Coach Samson Dubina US National Team Coach 4x USATT Coach of the Year
 

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20 Different Opponents!

This year, become a tactical tournament player!

 
 
 
 
Playing the right tactics is one of the vital keys to winning your next match.  In order to know which tactics to play, it is often helpful to label your opponent as a looper, chopper, lobber, blocker, etc.  Once you have placed him in a category, then you can begin making a game-plan.  (please realize that many playing styles overlap)
 
Check out these tactics articles on playing specific opponents:
 

The Think Circle

Learn the 4-Step Process

 
 
 
 
 
Between pitches in baseball, the batter steps out of the batter’s box to re-focus.
 
The same thing is true in table tennis; the pros often call this the “think circle.”
 
Between points, step back about 4-6 feet away from the table and draw an imaginary circle around yourself and collect your thoughts in your think circle.  Every pro athlete has a different method of processing the points, relaxing, and gearing up for the next point, but I’m going to give you the method that I personally use.
 

Weak Points

Check them out!

 
 
 
 
 
Weak Points
 
In matches, should you use specific patterns or should you just hit anywhere?  Well, you always want to keep your opponent off-balance while realizing that there are specific shots and locations that commonly cause errors from your opponent.  Today, I’m going to outline a six basic patterns.
(Note:  There are actually hundreds of these patterns.  I’m just listing six as a starting point)
 
 
Example #1

Beat the STRANGER

New Tactics Article on Beating the Unknown Opponent

 
 
 
 
 
The tournament published the draws the night before the event.  You found out that you are going to play against Hou Yingchao in your opening match of men’s singles at 9am.  You immediately take out your pen and paper and write down some note of how to play him.  You arrive in the gym at 7:45am and train accordingly. 
 
Just then…
 
Without warning…
 

Beat the Injured Player

Learn some new tactics

 
 
 
 
 
 
Beat the Injured Player
 
Ok this is officially the weirdest table tennis article I have written…  Beat the Injured Player
 
Think about it, your opponent is already injured, and now you need some fancy tactics to beat him???
 
Come on!  Give him a break!
 
No way!  Absolutely not!  Never!
 

Topics for Week 2

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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.”

Devastate the Long Pips Blocker

Learn the details!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Match Analysis

Ma Long vs Tomokazu Harimoto

Match Analysis
By Samson Dubina

Many players say that they are planning to do some video analysis during this time of isolation. That’s great! But what are you looking at? There are two general categories (Technique and Tactics) and some subtle smaller categories. Let’s take a look at five elements of the technique and give elements of their tactics.

This outline below can be used to study any player. But for an illustration, we are going to use the 2019 China Open Final between Ma Long and Tomokazu Harimoto game two.

Ten Tactical Timeout Tips

Take 3 minutes to read these 10 tips...

 
 
 
 
 
Ten Tactical Timeout Tips
 
Many international matches have been won or lost based on WHEN the timeout was called and WHAT was said during the timeout.  In this short article, I’m going to give some brief tips about timeouts…
 
#1 Call It Early

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