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

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Pitfalls of Training

Two Aspects to Consider

Pitfalls of Training
-By Samson Dubina
 
 
In this short article, I’m going to detail the primary two pitfalls that players fall trap to when training with a partner or a robot during footwork drills.
 
Pitfall #1

Looping Flips

Check out these 4 simple tips!

 
 
 
 
Looping flips is one of the most under-developed skills in America.  Nearly everyone trains looping pushes, looping long serves, looping blocks, and even looping loops.  However, the loop against the flip requires a slightly different technique.
 
Short Strokes

Losing?

Find the solution...

 
 
Losing
 
I have received this particular question from over 50 of my followers.  I decided that it was time to answer it.  This week, Luis Sergio Chavez wrote, “It would be great if you could cover also the mental strength aspects or techniques to mentally recover from 0-4 where you are the one who made 4 mistakes in a row.  I would love to learn from your experience and knowledge on how to get back on track.”
 

6 Types of Footwork Drills

Read the Article and Watch the Videos

 
 
 
6 Types of Footwork Drills
Maximum Improvement with Your Power Pong Robot
By Coach Samson Dubina
 
 
There are several different types of footwork drills that you can and should be doing with your Power Pong Robot.  
 
 
#1 Systematic Side-to-Side Footwork Drills

Devastate the Underdog

Learn Proper Preparation

 
 
 
 
 
I estimate that over 50% of upsets could have been avoided!
Let me explain...
 
 
 
 
As soon as the upset happens, there is usually a whirlwind of excusing flying all across the gym.  Some of them are non-sense.  Some of them are legit.
I have often heard excuses like…
“I didn’t warm-up before the match.”
“I thought he was easy; I won 3-0 last time we played.”
“I was just so hungry, that I couldn’t concentrate.”
“I started off the first game just trying out some new fancy shots.”

Distractions!

Learn How to Focus During an Intense Match

 
 
Distractions might seem trivial, but they can take your focus on the match and off your game-plan.  Common distractions include - bad playing conditions, illegal serves,  a loud competitor on the next table, stalling, and many other things. 
 

800 fishing trips

Thanks to my dad!

 
 
800 Fishing Trips
 
 
I'm very thankful that my dad invested so much time into me and still does to this day.  Growing up, we did many activities together including going on 800 fishing trips during the first 20 years of my life.  Some highlights included catching carp when I was 4 years old, catching walleye when I was 7, catching salmon when I was 9, catching steelhead when I was 12, catching massive sharks and other ocean fish when I was 14, and later going spearfishing as well.
 
 

Winning Deuce Games!

Learn the keys to making or breaking your next tournament

There are several keys that you must remember when playing deuce games. 
 
#1 The first key to remember is…   what you did right.  You have won 10 points during the game and you must have a clear memory as to which serves won the point outright and which serves setup your game best.  You also must have a clear memory about which locations worked best and what game patters worked best.
 

Bible Verses of the Week

Proverbs and James

 
 
 
 
 
Planning for the Future

 

 

I used to consider myself to be a great planner - planning for the future weeks, months, years. I used to consider that to be one of my strong points. This month, God has taught me...

 

 

Proverbs 27:1

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

 

 

James 4:13-14

Re-Opening the SDTTA

Join us this week!!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We are happy to announce that the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy will be opening on Monday, June 15th.  Here are the weekly events that we hope you can attend...
 
Daily Drop-In Play
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 4pm-10pm
Wed, Sat noon-6pm
Cost is $5/day/person or $10/day/family
Wednesday is Senior Discount Day ($3/day)
Friday is College Night ($3/day)
Saturday is Kids Play FREE (accompanied by a parent)
 
Monday Intermediate-Advanced Group Training

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