Actually, I am not talking about the table tennis robot at all. I am talking about the actual, genuine Newgy Family! The family that is responsible for the design and production of these fantastic table tennis robots since the early 70s. A family that has continually contributed to the growth of table tennis in the United States.
I connected with Joey Newgarden one day and after a casual conversation was invited in to fly down to Nashville, Tennessee to meet the Newgy team, to see the facilities, and to get acquainted. Getting a chance to play table tennis at the Newgy Club was a frosting on a cupcake for an already exciting and promising trip.
Below in the picture, you will see the main group of the Newgy Family I had the pleasure to spend time with during my visit. From left to right, Joey Newgarden, a Chief Operating Officer, the man ensuring completion of the Newgy Robot concepts and ideas. Then, next to me is the very own Newgy Founder – Joseph E. Newgarden Jr. In his mid 80s, Joseph Newgarden still runs the company, which is incredible. He is extremely passionate about table tennis. His biggest frustration is the recent knee pain that keeps him away from the game. Next in the picture is Josie Newgarden, Joey Newgarden’s daughter and Joseph Newgarden’s granddaughter, who is overseeing the Marketing department. (Yes, Newgarden’s really love first names that start with “J”). Next on the picture is someone you often find on the table tennis scene, US and International Table Tennis Umpire and a Coach – Roger Dickson. I also had a pleasure of meeting and spending some time with several more Newgy members, who are unfortunately are not on a picture, Todd Shoulders, Larry Thoman, and Cody Crook.
Newgy team is split among two facilities, with one serving as the FREE full-time club and a global operations center (Newgy is sold all over the world) and the second being a warehouse and a maintenance facility. The most neatest thing I got to see what a Newgy Bus that I can only compare with a Oscar Mayer Weinermobile.
So, what can I tell you about Newgy. For me, the most interesting part was to meet one of the most prominent American Table Tennis family. Though Newgardens are not known for their Olympic table tennis prowess, they surely are Olympians when it comes to the skill of building and reinforcing table tennis for an amateur and an improving player. The Newgy concept is based on developing a technology that walks a player from mere beginner to amateur, and then to a striving competitive player. When applied appropriately in training, which is what I can attest to, it can do great things.
Below on the picture, is a showcase that is prominently displayed in the entry hall of Newgy Headquarters. The orange robot is the very 1972 model designed and developed by Joseph Newgarden in response to the Stiga Robot first produced in Europe. Since that day, the company has grown and changed the lives on many players in this country. Some, with the fantastic device, others through sponsorships and various other programs aimed to grow the quality of the sport in the United States.
I did get a chance to also play at the club, but since I don’t pick up the paddle much lately, that is probably not much to be proud of. Yes, I pulled another one of those deuce in the fifth serves off the side of the table to lose a match which left me quite frustrated. Perhaps some time soon, I get a chance to go back to training.
In the meantime, I would like to thank the wonderful Newgy Family for their welcome, hospitality, and for their relentless drive to contribute to our favorite sport.
Oh and by the way, if you didn’t get a chance to check out the Newgy home page, please do so now. There is a great special running, which actually includes my book as a part of the bundle! Take advantage of it if you get a chance!