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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!

Another Successful Year for Florida Table Tennis

Filed under: Newgy/Robo-Pong,Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , , — by Jena N. on November 19, 2015 @ 11:56 am


Brad Woodington, President of the Lakeland Table Tennis Association, and Director of the Florida Orange Blossom Table Tennis Series and the Mid-Florida Table Tennis Tour, is excited about the growth and development of the wide variety of Table Tennis activities in Florida, especially in middle Florida. The area stretching from Clearwater, Florida, on the west coast, to the Cocoa Beach, Florida area on the east coast and all the locations in between, has become a hot bed for Table Tennis.

A coalition of Table Tennis clubs have joined together to provide an excellent base for USATT sanctioned tournaments throughout the entire state of Florida and beyond. The wildly popular Florida Orange Blossom Table Tennis Series, held in beautiful Lakeland, Florida attracted almost 500 players from all over the state, several other states and international players for the four excellent tournaments held during the 2015 season.

In addition to the series, the fabulous Mid-Florida Table Tennis Tour was also held in several locations in Florida. Events were scheduled for Clearwater, Lakeland, Orlando, and Cocoa Beach, Florida with several other locations being considered for 2016. The six tour table tennis tournaments also attracted almost 500 players to the events.

Woodington has a vision to include all USATT sanctioned tournaments within the state of Florida into the tour, expanding from the middle of Florida all the way to the far north and panhandle region and also southward to Miami. Players earn Tour Points at each tournament in which they compete. The points are accumulated during the year and prizes are awarded at the end of the tour. Many players attend all the tournaments with the goal of finishing high in the standings at the end of the season.

One of the main sponsors of the Florida Orange Blossom Series and the Mid-Florida Table Tennis Tour is the great Newgy Industries. Newgy manufactures and markets an extremely popular line of Robo-Pong Table Tennis Robots and other great Table Tennis equipment. Players at all the various tournaments are acutely aware of the opportunity to win prizes donated by Newgy. Several websites highlight the accumulating Tour and Series points as the season progresses. At the end of the events, the points are totaled and special award ceremonies are held on a rotating basis at the various clubs that participate in the Tour.

Plans are now being made for the special Awards Presentation for the 2015 winners of the Tour and the Series. Woodington is also poised to begin the 2016 season and is lining up clubs throughout the state to take part in the Tour. The Lakeland Table Tennis Club will also hold the Florida Orange Blossom Series in 2016 with four USATT sanctioned tournaments already scheduled.

Woodington is optimistic that several additional clubs may join in the Mid-Florida Tour and thus the need to change the name to the Florida Table Tennis Tour instead of Mid-Florida. At any rate, Table Tennis in Florida is alive and thriving.  Players are already anxious to get started all around the state. It looks to be another exciting year for Table Tennis in Florida.

Decisions in Table Tennis

Filed under: Samson Dubina,Table Tennis Tips — Tags: , — by Jena N. on November 11, 2015 @ 10:19 am

By Samson Dubina

In order to slow down your table tennis opponent, you must force him to make a decision.

Let me explain.

During a table tennis match, most of the mental toughness comes between points.  Being mentally tough means:

1. Evaluating the previous point for what you did right
2. Evaluating the previous point for what you did wrong
3. Encouraging yourself
4. Planning some general tactics if you are receiving
5. Planning some specific tactics if you are serving
6. Reminding yourself of your strengths and planning how to implement your strengths
7. Reminding yourself of your opponent’s weak points and planning how to exploit them

Like I said, most of the mental game used is between points.  During the point, it is best to just “let it happen.”  Table tennis is so fast that you really do not have time to think much during the point, especially about your technique.  During a training session, your coach might be continually yelling at you to start your backswing in a different location, using your wrist, change your racket angle, spin the ball, using your waist, complete the stroke, and hundreds of other aspects of your stroke.  However, in table tennis matches, there is absolutely no time for this thought process.  You need to just let it happen – let it happen as you have practiced.

So how can you use this against your opponent?

Your opponent is just smoothly ripping forehands and backhands through you like a knife through butter.  You have absolutely no chance because he is playing out-of-his-mind and swinging freely.  So how do you make him “freeze up?”  You make him freeze up by making him decide.  Force him a make a decision.

How do you force your table tennis opponent to make a decision?

The best way to force him to make a decision is to play to the transition point.  By playing to the place where he must choose whether to play a backhand or forehand, he will need to decide, which will slow him down.  Usually at the transition point, players will be jammed and play the ball later, which gives you more time to react.

Another way to force him to make a decision is to serve half-long. The half-long or in-between serve is defined as the first bounce (obviously) hits your side, the second bounce hits just before the half-way point on the opponent’s side, then the final bounce lands close to the end line.  With this serve, you are forcing your offensive opponent to make a decision to use forehand flip, loop, long push, short push, or backhand banana flip.  On the half-long serve, there are many options, but your opponent might feel “stuck” when trying to make the best choice.

There are dozens of other ways to make him decide as well – vary the spin on your serve, vary the speed of your flip, vary the height of your loop, vary the depth of your chop, vary your shot selection, and many others.  The key point that you must remember is that you are trying to make your opponent indecisive.  Instead of merely trying to play amazing yourself, you are trying to force your opponent to play poorly.  Apply this principle to every table tennis match and your giants won’t seem so tall.

The Common Theme of Your Table Tennis Losses

Filed under: Samson Dubina,Table Tennis Tips — Tags: , , — by Jena N. on November 6, 2015 @ 11:10 am

By Samson Dubina

If you are similar to many of my table tennis students, you probably have had really bad losses from time to time.  By a bad loss, I mean that you lose to a much lower-level player during a table tennis tournament match.  Perhaps you play about 12 tournaments per year.  In 6 of the 12 tournaments, perhaps you lose to someone whose skillset is definitely inferior to yours.  Instead of blaming it on “bad luck”, I want you to stop for a moment and consider some possibilities.

Not Warmed-Up

When the upsets happen, is it usually the first or second table tennis match of the day?  If so, it might be due to a lack of warm-up or lack of adjusting to the playing conditions.  Consider arriving one day prior and playing in the facility for a few hours on Friday night.  Also, get a practice partner lined up and know what routine you need prior to your first table tennis match.

Too Fatigued

When the upset happens, it is usually at the end of a long day?  If so, it might be due to fatigue.  If this is the case, then obviously you need to work on your fitness.  Also, make sure that you are eating and drinking a sufficient amount during the day of the table tennis tournament.

Different Playing Style

When the upset happens, is it usually against a particular playing style – chopper, looper, blocker, lobber, lefty, little kid, long pips/anti, short pips, or possibly a penhold table tennis player?  If so, then try your best to figure out the exact elements of the playing style that give you trouble and practice according to your findings.  Do you need to wait on the ball longer because it is slower?  Do you need to fight for the first attack?  Do you need to spin the ball more because your opponent continues to deaden the ball?  You need to understand the problematic playing style and master all the tactics against that particular style.

Wrong Mindset

When the upset happens, is it usually when you least expect it?  Do you often lose to players who don’t “look” like a good table tennis player? That big guy is like 80 years old…  That kid can barely see above the table…  That Canadian player was only rated 100…   If so, then try to take significant time to mentally gear up before the table tennis match, take your opponent seriously, and try to form a game-plan from the very first point.

Poor Pre-Tournament Preparation

When the upset happens, is it usually when you don’t prepare well prior to the table tennis tournament?  Good practice doesn’t always = awesome performance.  Lack of practice doesn’t always = poor performance.  However, you need to know yourself personally and what it takes for you to play your best.

In order to have peak performance, how many hours per week should be training 6 months prior to the table tennis tournament?  How many hours per week should be training on the very week of the tournament?  By detailed analysis of your bad losses, you should be able to identify the common themes for your losses and do your absolute best to perform well at 8 am or midnight, against tiny girls and old men, against defensive lobber and against offensive pips, against low-rated opponents and elite opponents.

Remember, tournament performance starts long before the tournament.  To have the best results possible, develop a good table tennis training routine, know what you need for warmup, develop a good level of fitness, know how to play against all playing styles, mentally gear-up before every table tennis match, and work hard to apply what you learn every day!

2015 Robo-Pong SMC Open Table Tennis Tournament

Filed under: Newgy/Robo-Pong,Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — by Jena N. on October 30, 2015 @ 2:16 pm


Newgy Robo-Pong is proud to sponsor SMC Table Tennis Club’s 2nd one-star USATT sanctioned table tennis tournament on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 90 Woodbury Rd. Woodbury, NY 11797.

Format – all matches are 3 out of 5 games.

Round Robin/Single Elimination tournament events are Under 2300, Under 2000, Under 1800, Under 1600, Under 1400, Under 1200, Under 1000 and 41 Point Handicap.

Cash prizes!

Entry deadline is November 4.

Entry form here.


2015 Newgy and Wang Vision Institute Open Table Tennis Tournament Results

Filed under: Roger Dickson,Table Tennis Tournaments/Results — Tags: , — by Jena N. on @ 12:33 pm


A lot of the local table tennis players were excited to hear that the top four seeds were all rated at over 2500. This would be the first time our Nashville event in the two-gym Academy Park would host such strong players. Unfortunately, Friday morning the guys from Mississippi College called and had to cancel. So the draw got shuffled and the local guys now had a chance to win some money.

Williamson County Parks and Recreation had really stepped up a couple of years ago when they installed new lights in the gyms, and many players come back because of the great playing environment in these gyms.  Newgy provided enough barriers that the table tennis courts can each be fully separated. The Nashville Table Tennis Club received 4 new ping pong tables just a few days before the event and were able to put 14 tables out for all the matches.

A new table tennis coach in Atlanta – Jianho Sun – showed why he was the top seed; he dropped 2 games the whole day! For 9 table tennis matches, he was 27-2 in games, including both the 3-0 semi-final and final. Seeded overall number 2, Yevgeniy Puzyrev had a much harder route. Yev outlasted Memphis chopper Leidy Handoko 3-2 for 1st in group play and then had to win a 12-10 fifth from a very game Mina Boushra in the semi-final.

Congratulations to all the tournament winners!

Open: 1st- Jianho Sun, 2nd –Yevgeniy Puzyrev, 3rd – Leidy Handoko, 4th – Mina Boushra

Class A: 1st – Benjamin Hartwiger, 2nd – Robert Weishaeupl, 3rd –Shannon Bishop, 4th –Tim Neuendorf

Class B : 1st – Fangxing “Fran” Li, 2nd – Archie Jordan, 3rd – Luc Vo, 4th – Yiqing “Linda” Liu

Class C : 1st – Eric Wang, 2nd – Michael Fang, 3rd – Grant Hall, 4th – Nicolae Avram

Class D: 1st – Eli Mann, 2nd – Zsolt Lattmann, 3rd – Fred Mitchell II

The Lower Tier opted into a Giant Round Robin of 10. 9 matches sounded good at 9:00 am but by noon a few of the guys thought it would never end.

1st – Ramaraj Gobinath (9-0), 2nd – Sergey Semenov (8-1), 3rd – Bowen Zhou (6-3), 4th – Reese Nordan (6-3), 5th -  Akhilesh Vigneshwaran (6-4)

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