Author Archives: Paddle Palace

Interview with Paralympian Csonka on Mental Preparation (by Dora Kurimay)

doraI had a chance to interview Andras Csonka, a table tennis player and Paralympic silver medalist (category Man Class 8) about his mental preparation for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Andras shared with me that his journey to become a silver medalist at the Paralympics was a long one.

Live Streaming of the European Championships

21144529965_806b7ee0bc_kLive Streaming of the 2016 European Championships – And rewatch the key finals matches. Visit Paddle Palace for updates.

TEAM STIGA – Current sponsored players and teams

xuxin-teamstiga

The current list of sponsored players and teams from STIGA.

STIGA’s Points of the Day Videos

STIGA has posted highlights from the Men’s and Women’s World Cup events. Check out the videos here.

Live Streaming of the Men’s World Cup

xuLive Streaming of the 2016 ITTF Men’s World Cup – And rewatch the key finals matches. Visit Paddle Palace for updates.

Nittaku Ball Review: Nittaku J-Top Training Ball

nittaku-ballsSamson Dubina reviews the Nittaku J-Top Training Ball. See the video here.

Samson Dubina: Bad Strokes?

samson2In order to get the timing correct, it is important that you move into position quickly so that you aren’t diving at the ball.  The longer the racket stay in front of your body, the easier it is to “time” the ball.  If you take your racket back too quickly and wait for 1.5 seconds in your backswing, then you are likely to whiff the ball, especially against a long-pips-type floating shot.

Samson Dubina: Looping Flips

samson2When looping a long push, you have about 0.5 seconds to react to the push.  When looping a fast flip, you have about ½ that time.  In order to loop a fast flip from near the table, you need to shorten your backswing on your loop using mostly wrist on the backhand and using mostly forearm on the forehand with a slight waist rotation.  Most players error…

Paddle Palace Club: Grand Opening October 1st

ppclubPaddle Palace Table Tennis will be hosting a grand opening of our new table tennis club at our facility Tigard, Oregon on Saturday October 1, 2016, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Live Streaming of the Belgium Open

belgiumLive Streaming of the 2016 ITTF World Tour Belgium Open – And rewatch the key finals matches. Visit Paddle Palace for updates.

Live Streaming of 2016 China Open

FAN1Live Streaming of the 2016 ITTF World Tour China Open – And rewatch the key finals matches. Visit Paddle Palace for updates.

ITTF Women’s World Cup (Philadelphia Oct 7-9): Event Schedule and Tickets

worldcupThe state-of-the-art Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University will host the World Cup, which features the 20 best women’s table tennis players on earth. This will be the first time an ITTF World Cup singles event has been hosted on North American soil.

New STIGA Equipment (Offers Valid 8/23/16 – 8/30/16)

2016_aug23_newstiga2New STIGA Rubber and Blades are on a One-Week-Introductory-Special (8/23 – 8/30)! We have the new STIGA rubbers, Genesis (smooth), Sculpture (long pips) and Structure (short pips)! Also the new STIGA blades: Eternity VPS V, Carbonado 90, Carbonado 45! Some Penhold versions too! At over 15% off, now is the time to try out something new and great!

Samson Dubina: Targeting the Transition

samson2Over and over again, I hear coaches at tournaments wisely reminding their students about the importance of ball placement, especially placement to the middle transition ball to jam the opponent. However, these same coaches never give their students SPECIFIC drills in the training hall to help to learn to find the middle and attack the middle. In this article, I’m going to give you the reasons for attacking the middle then a few drills that might help you get started.

Samson Dubina: Serve Return

samson2About 95% of all players say that serve return is their biggest problem. #1 Strokes: In order to return very spinny serves, it is vitally important that you know how to stroke the ball with spin so that you can loop, chop, push, or flip the serve. Blocking the serve is rarely ever a good option. By generating your own spin, you…

Olympians’ Equipment: Play Like the Pros with Paddle Palace

olympians-small When the best in the World battled in Rio, each used the combination of equipment that gave them the best chance to win.  Each has a different combination (likely taking their sponsors into account), often mixing rubber types and even mixing brands.  Find your personal best combination at Paddle Palace.  Click on the links below for additional equipment information from these six medalists

Champagne Showers: German Team Party Nights in Rio

-h300_rio_2016_boll_sekt_dusche_foto_dttb_350b The DTTB team celebrated in the German House in Rio their medals – with champagne showers, caipirinha and music. Present were other prominent athletes, friends, acquaintances and even a star pianist. The return of the team from Sugar began on Thursday evening. The joy of the home is large. Much time to breathe not remain especially Timo Boll, for the Tokyo 2020 goal. The night was short for DTTB Men: Because mandatory press conference of the DOSB at 9 pm takes place, the bronze medalist remained the same in the German house…

Nittaku Practice Balls: The Best Balls in the Sport are Made in Japan

bnajkThe new Made in Japan poly 40+ practice balls are now available! Save over 15% with our Introductory Special! (Offer Ends August 10!) These are the high-quality, affordably priced, Made in Japan Nittaku practice balls that players have been waiting for! Made of the same outstanding material as the Nittaku Premium 40+ balls, you can now enjoy good practice balls that play like the real deal!

Samson Dubina: Fun, Active, Educational

samson2Between pitches in baseball, the batter steps out of the batter’s box to re-focus. The same thing is true in table tennis; the pros often call this the “think circle.” Between points, step back about 4-6 feet away from the table and draw an imaginary circle around yourself and collect your thoughts in your think circle.

Samson Dubina: The Think Circle

samson2Between pitches in baseball, the batter steps out of the batter’s box to re-focus. The same thing is true in table tennis; the pros often call this the “think circle.” Between points, step back about 4-6 feet away from the table and draw an imaginary circle around yourself and collect your thoughts in your think circle.