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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 Top 5 Reasons Why Robo-Pong is the Perfect Holiday Gift

Filed under: Newgy/Robo-Pong — Tags: , , , , , , , — by Jena N. on November 23, 2016 @ 10:30 am

 

#1.) Practically anyone can play ping pong with Robo-Pong – any age, gender, skill or athletic level.

#2.) Learn a new sport. Did you know table tennis is an Olympic Sport? If you already play, advance your table tennis skills and take your game to the next level with Robo-Pong.

#3.) Playing ping pong with Robo-Pong is a great workout, for both your body and your brain. You can really work up a sweat, burn lots of calories and help improve your hand-eye coordination and balance.

#4.) Robo-Pong is the perfect ping pong partner. No more searching for someone to play ping pong with or practice/train with! Robo-Pong is always ready to go and won’t ever get tired.

#5.) Most of all, it’s fun! Everyone in your family will enjoy playing ping pong with Robo-Pong – Mom, Dad, kids and teenagers; even Grandma and Grandpa will love it, too!

BONUS: The Robo-Pong table tennis robot is available in five different models, so there’e one for everyone’s budget and level of play. It’s also user-friendly and easy to set up, take down, store and transport.

This holiday season, you can’t go wrong… with Robo-Pong!

Table Tennis Tip – Devastate the Lobber

Filed under: Samson Dubina — Tags: , , , , — by Jena N. on November 14, 2016 @ 4:11 pm

By Samson Dubina

There are many different types of lobbers in table tennis – lobbers who attack, lobbers who only defend, lobbers with pips, lobbers with inverted, lobbers who do mostly low fishing and lobbers who hit sky-high through the rafters.  The tactics in this article refer to a right-handed lobber who uses inverted on both sides and doesn’t attack much; as soon as the point starts he immediately backs up fishing and lobbing.  When I use the word fishing, I refer to a lower version of the lob often with more spin and depth.  When I refer to lobbing, I refer to this very high version.

With this type of lobber, it is critically important to remember how your opponent wins most of his points ― from your errors.  If he doesn’t attack, then he is just waiting for you to miss and he plans to just keep bringing the ball back.  If you swing wildly for every ball, you will likely be inconsistent.  If you just put the ball on the table, you likely won’t be threatening.  So how can you be consistent and threatening?  You can best accomplish this by being selective, being selective as to when you should hit hard and when to control the ball.  Because your opponent doesn’t attack much, you can start with a long serve and get the rally going simply.  If you are too tricky on the first few hits, you will likely make more mistakes than your consistent opponent.  When receiving, just push or slow loop the serve to get the rally going ― there is absolutely no need to rip his serve going for a high risk inside out to the wide angle on the outside of the white line.  Play safe, be selective and go for it at the right moment.  Now that I have briefly mentioned the mindset, I would like to outline the specific table tennis tactics.

Tactics

Position

If you are in the perfect position to block, loop, push or drop-shot then you can play tactical.  Your positioning is the most important aspect of playing a lobber.  Because various lobs come to different depths, it is critically important that you adjust for every ball.  Just because the ball is slow doesn’t mean that you are allowed to move slowly.  Move quickly into position and you will have options to play tactically.

Smash

Using a powerful forehand smash will be your main tactic to beating the lobber.  Adjust your positioning so that you have plenty of space and use your forehand on most high balls.  If the lob hits near the net, smash down on the ball.  If the lob hits closer to your end-line, then smash a bit more forward.

Drop-Shot

If your opponent is 15 feet back from the table, it may seem like he has plenty of time to retrieve every ball.  Make sure that you also use the drop-shot to move him in, followed by a powerful smash to move him out.  The most important element on the drop shot is to be selective.  Choose a ball that hits near the net.  Relax your grip.  Contact the ball on the rise.  At the point of contact, pull back slightly to absorb the energy on the ball.  It is similar to the action of catching a water balloon, you pull back to absorb the energy.

Placement

When the lobber is near the table, you should smash at his body (the transition point).  When he is further back, you should go for more angles.  When close to the table, there is about 8 feet of lateral court to cover.  When the lobber is 15 feet back, there is about 25 feet of lateral court to cover.  If you smash to the wide backhand, then try to drop-shot to the short forehand.  If you smash to the wide forehand, the try to drop-shot to the short backhand.  I would typically recommend serving deep to the transition point.  However, serving some short topspin serves followed by a deep attack to the transition point often works as well.

Spin

In order to play tactically against the lobber, you need to understand which ball to give a controlled smash, which ball to smash powerfully and which ball to drop-shot.  The depth is one of the main factor.  The deeper ball should be smashed with a control smash.  The shorter one should be powerfully smashed down or dropped short.  The spin is another major factor.  The deep topspin lobs jump out and therefore require more control.  The backspin, no spin, and sidespin lobs stay closer to the table and you should smash with more power on these shots.  If you are watching your opponent’s table tennis racket, you should be able to tell the spin.  If his racket is under the table, then watch the direction of his arm.  If you can’t see the arm, then you will need to react when you see the trajectory of the ball.  Keep in mind that lateral sidespin lobs (axis top and bottom) will react off your racket but won’t jump off the table as much.  Deviation sidespin lobs (axis front and back) won’t react off your racket as much but will jump tremendously when they hit your side of the table.

Fatigue

You might be excited to play a lobber.  Please resist the temptation to rush!  Remember, even if you are winning, it is important to take your time and BREATHE!  You are likely to get more fatigued than the lobber; the more time that you take between points the better you will do in games 3, 4 and 5.

Practice

It is vitally important that you practice smashing different types of balls – no spin, topspin, backspin and sidespin.  Even if you can’t find a lobber, ask a friend to lob to you for three minutes so that you can practice smashing.  Don’t overstrain yourself in warmup, just practice moving into position, working the point, being consistent, being selective, reading the spin, moving your opponent around and powering the ball at the right time.

FIT Newgy Open Table Tennis Championships

Filed under: Newgy/Robo-Pong,Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , , — by Jena N. on November 8, 2016 @ 8:00 am

 

The 26th FIT Newgy Open Table Tennis Championships is set for November 12-13, 2016 at the Fashion Institute of Technology – Building A – 7th Avenue at 27th Street, New York, New York 10001-5992.

Almost $3000 in prize money is up for grabs at this popular 2-star USATT sanctioned table tennis tournament.

This tournament features 18 events for all ages and playing levels, ranging from Junior, Seniors, College Open, Under 1050, Under 2050 and many more. The format will be Round Robin, with three or four players per group. The player with the best record in the group will advance to the single elimination draw. All matches are best 3 out of 5 games.

Click here for more information.

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

HIGH SCHOOL  A
1ST-SPHS
2ND-HEWITT
3RD-MCADORY
4TH-OAK MTN
5TH-BAKER
6TH-SUMITON
7TH-MTN BROOK
8TH-ONEONTA
9TH-PINSON
HIGH SCHOOL B
1ST-SPHS
2ND-HEWITT
3RD- BAKER
4TH-MCADORY
5TH-OAK MTN
6TH-ONEONTA
7TH-MTN BROOK
8TH- PINSON
MIDDLE SCHOOL A
1ST-BERRY
2ND-OAK MTN
3RD- HEWITT
4TH-ONEONTA
5TH- SIMMONS
MIDDLE SCHOOL B
1ST-BERRY
2ND- HEWITT
3RD-OAK MTN
4TH-SIMMONS
5TH-ONEONTA

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 omnipong.com or visit EdgeballTableTennis.com 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.

 

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