Archive for the ‘Rant’ Category

“Overall” rating. Useless?

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

I’ve always struggled with the “overall” rating that is put on a product. Restaurant review sites use a star system for the overall experience, Amazon has a similar system for books, and we have the overall rating out of 10. How relevant and useful is this rating though? Read more

How London is Spreading Table Tennis

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

There is always a lot of talk about how the USATT should grow the sport of table tennis in America. Here’s a peek at what Ping! London is doing across the ocean.

Check out their website: http://pinglondon.com.

Do you think this would work in North America?

What’s Your Ideal Mental State?

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Table Tennis Mental State

Table tennis is a highly physical and athletic sport, but there’s also a mental side that you need to take note of. In my own experience, I’ve seen how different mental states can strongly affect my play.

I’ve found that I play at my best against challenging opponents when I take the role of the the underdog. For whatever reason, this helps me play at my peak.

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The Richness of Our Community

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Cultural Diversity in Table Tennis

One of the things I appreciate most about table tennis is the exceptional cultural diversity found within the community of our sport. I’ve only been involved in T.T. for about three years and already I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting several hundred people from around the world. Such a juxtaposed assembly of persons is a wonderful aspect of our sport. I’ve never participated in a sport, and here in the States, I’d guess one would be hard pressed to find another (soccer perhaps?), where there was such an abundance of variance in regard to to the athletes’ cultural backgrounds and ethnicity.

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The Price Problem

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Made in China

There seems to be a fear of low-cost equipment in some circles. As a retailer myself, I’ve had customers walk away because the price tag was too low. “A whole racket for only $75? No thanks. I’m looking for something around $200.” They seem to think that price has a direct relationship with quality and performance, so Chinese brands like DHS, 729/Friendship, LKT and Gambler can’t compare to Butterfly, Donic and Stiga.

Twenty years ago, they would have been right.

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You Know You’re a Basement Player When…

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Basement Player

If this article is describes you to a tee, it’s time to join a table tennis club or find a coach and erase the title of basement player.

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The Ultimate Best Racket!

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Ultimate Ping Pong Racket

On forums I keep hearing people ask, “What’s the best rubber or blade?”

The reality is that there’s no such thing.

Timo Boll uses the Butterfly Timo Boll Spirit, so that must be the best right? Timo is amazing! While he is amazing, and one of the players that is most fun to watch, you have to ask yourself, “Am I similar enough to Timo Boll that I should use what he uses?”

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Why Table Tennis is a Horrible Spectator Sport

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Table Tennis Stadium

Don’t get me wrong, I love table tennis and wish it the best. But there are too many reasons why it doesn’t translate well into a spectator sport for TV or a live audience. It will take a lot to overcome these challenges to eventually thrive in a market like North America where it isn’t already a dominant sport.

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