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Adapt Quickly to be Tournament Tough, by Samson Dubina

samson1_croppedTo play well in a tournament you must be adaptable to the situation and be “tournament tough”. Samson Dubina gives excellent advice on specific ways to prepare and train so that you can adapt quickly for optimal performance. Adapting to various playing conditions, various tournament times, various warm-up levels, different fatigue levels, and various opponents are all elements for which you can prepare in order to maximize your performance when it matters the most.

The Attacking Mindset, by Samson Dubina

If you are an offensive players, there are 2 aspects of the game that you need to master. The first aspect is creating the opportunity to attack first. The second is being consistent in your attack. I hear many club players telling themselves throughout the night, “Just use your attack!” Well that sounds nice, but how are you going to create the opportunity? Coach and US Team Member Samson Dubina elaborates on steps to take to master the attacking mindset.

Winning Deuce Games, by Samson Dubina

How do you pull out a deuce game to victory? Samson Dubina shares several keys to keep in mind during the last points of the game, making the difference between victory and defeat. For example: “You don’t have to finish the match with a jaw-dropping, standing-ovation, counterloop roller around the net. Do what you need to do to win. Don’t try to play for the crowd and don’t play for the highlight film.”

Concentration, by Samson Dubina

I have a little homework assignment for you. Stand 2 feet away from a 5-gallon bucket and toss a penny into the bucket. Easy right? Now stand 2 feet away from a gallon of milk (with the lid off) and toss a penny into the milk container. This requires more aiming and more focus, right? The same is true in regards to your game. The amount of concentration that most players use is directly related to the task at hand.

Serving Against a Strong Attacker, by Samson Dubina

OvtcharovYour opponent is attacking your short serve and you are frustrated that you can’t stop him from attacking your serve. What should you do? Well, you must realize that with modern equipment and modern strokes, he will likely be able to attack all of your serves, regardless of how spinny, how low, and how short you serve. The first key is to serve in such a way that he can’t tee-off hard on your serve.

Ratings and Skills, by Samson Dubina

Samson Ready  croppedOften times, table tennis players will wrongly associate ratings with skills. Just because an opponent has a certain rating doesn’t necessarily mean that your opponent can or cannot do certain skills. For example… I asked my 1800-rated student why he wasn’t attacking his (2100-rated) opponent’s half-long serve. My student responded by saying that because his opponent was rated 2100, he assumed that all his serves were short.

Choosing the Right Equipment to Match Your Table Tennis Playing Style

Yahao US Nat 2012

Yahao Zhang, 2012, U-21 US National Champion tells how how important matching the right table tennis equipment to the style of game you want to play. In order to play your best game, you’ll need to know how your equipment will affect the ball. In this article Yahao will focus on the thickness and hardness of sponge and the way it affects your shot quality.

How Children Benefit from Playing Table Tennis

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Kids love table tennis. Even starting as young as five years old, kids love the excitement. Unfortunately, many parents don’t see the real benefits table tennis has to offer. I hear many coaches trying to convince parents to have their kids take lessons because the kids can travel or get a college scholarship. These things sound good, but what table tennis does best is develop character. Here’s how.

STIGA California State Open Tournament: Dec 7-9 2012

Registration for the 2012 STIGA California State Open is now open. Check out the variety of play options in this well know table tennis tournament. Hosted by ICC, in Milpitas, CA. this year’s event continues a tradition of high caliber players honing their craft as they get ready for the US National Championships. Entry form and rules can be downloaded or printed out for easy entry!

Review of new plastic Table Tennis Ball

Australian Olympian William Henzell received a proto-type of the new plastic table tennis ball at the 2012 World Championships in Dortmund. This excellent video shows his frank and thorough review of his test of the ball. Everyone is curious about the new balls and there are many questions that William addresses such as, “How differently will they play?”, “Will there be less spin?”, “Are they going to be faster or slower?”. Also included in this Paddle Palace blog is a written transcription of his review.

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.

Samson Dubina

NITTAKU Selected Again as Official Ball of USA Table Tennis

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.

The Final Week of MY Table Tennis Preparation for the Olympic Trials

In this blog, I’m going to describe in detail the final week of my preparation leading up to the table tennis Olympic trials. From footwork, to video analysis, to diet, to rest – every aspect of table tennis is important to me. I hope that you will be encouraged and motivated by reading this blog!
By Samson Dubina

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