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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 […]

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 […]

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Essential Table Tennis

By Steve Hopkins) Located just South of downtown Oklahoma City off of I-35, the Essential Table Tennis Club is helping to bring the sport to the center of Oklahoma.  All players and all levels are welcome.  The club operates every day in their main location in Oklahoma City.  They also have weekend hours at the Moore […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: Consistency is King

(By Larry Hodges) Consistency  isn’t just something you need to learn to do; it’s an attitude. It’s the idea that, no matter what happens, you can keep the ball in play longer than your opponent. If you convince yourself you can do that, then you no longer are hesitant about your shots, and so your consistency […]

German League Update: Dusseldorf and Ochsenhausen Only Unbeaten Teams

(by Steve Hopkins, photo ITTF World) Most of the German squads have now played three matches – and only two teams remain undefeated: Borussia Dusseldorf and TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen.  For the talented Borussia Dusseldorf team, they have dominated every match winning 3-0, 3-0, and 3-0.  Ochsenhausen has spread out 2 losses over their three wins, […]

WTT Contender: Top Americans Have Impact in Muscat

(by Steve Hopkins) USA’s Kanak Jha entered the WTT Contender Muscat as the 10th seed and had a solid run to the Semifinals.  Lily Zhang entered as the 8th seed and advanced to the Final 8.  The Contender Series is designed to bring players outside of the Top 10 and to combine the draw and […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: The Simplicity of Tactics

(By Larry Hodges) When you lose a match against someone around your playing level, you didn’t lose because your opponent calculated a series of seven shots of varying types, speeds, spins, depths, and placements, all presumably worked out on a blackboard in advance with lots of X’s and O’s, like they do in football. Nope, […]

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