Practice – Samson Dubina

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A famous table tennis athlete once said… “If you practice as much as the world champion, you will be as good as the world champion!”

Is this a true or false statement?

I feel that it is false. Many players train for table tennis, but few train effectively. An effective training session consists of several elements: technique, duration, and intensity.

Technique

Hire a professional table tennis coach to analyze your game and help you make a list of improvements to make in order to reach the next level. These problem areas might be footwork, body balance, strokes, timing, etc. Have your list next to the ping-pong® table and review them before, during, and after each training session. I personally have 23 minor improvements and changes that I’m making in my game. Each day, I target a few of these areas. Improving my technique will be one of the key elements to boosting my game to the next level.

Duration

The length of your practice session will depend on your level and goals. I encourage each of my students to practice at least ten hours per week. Most of my top students take two hours of lessons per week as well as practice with the Newgy Robo-Pong 2050 table tennis robot four hours per week and play matches at the club four hours per week. Over a period of two years, many of my students have improved 500-1000 points. For elite players, it is necessary to practice about six hours per day to compete at the national level.

Intensity

If you are going to sink lots of time and money into your table tennis game, I hope that you would be focused for each session. Train hard! Train often! Results in tournament come from excellent practice sessions.

I personally do a mixture of different kinds of training on a daily basis. In this video, you can see how I practice with the Newgy Robo-Pong 2050, practice multi-ball training, practice with a training partner, and play matches.

Samson Dubina

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