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Coaching Tips of the Week: The Quick Chip Receive

(By Larry Hodges) Often an opponent serves short backspin or no-spin serves to the middle or backhand, and all you can do is push it back. If so, you should develop your flip. But there’s an alternative that’s often overlooked – a simple quick, deep push to the wide backhand.   To do this, you […]

WAB Club Feature: Song Jeho Table Tennis Club

(by Steve Hopkins) The Song Jeho Table Tennis Club (“SJHTTC”) is centrally located in Los Angeles.  The club is located in Korea Town near the intersection of S Grand View St. and W 11th St. with easy access to the Santa Monica Freeway and the 110. The club’s namesake is “Jay” Song Jeho, a strong player […]

Triangle’s 2022 Butterfly September Tournament

(by Steve Hopkins) Triangle Badminton and Table Tennis Club hosted their Butterfly September open last weekend.  There were seven events, with the highest rating event being the U2600, and with U2200, U1850, U1650, U1450, U1150, and U800 events as well. The top prize went to Rachid El Boubou who began the tournament at 2308 and […]

Pan Am U11 & U13 Results: Team USA’s Strong Results in Santo Domingo

(by Steve Hopkins, photo USATT) The 2022 ITTF Pan American U11 and U13 Championships were held this week in the Dominican Republic.  TeamUSA swept the Hopes events.  Two US Teams entered the Boys’ Team (U11) event and both made the Semifinal, where unfortunately they faced each other.  Team A of Jason Liu and Kyler Chen […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Blowing Ball in Air

(By Larry Hodges) We’re going to have a little fun this week. There’s more to table tennis than just going to the table and relentlessly trying to win. There’s also the fun part! And next to lobbing, the funnest thing I do in table tennis is blowing the ball in the air. I know, because […]

World Championships Preview: Changing of the Guard for Germany?

(by Steve Hopkins) No Boll, no Ovtcharov, and no Franziska?  Germany announced last Friday that their squad for the World Championships later this month in Chengdu, China will include Dang Qiu, Benedikt Duda, Fanbo Meng, and Ricardo Walther.  The reasons for this roster are a combination of a number of factors including injuries and rest […]

WTT Contender Almaty: Filus the Surprise Winner in Kazakhstan

(by Steve Hopkins) Lin Yun-Ju was the heavy favorite this week in Almaty, Kazackhstan for the WTT Contender event.  Lin, as World No. 7 had a solid advantage over Lim Jonghoon (No. 18), and Anton Kallberg (No. 19) who were the next two highest seeds.  Lin dominated early, with 3-0 wins over Can Akkuzu and […]

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Ready To Golf

(By Steve Hopkins) Located in New Jersey, North of Newark not far from the George Washington Bridge (and New York City), Ready to Golf provides daily access to table tennis with great playing conditions. Their 14 tables are available for reservation online by the hour or for a per-day pass.  Their reservation system is the same […]

Brian Pace’s Accident – And Road to Recovery

(by Bowmar Sports Team) Last week, Brian Pace was seriously injured in a biking accident.  Brian is a coach and player who has been a part of the Bowmar/Butterfly family for most of his adult life.  We all wish him a speedy recovery. A GoFundMe page has been set up in support of Brian to […]

WTT Contender Muscat: Woojin Jang and Chen Xingtong Take Singles Titles, Zhang Medals

(by Steve Hopkins) When the dust settled in Muscat, Oman, the Men’s Singles winner was Korea’s Jang Woojin and  the Women’s Singles champion was Chen Xingtong. Woojin is currently World No. 28 and Chen Xingtong is World No. 33, so in an event where all players were outside of the World Top 10, these results […]

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