Category Archives: Coaches and Players

Samson Dubina: Devastate the Smart/Dumb Guy

samson2Some players know how to anticipate and adjust quite well during a match, usually these players are viewed as being “SMART”; while others don’t anticipate and don’t adjust well. On the surface, this article might seem like common sense, but this there is much more depth here. Let’s dig in…

Samson Dubina: Devastate the Top Dog

samson2Everyone wants to pull off the biggest upset of the tournament – that is everyone’s aspiration when entering a tournament. In this article, I’m going to outline some of the major keys that can turn your dream into a reality.

Samson Dubina: Devastate the One-Wing Looper

samson2If your opponent’s primary shot is an extreme topspin attack, he is considered a looper. Loopers can play far from the table or close to the table; some loopers are penholders while others use the shakehands grip, some loop from both forehand and backhand and some just forehand. In this article, I’m going to describe the opponent who loops with just his forehand.

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: Devastate the Defensive Chopper

samson2 In table tennis, there are two general player types. There are players who win most of their points by
hitting strong shots; against these opponents, you need to stop their big guns. Then, there are…

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.

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…

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…

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.

Dima Ovtcharov: Busy Property

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At the Olympic Games in Rio the German Team will be led by Germany’s No. 1 Dimitrij Ovtcharov. So far, he has always felt comfortable at the Olympics – two games, three medals. We talked to the 27-year-old about the Olympics and…

Timo Boll Wins Hamm Olympic Test

-w300_olympia_vorbereitungs_turnier_hamm_2016_siegerehrung_foto_fl_400bTimo Boll won the Olympic test tournament in Hamm (16 July 2016). In the final, the current European champion left World No. 9 Vladimir Samsonov no chance. In the semifinals, Boll had claimed a seven set victory in the internal German duel against Dimitrij Ovtcharov.

USATT National Championships

Nationals-SM-version-A(1)The National Table Tennis Championships is underway in Las Vegas (July 3 – 8). Over 700 players in almost a hundred events will compete this week in one of the featured table tennis events of the year. This is an Olympic Year and all six US Olympic athletes will be competing…

Samson Dubina: Multi-Tasking

samson2At the lower-levels, it is critically important to unit-task, to focus exclusively on one particular skill and get it right. With many of my students who are rated 300-800, I will focus exclusively on their forehand loop or backhand push for 20-30 minutes and …