Coaching Tip: Chalk Up Wins with Chop Blocks

What is a chop block? It is a block with backspin. Since long pips and (usually) hardbat automatically returns topspin as backspin, it is the norm for those surfaces. But with inverted (as well short pips to a lesser degree), a topspin ball is normally catapulted back with some topspin.

But what if the inverted blocker were to chop down on the ball at contact, thereby returning the incoming topspin as backspin? That is a chop block, and it can cause havoc with an opponent’s timing.

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Three STIGA / ICC Elite Table Tennis Team Players are Olympic Bound!

The Olympic trials are over and the results are in! All three STIGA/ICC Elite Table Tennis Team champions who competed for a coveted spot on the 2012 Olympic team made the cut. Ariel Hsing, Timothy Wang, and Lily Zhang are all headed to the London games this summer.

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Coaching Tip: Reverse Forehand Pendulum Serve

The most popular serve in table tennis is the forehand pendulum serve. (Here’s nine minutes of 2004 Olympic Champion Ryu Seung Min doing them, much of it in slow motion.) With this serve, the racket tip is down as you contact the ball with a right-to-left motion (for righties). And it’s a great serve – but it can be even more effective if you can vary it with the reverse pendulum serve variation.

The most under-used serve in table tennis is the forehand reverse pendulum serve. This is the reverse of the normal forehand pendulum serve, with the racket moving left-to-right at contact. It seems awkward at first, but is surprisingly easy to learn.

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STIGA Inks Official Table Sponsorship for the 2013 and 2015 World Team Cup

 
Mats Bandstigen, the Sports President and Chief Executive Officer of STIGA, was delighted with the agreement.
“STIGA is very happy and proud to become the Official Table Supplier of the World Team Cup 2013 and 2015”, he explained. “This important STIGA sponsorship is the latest of many efforts by STIGA to support table tennis worldwide.”

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