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Table Tennis Tidbits by Robert Ho: 2016 China Super League

SuperLeagueThe China Super League consists of teams composed of players from China and other countries. The players from China include both the currently top 4 men and women respectively who are familiar to fans, because they are the chosen ones for the World Tour. The other Chinese players are infrequently seen on the world stage or not at all. The non Chinese players are usually among the best from…

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.

Interview with Georgina Pota: “When the Adrenaline Level Goes Up”(by Dora Kurimay)

dora I had a chance to interview the vibrant Gerorgina (Gina) Pota who is currently No. 33 in the world and she is a multiple European Champion and participated in three Olympics. Gina besides playing table tennis likes to spend time with fiancé boyfriend, friends and family and she prioritizes maintaining the right balance between her professional and personal life.

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.

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…

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.

Samson Dubina: Breaking 2600

samson2 What does it take go from the club level to the elite level? This is the question hundreds of players are asking. Before giving you the answer, I’m going to refute 2 myths. Myth #1 – The Formula: The first myth that is always mentioned in table tennis circles is …

TIBHAR eLEARNING Website

1514948_10153258598109124_7945331333008635257_n eLeanring: Your Career Starts Now. The NEW Tibhar Website offers basic stroke techniques for your review. Fast forward, pause, rewind… All the tools you need to improve your game.

Samson Dubina: Peak Performance

samson2 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.

Samson Dubina: Good, Better, Best

samson2 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.

Samson Dubina: Inside Information

samson2 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.