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Samson Dubina: The Tactical Mind

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Just like any other table tennis skills, developing a tactical mindset takes discipline. As I work through the various styles over the coming weeks and teach you how to play against various opponents, I want you to understand that you too can think of your own tactics. I’m not very smart, I’m just an average guy. However, I do spend quality time thinking. You too can develop this same discipline

Samson Dubina: Devastate the Offensive Blocker

samson2 There are many different types of choppers; however, I’m going to lump all the choppers together
into two categories – offensive choppers and defensive choppers. Today, I’ll be talking about the offensive chopper, he likes to go back from the table, chopping with pips on his backhand, while fishing and counterlooping with his forehand. Even though he is away from the table, he is looking for the opportunity to move in and smash with his backhand or loop with his forehand. He wins about half of his points with consistency and half with his power shots

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: 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.

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…

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