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Samson Dubina: Devastating John Doe

samson2 You hear a tournament announcement for you to play your opening round against John Doe.  What?  You had mentally and physically prepared to play against Hou Yingchao.  Who is John Doe anyway?  What style does he play? What should be your tactics?


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…


Live Streaming of the World Junior Championships

Single Event Boys Group Round 2 at the Sun International 2016 World Junior Table Tennis Championships. 30 Nov - 7 Dec 2016, Cape Town (RSA)Live Streaming of the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championships – And rewatch the key finals matches. Visit Paddle Palace for updates.


Cyber Monday at Paddle Palace

Coupon CYBER10 and Cyber Monday Specials!Use Coupon Code CYBER10 for great deals at Paddle Palace.


Two More Days for Our Black Friday

New Blades & Free Case Offer! Two Days Left to take advantage of Paddle Palace’s Black Friday Deals.


Live Streaming of the Swedish Open

karlsson_1_19_11_16Live Streaming of the 2016 ITTF World Tour Swedish Open – And rewatch the key finals matches. Visit Paddle Palace for updates.


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.


Live Streaming of the European Championships

21144529965_806b7ee0bc_kLive Streaming of the 2016 European Championships – And rewatch the key finals matches. Visit Paddle Palace for updates.


TEAM STIGA – Current sponsored players and teams

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The current list of sponsored players and teams from STIGA.


STIGA’s Points of the Day Videos

STIGA has posted highlights from the Men’s and Women’s World Cup events. Check out the videos here.


Live Streaming of the Men’s World Cup

xuLive Streaming of the 2016 ITTF Men’s World Cup – And rewatch the key finals matches. Visit Paddle Palace for updates.


Nittaku Ball Review: Nittaku J-Top Training Ball

nittaku-ballsSamson Dubina reviews the Nittaku J-Top Training Ball. See the video here.


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…


Paddle Palace Club: Grand Opening October 1st

ppclubPaddle Palace Table Tennis will be hosting a grand opening of our new table tennis club at our facility Tigard, Oregon on Saturday October 1, 2016, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.


Live Streaming of the Belgium Open

belgiumLive Streaming of the 2016 ITTF World Tour Belgium Open – And rewatch the key finals matches. Visit Paddle Palace for updates.


Live Streaming of 2016 China Open

FAN1Live Streaming of the 2016 ITTF World Tour China Open – And rewatch the key finals matches. Visit Paddle Palace for updates.


ITTF Women’s World Cup (Philadelphia Oct 7-9): Event Schedule and Tickets

worldcupThe state-of-the-art Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University will host the World Cup, which features the 20 best women’s table tennis players on earth. This will be the first time an ITTF World Cup singles event has been hosted on North American soil.