Seth Pech Tells Why He Plays with Tibhar’s Q1 XD Rubber

Seth-Pech_mugAbout a month ago I picked up two sheets of Q1 XD from Tibhar to try them out. I had played with the Q1 original sheets before and the sponge was too soft for me. When I played with XD, which has a harder sponge, I was really impressed with the consistency of the trajectory that the ball enters and exits the rubber. I was also impressed with the amount of spin the rubber generates, even though it doesn’t look or feel grippy.

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.

The Physical Aspects of Your Table Tennis Game: Endurance; Speed; And Strength

To me being in great physical shape is a very important component to a successful table tennis game. There are many aspects to the physical game but today I am only going to cover the ones I believe are the most important for table tennis: Endurance; Speed; and Strength. My name is Seth Pech and I’m currently living in Rissen, Germany. I play at a club in Moorage and will soon play the 3rd spot in our club’s Hamburg 5th league team.

New Calibra Family Of Rubber From STIGA: Choose Your Trajectory

This cool new table tennis video featuring Jean-Michel Saive, welcomes you to STIGA’s Calibra family of rubbers with plenty of slow motion shots showing the spin and trajectory these exceptional rubbers produce. You can read complete descriptions of each rubber’s attributes by clicking on their name at the bottom of the video window!

Grant Li: College Life With Table Tennis Brings Great Rewards


Overall, I’ve learned an important lesson. I’ve learned that the decision to continue playing is yours. Regardless of the environment or playing conditions, if you want to keep playing table tennis, then you will. It’s easy to come up with excuses to not practice. You could say that you’re too busy and that you should focus on school or try out new things. But the reality is that playing a couple hours every week won’t take away much of your free time, and if you hadn’t practiced, you probably wouldn’t be spending that time meaningfully anyway.

Jimmy Butler on the Comeback Trail

Jimmy Butler is attempting a comeback. Out of the sport for over 8 years, he has a unique view of how the US game has changed since then and what he will need to do to regain his former prominence.

Austin Preiss Talks About His Table Tennis Game, Equipment, Training and Play

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Austin Preiss has a long and steeped career in table tennis. Both as a player and as a touring professional with his father Scott. Together they have traveled the world giving table tennis exhibitions to military personnel, school kids, and to employees of large and small companies. Last July Austin took time to talk about his game, his equipment, training and philosophy.

Stage Three – Table Tennis Training for the Olympic Trials

It’s now October 1st, and I’m eagerly moving forward to stage three of my table tennis training for the Olympic trials. This article will outline some details about stage three: my drills, my physical training, my tournaments, and my improvements.

12 Table Tennis Drills I Use on a Daily Basis, by Samson Dubina

In this blog, I’m going to describe the types of table tennis drills I use on a daily basis: Systematic; Semi-Systematic; Open-Ended; Randon; Multiple Locations; Serve and Free Point; Serving; Serve Return; Multiball; Two Table; Robot; and Matches.

Scouting Your Table Tennis Opponent, by Samson Dubina

Whether you want to make the US Olympic Team, win the senior games, or beat your Uncle Bob; it is always a great idea to scout out your competition. In this article, I’m going to describe two separate methods of scouting your table tennis opponent. The first is the long-term method.

What is the effect of sponge thickness in table tennis rubber? Is it the same for anti/long pips rubber as for smooth rubber?

What is the effect of sponge thickness? Is it the same for anti/long pips rubber as for smooth rubber?
Our panel of seven experts discuss the effects of sponge thickness on speed, control, spin and ball action, as well as the various ways your game can be affected.

What is the effect of sponge hardness/density?

Find out what our panel of experts have to say about dwell time, control, spin, speed, looping and counter looping.
Stellan Bengtsson, Massimo Constantini, Samson Dubina, Tahl Liebovitz, Sara Fu, and Scott Lurty share their experience and knowledge on this important question.

What’s so hot about JUIC’s Nano Spin II?

Stellan Bengtson talks about JUIC’s Nano Spin II

If You Like to Attack from Both Sides Try This.

Judy Hugh plays with a blade and rubbers that compliment her attacking game while, at the same time, giving her blocked shots control and placement. In this article she tells you what she plays with and how it works for her style.

Why I Play What I Play

Tahl Leibovitz is a well respected player who is known for his tough mental and physical game. Here he describes his choice of equipment and how it enhances his game play.

Built for a Two Winged Attack

Vinay Desai

Vinay Desai is a young, aggressive, two winged attacker who lose vicious spin.
He talks about his equipment and his game.

A Great Combo for the Attacking Player

Sara Fu is a Texas Weslyan University team player.
She is climbing the ratings with some impressive wins this season.
“My game style is offensive, but I think consistency is the primary element for me to win matches.”

Rubber Selection Guide

Paddle Palace

This article is a guide to choosing table tennis rubber. It includes information about rubber types, speed & spin, and sponge thickness.