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News from the world of table tennis

ITTF Development in Kiribati

A few weeks ago, we brought you a great story about a Japanese man doing his best to develop the table tennis talent in the tiny island nation of Kiribati.  Here’s a more in depth take on the development of … Continue reading

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The Physical Attributes of the Ideal Table Tennis Athlete

In this insightful video, German table tennis star and Olympic bronze medalist Dmitrij Ovtcharov discusses the physical attributes of the ideal table tennis athlete.  Interestingly, he says that 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Ryu Seung Min is the ideal athlete.  This … Continue reading

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Practice Your Pong Skills With Chopsticks

In China where table tennis is a national obsession you never know what kind of weird and wonderful hybrid activities will emerge.  A few years back, Ma Deqi, a farmer in Yuzhou, China caused a sensation on Youku by showing … Continue reading

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The Net Assembly Can Be Your Best Friend

Before we kick this one off, you need to be aware of two definitions in the ITTF’s Laws of Table Tennis.  First one is the ‘Net Assembly’ (2.2.1):  The net assembly shall consist of the net, its suspension and the … Continue reading

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A Ping Pong Switch-Hand Shot to Behold

For the uninitiated, switch-hand shots are legal in table tennis and they are a sight to behold.  To get you acquainted, check out this compilation of the best ones.  It takes skill, coordination and timing to execute properly.  Most of … Continue reading

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The Greatest Extra-Terrestrial Ping Pong Player?

Ma Long is the greatest ping pong player on Earth.  But that’s nothing compared to astronaut Scott Kelly, the greatest ping pong player in the universe: Photo and Video Courtesy of NASA

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The World Championships of Ping Pong

Many were aware of the 2015 World Table Tennis Championships that took place in 2015 in Suzhou, China with Ma Long and Ding Ning capturing the top prizes.  In just a few days another world championships will happen on January … Continue reading

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Next Time Just Smash It…

If you’ve played table tennis long enough, I’m sure you’ve had this happen to you at least once.  You’re in a match, in the midst of a heated rally and decide to try something creative or ‘cute’ because for the … Continue reading

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Who Doesn’t Like A Behind-The-Back-Shot?

Courtesy of MrThePortal’s Youtube Channel, here’s an amazing behind-the-back shot by Balazs Hutter of Germany.  Smooth and effortless is how I would describe the way Hutter executes this difficult shot:

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A Look Back at a Legend: The Great Ma Lin

If you are a Ma Lin fan like me, you’ll enjoy this extra long video compilation.  The video comes with captions that show his key matches as he progressed throughout his storied career.  Happy Saturday and enjoy the video. Video … Continue reading

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