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BUTTERFLY FAVORITE: Michael Maze – Never Give Up

(by Steve Hopkins) When Maze was in his prime, he was one of the most exciting players in the world.  His personal motto appears to be Never Give Up – fighting to prolong points and as you can see from this video, often hanging around long enough to change the result. Michael Maze continues to […]

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Canadian Elite Table Tennis Centre

(by Steve Hopkins) The Canadian Elite Table Tennis Training Centre (“the Centre” or “Elite”) is a table tennis club and training center in Mississauga, Ontario. Mississauga is just to the West of Toronto, about 30 kilometers from the city center.  The facility is just off the Ontario 401 Express, easily accessible to the greater Toronto area. The […]

PongNow: Angela Guan

(by Steve Hopkins) The PongNow Interview Series – talking table tennis with some of the best players and personalities in the sport. The guest this week is Angela Guan, one of the strongest juniors in the US in recent years who represented the US on Cadet, Juniors, and Women’s National Teams.  _________________________ PongNOW Interview […]

Not a Good Week for Ochsenhausen

(by Steve Hopkins, photo from ITTFWorld), This final week of January has not been a good week for Liebherr Ochsenhausen.  On Wednesday, the team lost its match with SV Werder Bremen and fell to third place in the Bundesliga (behind Borussia Dusseldorf and TTC Neu-Ulm).  Today, their top player, Hugo Calderano, has announced he is […]

PINGPOD LEAGUE SEASON 3 SIGN-UP

Dear Pod Lover-   Find below our latest league announcement.   JOIN PINGPOD LEAGUE SEASON 3! Season 3 registration is now open and will be played in 5 or 6 divisions based on skill level. Details can be found here. The tentative starting date is February 15th.   Note that, if you are currently playing in Season […]

Ask The Experts: Sungsoo Jung, No. 376

Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question:   Hi , I’m looking to choose between the butterfly viscaria and the butterfly Mizutani ZLC. Please compare the playing qualities of the viscaria and the Mizutani ZLC. Which of these blades will have more dwell time, speed , spin , control and flex. I’m someone who relies on […]

Coaching Tip of the Week: Finding Simple Tactics That Work

(By Larry Hodges) The opening lines to my book, Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers, is, “Tactics isn’t about finding complex strategies to defeat an opponent. Tactics is about sifting through all the zillions of possible tactics and finding a few simple ones that work.” But how do you find these simple tactics that work? Simple – […]

OxNation: Ochsenhausen Takes Over Second

(by Steve Hopkins) With the Bundesliga in full swing in Germany, Liebherr Ochsenhausen has regained sole possession of second place with their third win in a row.  *It will take a much longer streak to catch Timo Boll’s Dusseldorf Team (which remains undefeated in 2021 thus far), but all that the Ochsenhausen team needs to […]

Timo Boll Video – Mental Strength

(by Steve Hopkins) In the video shown below, Timo Boll shares a few of his experiences and tips about maintaining mental strength in table tennis.  The video was originally posted on Timo Boll’s Youtube channel and it included a link to his new venture called  TIMO BOLL WEBCOACH at www.timoboll-webcoach.com. Timo Boll’s equipment is a […]

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Broward Table Tennis Club

(by Steve Hopkins) The Broward Table Tennis Club is at 3371 N. University Drive in Davie, Florida, just North of Miami in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton metropolitan area of the Southeast coast of the State.  The club is near to Florida’s Turnpike about 12 miles from Fort Lauderdale and 25 miles from Miami Beach. The club […]

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