Sometimes players will work very hard over the summer training many hours each day. But at the end of the summer, they play in a table tennis tournament and are very disappointed with their results. They might have spent thousands of dollars traveling to China, hiring pro coaches, and giving great effort… but still they didn’t have the expected results. Yet other times, players will take a break for a few weeks and practice very little. Without expecting much from their first tournament of the season, these players are sometimes surprised with amazing results! Why?!
Tag: Table Tennis Coaching
When watching a professional player, what you are looking at? Are you looking at the bright color of his shoes, the weird design on his shirt, his massive leg muscles, or the funny expression that he makes when serving? If so, you aren’t studying the right things. When watching a professional player, there are several things that you should be looking at…
Sometimes, beating your regular training partners, fellow club members, and best friends in table tennis can be very difficult because it seems that they know your every move. They can predict that your forehand flip will go crosscourt, they can predict that backhand serve will go long to the middle, and they can predict that you will block to the corners. They know your every move because they have played against you hundreds of times. There are 2 solutions to overcome these problems…
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.
Your 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.
There is one shot in table tennis that will really hurt you. Knowing where to place the ball is absolutely critical. Body positioning and placement of the ball are related, as Samson Dubina explains in this short post.
Often 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.
In this video, Stellan talks about what he offers in one of his training and coaching camps. Paddle Palace recommends Stellan and his wife Angie as top-notch coaches who give individualized instruction and excellent, insightful coaching to their students.
The Willamette Table Tennis Club in Salem, Oregon is pleased to announce our next Stellan and Angie Bengtsson training camp for Wednesday, August 20, 2014 through Sunday, August 24, 2014. This is a special training opportunity with one of the great coaches of the world in a small group setting. Stellan is the 1971 World Singles Champion whose coaching credentials include Waldner, Persson, Karlsson, Lindh, Maze, and other greats. Stellan speaks excellent English, has incredible knowledge, and is truly a gifted teacher.
Former World Champion Stellan Bengtsson and Coach Angie Bengtsson will be conducting a training camp August 23 through August 27, 2013 at the Willamette Table Tennis Club in Salem. As of this date just a few spaces are available, so sign up now!
Tahl Leibovitz first picked up a table tennis racket at the South Queens Boys Club when he was 14 years old, but his talent in the sport did not come easy. With benign bone tumors throughout most of his body – including his playing arm, it was difficult for Leibovitz to play. “Table tennis kept me out of trouble, and it had a strong mental component that I continue to enjoy.” Leibovitz says he will continue to play by this motto: “In order to succeed, one must dare to fail.”
Once a player has mastered all four aspects, he might feel that he should be in good position for every shot. This is merely wishful thinking! The world’s best players have perfected all four of these footwork elements, yet they are still often caught off-balance. However, when they aren’t in perfect position, they are able to adjust their technique to fit the shot.
Congratulations to Zhou Xin who has been recognized by the USATT as its 2012 National Coach of the Year. Zhou coaches out of the ICC club and works with Lily Zhang and Timothy Wang among the many other oustanding players from that nationally recognized program.
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?
Lily Zhang won the 2013 US Women’s Singles Championship after traveling from India, where she recorded a personal best finish in the quarters, at the World Junior Championships. Here she talks about the elements of the mental game and how important those elements are to achieving and sustaining a high performance level.
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.
Timothy Wang’s game seems to rise above those around him as if by magic. Ask him how he manages to make the most of the big situations and he’ll tell you about his determination and a fighting spirit that never quits. A key member of the STIGA ICC Elite Team, Timothy credits his coaches Massimo Constantini for keeping him focused and Zhou Xin for keeping his game sharp.
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.
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.
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.”