanak Jha

2016 Arnold Sports Festival – Table Tennis Challenge

Filed under: Newgy/Robo-Pong,Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: — by Jena N. on February 8, 2016 @ 4:19 pm


Newgy Robo-Pong is proud to be a sponsor of the Arnold Table Tennis Challenge in Columbus, Ohio, March 4-6, 2016.

The 13th Annual 4-Star Tournament boasts prize money of $10,000+.

Join us for a fun-filled weekend of table tennis competition! Sign up now to reserve your spot. More than 30 different event categories for everyone – USATT rated players, recreational ping pong players, hardbat, family doubles and more.

Challenge the Robo-Pong and see elite table tennis exhibitions while you’re there!

Entry deadline is February 23, 2016.

Click here for more info and to register to play!

Improve Your “Push” Stroke in Table Tennis

Filed under: Samson Dubina,Table Tennis Tips — Tags: , , — by Jena N. on February 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am

By Samson Dubina

Week after week, my table tennis students walk through my door and say, “Please Coach Samson, I really need your help with serve return.”

There are many ways to return serves in table tennis, however statistics do prove that at the US tournament level, the push is the most common way to return a serve, and yet pushing is one of the most neglected strokes in table tennis.  Many offensive table tennis players focus on their flips, loops, counterloops, and smashes.  Many defensive table tennis players focus on their blocks, chops, and lobs.  Very few players focus on their timing, racket angle, placement, body position, spin variation, wrist action, depth of the push, and other variations.

Here are four quick tips on how to improve your push.


The best timing on the push is early, quick, right off-the-bounce.  This will take the time away from your opponent and he will be less likely to finish you with a powerful loop or smash.  Early timing also keep your push lower; because you can’t produce much power on the push, keeping the ball low is very important.  Early timing also allows you the chance to push long or short.  If you mistakenly let the ball come too deep and contact it at the top of the bounce or on the fall, you will likely be force to push long or medium long.  Early timing also allows you to push at a sharp angle forcing your opponent to move away from his ready position and give up a large portion of the table.

Early timing is important for:

  1. Surprising your opponent
  2. Keeping the push low
  3. Varying the depth
  4. Using the angles

Racket Angle

The table tennis racket angle on the push will differ greatly based on your rubber, the opponent’s spin, and your timing.  However, there are a few obvious statements that I need to make.  Check your opponent’s racket prior to starting.  As the table tennis match progresses, continue to evaluate your racket angle to see if that would possibly be the cause of errors.  Keep in mind that if your opponent serves heavy backspin, your angle will need to be quite open.  If your opponent serves no spin, your angle will be slightly more closed.  If your opponent serves topspin and you choose to push, your angle will need to be very closed.  Pushing against no spin, sidespin, and topspin serves isn’t very common at the lower levels.  However, at the elite level, table tennis players have perfected the ability to flip all types of serves as well as push all types of serves.  So why would you want to push a short topspin serve?  To change things up!  Your opponent thought that you would flip…   His racket is high…  He is slightly back away from the table…  then suddenly, you step forward (with early timing) and push short on his topspin serve.  What a surprise!


  1. The racket angle will be different for every match
  2. Check your opponent’s rubber
  3. Continue to re-evaluate your angle
  4. Realize that you can push against any type of spin

Wrist Action

When contacting the ball early on the push, the amount of wrist on the push is very minimal.  On this particular push, the wrist action would be better described as a wrist twitch.  Your wrist will a very small amount but the quick acceleration is still important.  When approaching the ball, keep your wrist very relaxed.  If you choose to push short, keep it relaxed through contact and follow through about two inches past the point of contact.  If you choose to push long, slightly tighten your wrist and fingers at contact and follow through about twelve inches.  If you choose to add more spin to the long push, then you can use a bit more wrist.  If you choose to add less spin, then you can lock your wrist.  For the no spin push, keep your wrist locked and your angle set; at the point of contact, don’t slice through the ball, but lift up slightly on the ball.  So why would you ever push with little or no-spin?  Variation!  Keep in mind that winning isn’t all about you!  It really isn’t!  Think about it….  You cannot win a single point!  The only way to win a single point is if your opponent misses!  By learning to add these variations that I’m describing today, you will be able to confuse your opponent, make him less consistent, and keep him off balance with your variations.

Keys to remember:

  1. The wrist twitch is very small but very important
  2. The follow through is extremely short when pushing short
  3. The follow through is much longer when pushing longer
  4. The amount of wrist that you use can help control the amount of spin you impart


The placement of your push is important and the key location will be based on the type of ball you are dealing with, your positioning, your opponent’s positioning, your strengths and weaknesses, and your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.  This might seem overwhelming, so let me simplify it and give you a couple general rules for pushing placement. Short pushes are usually good because the table is in the way, so short pushes become more challenging for your opponent to attack.  Just remember that the short push needs to be low.  Angled pushes are also good because they force your opponent to move.  Even if your opponent reaches the ball, he will likely give a weaker loop and be out of position for the next hit.  Just remember that he might use the angle back against you.  Instead of admiring your spectacular push, be ready for the return.  Surprise pushes to the backhand and middle transition point are usually good because your opponent’s body is in the way.  A surprise to the forehand can easily be played with later timing.  Whereas a surprise push to the backhand is pushed back or missed outright with a poorly timed loop.  Even when you make an ideal push, be ready for worst case scenario.  When pushing short, be ready for a fast flip.  When pushing deep to the backhand, be ready for a powerful loop.  When using the angle, be ready for an angle push return.  Stop admiring your awesomeness and get in the game.

General pushing rules:

  1. Placement is one the most important aspects of pushing
  2. Short pushes are a great option but remember to keep them low
  3. Angle pushes are a great way to get your opponent out of position
  4. Deep occasional pushes to the backhand can be a tough surprise for your opponent to handle

Pushing is one of the most neglected strokes in table tennis.  By applying these principles of timing, angle, wrist, and placement, you will be on your way to having a better serve return, controlling the short game, and forcing errors from your opponent!  As with any stroke, it takes months and month of intentional practice!

2015 Table Tennis Coaches of the Year

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: — by Jena N. on February 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am


The USATT (USA Table Tennis Association) held an open nomination for Coach of the Year and the following were selected as USATT’s Coach of the Year.

National Coach of the Year – Massimo Costantini:  For his continuing achievements in developing and training table tennis players to succeed at the highest levels of the sport, including national champions, world team members, and Olympians.

Development Coach of the Year – Yang Yu:  For his multi-dimensional development of programs for beginner and competitive junior table tennis players; and for his technical achievements in becoming one of the first U.S. coaches certified as Level 3 by the International Table Tennis Federation, and in delivering two technical papers to the ITTF Sports Science Congress.

Para Coach of the Year – Matthew Winkler:  For his achievements in helping to develop a U.S. Open and Romanian Open gold medalist.

Doc Counsilman Coach of the Year – Samson Dubina:  For his development and effective use of a two camera, instant playback system for providing immediate analysis and feedback to his table tennis students, along with online video coaching and development of full-length table tennis coaching DVDs.

Massimo, Yang, Matthew and Samson have been submitted to the U.S. Olympic Committee as USATT’s nominations for Coach of the Year recognition in their respective categories for USOC consideration for selection as USOC’s Coach of the Year against all other sport nominees.

Congratulations to each of these great Table Tennis Coaches of the Year!

USATT New Membership Management System Launch

Filed under: Table Tennis Tips,Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , — by Jena N. on January 20, 2016 @ 11:49 am


The USATT (USA Table Tennis Association) has just launched a brand new Membership Management System and the Ratings Page is now live.

USATT partnered with Simply Compete to make the membership and ratings process easier and to help grow the sport of table tennis in the United States.

The latest tournaments have been processed and you can see your updated ratings now.

For more information and to set up your account, click here.


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