Category: Samson Dubina
I 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?
Pushing is one of the most neglected strokes in table tennis. By applying these principles of timing, angle, wrist, and placement, you will be on your way to having a better serve return, controlling the short game, and forcing errors from your opponent! As with any stroke, it takes months and month of intentional practice!
When 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?
Typically, 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.
In August, Samson Dubina began the process of preparing for the Olympic Trials. Because of the structure of the Olympics, its a long and difficult road for all of those trying – with only 1 to 3 male athletes able to represent the United States in the sport of Table Tennis. Samson is currently on the short list of favorites, with a ranking in the Top 8.
One of the most frequently asked questions is.. “Samson, why do you do drills? Wouldn’t it be better to exclusively play matches each day?”
IN ORDER TO SLOW DOWN YOUR OPPONENT, YOU MUST FORCE HIM TO MAKE A DECISION. Let me explain…
Many professional players peak for certain tournaments each year. By having a systematic training cycle, these players can perform well at the important tournaments. There are usually four parts to the six-month season: Pre-season, in-season, the peak tournament, and post-season. In this article, I’m going to briefly outline how you can learn to peak for that one important tournament six months from now.
Most players have Good practice sessions on a weekly basis but it isn’t THE BEST! Many players continue practicing the same things over and over without pushing themselves to improve their spin, placement, variation, power, and shot selection.
When hitting backhands, many table tennis players do a great job hitting to different locations. Because they are able to bend at the wrist, these players are easily able to contact the inside of the ball, the back of the ball, and the outside of the ball in order to hit to different locations.
It sometimes feels to me that table tennis players go through post-traumatic-table-tennis-rating-point-loss-disorder. Often, at the conclusion of a match, players seem traumatized.
You needed to take that match serious, even when your opponent was rated much below you. By waking up early enough to eat a good breakfast, by jogging and stretching, by playing a few practice matches, by doing a bit of research on your opponent, and by mentally gearing up prior to the match, you should have given your best from the very first hit!
Many aspiring coaches talk to me about improving their coaching skills. I feel that the most important aspect is developing early credibility. So how do you establish credibility when you were never a good player, never a good coach, and never had any elite students?
Today, I would like to share a few tips with you regarding table tennis celebration. These principles can apply to you regardless if you are competing in your first recreational tournament, competing in an average USATT tournament, or playing for a gold medal in the Olympics.
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Samson Dubina shares some tips for effective serving, followed by a video demo of backhand loop.
Most offensive players try to serve short and receive short. If you are an offensive player, I would recommend that you use this strategy… most of the time. If you serve long and push long, then your opponent will have plenty of swinging room and likely loop first, forcing you into a defensive position. A short, low serve is much more difficult to attack because the table is in the pathway of the loop. However, after you have used this strategy for several points, your smart opponent will probably catch on and begin pushing back short…
This short read gives a tip on a simple word for students to avoid, and a simple word for coaches to avoid. The mental and emotional game is every bit as important as the physical game, and these pearls of wisdom from Coach Samson Dubina are a good lesson to keep in mind.
When serving, many players focus on height, deception, speed, spin, and placement. These elements are very important. However, the main reason that you need when practicing serving is to develop precision. If you have control over your serve, it is easy to control the rally when you are serving. Here are a few consequences of having poor precision, followed by how to master the skill of precision and control on your serve.
Sometimes players will work very hard over the summer training many hours each day. But at the end of the summer, they play in a table tennis tournament and are very disappointed with their results. They might have spent thousands of dollars traveling to China, hiring pro coaches, and giving great effort… but still they didn’t have the expected results. Yet other times, players will take a break for a few weeks and practice very little. Without expecting much from their first tournament of the season, these players are sometimes surprised with amazing results! Why?!