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.

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Stellan Bengtsson, Observations on the Status of US Coaching

Table tennis coaching in the U.S. doesn’t look like anything else in the world. In all the other countries I have worked in, the National teams practice together and help each other improve. This isn’t the case in America. The National coaches have very little hands-on time to train the players directly. The teams rarely have joint training sessions where the players can challenge each other and work together.

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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.

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Table Tennis Training Stage IV: Putting It All Together

In stage four, I’m planning not to make any major changes to my strokes. It takes about thirty days to permanently change a stroke. If I choose to make a change, my game will progress downward a bit, and I don’t have time for that. By the Olympic trials, my strokes should be completely automatic with no thought about the actual mechanics of the stroke.

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Why Is Your Grip Pressure So Important?

By Massimo Constantini. There is one aspect of the grip that is very important but does not get enough attention. This is the amount of pressure each player applies to his or her handle when holding the paddle. How tight or lose a player’s grip impacts the result of their shot!

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