Jimmy Butler on JUIC’s Stellan Bengtsson Alpha Blade

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Jim Butler plays with JUIC’s Stellan Bengtsson Alpha blade. He is a four-time US Men’s Singles Champion, two-time Olympian and a current member of the US National Team. Control is the name of his game and is one reason why he uses the Bengtsson blade. Hear from Jimmy why he is so successful with this blade.

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Coaching Tip: Practicing Serves the Productive Way

larry-gregIt’s almost a cliché. I hand someone a box of balls to practice their serves. They grab a ball and serve, grab a ball and serve, grab a ball and serve, and so on, all done with the speed and thoughtfulness of firing a machine gun. Then they wonder why their serves aren’t any good. There’s a lot more to developing great serves than rapid-fire serve practice, where the goal seems to be to empty the box of balls as rapidly as possible. So what should you do differently?

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Coaching Tip: Holding Back on Serves

Suppose you have a tricky serve that gives your opponent all sorts of problems. But suppose it’s also one of those serves that he can get used to, and only works by either surprise or by the opponent’s not being used to it. Should you hold back on this serve for key points in the match?

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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!

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YOUR DEEP SERVES SHOULD BE A WEAPON

Jim Butler, past national champion believes that, “Making your deep serves in to a weapon can be accomplished by every player. A strong service game is a powerful tool for success in Table Tennis. There are a lot of different ways to become a good server. I developed my serves using a deep serve motion. I practiced 4 deep serves with different spins, and used that same motion for my short service game also. The goal I wanted to accomplish by doing this was to make everyone think I may be serving deep on every serve, while pulling up at the very end of the motion for all of my short serves. I copied the deep service motion of Peter Karlsson, and I practiced serves at least an hour or more a day for about 6 months.”

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ICC Head Coach Massimo Constantini Details the Importance of Stance and Posture to the “Ready Position”

Massimo Constantini is ICC’s Head Coach. There he continues working with the three current US Olympians as-well-as other high performance players and juniors. Here, in part 1 of an 8 part audio series on the “Ready Position” in table tennis, he discusses the importannce of stance and posture.

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