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:
 

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 Defensive Blocker

Check out the tactics!

Why are you looping?  I see that you are looping everything against that blocker – looping his serves, looping his pushes, looping his blocks.  Why are you looping?
 

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

Beat the Lobber

Learn the Tactics!

 
 
 
Devastate the Lobber
 

Beat the Pick-Hitter!

Learn tactics to beat this difficult opponent

 
 
 
 
 
In this article, I’m going to briefly describe the tactics that you should use to beat a pick-hitter.  A pick hitter is usually a rather defensive player who suddenly attacks as a surprise.  In order to best understand your opponent, you need to start off by analyzing him in detail by asking yourself the following questions in regards to your opponent.  You should ask yourself these questions when you are studying your opponent prior to the match or during the first few points of your match.
 

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

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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 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!
 

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