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Use Your Weaknesses or They Will Always Be Weaknesses

Use Your Weaknesses or They Will Always Be Weaknesses (By Larry Hodges) Suppose, for example, you have a strong forehand loop against backspin, but your backhand loop against backspin isn’t so good. Then you probably use the forehand every chance you can, and avoid using the backhand loop. Result? You continue to have a strong […]

Announcing the PongMobile Cup 2019

Announcing the PongMobile Cup 2019 (by Steve Hopkins) Washington DC Table Tennis will host the first PongMobile Cup this February.  The stated goal is to offer the most prestigious table tennis team event in the capital area. The tournament will take place on Sunday, February 17, 2019.  The MDCTT club at 6403 Chillum Pl NW […]

WAB Club Feature: California Table Tennis, and the Angel’s Cup Butterfly Team Tournament

WAB Club Feature: California Table Tennis, and the Angel’s Cup Butterfly Team Tournament (By Steve Hopkins) The annual Angel’s Cup Butterfly Team Tournament is scheduled for November 23/24.  It is a signature Southern California event for a signature Southern California club. The format of the tournament is three-person teams with two divisions based upon rating.  […]

Austrian Open Update: Xu Xin and a Series of Upsets

Austrian Open Update: Xu Xin and a Series of Upsets (by Steve Hopkins/Photo by ITTF) The Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum, Liebherr Austrian Open is down to the last day.  The men’s event included 177 competitors and began with qualifying rounds which lead to 16 qualifiers who joined the top 16 seeds in the […]

2018 Butterfly Southeastern Open Giant Round Robin

2018 Butterfly Southeastern Open Giant Round Robin (by Steve Hopkins) The 2018 Butterfly Southeastern Giant Round Robin tournament was held last month.  The 4-star three-day tournament featured five rated events and $7,500.  Triangle Table Tennis in Morrisville, North Carolina was the host. Friday included two warm-up singles events:  Under 1800 and Over 1800.  Changbo Lu took […]

Seamaster ITTF World Tour Swedish Open

Seamaster ITTF World Tour Swedish Open (by Steve Hopkins/Photo courtesy of ITTF) The top two seeds in the tournament were Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin.  Both advanced to the final easily. The top half of the draw had 6 Chinese players (out of 16 total players).   Fan played four matches in the tournament, and three […]

Rhode Island TT Fall Open

Rhode Island TT Fall Open (by Steve Hopkins) The RITTA Fall Open was held on November 4th at the Rhode Island Club in Manville.  The one-star USATT-sanctioned tournament included six events — all singles events based upon rating. Henry Kopczacki won the 1100, David Afando won the 1350, Yulang Wang won the 1600, Charles Cavicchio […]

WAB Club Feature: Spin & Smash Table Tennis & Ping Pong Club

WAB Club Feature: Spin & Smash Table Tennis & Ping Pong Club (By Steve Hopkins) Central Ohio is home to Spin & Smash, 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 […]

Don’t Try So Hard When Ending the Point

Don’t Try So Hard When Ending the Point (By Larry Hodges) When you put everything into a shot, you lose control and consistency. You often lose power as well as you can’t really time all your muscles together at 100%, and instead end up with a spastic shot that’s difficult to control. Watch the top […]

Coaching tip of the week: Heavy and No-Spin Pushes

Coaching tip of the week: Heavy and No-Spin Pushes (By Larry Hodges) A good, quick, well-placed, heavy, low, deep push is valuable at all levels, even the world-class level. So develop all aspects of that shot, especially against backspin or no-spin serves. But there’s another weapon that many forget, and that’s the no-spin push. Against […]

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