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Handicap Events

Saturday, May 28th, 2011
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Underdog

Throughout the last fifteen years of tournament participation, I have noticed that handicap events have been some of the most exciting for all participants. So what is a handicap event? Read more

Slow down, son!

Friday, May 20th, 2011
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Slow Down

It’s easy to get enamoured by the latest Tensor technology and the bright packaging of the Butterfly Tenergy series, but this equipment is usually not suitable for most people, especially players at the amateur/intermediate level.

My own personal rule is that nobody with a USATT rating under 1900 (or isn’t being coached) should be using very high-speed equipment like the Butterfly Tenergy 05 or an OFF+ rated blade. If you’re a developing player, or are in the market for your first competition-grade racket, pay attention.

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Who’s the Coach?

Saturday, April 16th, 2011
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Who's the Coach?

My full-time job is coaching students aged 5-75. Regardless of age, I expect each of my students to listen to my coaching as I give them advice point-by-point and apply what I am teaching them during each coaching session. During a coaching session, I am in charge; my student’s job is to listen to my advice. Read more

Breakfast of Champions

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
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Breakfast of Champions

From Asia to Africa to Europe, there are thousands of professional table tennis athletes who are aspiring to be the next World Champion. One of the key elements to reaching the top is consistent training six hours per day. Most top players wake up, eat breakfast, train three hours, eat lunch, rest, then train three more hours in the late afternoon. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day to fuel an intense early morning session. Read more

The “First Strike” Principle

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
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Attack First

Seventy-five percent of the time, whoever attacks first wins the point (this statistic applies to two offensive players in competition). One of the questions players most frequently ask me is, “Samson, how can I attack first?” Here are four tips for the beginning player on how to initiate the attack. Read more

Changing Your Strategy Mid-Game

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
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Changing Strategy

I played a match this weekend with one of our up-and-coming junior girls. For two games, we battled it out, my steadiness versus her vicious hitting. On her serve, I’d either topspin the serve back and start countering, or push it, she’d loop, I’d block, and we’d be countering. On my serve, I’d mix in side-stop serves which she attacked, or backspin serves, which she’d push, I’d loop, and she’d jab-block or hit so aggressively I stopped using them. In most rallies, within two-three shots I’d be back fishing, then lobbing, and she wasn’t missing.

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Serving to Set Up the Attack

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
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Serving

A discussion I had with Dan Seemiller (5-time U.S. Men’s Champion) has always stuck out with me. It was back in 1990-1991, when I spent two summers staying at his house all summer as his assistant coach for all his summer camps. He said that the thing that confused him the most about players was why so many didn’t understand this simple concept: The purpose of the serve is to set up your attack. If you aren’t attacking off your serve, then something’s wrong.

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How London is Spreading Table Tennis

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
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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?

Playing the Wide Angles

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
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Wide Angles

Why don’t players focus on this more? For the great majority of shots, everything should go to one of three spots: wide backhand, wide forehand, or at the opponent’s middle, i.e. playing elbow. And yet most intermediate players tend to play most shots to the middle backhand or middle forehand. Read more

What does “control” actually mean?

Saturday, February 5th, 2011
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Control

As I was conceiving the Table Tennis Database and going through all the ratings characteristics to include, “control” always seemed like an odd one. Speed and spin seem pretty clear. If you run an experiment using two rackets with the same blade and just compare two different rubbers, and use the same stroke to hit the ball, the faster one is the one that produces a higher velocity after impact. And with spin you can measure the rotations per minute (well probably not measure, but you can get a feel for how much spin was on the ball). These characteristics could be measured in a controlled lab. But control is hard to measure or even understand.

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