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Johnathan McGinty’s Collegiate Table Tennis Article (Part 2 – The Pursuit of Belonging)

(Intro by Steve Hopkins) Augusta-based sports writer Johnathan McGinty has released Part 2 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 […]

Ask The Experts: Jishan Liang, No. 355

Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: What Butterfly Blades and Rubbers are suited for my age and playing style? I am 31yrs old, just 157cm tall. I am a two-wing looper but I am not that strong anymore like the old days. I can hit hard with my forehand but I easily get exhausted […]

WAB CLUB: PowerStroke Table Tennis Club

(By Steve Hopkins) PowerStroke Table Tennis Club is located in Saint Augustine, Florida.  The club is just off of I-95 on the Northwest side of the city, about 30 miles South of Jacksonville. The club has six professional tables in their air-conditioned facility.  Flooring and lighting are ideal for play of all levels.  As they say on their […]

PongNow: David Zhuang

(by Steve Hopkins) The PongNow interview series discusses table tennis with some of the best players and personalities in the sport. This edition features David Zhuang, one of the most decorated American table tennis players of a generation.  He is an Olympian, a 6-time National Champion, and a Hall of Fame Member.  In addition […]

USATT’S THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE: Lily Zhang Gives Butterfly 5-2 Lead

(by Steve Hopkins) USA Table Tennis conducted its seventh Challenge Series event this week.   The event was another battle of the sexes with Olympian and US Champion Lily Zhang representing Team Butterfly and rising junior Adita Godhwani playing for Team Nittaku. The players traded the first two games.  In Game 3 it was Adita who […]

Top Speeds: 90 mph? 60 mph?

(by Steve Hopkins) For a number of years, articles about table tennis in the United States regularly referenced “speeds up to 90 mph” when discussing our sport.  Most of us in the sport (who knew that there was some exaggeration involved) did little to correct the misconception.  There were some articles that touched upon the […]

BUTTERFLY FAVORITE: The Anticipation of Lin Yun-Ju

(by Steve Hopkins) In 2018, a 17 year old Chinese Taipei player made an amazing jump in the ratings – moving up about 100 spots to break into the Top 30.  That feat was perhaps eclipsed in 2019 when Lin Yun-Ju moved from No. 28 to No. 6, scoring tour wins at the T2 Diamond and […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: A Trick to Beat a Tricky Pusher

(By Larry Hodges) Some players have very accurate pushes, and will push very wide to your backhand over and over – unless they see you stepping around, or even hedging that way. That’s when they push to your wide forehand and catch you off guard. Let’s say your forehand loop is stronger than your backhand […]

WAB CLUB FEATURE: MK Georgia Table Tennis

(by Steve Hopkins) MK Georgia Table Tennis is in Duluth, Georgia just off of I-85 to the Northeast of Atlanta.  Duluth is in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, and is a suburb with a strong Asian influence which includes about 10% of the population being of Korean descent.  The club itself is located off Peachtree Industrial […]

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