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…
The #1 topic in table tennis is serve & return. This week, I decided to feature some of my videos. Regardless if you are developing a new serve or just perfecting an old favorite, I would highly recommend that you take a minute and check out these videos...
Great News! New Opportunity for you!
The Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy coaches are now offering coaching to students of the academy as well as players who are not students of the academy. Contact Samson Dubina for a list of options for you to receive tactical advice at your next event. Arrangements need to be made prior to the tournament. Payment is made at the conclusion of the event depending on how many matches you receive advice during the event.
Producing more spin is important for several reasons…
1. More spin will give you more ball control when pushing allowing you to keep your pushes shorter and sharper.
2. More spin will allow you to hit stronger loops even from a lower position.
3. More spin will allow you to hit more consistent smashes against a variety of lobbing types.
4. More spin will allow you to widen the court with angled curving serves, pushes, lobs, and loops.
5. More spin will allow you to more easily trick your opponent with varying the type and amount of spin.
Five New Additions to the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy
In addition to visiting coaches and practice partners helping us with the summer camps, the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy is happy to welcome both Mark Hendricks and Seth Pech to the coaching team at the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy.
If you would like to schedule a lesson with Seth or Mark, please reach out to them directly...
Yes, you are allowed to coach your student during the game! In this short article, I want to outline the 3 basic types of coaching that can and should sometimes be done DURING THE GAME – encouragement, informative, and secretive.
Encouragement like “Come on” “This point” “Good shot” “Keep fighting” are very helpful. The type and amount of encouragement will differ greatly from player to player.
Seven Ways to Boost Your Immune System
By Heather Dubina
With the recent covid-19 virus and the subsequent stay at home orders across the country, you might be wanting to boost your immune system as you start to get back to your normal activities, including playing table tennis!
1. Get plenty of rest- resting helps your body fight off infections and helps your daily performance. Sleeping for 6-8 hours replenishes and strengthens your physical body and helps you think clearly.