Tip of the Week
Don’t Fix a Problem You’ve Already Fixed.
Weekend Coaching, USATT Magazines, and Ping-Pong in the Cambrian
Fundamentals, Fundamentals, Fundamentals!!! They cannot be overemphasized. If you don’t get the fundamentals down, it’s like pulling a trigger on a gun in a gunfight, and instead of firing, the gun explodes. (I learned that from George Santos.) Other related issues that came up this weekend in the five group junior sessions I coached included; playing practice games the way you want your game to develop; how to play hitters and long pips; and serving low. I’m glad to see many of the players are really playing games the way they train, trying to win with their shots instead of panicking and just pushing and blocking.
Meanwhile, while trying to prepare our players for the future, I’m living in the past. I’m still trying complete my collection of USATT Magazines from 1976 (when I started) to 2014 (when it was discontinued, replaced by USATT Insider. I’m missing five issues – anyone have any of these that I could buy/trade/steal? If so, contact me! They are:
- July/Aug 1982
- Nov/Dec 1986
- Nov/Dec 1987
- Apr/May 1988
- May 1989
Some old-timers might remember the seven issues of Timmy's North American World of Table Tennis back in 1983-1984. I have six of them, but am missing issue #2, Sept/Oct 1983. Here’s my entire historical collection of table tennis paraphernalia. (I have some table tennis books that I haven’t added to the online listing yet. I may add them tonight.)
Speaking of the past, as some of you probably know I also write science fiction. I recently finalized a short story (3800 words) titled, “Connoisseur of Cambrian Cooking.” It involves a time traveler who goes back 500 million years, to the Cambrian Explosion. I worked in this line: “The closest she ever came to sports was occasional ping-pong, where she'd mindlessly rally with her grad students while pondering the secrets of time and the universe.”
Butterfly Training Tips and Ask the Experts
- Backhand & Pivot (64 sec) with Jinxin Wang
- Stroke Management and Footwork (80 sec) with Anav Gupta
- Contact Point When Serving Underspin, by Stefan Feth. The question was, “It’s pretty widely accepted that when serving underspin, more spin is produced by contact with the lower portion of the racket than with the upper portion. Can you explain the rotational differences that occur between these two contact locations? What is making the difference?”
New from Samson Dubina
- Ohio Elite Training Camps – As noted in a previous blog, I’m going to this camp – as a PLAYER!!! Yes, I’ve decided to get back in shape. The camp is for players rated over 2000. The level of play will be very high – look at the current list of 21 players, with more likely to enter. It’ll be the first time since 1980 that I won’t be among the strongest players in a camp! (I could, of course, train at my own club, but it’s easier in a group, and at my club I’d be either a coach or practice partner in our camps, which are for junior players.)
- Stroke Considerations
New from Ti Long
- Amazing 8 year old talent making Backhand Banana Flick (13:25)
- How to make 1st Forehand Flick ,2nd recover to Fast Counter Attack and 3rd Powerful Attack (4:11)
- How to make the Young World champion's Forehand Short Touch return a weak spin serve (5:26)
- Indian talent knows how to make Ghost Serve in 8 minutes (8:55)
- How to do Backhand Punch Against Backspin like Mima Ito (7:15)
How to Play with SHORT PIMPLES
Here’s the video (4:10) from Max Noresson/Pingispågarna.
Defeated by KenSpin and the Power of Unorthodox Play
Here’s the article by Tom Lodziak.
New Chapter, New Experiences
Here’s the article by Joanna Sung
New from PingSkills
New from PingSunday
- 11 Ways That Playing Table Tennis Boosts Your Successes
- France vs. England at 2023 European Teams Championships Qualification –– see all five matches on the PingSunday video page.
New from TT11TV
Matches from European Team Championships.
New from TacoBackhand
- CHINESE NATIONAL PLAYER YAN AN DOMINATES FOR 3 MINUTES STRAIGHT (3:05)
- WHEN MA LONG OVERCAME HIS NIGHTMARE (1:23)
- BEST COMEBACK EVER? (2:16)
- FAN ZHENDONG SHOWS LIN YUN JU WHO’S BOSS (1:17)
- XU XIN PROVES FOR 4 MINUTES STRAIGHT THAT TABLE TENNIS IS A REAL SPORT (3:52)
New from the Malong Fanmade Channel
Lots of new videos here.
- USA Table Tennis Invites Member Clubs To Host US Regional Championships
- USATT Names 2023-2024 National Team Coaching Pool – I was on the listing the last few years (and for about 10-12 years a decade or so ago), but I didn’t apply this year.
- USATT Reveals Coaching Excellence Awards for 2022
New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly
- All Japan Championships: Togami Repeats as Japanese Champion
- WAB Club Feature: Princeton Pong
- Puerto Rico Open: Take a Close Look as Deadlines are Approaching
- ITTF Rankings: Fan Holds Top Spot, Calderano Rises to 5
- WTT Feeder Doha: A Chinese Sweep
- Bowmar Sport Tournament Highlights – Emily Tan US Open vs Xianyao He (1:38)
- Bowmar Sport Tournament Highlights – Emily Tan 2022 US Open Highlights, 1 (60 sec)
- CBTM Takes Home Third Consecutive Award for Good Governance
- 2022 Hopes season concludes at the Hennebont Ping Center
- Featured in ITTF Magazine: 2022 World Youth Championships
- Join the Movement: Celebrate World Table Tennis Day on 23rd April, with a Focus on Sustainability
Here’s the video (9 sec) – can you do this? With practice, you can! It’s great ball control and spin practice. I once did 13 in a row, with the ball bouncing back over the net on the first bounce.
Here’s the video (24 sec)! I’ve done this trick a number of times in exhibitions, lobbing while sitting in a chair, as well as while sitting or lying on the floor.
5 Hours Ping Pong Challenge
Here’s the video (8:13) from Pongfinity!
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