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When asking for an equipment suggestion…

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
By Arthur Lui

Recommendations

In our forum, we get a lot of people asking for a recommendation on what rubbers or blade to pick. However the answer I always give is a series of questions. In order to give a helpful recommendation, we need to know more about you, your skill level, your playing style, and other specific needs. Read more

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Help Fund the “Top Spin” Documentary

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
By Arthur Lui

There is a Kickstarter project to fund a new documentary featuring Arial Hsing, Lily Zhang, and Michael Landers. They are seeking to raise $75,000 by July 19, 2012. Please watch the video and have a look. I’ve already got my pledge in, I hope you will too! Note that you can get great prizes depending on the amount you choose to pledge. Read more

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Writing Out a Game Plan for Improvement

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
By Samson Dubina

Game Plan

All serious table tennis players should set long term goals. Having a goal ensures that you keep making steady progress and spend your practice time effectively instead of stagnating as you practice aimlessly. Read more

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12 Drills That I Use

Saturday, December 31st, 2011
By Samson Dubina

Samson Dubina Training

To dramatically pick up your game, you need a solid routine of various types of drills. Here are the drills that I personally use on a daily basis. Read more

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What I Do When I’m Losing

Sunday, November 20th, 2011
By Samson Dubina

Never Give Up

I’m playing a very important match in a tournament. I am losing 0-2 in games and now losing 0-5 in the third game. What should I do? Read more

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How often should I change my rubber?

Sunday, November 20th, 2011
By Samson Dubina

Change Rubber

It’s important to know how often to replace your rubber with a new sheet. Use an old one too long and you’ll be playing with reduced performance. Switch too often and you’re wasting money with very little benefit. Read more

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Carbon or Wood?

Friday, October 7th, 2011
By Samson Dubina

Carbon or Wood?

In this blog series, I will be answering the questions most frequently asked. Should I use a carbon or all-wood blade?

Generally, carbon blades are faster and more suitable for the advanced player. For a beginner, it is best to choose a very slow, controlled wood blade. This will allow the player to develop solid strokes because the ball has more dwell time on the racket. A faster blade is better for an attacking player who makes contact with the ball at the top of the bounce. A controlled blade is better for a defensive or allround player who plays at many different distances from the table. Read more

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Being an Effective Coach at Tournaments

Sunday, August 28th, 2011
By Samson Dubina

Effective Table Tennis Coaching

Encouraging and coaching fellow club members at tournaments is one of the best aspects of a competition. In this article, I’m going to outline how to coach another player between games.   Read more

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Perfecting Your Serve

Monday, July 25th, 2011
By Samson Dubina

Perfecting serve

Serves are the only part of the game where you have full control. You can dictate how the rally will develop by having a serve strategy and executing on it, so focus on this part of your game. Committing considerable time to this craft can be the fastest way to progress. In this article, I will be outlining nine tips that I personally use to perfect my serve. Read more

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Active Blocking

Saturday, June 25th, 2011
By Samson Dubina

Active Blocking

Most players label topspin shots into several categories such as: loop, block, or smash. However, modern attacking players have developed an offensive block called an active block. Active blocking is a combination of a block, loop, and counterloop. It is best used off-the-bounce against a slow to medium speed loop. Read more

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