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Where is Setka and What is the Setka Cup?

(by Steve Hopkins) As I write this post, there is a table tennis tournament going on right now. The fact that this is news is a sad commentary on how much the COVID-19 quarantines and safety guidelines have affected all sports worldwide. The truth is that I don’t have a whole lot to report.  Scoreboard.com shows […]

BUTTERFLY FAVORITES – AMICUS Training Tips Series: How to Shift Weight Effectively

This video series originally appeared in 2018.  The content remains pertinent today – and the tips may assist many of you looking to use your social distancing time to improve your game.  While the video series was designed for the AMICUS Robot, the tips are the same whether you are playing with any robot, doing […]

Coaching Tip Of The WeeK: Tactics at the End of a Close Game

(By Larry Hodges)  Many think that, at the end of a close game, they should change their tactics because of the score. I remember one player assuring me that, “When it’s close, everyone knows you should play safe.” When I asked him why that would be the right tactic, he said, “If you play safe, […]

Dignics 09C interview with top player Dimitrij Ovtcharov

“Dignics 09C” was released on April 1, 2020. This rubber, which has attracted the attention of many players as a sticky rubber with High-Tension sponge, has already been used by some of the top players such as Timo Boll (Germany) and has achieved good results. In this project, the top players who changed their equipment […]

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Denver Table Tennis Alliance Part 3

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Denver Table Tennis Alliance (By Steve Hopkins) Denver Table Tennis Alliance features 8 butterfly tables, barriers, great lighting, and Gerflor rubber flooring.  The great facility is combined with a friendly atmosphere to provide a great place where table tennis knowledge and experience are freely shared and available to all. With all these characteristics, […]

Pong for One: Table Tennis Home Workouts

(by Steve Hopkins) As many of us continue to be trapped at home, I have been getting lots of requests for home workout regimes that could benefit our sport.  For those of us with tables at home, there are options for limited practice.  However, for most of us (trapped without a table or a robot […]

Remote Coach: Brian Pace – Training at a Distance

(by Steve Hopkins) When Brian Pace started a video diary of his 2012 training in Romania, he had no idea it would eventually lead to remote training sessions.  In fact, at the time Brian was honing his own game for the Olympic Trials and turning his talents towards coaching was the furthest thing from his […]

“Quarantine” + “Ping Pong”

(by Steve Hopkins) Many in the sport say that table tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world.  That can be tough to quantify – especially when athletes in other sports earn more money and other pro leagues are so popular.  Perhaps the better arguments label table tennis as the most popular “participation sport” […]

Ask The Experts: Yangyang Jia, No. 328

Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: Hi Yangyang: Hello, I have been using Innerforce ALC (tenergy 80 + tenergy05) for 5 years, then I moved to JM SZLC (Dignics 80 + Dignics05) for 2 years, and now I am considering moving to the new T. Harimoto SZLC (Dignics 09C + Dignics 05) . I […]

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