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Samson Dubina: Fix It or Trash It

samson2I would recommend fixing a particular stroke when it is a core aspect of winning.  Let’s examine one of your previous matches…   In last tournament, you were in the finals of the u2100 event.  Your opponent kept serving long.  If you blocked or pushed his serve, he followed-up with a deadly smash.  When you tried to loop the serve, you were missing most of your loops long against his heavy sidespin-topspin long serve.  Fix it or trash it?

Samson Dubina: Follow the Example of Sarah Jalli

samson2When I coached table tennis in a school program, I was coaching up to 90 kids per day.  Over the last 20 years, I have seen thousands of kids play (or attempt to play) table tennis.  Sarah Jalli is one of my top juniors and recently went up 1000 rating points in 10 months and is now ranked #4 in the US for her age.  With the right environment and a great work ethic, Sarah definitely has Olympic potential.  So why is it that some kids rise to the top and others stay at the lower level?

Samson: Backhand Footwork – Is It Necessary?

samson2Typically, playing about 60-65% forehand and about 35-40% backhand will allow you to cover the table best.  However, for some of my students, I give some flexibility as each player/style/age/conditioning/body type is unique.  Because the forehand zone is larger, most players practice forehand footwork or full-table footwork.  I have rarely seen players practicing backhand footwork.

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