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Harimoto Innerforce ALC Blade: A Non-Pro Review

(by Steve Hopkins) The Harimoto Innerforce ALC Blade is on sale right now at ButterflyOnline.com. The ALC have been among the best selling Butterfly Blades for years – the technology in the plies of the wood are proven technology.  That said, the Harimoto Innerforce is a little different from the earlier ALC versions in the […]

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Rozena: A Non-Pro Review

(by Steve Hopkins) I recently had opportunity to try Butterfly Rozena, I’ve been playing with Butterfly Tenergy and Dignics rubbers for some time.  Most recently I have had Dignics 09c on my forehand and Dignics 05 on my backhand.  There are some interesting differences with this rubber and I’m going to try to relay those […]

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Coaching Tip of the Week: The Forehand Down-the Line Block and Counterloop

(By Larry Hodges) When players loop to the forehand, almost invariably it is returned crosscourt, at least until you reach the higher levels. This can be effective, since it does give a wide angle to the forehand, and about 15.5 more inches going crosscourt then down the line. But it is so common that players […]

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WAB CLUB FEATURE: Table Tennis Minnesota

(by Steve Hopkins) Table Tennis Minnesota has three locations in the greater Minneapolis-St.Paul area.  The Training Center location is on Concord Street in South St. Paul, the Jewish Center location is on Cedar Lake Road in Minneapolis, and the Bloomington Armory location is in Bloomington.  Normally, the Training Center is open Monday-Thursday and Sunday and […]

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ITTF World Tour Grand Finals: Ma Long Wins Sixth

(by Steve Hopkins) The final RESTART Event, the 2020 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals, has finished in Zhengzhou, China.   The Sixteen best Men and Women were narrowed down to the final two for Sunday’s Final – and two the most celebrated players of recent years closed out this very strange year on top. THE FINAL: […]

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ITTF World Tour Grand Finals: A Fan/Ma Final Repeat

(by Steve Hopkins) The final RESTART Event, the 2020 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals has advanced to the Final.  The ITTF’s China Bubble moved to Zhengzhou, bringing sixteen of the world’s best Men and Women. UPDATE 2: Fan Zhendong and Ma Long Repeat The Saturday Semifinals saw Fan Zhendong and Ma Long advance – this […]

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PongNow: Tahl Leibovitz

(by Steve Hopkins) PongNow is an interview series talking table tennis with some of the best players and personalities in the sport. The guest this week is Tahl Leibovitz, among the most decorated American table tennis players ever.  Tahl has over 50 international para championships, won a Paralympic Gold Medal, has won 13 Para Pan […]

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ITTF World Tour Grand Finals: Another Day, Another Woojin Surprise

(by Steve Hopkins) The ITTF’s China Bubble has moved to Zhengzhou for the third and final RESTART Event, the 2020 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals. Sixteen of the world’s best are competing – based upon accumulated point totals from previous tour events. UPDATE 1: Another Day, Another Woojin Surprise The headline of the first day […]

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ITTF World Tour Grand Finals: Day 1

(by Steve Hopkins) The ITTF’s China Bubble has moved to Zhengzhou for the third and final RESTART Event, the 2020 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals. Sixteen of the world’s best are competing – based upon accumulated point totals from previous tour events. The participating Men are: Fan Zhendong, Xu Xin, Ma Long, Harimoto, Lin Gaoyuan, […]

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ITTF Announcement: Continued Effects of COVID on Tokyo

(by Steve Hopkins) COVID-19 continues to cause disruptions in the table tennis world as different areas experience travel restrictions.  Like other sports, table tennis has managed to use the “bubble” model to create safe environments for select events.  Unfortunately, many of the Continental Federation qualifying events for the Olympic Games were unable to occur earlier this […]

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Coaching Tip of the Week: Use Both Sides of the Body When Forehand Looping

November 16, 2020
(By Larry Hodges) Most players think of forehand looping as a shot done from their playing side. So… Read More

Behind the Curtain: Life in the ITTF Bubble with Joerg and Kanak

November 15, 2020
(by Steve Hopkins) The World Cup ended on Sunday (click here for the Butterfly article about the Semifinals… Read More

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Sunny Culture & Sports Center

November 15, 2020
(by Steve Hopkins) Sunny Culture & Sports Center is located at Scarborough, Sheppard, and Brimley Street in Scarborough… Read More

Men’s World Cup: Fan Tops Final Day

November 15, 2020
(by Steve Hopkins, photo ITTFWorld) The Knock-out Rounds of the Dishang 2020 ITTF Men’s World Cup came to… Read More

Men’s World Cup: Semifinals

November 15, 2020
(by Steve Hopkins, photo ITTFWorld) The Knock-out Rounds of the Dishang 2020 ITTF Men’s World Cup have almost… Read More

Men’s World Cup: Final Four Are Set

November 14, 2020
(by Steve Hopkins, photo ITTFWorld) The Knock-out Rounds of the Dishang 2020 ITTF Men’s World Cup are underway. … Read More

Ask The Experts: Rachid El Boubou, No. 367

November 14, 2020
Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question: When doing a forehand or backhand topspin: should our top edge… Read More

Men’s World Cup Update 2: Lin Yun-Ju and a Pair of Korean Upsets

November 14, 2020
(by Steve Hopkins) The Knock-out Rounds of the Dishang 2020 ITTF Men’s World Cup are underway.  Thirteen of… Read More
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