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Ben Hartwiger’s Skype Training Story

One of the programs that has been gaining steam at Triangle Table Tennis is the Skype Training Program created by Head Coach Brian Pace, and it has officially produced a State and National Champion in Ben Hartwiger. Ben is from Alabama, and he frequently competes in tournaments at Triangle Table Tennis, as well as other […]

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Mastering the Backhand Smash

If you’re not using the backhand loop as the primary attack shot on the backhand, then adding in the backhand smash can be a nice addition to your arsenal. The backhand smash is a unique skill that presents its own set of circumstances for your opponent to manage. This is the shot that must be […]

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Mastering the Pivot

Take a look at these clips, and tell me what you see in common. If you said the “Pivot”, then you would be right. The pivot is one of the most unique shots that you can play in the table tennis, because it is part side to side movement, part rotation. It is used to […]

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Adjusting Tactics in Tournament Play

In competition players go for the shots they are the most comfortable with, the shots that we have mastered, as well as the shots that expose your opponent. Tactical conflict is created when the players doesn’t acknowledge that the shot they are playing is not being effective. This will result in a bad string of […]

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Forehand Loop Advanced Skill Development

The Technical Development of the Forehand Loop is as straight forward as you can get, but there are 2 distinct aspects of development that the forehand loop must go through, and the first phase is stroke mechanics. The mechanics of any shot is referring to the major components that make up a shot like the […]

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Mastering the Flip

One of the most overlooked shots in table tennis is the flip. Developing this shot can extend your off the range of attack to over the table position. Being able to flip the ball does have strict guidelines outside of doing it technically correct. The flip must fit into your sequence of play to ensure […]

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Mastering Ball Placement

One of the biggest conceptual obstacles is creating a true agenda with regards to the shots that you have in your arsenal. Most players are consumed with making sure that they are executing the correct mechanics with regards to the shots they have developed. Where your game can become stagnant is when the approach does […]

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Tournament Tactics – Attacking Against Choppers

Playing against a chopper is one of the unique experiences that you will have in tournament play. The reason that choppers have a unique advantage in tournament play is, there aren’t enough of them to go around for you to develop a tangible tactical approach against. That makes it difficult to create a solid strategy […]

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Benefits of having a Table Tennis Coach

One of the aspects of coaching I have encountered is the reluctant athlete that questions if they should have a coach. That is the type of athlete that feels they are talented enough that they can reach the elite level without anyone that has provided them with an elite experience. That is something difficult for […]

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How To Maintain Tactical Focus

One of the major complaints that players have about tournament play is, why can’t they compete at the same level that they play. The answer to that is one concept, and that is “Tactical Focus”. That is the missing link behind why tournament performances are erratic in nature. Just like your forehand loop, backhand block, […]

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