11 Ways of Improving While At Home

Newgy Robo-Pong

Do you have a Newgy table tennis robot? Is your robot training boring? Yes, possibly, if you are knocking the same ball into a machine for 6 hours/day. What can you do to make your robot sessions more interesting and more effective for your improvement during this lockdown? In this new coaching article, I'm going to briefly outline 11 things that you can do to make your robot sessions at home more effective! Try them out and let us know what you think!

#1Add Variations
There are two aspects of rallies - adjusting for the incoming ball and making the opponents adjust to your shots. The same thing applies to robot training - you need to setup drills that give variations to you so that you need to adjust, and at the same time giving variations to the imagined opponent... speed variations, spin variations, placement variations, height variations, depth variations, and shot type variations.

#2 Simulate Real Games
You will have your most focused training sessions when you picture a real opponent - think about your current rival - Kanak Jha or Matt Hetherington or Adam Bobrow or Roger Dickson or Chester Taylor or Erick Chamblee on the other side of the table. Setup scenarios that they often play, such as... short serve to the forehand followed up by consistent rally to the backhand followed by a fast punch to the middle. Setup 4 or 5 or 6 ball games. In order to score, you need to make the 5 balls on. Keep score to 11 and see if you can make progress during the coming days in beating Mike Boyd

#3 Be Efficient
Before starting any robot training day, make a plan to what you are doing. Start off with doing 20-30 min/day with goals for each drill and times for each drill. Between drills, use the time efficiently and mix in serve practice and/or fitness training.

#4 Count Your Hits
When playing against an opponent, you realize that you lost the first game 11-1 and are down 8-2 in the second. When playing with the robot, you don't get feedback on your successes. So start counting. Do a drill with 20 balls and see if you can land 16/20 every time. If you are getting 20/20, then push the limits for added speed, added depth, or different variations on your own shots. If you are getting 8/20, then focus more on consistency aspects - are you getting in the right position, are you timing it correctly, are you watching the ball fully to your racket - are you playing within your most consistent zone. If you aren't counting, you probably don't know exactly how you are doing.

#5 Record Yourself
You likely have a smartphone or tablet. Record your drills and watch them during water breaks. Learn to coach yourself. No matter what level you are, it is important to have a personal coach. In addition to your personal coach, you also need to be giving yourself advice session by session... drill by drill... and even hit by hit! What kinds of thing should you be looking for? The list is endless, by here are a few things for starters.
How is your distance from the table?
How is your response to the incoming ball?
How is your feeling or action on the ball?
How is your placement?
How is your recovery for the next hit?
How is your breathing?
And thousands of other observations...

#6 Have Fun With Robot Positions
The most underused aspect of robot training is changing the position of the robot in your table tennis room. Try putting it on a chair and moving it back from the table - move it to the side of the table - even move it on the floor and have it throw lobs to the ceiling. Different positions give you a different feel, and that is really what you want. You don't want to be getting the same exact ball again and again. You want variations... sometimes simulating Sarah Jalli firing hard from point blank range and sometimes simulating Chance Friend at mid-distance and sometimes simulating Sid Khandelwal lobbing sidespin from the barrier. The more variation you get, the more you are practicing for real opponents - it makes it more challenging and more enjoyable.

#7 Try Something New
Are you stuck at home for weeks on end with no tournaments in sight? Well NOW is the time to try something new. Develop an off-speed block or learn a sidespin push or experiment with a backhand chop or practice looping around the net or learn to loop from different positions to different positions or experiment with the Yoshimura serve. Adding some new things to your game could pay off BIG TIME in the future and now is the season to try it.

#8 Focus on Placement
When playing against a human, it is vitally important to be consistent so that you can both get a good training session. It is tough to push the placement limits during a footwork drill trying to go for extremely angled shots or extremely deep loops in the last 4" of the table. However, the robot doesn't care if you miss!!! Think about that. Now is your chance to really learn to hit wide with precision. Consider even adding targets to the table. Just make sure the targets aren't too small. I once had to do a robot repair with someone who got an action figure jammed in the robot!

#9 Do It Together
Now is the best time to connect with your family. Instead of doing robot training by yourself in the garage, ask your wife or son or daughter to join you! Set the robot up for a beginner drill - they do a 2 min beginner drill and you do a 2 min advanced drill. Robot training is something fun for the whole family!

#10 Take Notes
You will have better sessions if you spend just a few minutes on note-taking! Before you begin, take 1-2 min to write down some goals for the session, write notes on your progress during the session, and write some closing thoughts. You have heard the expression, "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." This is true for your robot sessions as well. Map out your session and see if you can reach your goals!

#11 Upload Your Session to Social Media
We would love to see what you are doing at home. Record a 1-min session and upload it to Instagram or Facebook or even Youtube. Send us a link and let us know how your sessions are going. We would love to see how this article impacted your robot sessions and would love to see you having FUN and making progress during this difficult time! Be safe & stay home!

Samson Dubina

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2014 Tennessee Senior Olympics – Table Tennis, State Finals Results

Jena Newgarden
Congratulations to all the winners and everyone that competed in the 2014 Tennessee Senior Table Tennis Olympics this week in Franklin, Tennessee.  A special congrats to Newgy’s own Mr. Newgarden and Larry Thoman for bringing home the gold in their age groups!

Men’s Singles, 50-54

First Place – Donny Flowers

Second Place – Slawomir Waclawik

Third Place – Jonathan Foulds

Men’s Singles, 55-59

First Place – Larry Thoman

Second Place – Dennis Rountree

Third Place – Richard Bartelt

Men’s Singles, 60-64

First Place – Phil Yan

Second Place – Charles Collins

Third Place – Kenneth Simcox

Men’s Singles, 70-74

First Place – David Cass

Second Place – Everett Hunley

Third Place – Charles Kolitz

Men’s Singles, 75-79

First Place – John Edd Walker

Second Place – Paul Barnhart

Third Place – Jack Daves

Men’s Singles, 80-84

First Place – Dwain Kitchel

Second Place – Billy Neely

Third Place – Joe Camp

Men’s Singles, 85-90

First Place – Joe Newgarden, Jr.

Second Place – Sam Gennoe

Third Place – Robert Carpenter

Men’s Singles, 90-94

First Place – George Durr

Second Place – Ray Lundell

Women’s Singles, 50/80/85

First Place – Yiqing (Linda) Liu

Second Place – Sheila Arwine

First Place – Maureen Meeks

Women’s Singles, 55-59

First Place – Liliana Kohann

Second Place – Lyn Nunley

Women’s Singles, 60-64

First Place – Carol Sherman

Second Place – Phyllis Finnell

Women’s Singles, 65-69

First Place – Linda Cass

Second Place – Suzanne Glendenning

Third Place – Anne Paine

Women’s Singles, 70-74

First Place – Alice Tym

Second Place – Sondra Tornga

Third Place – Donna Beeler

Women’s Singles, 75-79

First Place – Ruth Gove

Second Place – Joyce Manis

Third Place – Mary Walker

Women’s Doubles, 50-54/55-59

First Place – Liliana Kohann and Yiqing (Linda) Liu

Second Place – Lyn Nunley and Sheila Arwine

Women’s Doubles, 65-69

First Place – Suzanne Glendenning and Linda Cass

Second Place – Anne Paine and Barbara Nelson

Women’s Doubles, 70-74/75-79

First Place – Alice Tym and Ruth Gove

Second Place – Sondra Tornga and Joyce Manis

Men’s Doubles, 50-54

First Place – Larry Thoman and Slawomir Waclawik

Second Place – Jonathan Foulds and Archie Jordan

Third Place – Donny Flowers and Carl Lewis

Men’s Double, 55-59

First Place – Dennis Rountree and Richard Bartelt

Second Place – Donald Rohrer and Ronald Riede

Third Place – Michael Nunley and Tommy Gates

Mens Doubles, 60-64/75-79

First Place – Charles Collins and David Cass

Second Place – Sam Gennoe and Jack Daves

Third Place – John Edd Walker and Charles Trail

Men’s Doubles, 65-69

First Place – Jim Campbell and Sanders

Second Place – Paul Barnhart and Ron Sullivan

Third Place – Mike Pethel and Phillip Kropp

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The Newgy Table Tennis Center – Pierce Scott

Jena Newgarden

When I went in the front door, I saw the pro shop on my right that sells various table tennis items and equipment, and their offices just past that. Next, I went past their lounge area and then on to the main playing arena. The next room is called their “Robot Room” where there were five Robo-Pong table tennis robots set up. The Center has the Olympic red mat flooring and was very nice.

Now on to my training. I was introduced to Coach Barney Reed, Sr., who was very nice and hands on with his teaching. We started off slow with just a warm-up drill while Coach watched. We then went into more detailed things. He saw one of my problems was with my footwork and where my feet were actually going on the ground. He got some tape and taped it on the ground where he wanted my feet to go. This was helpful seeing each time where he specifically wanted me.

As this part of the session was coming to an end, we moved towards the end of the room where there was a ping-pong® table set up that can be lowered for little kids. Part of the training at the Newgy Table Tennis Center includes filming different aspects of the training so the Coach can analyze it, point out certain things to the student later and then improve on them.

When we came back from lunch it was now time to actually hit with the Coach. We warmed up and did some drills. He corrected me throughout the drills and really helped me apply what I learned on the robot to the real game. We closed it out with a match. The area where you play matches is very spacious, closed and individual courts and also had the same Olympic red mat flooring. Overall I would give my experience an A+ at the Newgy Table Tennis Training Center.

Pierce Scott

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Free Newgy Robo-Pong Training Seminar

Jena Newgarden
FREE Newgy Robo-Pong Training Seminar at the Newgy Table Tennis Center in Gallatin, Tennessee!


Do you want to improve your table tennis game so you can beat your friends or win an upcoming tournament? Thinking about getting the Newgy Robo-Pong to help with this? Or maybe you already have one but don’t know just how much it can do.


Here’s your chance!

Maximize your Newgy Robo-Pong: Learn how to best utilize all the features of your robot to improve your table tennis game!

  • Spin and shot selection, head angle adjustments
  • Oscillation, ball speed and ball frequency
  • Randomization controls
  • Pre-programmed drills
  • Programming your own customized drills
  • Plus, much more!

See how the Robo-Pong can improve your table tennis skills while having fun and getting a workout all at the same time! This seminar will consist of both demonstrations and play/practice with the Robo-Pong and other seminar attendees.

This seminar is FREE to the first 25 people to sign up! Sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 days!


Friday, Oct. 28, 2011:  6-9 pm

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011:  9 am-5 pm

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011:  9 am-12 Noon

First come, first serve basis; Men, women, all ages and all skill levels!

Taught by USATT Certified Coaches Carl Hardin and Roger Dickson


Newgy Table Tennis Training Center

805 Teal Drive, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066 USA




To sign-up for this free seminar, email robopong@newgy.com or call 1-800-556-3949 to reserve your spot!

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Michael Landers: Newgy’s New Sponsored Table Tennis Player

Jena Newgarden
Newgy Industries, Inc. is proud to sponsor Michael Landers. Michael is the 2009 U.S. Men’s Singles Champion. Michael is the youngest male table tennis player to achieve that title in history at just 15 years old. He is also currently on the US Junior Team and is the reigning U.S. Junior Boys Champion.

Michael is 16 years old and lives in Old Westbury, New York. He is coached by Ernesto Ebuen and plays at SPiN New York and the New York Table Tennis Club. Michael has been playing table tennis since he was 10 years old.

When Michael is not playing table tennis, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends and always loves to meet new people.  He likes listening to music, exercising, and sleeping.

Competition Record:

2010 U.S. National Junior Singles- 1st Place

2010 Men’s and Junior Team

2010 Youth Olympic Games- Boys PanAm Qualifier

2009 U.S. National Championships- Men’s Singles Champion

2009 World Junior Circuit Canada- Cadet Teams First Place

2009 North American Championships- Cadet Boys Champion

2008 Canada Cup Open Doubles Champion

2005 Juniors Olympics- U-12 Boys Silver and Doubles Gold

2007-2011 National Team Member

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FREE Newgy Robo-Pong Training Seminar with USATT Certified Coach Carl Hardin

Jena Newgarden
Maximize your Newgy Robo-Pong: Learn how to best utilize all the features of your robot
  • Oscillation, ball speed and ball frequency
  • Spin and shot selection, head angle adjustments
  • Randomization controls
  • Pre-programmed drills
  • Programming your own customized drills
  • Plus, much more!

Improve your table tennis game while having fun and getting fit all at the same time! This seminar will consist of both demonstrations and hands-on activity.

This seminar is available for FREE to any Newgy Robo-Pong (2050, 2040, 1050, 1040 or 540) owner. Sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 days!

Friday, March 18, 2011: 6-10 pm                                                                                                                                                    Saturday, March 19, 2011: 9 am-6 pm                                                                                                                                            Sunday, March 20, 2011: 8 am-12 Noon

Up to 10 people in each session; First come, first serve basis; Men, women, all ages and all skill levels!

Newgy Table Tennis Training Center:  805 Teal Drive, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066 USA

Carl Hardin Bio

Carl Hardin is a USATT certified Assistant International Table Tennis Coach. Carl has coached Bob Powell- the previous six-time Ohio State Table Tennis Champion, Samson Dubina- six-time Ohio State Table Tennis Champion and 2009 United States Olympic Table Tennis Team Member, as well as Pierce Scott- the 2009 National AAU Junior Table Tennis Champion. Carl currently conducts Table Tennis clinics in the Ohio Tri-State area and demonstrates how to use the Newgy Robo-Pong table tennis robot for fun, fitness and training.

To reserve your spot, or for more information, call 1-800-556-3949 or email robopong@newgy.com.

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Flat-Hitting with the Newgy Robo-Pong by Eric Owen

Jena Newgarden
Whenever players first start out in table tennis they typically want to start looping right from the beginning. They go to a tournament or watch videos of world-class table tennis players and see them looping every ball that goes over the net. What beginners neglect to realize is that these players have been looping for many years and certainly didn’t learn to loop as their first stroke. I can promise you that nearly every one of them began with the flat hit prior to looping, and the Newgy Robo-Pong table tennis robot is the perfect tool to learn this technique.

Set the robot up so that a slow-paced, topspin ball is going to one corner (either forehand or backhand). As the ball approaches, remember to use proper timing and backswing at the same speed as the ball. Do not focus on using the wrist on either forehand or backhand, but rather let the wrist flow naturally. After backswinging the same speed as the ball, contact the ball out in front of your body and follow through where you want to hit the ball. The follow through is very important when trying to control ball placement. You never want to cut it short, and it should be very relaxed and smooth. At the end of the follow through, return to the ready position and repeat. Try to contact every ball slightly away from the middle of the blade toward the outside edge. Every contact should be at the same location on the blade, and you can monitor this by looking at the marks on the rubber from the contact of the ball. If you have spots all over your rubber, then you are not being consistent in your contact and your control will suffer. Do this drill until you can comfortably hit each ball with very few mistakes and have proper contact. Once the forehand is mastered, move on to the backhand and vice-versa. You can increase the difficulty by increasing oscillation and speed of your Newgy Robo-Pong table tennis robot. When you can comfortably maintain a setting of 10 on oscillation AND speed, you are ready to begin looping.

Train Hard!


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