Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 - 2018 USATT Coach of the Year
 

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Serve Return Disasters

You CAN'T Return It!

 
 
 
Serve Return Disasters
 
“You can’t return that serve!”
“I’m sorry!”
“You can’t!”
“I don’t care if you pay me $1000 for this secret 1-hour lesson.  You can’t consistently return that deep spinny sidespin serve with 10 variations because you don’t have real strokes.  You are trying to chisel and block back those serves that are 2000 rpms, and it isn’t going to happen.”
 
 
This is the conversation with many new students that I get on a daily basis.

Serve Return Simplified

Try this 1 weird-simple trick!

 
 
 
Serve Return Simplified
 
 
There are 2 primary ways to read the spin – watch the racket and watch the bounce.  The pitfall that devastates most beginner/intermediate players is the timing.  When they don’t know the spin, they panic and trap the ball too quickly.  The correct move is to wait.  Wait.  If you couldn’t tell the spin from the contact point when your opponent touched the ball, then wait.  Let the ball rise, then even drop a bit before returning it. 
How does that make the return easier?  There are 5 ways…
 
 

Mental Game

Problems...

Mental vs Physical

 

 

 

 

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Sponsorship Secret

Read this 1 simple tip

 
 
 
Sponsorship Secret
If table tennis is going to be a professional sport, then it needs to be heavily funded with sponsors. Everyone knows that. However, most of the top US players are just sitting back and waiting for a knock at the door. 
Waiting…
Waiting…
Waiting…
 

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Friday 4-10pm
Saturday 10am-3pm

Cost is $5/person per day or $10/family per day!
Drop-ins welcome!
All ages, all skill levels welcome!

2262 South Arlington Rd Akron, Ohio 44312
Phone: 330-949-9230
E-mail: tt@SamsonDubina.com
Website: www.SamsonDubina.com

Paper Towel Trick

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Good, Better, Best!

read the article and watch the video!

Most table tennis players have Good practice sessions on a weekly basis but it isn’t THEIR VERY BEST! Many players continue practicing the same things over and over without pushing themselves to improve their spin, placement, variation, power, and shot selection.

Between Points

Learn about the most under-developed part of table tennis

 
The average match in table tennis takes about 20 minutes.  Out of the 20 min, about 5 min total is spent on rallies.  The other 15 minutes is spent picking up the ball, preparing for the serve, taking towel breaks, taking timeouts, and getting coaching advice.  So, here is the question that I would like for you to consider…
 
If only 25% of the match time is spend playing points, then why do we spend 99.9% of our effort on that portion of the game and we spend about 0.1% of our effort on the dead time???
 

Dumb Questions

Read answers to some of the top questions...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here are some of the questions that my readers have been asking lately.  Some of my readers e-mail me saying, “I have a dumb question…”  Actually, these are NOT dumb questions.  These are questions that MANY table tennis players in the US are asking.  So, I decided to answer 10 of the questions today…
 
1.       Defaults
Question:  If I’m too tired to play a match and default, will I lose rating points?
Answer:  If you default before the match has started, you will not lose rating points. 
 

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