Going for Gold? Make a Robot Your Next Table Tennis Partner

Cody Crook

Going for Gold? Make a Robot Your Next Table Tennis Partner

Whether you’re looking to emulate recent Olympic Gold Medalist Ma Long at an elite level or want to be able to best your friends and family at the next table tennis tournament, the only way to win is with practice.

Your partner? A Robo-Pong Robot by Newgy. 

The 2020 Summer Olympics (played in 2021!) are over, and there’s only three years to train for the Paris games in 2024. OK, OK, we know you’re probably not going to be trying out for the Olympic team… but who knows? Everyone must start somewhere! There are at least three things you’ll definitely need: A Coach, Practice time, and Patience. 

 

Put Me in, Coach!

Not everyone can afford a full-time coach, and for those who don’t have patient spouses or kids who are willing to serve shots in the basement over and over, what’s the solution? The answer is simple - and it’s already been invented - and perfected.

No, this isn’t something out of The Jetsons - it’s an ingenious way to get in repetitions and learn muscle memory so you can focus on strategy - not just basic mechanics.

Robo-Pong Robots by Newgy are table tennis robots that help ping-pong® enthusiasts up their game. Whether you’re playing for fun and recreation as healthy family fun, or you’re a competitive player on the international circuit, there’s a Robo-Pong Robot for you!

Newgy offers five different robots to fit your budget and needs - for home, office or other recreation space from the Super Pro Robo-Pong Table Tennis Robot to the Jr. Eagle Eye Robo-Pong Ping-Pong Robot.

These affordable products can help enhance hand-eye coordination and improve response time. Got a specific skill you want to work on? Easy. All Robo-Pong products will let you adjust the frequency, oscillation, and direction of balls. 

And Newgy doesn’t expect you to go it alone, either. Helpful videos can help you get started using your Robo-Pong right away. Got any questions? Tech support is just a click away. 

 

Practice Only Makes Perfect if You’re Doing it Right

If you’re practicing the wrong skills over and over, you won’t get any better. Luckily, all of Newgy’s Robo-Pong robots are designed to help you focus on the skills you most need to master – and they’re designed for easy assembly and use. You can simulate specific patterns, focus on different shot types, and learn how to respond to the most challenging situations to build muscle memory. 

Are you looking for training tips? You’re in luck. The experts who built Newgy Products are table tennis professionals. Just go to their coaching tips site to get great practice ideas. 

What if you just want to have fun? That’s great. Newgy is the first table tennis robot designed for recreation and health, too. The whole family can get in on the action. 

And when you’re done for the day, your Newgy Robo-Pong robot is simple to take down until you’re ready for your next training session.

 

Don’t Forget to Pack Your Patience

One last thing. Remember: The best players didn’t become that way overnight. Be gentle with yourself. Learn and study the game. Need a refresher? Newgy offers a free poster of the basic rules that you can print out and hang next to your table. 

Then find out about the best equipment. Newgy offers accessories like paddles, balls, nets, and other accouterments to help you get the most out of your Robo-Pong training experience. 

We can’t wait to hear about your experience with your Newgy. Let us know how you’re doing. Follow us, find tips and specials and share your story on Instagram or Facebook!

 

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5 Ways to Improve Your Table Tennis Game

Cody Crook

Are you a serious table tennis player looking for an extra edge? Or maybe just a weekend player looking to beat your buddy to enjoy bragging rights at the next neighborhood gathering?

Whether you play in the International Table Tennis Federation, your neighborhood circuit, or just your family league, there are 5 easy ways to give yourself an edge!

Have the Best Equipment

The best players know that talent sometimes isn’t enough to win. When two talented players are matched shot for shot, what can give you the upper hand is top-notch equipment. That’s why Robo-Pong by Newgy offers the highest quality Newgy Robo-Pong tennis table robots, tennis tables, paddles, balls, and other accessories for table tennis players.

Once you’ve gotten hooked on table tennis, your friends and family are sure to want to join in the fun! That’s why Newgy offers the Family Fun Bundle, which includes 2 Newgy Pro Series Paddles with 2 free cases, 2 Newgy Applause Paddles and 2 dozen white Robo-Balls.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The only way to get better at any skill is with repetition – and that’s especially true with table tennis. Developing strategies to respond to balls launched over the net at breakneck speed becomes more manageable when the response is generated from muscle memory. That’s where training tools like a table tennis robot can come in handy the most.

Newgy coaches recommend that you practice more than you compete and build in some practice games to work on new skills specifically. You can also use a Robo-Pong table tennis robot to focus on specific backspins, sidespins, frequency, and speed.

Keep Learning

Being a student of the game is essential, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran. Are you just starting out? Table Tennis product maker Newgy offers a Free Table Tennis (Ping-Pong®) Rules Poster that you can download and display near your table.

Then you can go back to the important things, like deciding once and for all who the real table tennis champion is!

Keep it Clean

While we DO encourage you to keep your profanity to a minimum (hey, this is a family sport!), we’re not talking about that. The best way to keep your equipment functioning in tip-top shape is to keep it clean.

Just like in any sport, you need to make time to care for your equipment – and the same is true to keep your Newgy Robo-Pong robot working at peak performance. The Newgy Service department offers support online 24-7 and on the phone to make sure your Robo-Pong is always ready to practice when you are.

 

Ask for Help

The best athletes have training partners and coaches. With Newgy Robo-Pong, you get both. Choose from five models: Super Pro Robo-Pong Table Tennis Robot, Pro Digital Robo-Pong Table Tennis Robot, Eagle Eye Robo-Pong Ping-Pong Robot, Jr. Pro Digital Robo-Pong Ping-Pong Robot, or Jr. Eagle Eye Robo-Pong Ping-Pong Robot, you’re sure to find a “partner” that’s perfect for your needs.

Then, enjoy helpful videos online to help you make the most of your new Robo-Pong. Finally, enjoy expert advice from some of Newgy’s best Table Tennis coaches.

We can’t wait to see how you’ll improve! Be sure to tag us on social media showing off your new skills with your Robo-Pong Robot by Newgy! #GameChanger #RoboPong

 

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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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Table Tennis Rally Statistics – Samson Dubina

Jena Newgarden1 comment
Statistics were taken for the length of the rallies at a professional table tennis tournament.  These statistics are fairly common across the board for all levels but differ based on game-style.

On average:

12% of serves are not returned

18% of points are won on the 2nd ball

26% of points are won on the 3rd ball

13% of points are won on the 4th ball

11% of points are won on the 5th ball

6% of points are won on the 6th ball

4% of points are won on the 7th ball

10% of points are won after the 7th ball

So as you can see, the serve, serve return, and 3rd ball attack are critically important during a table tennis match.  56% of the points do not last more than the 3rd hit.  For this reason, I would recommend practicing at least 56% of the time on the serve, serve return, and 3rd hit.

Serve

One of the best ways to improve your serve is to do it during a drill.  Instead of starting the drill with a warm-up serve, start each drill with a tournament serve such short backspin.  Ask your table tennis training partner to push long, next you loop the push, then you begin the footwork drill.

Serve Return

You probably have some serves that give you problems.  Ask your training partner to serve those problem serves again and again while thinking of new ways to return them.  Experiment by attacking slightly stronger or slightly slower, by pushing instead of looping, by adding to or stopping the sidespin, or countless types of returns.  In order to properly read the spin on a serve, you should watch the racket motion, listen to the contact, watch the bounce, and look for the logo on the ping-pong ball.

The 3rd Ball

Even if your opponent doesn’t miss your serve, he might give you an easy return in which you can attack.  If your 3rd ball attack is strong, it will put more pressure on your opponent to return more precisely.  When he tries to return shorter or lower or faster, he will begin making more mistakes.  Remember, it isn’t just about your serve in a table tennis rally. It’s also about what comes after your serve.

Samson Dubina

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What Age to Start Playing Table Tennis by Roger Dickson

Jena Newgarden
As the head coach at the Newgy Table Tennis Center, I get this question quite often. There really is not a simple answer as the motor skills of all children develop differently. In China they may test motor skills for sports as young as five years old!

Under Age Eight

My general rule of thumb is to introduce some basic racket skills and have a lot of fun for the younger ages. Remember that the attention span is very short with younger players, so short and simple instructions are very important.

Using the Newgy Robo-Pong table tennis robot is actually quite good as the ball can be adjusted to bounce twice in front of the player with good depth and height. Control the racket for the student when you first start until they can maintain the position by themselves to simply block the ball back over the net. This is just basic racket/ball control and will help them gain confidence. If you have a group of kids, using the Pong-Master with your Newgy Robo-Pong will allow them to compete against the machine and each other!

Eight to Ten Years Old

Starting to learn table tennis in this age range, the players will start to be able to do more active programs with footwork and racket position changes very quickly. Some of the first pre-programmed drills on the Newgy Robo-Pong 2050/1050were thought of with this age group in mind. Just add time to the WAIT ADJUSTMENT to give the kids a chance to learn the drills and speed them up to challenge them as them reach an 80% success rate.

Table tennis is a great cross training sport for all sports, so you can’t really start too young or too old!

Roger Dickson

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