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We are proud to have Samson as part of the Paddle Palace family. In recent years, Samson has achieved many titles while traveling to Europe, Asia, and throughout North America competing in nearly 400 tournaments over the last 20 years. Currently Samson is training, competing in tournaments, coaching the top players in the state of Ohio, and is now coaching the top players in America as a US National Team Coach.
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NITTAKU, PADDLE PALACE, and USATT are pleased to announce the selection of the NITTAKU 3-Star Premium Ball as the official ball of USA Table Tennis for 2012-2015. NITTAKU is the exclusive ball for the U.S. Open and the U.S. National Championships. NITTAKU 3-Star Premium ball has long been recognized by top players around the world as the highest quality ball. NITTAKU is the official ball for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Against a short serve, you can take the ball quick and rush the opponent, you can go for angles, and you can drop the ball short. So have a number of ways to mess up an opponent without actually attacking the serve. This is where you can get really creative.
Against a deep serve, you don’t have these options. You can’t rush the opponent with a quick shot, go for extreme angles, and you can’t return it short. If you return the deep serve passively, you are giving your opponent lots of time to set up his best shot. So don’t.
Since the beginning of 2008, I have been coaching table tennis for a living. Right now, I have eighteen students ranging from 600 level to 2200 level. In this article, I’m going to give twelve practical ways that I use to maximize my students’ potential.
Here’s the Six-Month Rule. If you work hard and improve, and are finally playing at a higher level in practice, you’ll generally need to do this for about six months of tournaments and practice matches before you’ll be able to consistently win at this level in tournaments. During those six months, you’ll probably battle closely with players who were much stronger than you until your recent improvement, and occasionally you’ll beat one, but mostly you’ll lose close matches that, afterwards, you’ll swear you should have won – often with good reason.
At the beginning/intermediate levels, most matches are won by whoever is more consistent. Great strengths haven’t yet developed, and so while players do have strengths, the matches are mostly won by whoever makes the least mistakes.
As you advance, this changes. At the intermediate/advanced level, matches are mostly won by whoever gets his strength into play. The looper wins if he gets his loop into play. The hitter wins if he gets his hitting into play. Even the steady player – and steadiness can be a strength at all levels – wins if he’s able to get into rallies where his steadiness prevails. And so on.
There are fewer things in life nicer than those first few shots with a brand new sheet of rubber right out of the package. This is especially true with a grippy sheet of inverted sponge, with its surface practically grabbing the ball and throwing it back at the opponent with topspin or whatever type of spin you choose.
If you take proper care of the inverted surface, your rubber can do this for a long time. However, many players do not clean their rubber, and so dust and grime collects on the surface, leading to a non-grippy, often inconsistent hitting surface. The ball starts to slide on the surface, and you lose spin and consistency.