Is my blade right for me?

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MoonDragn
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I recently joined MDTTC and started playing table tennis again after 6-7 years of not playing. I couldn't find my old paddles so I decided to go out and buy a new one. The paddle that I had was a a butterfly shakehand and I mostly play penholder anyway.

The new paddle I brought is a Ma Lin extra offensive with a 2.0 mm 999 Juic attack on the forehand and 2.0 mm 999 extra defensive on the backhand. It does seem slightly faster than I am used to but I am not going over the end of the table. However it is harder to loop with this than the paddle I borrowed at the club with the tenergy 05 rubber. The paddle from the club seemed good except I kept going off the table.

I currently have a very low rating around 512 after a few tries at league and I am wondering if I brought the right paddle? At this rating I'm technically a beginner all over again and I am wondering if my paddle is too fast for me or if the rubber is too thick at 2.0 mm?

AlwaysLearning
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Re: Is my blade right for me?

There's also a school of thought that suggests "flexible blades" to be paired with "harder" and "tackier" rubber. For example: Stiga All Around Classic flared handle blade with DHS Hurricane 3 Neo rubber. This type of setup promotes full stroke swing to generate spinnier balls. The spinnier (topspin) ball allows for shots that land consistently on the table.

TK

Amateur Table Tennis enthusiast. Trying to not be an equipment junkie.

rudiratlos
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Re: Is my blade right for me?

Thank you. Yes I think it helps. This racket is faster, no question. I stayed with the same blade and only changed to faster new technolgy rubbers. It feels very right when looping. Bur it reacts unfamiliar in some other cases. For example backspin defense: the racket feel very hard in this case. I only use it on occassions. Also blocking is more difficult. But I think this is only a matter of adaption.

The best is, that I really have to work to get the balls right with this racket and actively stroke. That is good, because with my old racket I was able to play very passiv and often I had to be passiv because looping was more difficult in many cases. Also I have to analyse the spin of the ball more precise, which might be a drawback short-term, missing some serves, but may improve my abillity to read spin medium-term.

Larry Hodges
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Re: Is my blade right for me?

Hi Rudiratlos,

Sorry I took so long to get back to you. It's hard to judge without seeing you play, but in general, if you are playing regularly, you can control a somewhat fast racket - but don't go too fast. I usually recommend using bouncier sponge to increase speed rather than go to a super-fast blade. However, a too-slow blade makes you put too much effort into making a shot that would be much easier with a faster blade, so it's a matter of finding the right balance for each player. Ultimately, it comes down to how does it feel when you hit with it. If it feels right, it almost always is what you want. Hope this helps!

rudiratlos
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Re: Is my blade right for me?

Hi Larry,

would you advice an intermediate player to use faster equipment to get better while learning to control it?

I had used a Coppa (the original without tension) backhand and forehand on a Waldner Senso Carbon so far and it was getting to slow for me. So I bought two Evolution EL-P. They might be in the range of tenergy 05 but with a little less control. EL-P is really incredible compared with Coppa. Much more Spin, faster and you have to constantly work to get the ball over the net. I can loop quite far from the table with very good Speed and Spin. All strokes work but not as easy as with coppa. But mostly harder for the opponent. The EL-P feels great, even if I lost a bit of control but hope to gain control back fast. I regulary play 4 times a week (about 2 to 3 hours). I think I can grow with this equipment, also because it is fun to play with. What do you think?

MoonDragn
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Re: Is my blade right for me?

Well the last time I was around 1300-1400 was about 20 years ago back in college. I think it is more a matter of remembering the strokes (and getting back in shape) than re-learning them for me.  I am also trying to convert over to Reverse Penhold Backhand so that also contributes to the low rating.

While researching Reverse Penhold Backhand, I found recomendations for rubber to be around 2.0mm and that was the reason I brought that thickness.

 

 

Larry Hodges
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Re: Is my blade right for me?

Hi MoonDragon,

I'm not familiar with the equipment you mention except for Tenergy, which is great for looping, but hard to control unless you are practicing regularly. It is likely that the racket you are using is too fast for you, but I can't say for certain without trying it out. I generally advise players to use modern sponges (assuming they are playing regularly), but not-so-fast blades until they reach at least an intermediate level, say 1200-1600. You also might not need 2.0 mm until your strokes are well developed.