September 2019 - Butterfly Online

Ask The Experts: Nan Li, No. 276

Ask The Experts: Nan Li, No. 276 Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: What is the best alternative blade for TIMO BOLL W5 blade? Answer: This Ask the Experts question was answered by Coach Nan Li. She is one of the coaches at the World Champions Table Tennis Academy in Santa Clara, CA. Coach Li’s response is […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Confidence, Then Consistency!

Coaching Tip of the Week: Confidence, Then Consistency! (By Larry Hodges) Many players practice hard to develop consistency, and from this consistency they develop confidence. This is backwards! Be confident first, and then, with practice, consistency will come. Believe you can do it, and you will. (Or, for you realists, you will at least do […]

Serbia Open Review: Americans Compete in Zrenjanin

Serbia Open Review: Americans Compete in Zrenjanin (by Steve Hopkins) The 2019 ITTF Junior Circuit Serbia Junior & Cadet Open was held this week in Zrenjanin, Serbia.  The tournament featured singles, doubles, and team events in Junior and Cadet age groups.  The American Contingent included Michael Tran, Kai Zarehbin, and Amy Wang.  Kai and Michael […]

Buzz: WAB Coach Highlight – Dan Seemiller

Buzz: WAB Coach Highlight – Dan Seemiller (by Steve Hopkins) Dan Seemiller had a great 2019 US Nationals.  At that tournament, he won the 50+ Mixed Doubles and 60+ Mixed Doubles events.  He also finished second in 60+ Men’s Doubles and Hardbat Doubles.  For most players, this result would be a real highlight – though for […]

WAB Featured Club: Rhode Island Table Tennis Association

WAB Featured Club: Rhode Island Table Tennis Association (by Steve Hopkins) The last weekend of November, the Rhode Island Table Tennis Association was the site of the table tennis event for the Rhode Island Senior Olympics.  Last fall, the club hosted the Rhode Island State Championships.  Add to that three or four USATT sanctioned events each […]

Ask The Experts: Brian Pace, No. 275

Ask The Experts: Brian Pace, No. 275 Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: Hi Brian, How much difference does the ball make? I practice serves at home with newgy training balls. Right now, I am practicing the heavy underspin (ghost) serve. I think I have the serve down with consistency. Then I go to […]

Ask The Experts: Brian Pace, No. 274

Ask The Experts: Brian Pace, No. 274 Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: 1.How good is the old Butterfly Jonyer Han blade( 5 play hinoki wood) for the new poly ball( 40+)? Some say that it lacks power for the poly balls. 2. Which rubbers do you suggest for FH AND BH? At present […]

2019 CTT Butterfly Tournament and Happy Paradise Kids Tournament

Tournament Referee: Steve Lee Tournament Director: Jun Gao Tournament Staff: Emily T. Lee, Kevin Yu Online Registration: www.omnipong.com Contact Info: info@californiatabletennis.com or Tel: 626-765-7772 Rating: The rating as of Oct 11, 2019 will be used for qualification. Seeding will be based on the most cur-rent ratings available at draw time. 2019 CTT Happy Paradise Kids […]

Butterfly Buzz: Junior Highlight – Rachel and Joanna Sung

Butterfly Buzz: Junior Highlight – Rachel and Joanna Sung (by Steve Hopkins) The Sung Twins, sisters Rachel and Joanna, began playing when they were seven. Now fifteen, they have been making headlines in the sport for about five years.  Rachel Sung has achieved a rating over 2400 and Joanna is not far behind with her […]

And the Champion Receives a Medal, a Check, and…a Stuffed Animal?

And the Champion Receives a Medal, a Check, and…a Stuffed Animal? (by Steve Hopkins) Have you ever wondered why top athletes are seen celebrating with a stuffed animal in one hand?  This phenomenon appears to have begun at the Olympics where athletes used to be given beautiful bouquets of flowers to hold as a part […]

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