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New Butterfly Rubber “Dignics 05” Video Review by Yangyang

(By Yangyang Jia) DIGNICS guides your play to a more advanced level.  The essence is the combination of Spring Sponge X, the advanced version of Spring Sponge which has more elasticity; the uniquely composed top sheet, with strengthened abrasion, proves great resistance on the surface, providing the feeling of holding the ball at impact.  Adopting […]

Coaching tip of the week: Rope-a-Dope Defense

(By Larry Hodges) Suppose you are playing a relentless counter-hitter, who plays every really bang-bang, and you are struggling to stay in these rallies. Point after point ends with either you missing or making a weak return the opponent smashes. How do you get out of this? There are three main ways. First, attack first […]

2019 World Championships Review

(by Steve Hopkins/Photo courtesy of ITTF) The finals of the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships lacked much of the drama and surprise that had become almost commonplace this week.  Ma Long is the World Champion.  He accomplished this feat losing no more than 1 game in any match, including the final which was […]

World Championships Day 7: Ma Long and Falck Advance

(By Steve Hopkins/Photo courtesy of ITTF) The Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships is in Budapest, Hungary this week (April 21-28).  Events include Singles (Men’s, Women’s) and Doubles (Men’s, Women’s, Mixed).  The tournament began a week ago with a hundred of the world’s best players and has now been narrowed down to just two: […]

World Championships Day 6: Down to the Final Four

(By Steve Hopkins/Photo courtesy of ITTF) The Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships is in Budapest, Hungary this week (April 21-28).  Events include Singles (Men’s, Women’s) and Doubles (Men’s, Women’s, Mixed).  The tournament began with Doubles and Singles preliminary group rounds.  Singles knock-out rounds that began on Tuesday have now narrowed to the final 4 players.  As […]

Ask The Experts: Yangyang Jia, No. 229

Ask The Experts: Yangyang Jia, No. 229Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: Hello and thank you for your time and consideration. I have been playing for 50 years and was a USATT rated player (in the 80’s around 1900 ) Double winged looper away from table. Play for placement and spin. Ruptured my left […]

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Atlanta International Table Tennis Academy

(By Steve Hopkins) With their location just North of Atlanta in Johns Creek, Atlanta International Table Tennis Academy has a strong presence in the largest metropolitan area in the Southeast.  AITTA is the result of a 2014 merger between Yang’s Table Tennis Academy and Atlanta Table Tennis Academy.  They have full-time coaches across and have […]

World Championships Day 5: Surprises in the 16s

(by Steve Hopkins/Photo courtesy of ITTF) The Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships is in Budapest, Hungary this week (April 21-28).  Events include Singles (Men’s, Women’s) and Doubles (Men’s, Women’s, Mixed).  The early action was in Doubles as well as the Singles preliminary group rounds.  Singles knock-out rounds that began on Tuesday have now […]

Ask The Experts: Jishan Liang, No. 228

Ask The Experts: Jishan Liang, No. 228 Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question:  Hello there. I am an intermediate level player. I am OK with both forehand & backhand. My playing style is quite similar to the JOO Se Hyak. I like to take my time during rallies. Sometimes I make smash if I […]

World Championships Day 4: Gauzy, Yang, Jaehyun, and Pucar Reach Final 16

(By Steve Hopkins/Photo courtesy of ITTF) The Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships is in Budapest, Hungary this week (April 21-28).  Events include Singles (Men’s, Women’s) and Doubles (Men’s, Women’s, Mixed).  The early action was in Doubles as well as the Singles preliminary group rounds.  Singles knock-out rounds that began on Tuesday have quickly reduced the size […]

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