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BUTTERFLY FAVORITES: Liam Pitchford’s Warm-Up Routine

This video with England’s top player, Liam Pitchford has appeared with perfect timing.  As players across the US are getting back to the tables after a long layoff, fitness and the warm-up are especially important. The video which was posted by Team GB is titled “Liam Pitchford’s Table Tennis Warm-Up Routine”.  In the video, Liam […]

Coaching Tip Of The Week: Training Down the Line

(By Larry Hodges) One of the lessons I learned from legends like Dan Seemiller and Dave Sakai was the value of down-the-line training. When you hit crosscourt, you have about ten feet and 3.5 inches. Down the line, it’s only nine feet, so 15.5 inches shorter. If you can maintain an aggressive down-the-line attack in […]

WAB Club Feature: Pingpod

(by Steve Hopkins) PingPod was born as a pop up on Canal St. When the team saw the joy that a ping pong table in a garage brought to so many people, they knew they needed to find a way to make table tennis more accessible to many more people in NYC and beyond. Doors […]

Dusseldorf Masters IV: Video Highlights

(by Steve Hopkins) The fourth installment of the Dusseldorf Masters concluded on the 17th.  The top seed was Kanak Jha, but he was upset by the eventual winner, Bastian Steger in the Quarterfinals. The Semifinals matched Benedikt Duda and Bastian Steger and also Dang Qiu against Steffen Mengel.  Ultimately, Steger and Qiu prevailed in the […]

PongNow: Interview with Richard McAfee

(by Steve Hopkins) The PongNow interview series discusses table tennis with some of the best players and personalities in the sport. In this edition we have USATT Hall of Fame Member Richard McAfee.  Richard had an impressive career as a player before becoming one of the best known coaches in the United States.  __________________________ […]

Dusseldorf Masters IV: Steger Surprises the Field

(by Steve Hopkins) The Fourth Dusseldorf Masters event was held this week in Germany.  This week’s winner, German team veteran, Bastian Steger. The Dusseldorf Masters events have been held in consecutive weeks of June.  The first Dusseldorf Masters event was won by Timo Boll – with highlights including Dang Qiu upsetting Dimitrij Ovtcharov early, and […]

Dignics 80 Review: Wenting Zha

(by Wenting Zha) DIGNICS 80 brings together speed, power, and spin in a seamless integration of the best parts of DIGNICS 05 and DIGNICS 64, while improving upon the drawbacks of DIGNICS 64 as the inherent elasticity of the sponge is enhanced by an additional toughness. This is an incredible rubber, well worth the price, […]

Ask The Experts: Jishan Liang, No. 349

Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: Hello sir, madame, Could you share with me how well the Dignics 09c is compatible with my zhang jike ALC blade? Thank you, Regards, Roeland Answer:                      Your Ask the Experts question was answered by Jishan Liang. Coach Liang is […]

BUTTERFLY FAVORITES: How to Ghost Serve Like Patrick Franziska

This instructional video appears with perfect timing, as Patrick Franziska has just lead his Bundesliga team to its first ever TTBL Championship.  The video is titled “How to Ghost Serve Like Patrick Franziska”.  In the video, Patrick explains his contact points, and body position and how he implements the serve in a match.  Patrick is […]

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