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

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11 Ways to Improve With Robot Training!

Maximize Your Robot Training!

 
 
Do you have a table tennis robot? Is your robot training boring? Yes, possibly, if you are knocking the same ball into a machine for 6 hours/day. What can you do to make your robot sessions more interesting and more effective for your improvement during this lockdown?
In this new coaching article, I'm going to briefly outline 11 things that you can do to make your robot sessions at home more effective! Try them out and let me know what you think!
 
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Add Variations

Daily Practice

Are you practicing all areas of your game?

 
 
Hi Readers!  I hope you are staying safe in the difficult time!  What have you been practicing at home???  Are you neglecting some areas of your game.  I have been suggesting things for my students to work on.  Below is an e-mail that I sent today of a list of 15 things that need regular practice.  You should print off the list for yourself and see if you can improve each of these 15 things each week.  Check out the list below...
 
 
 
 
Dear Student,

More Practice vs Less Practice

Read about a strange phenomenon

Sometimes players will work very hard over the summer training many hours each day.  At the end of the summer, they play a 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!
 

3:1 Principle

Learn to evaluate your training sessions!

 
 
 
3:1 Principle
 
Inconsistency is likely the main reason for your poor performance in tournaments.  Will doing more drills help you?  Possibly.
 
Here at the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy, we aren’t just concerned with the number of hours, we are also concerned about the quality of the hours realizing that each individual player might need to adjust his/her drills slightly.  In this article, I’m going to briefly outline the 3:1 principle that we have developed.
 

Two Minute Warm-Up

Learn the 6 vital keys that you must do during warm-up

 
During a two minute warm-up there are a few important things that you should be doing…
 
#1 You should remove any distractions.  If there is a barrier too close to the table and needs to be moved, adjust the barriers prior to the first point.  If there are broken balls on the floor or dirt on the table, make sure that you clean the area.
 

Tactical Drills

Learn to change your pre-tournament routine

 
 
 

What are you Practicing?

Learn why you should play more tournaments!

 
 
What is your ultimate goal in table tennis? 
To make the Olympic Team?
To become the club champion?
To someday break 2000?
To improve your fitness?
To beat your great-uncle Bob?
Most players’ goals involve some type of tournament performance.  As a coach, I must know the goals that my students have and help to guide them in the right direction to meet their goals. 
 
If someone wants to have a good serve, what should they do?  Hmmm…. Maybe practice their serves.

The Drills

Read the benefits of various drills!

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If you are a beginner, I would recommend starting your practice with drills 1-5.  With the spin set on TOPSPIN and the head angle set at TWO, select the drill number and begin.  If the drill is too fast, then give yourself more time between balls by adding +20% on the wait adjust.  As you progress, make it more fun and challenging by decreasing the wait adjust, giving you less time between balls.
 
Drill #1

That's a Good Bible Question!

Bible Question
how much work is TOO much?

“So, Samson, how many days per week should I practice?”  -That’s a good question.

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