Archive for the ‘Tips’ Category

How to Write Helpful Reviews

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Writing Helpful Reviews

Seeing as the purpose of the Table Tennis Database is to give people an understanding of the equipment they might buy, I thought I’d share some personal tips on how to write reviews that will be helpful to all readers. Hopefully this will be a useful guide to increase the quality of the reviews. Okay, let’s go! Read more

“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

Using Reviews and Ratings Effectively

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Thinking about ratings

When I first started the Table Tennis Database in 2008, I wanted to provide a platform that helps people to get really accurate and useful information so they could make an informed purchase. Reviews and ratings can be very helpful for this, but they have their limits, and there are many ways to misuse them. I wanted to provide a bit of a guide so you can get the most out of them. This information is also great for giving reviews and ratings that are helpful to others. Let’s begin.

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When asking for an equipment suggestion…

Sunday, September 30th, 2012


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

Writing Out a Game Plan for Improvement

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

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

12 Drills That I Use

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

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

What I Do When I’m Losing

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

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

How often should I change my rubber?

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

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

Carbon or Wood?

Friday, October 7th, 2011

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

Being an Effective Coach at Tournaments

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

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