Why Does Great Practice Not Always Result in Great Results?

xu_xin_crop 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?!

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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.

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20 Table Tennis Tips That Will Lead You to a Winning Game

Tahl at tableTahl 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.”

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Put the Ball on the Table!

Samson Dubina

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.

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Zhou Xin Recognized as 2012 Coach of the Year

Zhou Xin

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.

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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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