May 2021 - Butterfly Online

Coaching Tip of the Week: How to Play the Attacker/Blocker with Dead Rubber

(By Larry Hodges)  One of the more difficult styles to figure out is what to do against a player who attacks and blocks with a “dead” surface – either a slow inverted surface or short pips. The inverted may be slow because it’s designed that way (often for beginners) or because it’s old and used. […]

Fan Tops Xu Xin, Manyu Surprises in China Simulation

(by Steve Hopkins) After Ma Long was upset early (a 4-2 loss to Xu Chenhao), the other 2/3 of their Olympic Team finished China’s Olympic Simulation exactly as expected.  Fan Zhendong (World No.1) and Xu Xin (World No.2) advanced to the Final, where Fan topped Xu is a tight 4-3 victory. The more interesting result […]

Dusseldorf VII: Anton Answers the Kall

(by Steve Hopkins) The final events in the Dussedorf Masters Series was held today.  It included Timo Boll as the top seed, the 2020 Duseldorf points champion (Dang Qiu), the young German points leader (Cedric Meissner), and a pair of Swedes (Anton Kallberg and Kristian Karlsson). Meissner fell early – his earliest loss of the whole […]

China’s Olympic Simulation: Ma Long Falls Again

(by Steve Hopkins) Just three weeks after Ma Long was ousted early in the China Olympic Trials, he falls again – this time a 4-2 to Xu Chenhao.  Chenhao is a 24 second tier Chinese player who was briefly within the Top 100 in the rankings (No. 97) in 2014.   That said, he’s a dangerous free-swinging […]

WAB Club Feature: Texas Table Tennis Training Center

(by Steve Hopkins) The Texas Table Tennis Club (“TTT”) is one of the largest table tennis clubs in the State of Texas.  There are 12 Butterfly tables on red rubber flooring in their 6500 square foot facility.  The ceiling is 13 feet high with excellent lighting.  The club is located on Sovereign Drive on the West side […]

A Look at the ITTF Calendar

(by Steve Hopkins) The ITTF Event Calendar has been pretty light in the first half of 2021 so as to not risk the Olympics in Tokyo.  There have been a few qualification events which needed to happen because they were cancelled in 2020, but for the most part players will be preparing for the Olympics […]

Germany’s Stumper Wins WTT Youth Tunis

(by Steve Hopkins, photo ITTFWorld) Kay Stumper won the Youth Challenge Event in Tunis this week.  Stumper is a young German player (18 years old) who has been turning heads in Europe on the junior circuit – winning the European Youth Top 10 the last two years.  Stumper won the third Dusseldorf Masters Event (last […]

Junior Pan Am Games Roster

(by Steve Hopkins) The Junior Pan Am Games is an event for athletes between 18 and 21.  “Junior” is a misnomer for an American audience where we often use the term to refer to those 18 and under.  In this case, the event will feature the best young players of this hemisphere, and that includes […]

Butterfly Training Tips: Transition From Underspin To Topspin

Coach Yu Di demonstrates two different sequences to improve your transitioning. Learn more about Yu Di here Don’t have anyone to practice this drill with? Learn more about our Amicus and Practice Partner Robots here Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We […]

Butterfly Training Tips: Drill: Backhand, Middle, Forehand, Middle with Huijing Wang

Learn more about Huijing Wang here Don’t have anyone to practice this drill with? Learn more about our Amicus and Practice Partner Robots here Other training videos by Huijing Wang: Butterfly Training Tips: How To Handle Balls To The Middle with Huijing Wang Butterfly Training Tips: Table Tennis Exercises At Home with Huijing Wang Stay […]

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