A comprehensive review from Larry Hodges about the Nittaku Premium 40+ poly balls, available in October. What is it like? How sturdy and durable is it? How does it compare in size and hardness? What are the results of a bounce test? How does it perform when serving, blocking, looping, counter-driving, hitting, and chopping? How will it affect players of various playing styles?
To play well in a tournament you must be adaptable to the situation and be “tournament tough”. Samson Dubina gives excellent advice on specific ways to prepare and train so that you can adapt quickly for optimal performance. Adapting to various playing conditions, various tournament times, various warm-up levels, different fatigue levels, and various opponents are all elements for which you can prepare in order to maximize your performance when it matters the most.
If you are an offensive players, there are 2 aspects of the game that you need to master. The first aspect is creating the opportunity to attack first. The second is being consistent in your attack. I hear many club players telling themselves throughout the night, “Just use your attack!” Well that sounds nice, but how are you going to create the opportunity? Coach and US Team Member Samson Dubina elaborates on steps to take to master the attacking mindset.
How do you pull out a deuce game to victory? Samson Dubina shares several keys to keep in mind during the last points of the game, making the difference between victory and defeat. For example: “You don’t have to finish the match with a jaw-dropping, standing-ovation, counterloop roller around the net. Do what you need to do to win. Don’t try to play for the crowd and don’t play for the highlight film.”
I have a little homework assignment for you. Stand 2 feet away from a 5-gallon bucket and toss a penny into the bucket. Easy right? Now stand 2 feet away from a gallon of milk (with the lid off) and toss a penny into the milk container. This requires more aiming and more focus, right? The same is true in regards to your game. The amount of concentration that most players use is directly related to the task at hand.
Your opponent is attacking your short serve and you are frustrated that you can’t stop him from attacking your serve. What should you do? Well, you must realize that with modern equipment and modern strokes, he will likely be able to attack all of your serves, regardless of how spinny, how low, and how short you serve. The first key is to serve in such a way that he can’t tee-off hard on your serve.
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