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“Driving home for Christmas” is not just a Christmas hit by Chris Rea, but also the motto of most of our table tennis stars. During the holidays, they set aside the bat and enjoy the peace in the family circle. We have asked some of our Olympic heroes how they spend Christmas and what they want under the Christmas tree.
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.
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
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