October 17, 2022

Tip of the Week
The Yin and Yang of Serving.

Cary Cup Open
I spent the weekend coaching at the Cary Cup at the Triangle Badminton and Table Tennis Club in Cary, NC. Here are complete results of the tournament, care of Omnipong. I was coaching two players, Todd Klinger and Christian Funderberg. I can't really go into details of most of the coaching – call it coach-player privilege – but here are some highlights. Ojo dominates the big events!

  • Yes, if you miss your own serve twice a game, you drop about 100 rating points in level. (It cost us at least two matches.)
  • No, the match is not over if you are up 2-0 in games (twice), or up 9-6, 9-7, or 9-8 in deciding game, or up match point in deuce twice. It was one of those weekends.
  • Yes, in fact, you most certainly should attack the middle and forehand and stop going to the player's really good backhand.
  • No, don't think about the shot, just do it.
  • Yes, it's lucky that Christian and I had the same size shoes and so when his literally broke apart while he was playing, he was able to borrow mine.
  • No, just because he's playing with a hardbat doesn't mean it's going to be an easy match.
  • Yes, if the opponent is a passive receiver, we're going to take advantage of it.
  • No, you cannot call a let after the point is over. (Todd and Christian didn't do this – they know better.)
  • Yes, we discussed and solved every philosophical issue on the five-hour drive home. Later we will publish our annotated discussions in the New York Times.

New from Samson Dubina

New from Ti Long

How Often Should I Change Table Tennis Rubbers
Here's the article by Matt Hetherington.

Forehand Loop & Footwork
Here's the video (48 sec) with Ye Tian

Tournament Update … Steady Progress, But Too Many Missed Opportunities
Here's the article by Tom Lodziak, with some insights from his play.

New from the Performance Biomechanics Academy Table Tennis

New from PingSunday/EmRatThich

New from Taco Backhand

Seth Pech vs Senura Silva 2022 (16:04) Presper Financial Architect Open
Here's the video as Seth gives point-by-point commentary.

Ask the Coach
Here are the latest questions from PingSkills.

New from Steve Hopkins/Butterfly

New from the ITTF

Return Everything Shirt
Here it is!

Famous People Playing Table Tennis
Here's the video (5:06) from Table Tennis Central, which includes Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, English football (soccer) players Tom Carroll and Raheem Sterling, Rafael Nadal, Kevin Spacey, and two people at the very end that I don't recognize.

Charlie Cox, Mark Ruffalo, and More Play Ping Pong in New She-Hulk BTS Video
Here's the article and video (15 sec)!

The Miami Dolphins Ping-Pong Odyssey

This is How the Dream Starts
Here's the video (10 sec)!

Most Random Ping Pong Racket
Here's the video (8:19) from Pongfinity! "In today's challenge episode, we're going to play with the world's most uneven racket, see how many papers we can slice with a ping pong ball, and more!"

Mostly Non-Table Tennis
Here are more science fiction & fantasy stories of mine that just came out.

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