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

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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

Devastate the Smart/Dumb Guy

Tactics for 2 Different Opponents

 
 
 
 
Some players know how to anticipate and adjust quite well during a match, usually these players are viewed as being “SMART”; while others don’t anticipate and don’t adjust well.  On the surface, this article might seem like common sense, but this there is much more depth here.  Let’s dig in…
 
Here is the dictionary definition of anticipation:
The action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction.
 
Smart Guy

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?
 

Overplaying vs Taking The Risk

Learn to Find the Balance

 
 
 
 
 
 
I have written 2 controversial articles about upsetting higher rated players in table tennis.  What is the correct mindset?  Going for broke or playing normal?  In the blog, I have included both articles and a summary of how to harmonize them together to have the best possible result.
 
 
Article #1
Taking the Risk

Devastate 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.
 

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