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Johnathan McGinty’s Collegiate Table Tennis Article (Part 1 – The Pursuit of Belonging)

(Intro by Steve Hopkins) Augusta-based sports writer Johnathan McGinty has released Part 1 of his series about the early history of college table tennis in the US.  The article is titled “The Pursuit of Belonging: The amazing and untold story of the Anderson College and Augusta College table tennis dynasties”.   This article includes quotes from […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Move Like a Pro

(By Larry Hodges) Most players go through the following sequence during each shot of a rally: Opponent is about to strike ball. Opponent strikes ball. Player sees incoming ball. Player decides if he has to move. Player moves. He’s slow to get to the ball and complains he’s too slow. Top players go through the […]

WAB Club Feature: Spin & Smash

(by Steve Hopkins) Central Ohio is home to Spin & Smash.  Its a table tennis club that is part ping pong social club and part table tennis training center. The club is located on the West side of Columbus just off of I-270, the Jack Nicklaus Freeway.  The club features eleven Butterfly tables and there are […]

OPEN DOORS: Innovation at Wang Chen TTC – Home School Support

(by Steve Hopkins) An innovative idea emerged last week from the Wang Chen Table Tennis Club. As shut-downs continue, many students will be home for some or all of the workweek.  This affects parents who normally avoid daycare during the hours that their children would be in school – and in our cities, this also affects […]

PongNow: Willy Leparulo

(by Steve Hopkins) The PongNow interview series discusses table tennis with some of the best players and personalities in the sport. This edition features the Godfather of Modern US Collegiate Table Tennis, Willy Leparulo. Willy has held a leadership position in NCTTA for about 20 years, helping to guide them from a regional organization to […]

Quality Butterfly Bags review by coach Tawny Banh

(by Tawny Banh) Butterfly is a leader in table tennis equipment and accessories, so it only makes sense that they would come out with a convenient and durable line of sport bags collection called Yasyo and Black Line.  The bag itself varies in sizes which include small, medium, and large for all of your necessary […]

BUTTERFLY FAVORITES: Jun Mizutani (World No. 17)

(by Steve Hopkins) This video is of the 2019 All-Japan Championship.  It was a dominant performance by Jun Mizutani.  This was not the first time that he raised his game in front of the home fans as this marked his 13th year in the event, never finishing lower than the semifinals.  After the 2019 win, […]

2020 Butterfly Primerica Sandhills Open Highlights and Results

(By Amy Karpinski) On August 14-16, 2020, Cape Fear Table Tennis Club (CFTTC) in Fayetteville, NC, held its first ever 2 star tournament.  Known for running highly successful 0 star tournaments, it was decided that we would step up and run our first two star tournament when our February 0 star tournament sold out in […]

Steve Isaacson Interview: Honoring Ruth Aarons

(Intro by Steve Hopkins) As I have been collecting stories from Hall of Fame members, players, and personalities in the sport, I recently had opportunity to converse with Hall of Fame Member, Steve Isaacson.  I will be sharing some of his many stories in a series of articles over the next few weeks.  This article […]

PHOTO CONTEST: Win An Autographed Blade

  ENTER YOUR PHOTO FOR OUR FACEBOOK CONTEST AND TRY TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED BLADE! The Photo with the Most LIKES Wins.  The Prize? A Butterfly Harimoto Innerforce ALC Autographed Blade! HOW TO ENTER Take photo of your Butterfly racket or rackets (with or without rubber) OUTDOORS. (Please don’t submit photo of the racket indoors) Send photos to […]

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