Nittaku’s Fastarc G-1 Table Tennis Rubber Is Getting Great Reviews!

One of my best friends from Japan suggested that I try the new Nittaku rubber – Fastarc G-1. At first, I was a bit skeptical. I don’t like making equipment changes. After trying Fastarc, I know this is one of the best equipment changes that I have ever made. The powerful sponge teamed with the grippy top sheet is the perfect combination.

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Coaching Tip: Playing in Different Time Zones

It can be very tough playing well in tournaments after traveling, especially if you cross several time zones. For example, in the U.S., players on the east and west coast sometimes fly 3000 miles to play in the U.S. Open, USA Nationals, or North American Teams Championships. Often they play poorly, especially on the first day, and are frustrated. Sometimes they come back on day two and play well and conveniently “forget” how poorly they played the first day, and so never really figure out how to avoid it in the future.

Travel messes up your sleeping habits, with jet lag leading to fatigue. (So does dry air and varying air pressure, which can also cause nausea, as well as the general hassle of travel.) West coast players playing in east coast tournaments struggle to play effectively at 9AM, which is 6AM their time – meaning they probably had to get up at 4AM. East coast players have little trouble playing at 9AM in west coast tournaments, which is noon to them – but when they start playing in 7PM matches that go on until 9 or 10 PM, well, that’s past midnight for them. Junior players are especially vulnerable to this.

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Coaching Tip: Dealing with Cheaters and Poor Sportsmanship

How should one deal with people who cheat or have bad sportsmanship? There is a simple answer which would make this article very short: call for an umpire. However, umpires are not always available (and most of your matches will likely be practice matches anyway, where there are normally no umpires), so sometimes you’ll have to deal with this on your own, especially if it’s only poor sportsmanship, not outright cheating. Besides, you don’t want to call for an umpire every time you think an opponent looks at you funny, so when possible, deal with the problem on your own.

Cheaters cheat because they want to win. There are limits to how you can deal with this short of calling for an umpire. If the opponent simply calls the score wrong, the remedy might be to simply call the score out loud every point, so the score is absolutely clear to you, your opponent, and anyone watching. Cheaters don’t like this because it’s hard to argue about the score when it’s been called out loudly and clearly every point.

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Cheyenne Mountain Grad Signs Unusual Scholarship Based on Pingpong

With his red-and-black STIGA endorsed paddle Preiss has toured 11 countries and more than half the states showing off his forehand and backhand opposite his father Scott, racking up 30,000 miles a year.
This fall he’ll go from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo., one of the top table tennis colleges in the nation, to play table tennis and golf.

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5 Day Salem Training Camp Featuring Stellan Bengtsson

The Willamette Table Tennis Club located in Salem, Oregon is hosting a 5 day training camp featuring World Champion, Stellan Bengtsson. The camp begins Thursday, August 30 and goes through Monday, September 3. The camp is limited to the first 14 applicants so don’t delay! Check out the details and sign up.

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Coaching Tip: Serving Short with Spin

Many players face a devastating choice: Should you serve with lots of spin, with the serve going long and allowing the opponent to loop, or should you sacrifice spin, even serving with no spin, so you can keep the serve short? Actually, you can do both. In fact, the spinnier the serve, the easier it is to keep short.

Nearly every coach will tell you to first learn to serve with great spin. Holding back on the spin so you can serve short is a good way to develop a bad habit. When you can get great spin on the ball, then you learn to serve short – but this happens automatically. To get maximum spin, you need to whip the racket into the ball at full speed (using the arm to get the playing hand moving, and snapping the wrist into the ball just before contact) but barely graze the ball. Nearly all of the energy from your arm and wrist goes into spin. When that happens, the ball barely comes off the racket – and so it is easy to keep the ball short. Those who have difficulty serving short with spin are having trouble mostly because they are not grazing the ball finely enough – and so the solution isn’t to serve with less spin; it’s to serve with more spin by grazing the ball more.

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