Slow down, son!

Friday, May 20th, 2011
By Arthur Lui

Slow Down

It’s easy to get enamoured by the latest Tensor technology and the bright packaging of the Butterfly Tenergy series, but this equipment is usually not suitable for most people, especially players at the amateur/intermediate level.

My own personal rule is that nobody with a USATT rating under 1900 (or isn’t being coached) should be using very high-speed equipment like the Butterfly Tenergy 05 or an OFF+ rated blade. If you’re a developing player, or are in the market for your first competition-grade racket, pay attention.

It’s all about control

At lower levels, what you need is control, not speed. Most people can generate all of the power they need through good technique. The major problem that I see in developing players is that they get a high-speed carbon racket with Tenergy on both sides, and then can’t control their racket. The ball flies too far, serve returns are always long or high, and they end up looping with half-strokes because a full stroke would send the ball off the table.

For your own good, choose a medium speed racket with well-rounded characteristics, something like:

  • Speed: 6 – 8.5 out of 10
  • Spin: 8 – 9 out of 10
  • Control: 8 – 10 out of 10
  • Tackiness: zero to 7 out of 10
  • Sponge thickness: 1.8mm to 2.0mm

Moderate speed and spin will give you more control and boost your confidence. As your confidence goes up and you swing with command, your technique will develop faster. Also, avoid highly tacky rubbers as they don’t suit every style, whereas a non-tacky up to medium-tacky rubber can be used for any stroke. You can’t flat smash with much power with a fully tacky rubber. Furthermore, a thinner sponge will reduce the punch on incoming and outgoing shots, allowing you to commit fully to an aggressive stroke. When you can swing your hardest on attack shots and expect it to land with consistency, that’s when you’re ready to get faster equipment. No sooner.

Here are some recommended blades and rubbers that you can’t go wrong with.

Blades

Rubbers

Using what Timo Boll uses doesn’t magically make you a professional, in most cases it makes you worse. Choose what suits you now and you’ll develop your game much faster!

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35 Responses to “Slow down, son!”

  1. Marcus Allison says:

    It is my opinion that most players I encounter should not play with tensor rubbers. They typically do not possess the skill necessary to master usage of these types of rubbers. Also, I think that tensor rubbers are much like cell phones: after awhile you can’t live without them. They have the ability to corrupt your game and lose can your form. And form is the most important thing about table tennis. I’ve seen little boys play with tensor rubbers, and with very little effort they generate speed and spin that they themselves can’t control when the ball is returned to them. Just my two cents.

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  2. emm says:

    Agree with this. I myself ( an old timer ) developed my game using wood ( all ) and yasaka mark v as well as sriver during my learning years. I developed my spin and flat drive ( with average speed ) which I can place on both ends of the table with great accuracy. This was my setup for 9 years.
    When I went back playing table tennis, I did not jump immediately to buy the most expensive equipment. I settled for Stiga wood blade ( I forgot the model ), mendo energy and evo rubbers from stiga. I practice with this set up for 3 months and tried tenergy 05 on FH. I am amazed with the speed and addicted to it. I believe I can control this rubber because I have accurate placement of my spin and drives.
    Speed is useless if you can’t control it.

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  3. Donic Fan says:

    Sorry, I have to disagree. When I started playing 30 years ago, all of the top players gave away the same advice, except then they said you shouldn’t be playing with Mark V because it’s too fast or too powerful, you won’t be able to control it, you should spend some time grooving your strokes, etc. Sound familiar? If it was too powerful for beginners then, then why would the advanced players be recommending it now? The truth is this has nothing to do with equipment. The human body is an exceptional instrument and capable of truly outstanding feats of coordination and athleticism. There’s no reason a young student couldn’t learn the strokes and shots from the beginning just as well using Tenergy. It’s only a matter of a learned skill, a developed touch. If you have the athletic ability, you’ll be able to learn with Tenergy just as well as Mark V. Of course, the advanced players will always want the younger students to use less advanced equipment. Why would they want them to have the exact same equipment, or should I say “weapons” in match play. From a human nature standpoint (and as something we don’t think), wouldn’t the advanced player want to maintain some type of advantage over them, some type of superiority? In most cases the younger players already have the advantage in speed, agility, and most importantly, the ability to learn and adapt to any situation. So we certainly don’t want them to use Tenergy! Against us in match play…no way.

    I play with a newer player, although not a younger player. He started off with conservative equipment, but within a few months he wanted to get the fastest blade and the spiniest rubber. I supported that idea totally. Now, 8 months later, I don’t see him as a beginner that squandered time he should have been using developing shots. Instead his game has developed at a rapid rate, much faster than my game was developing. Friends, this is no time to be jealous. I’m ecstatic, I get much better matches out of him than I used to.

    I think many advanced players today when they see a younger player missing shots or taking half-swings to keep the ball in play misinterpret this as having equipment that is too hard for them to control. There is another more likely reason – they just don’t have that level of coordination or athleticism yet, they just haven’t learned that skill yet. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t, but it depends on the individual, not the equipment. If it was based on equipment only, then everybody who played with Mark V and a conservative blade for let’s say 10 years would eventually become a 1800+ player. But we know that isn’t the case at all. Some people never advance past 1000; some people make it to 2000. It depends on the degree of individual athleticism and has nothing to do with equipment. Given that, why shouldn’t a 1000 rated player (or less) have the fun of using Tenergy? Come on, it is exciting; I think everybody should use it and have the same fun and excitement as the better players. It’s sort of like amateur golfers. They can hack the ball all over the course with no consistency in their shots every single week, but if they hit one solid drive for the round, they’ll savor the memory of that shot for the whole week, playing it over and over in their head in anticipation of doing it again next week. Out of roughly 90 strokes, that one solid drive made it worth their while, made it fun for them to keep playing, keep trying week after week. The same is true in table tennis. Let’s all have fun, and if it’s more fun to use Tenergy, why not?

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    • Arthur Lui says:

      Interesting opinion, Donic Fan. What if it’s a combination of athleticism and equipment? For the player that can’t seem to get past rating 1800, maybe he would reach that point earlier if he started with lesser equipment.

      It’s like training wheels. If we go with the principle that we should start at the top difficulty, then training wheels wouldn’t exist and kids should always start on two wheels only. I think in most cases, people progress faster with several steps of increasing difficulty.

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      • Donic Fan says:

        Hello Arthur, let me first say thanks for what a good job you’ve done with this website and for valuable contributions in reviews and advice, etc.

        Yes, I think it can be a combination of athleticism and equipment depending on how much training the individual has had. Even experienced players note certain rubbers are too fast to control on certain blades, etc. But with lesser experienced players, we don’t have to assume equipment is the only reason. They could be missing shots because they just aren’t hitting in the center of the blade often enough, and in that case they would be missing shots just as much with Mark V as they would with Tenergy.

        I would think all true “beginners” need the training wheels. Where we differ is when can they take the training wheels off and start learning stunts and tricks. I tend to feel the younger the better while the ability to soak up new information and develop new skills is at the highest part of the curve.

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    • cameronreddy says:

      How interesting. Mark V was labeled as too fast for beginning players when it came out 30 years ago… The thesis here, is that Mark V is now recommended largely, simply (not sure of the word that best fits here) because it is slower than the Tenergy class of rubbers. In other words, if it was too fast to allow development then, it should be too fast now. This is pursuasive.

      I went ahead, based on Arthur’s advice, and got the Andrzej Grubba bat with Mark V @2.0 and I don’t consider it too fast for my 783 rating, but I wonder how much that very slow bat (third slowest rating of all bats in the database) may be slowing down the “speed” of the rubber. Query how much faster the combination would be on the recommended Korbel bat. Query if I would be happy with that combination.

      I may try a faster set up to test the theory, suggested here, that learning on the fast stuff may be just as effective as the slower stuff. Just not sure if I will go full bore and test an off+ bat with Tenergy or simply get a bit faster bat (Petr Korbel is arguably much faster) with something now considered slow like the Mark V.

      Seems there are many levels of “faster.”

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    • WUPlayer says:

      Hey I agree and disagree. I feel that you are exactly correct in saying that any person with high athleticism and coordination can certainly pick up on the skills necessary to develop good habits at an early stage, whereas others who can hardly hold the paddle the right way shouldn’t even come close to “advanced equipment.” Some people have the natural aptitude where they can start playing early with better equipment and are able to have a decent “touch” on the ball as well as good mechanics. We call them “fast learners” :) . However, I have been playing for three years and have not bothered to upgrade my equipment just yet to the higher stuff simply because I have not been educated enough on what to buy or to stay away from. I have spent weeks reading reviews of mostly every rubber and racket there is and have decided to go with the Mark V (BH) and Hurricane NEO (2) SKyline (FH) on my yasaka extra offensive. I have a Donic carbon 1000 with 729 rubber on it and I often allow other people to use it. I find that most of them cannot control it and end up going back to their recreational equipment. It may be a tad bit underhanded but when there is an opponent that I find is acting “cocky” I allow them to use my carbon Donic Racket and they have always failed to handle it. Although I use this method of “borrowing” to also find people in my area that would be potential rivals and I help them to develop using a more balanced butterfly racket I have. This helps them to improve their skills as well as give me a practice partner because unfortunately my area lacks good competition. Ultimately what I’m trying to say is that some people have the talent to where they can jump to advanced equipment early and develop faster while MOST others need to slow down by using less advanced equipment. I wish everyone who reads my opinion on this to understand it is only my experience and I ma not discouraging nor putting anyone down. I wish good strokes and long rallies to everyone!

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  4. masa tenisi says:

    Agree with this. I myself ( an old timer ) developed my game using wood ( all ) and yasaka mark v as well as sriver during my learning years. I developed my spin and flat drive ( with average speed ) which I can place on both ends of the table with great accuracy. This was my setup for 9 years.
    When I went back playing table tennis, I did not jump immediately to buy the most expensive equipment. I settled for Stiga wood blade ( I forgot the model ), mendo energy and evo rubbers from stiga. I practice with this set up for 3 months and tried tenergy 05 on FH. I am amazed with the speed and addicted to it. I believe I can control this rubber because I have accurate placement of my spin and drives.
    Speed is useless if you can’t control i

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  5. Jason says:

    Hello, Do you have any suggestions for a penhold player? I play reverse backhand as well.

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    • Arthur Lui says:

      The suggestions in the post are good for penhold players as well. If using a backhand side, you may want to try lighter rubbers, since two-sided penhold rackets end up pretty heavy.

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  6. Hatem says:

    Hi,
    I am really thankful for your experience and for you help in choosing table tennis bat. actually I am a beginner player and I got hocked to this sport, I am a fast learner and I have improved to much in about 5 weeks, I have never used brand name bats, so I am so so confused in getting my first brand name bat. I am planing to get a new bat within 25-35 $, I don’t want to buy expensive bat at my first time, I like to play as a offensive player, so would you please recommend me a table tennis bat.

    Also which bat is better for me?
    http://www.teessport.com/table-tennis-bats-c3/butterfly-butterfly-boll-700-table-tennis-bat-p807
    or
    http://www.teessport.com/table-tennis-bats-c3/butterfly-butterfly-boll-500-table-tennis-bat-p810

    Please recommend a bat for me as I am going to buy a new one within 2 weeks.

    BR,
    Hatem

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    • Arthur Lui says:

      Don’t buy either of those premade rackets. The speed and spin will be around 5/10. For a little bit more, you can get a much better racket. What country are you in?

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  7. Neon Tiger says:

    I disagree, with regular practice and athletic ability; one can succeed with any type of set-up. Once a person has developed a simple loop, they can transition to faster blade or rubber. Some rubber is extremely fast, as in the Adidas rubbers, but they also have great control.

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  8. happyplayer_T says:

    Hello, can I please ask for blade suggestion from 729 blades or brands that are price friendly?

    I’m an intermediate player, I would really like to buy a blade that I can’t go wrong with.

    Suggestions would be very welcome :)

    Thanks!

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    • Arthur Lui says:

      Ideally, if you describe your style in more detail, we can give better recommendations. It really depends on your playing style. Are you a looper? What rubbers are you using?

      If you want a quick answer, the safest bet is anything that is basically allround in all characteristics. You run into problems when you pick something that is extreme (too fast/slow, too stiff, too tacky) and if it doesn’t fit your style then it will really hold you back. Mediums can fit with any style.

      In the 729 family of blades (including LKT), you can’t go wrong with LKT Instinct+ (note the Plus; the regular version is painfully slow)

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  9. Obi says:

    There is beginner and there is another beginner.
    They are not the same.
    There is speed and there is another speed.
    Not the same either.
    Mark V is not slow rubber, but it is much faster on off blade than all blade.
    Tenergy for beginner? I think not. Lost a tournament because Tenergy was too uncontrollable for me (on stiff and hard blade).
    It is safe to recommend cheap and slow setup instead of something fast and usually expensive. If beginner is really talented he can sell or give away his cheap racket and get something a bit faster.
    One step at the time is more fun for the player.
    If you buy 200$ paddle and cannot hit anything you can find your self disappointed with beautiful game of TT…
    Baby steps for giant fun I’d say.

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    • manish says:

      I agree!! I too lost a tournament because of Mars 2 (Tenergy 64 clone) :(

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  10. santilohi says:

    Soy beterano en este deporte estoy federado y hago de entrenador en un club modesto de una ciudad cerca de Barcelona -España-y en mi opinion personal es que es mejor empezar paso a paso e ir subiendo escalones que no querer subir varios escalones y caerse ,lo digo por los comentarios acerca de empezar con palas muy rapidas y con gomas tensionadas y encima caras ,ya sea las Tenergy – Donic Acuda o Joola – Xion -etc -Tenia dos jugadores novatos (antes,no ahora sobre todo el hijo) el Padre y su Hijo de 12 Años que han ido a la tienda especializada y les han vendido palas por ejemplo – la Madera Donic Senso con gomas tensionadas Acuda S-2 y S-3 e iban muy rapido y difilcultaban el aprendizaje de los jugadores ,y costandoles aprender a realizar el Top Spin,caso mas del hijo que entrena mas ,pues bien opté por cambiarles las gomas ,poniendoles gomas chinas economicas y de buena calidad ,como las Reactor Thunder de derecha y la Corbor de reves y las Globe 999 de 2,0mm el Padre e ir evolucionando ,al tener mas control y aprendiendo a jugar mejor y ha hacer el Top Spin-.ese es un caso y he tenido otros casos similares ,ahora el joven de treces años utiliza una Yinhe N-9 ofensiva con control con unas Friendship 729-Superior de 2,2mm ,muy buena combinacion y barata.por el precio de una Tenergy-05 a otros principiantes les he puesto otras Friendship 729 -Reactor Corbor -globe 999 -y alguna Sriver de ocasion.yb palas montadas de la Friendship que estan bien para empezar a jugar y aprender ,es un capricho y tambien una tonteriay un gasto inutil poner a un jugador que empieza con una madera Timon BOll y unas Tenergy.05 o similares ,al principio parece que apreden rapidamente , pero lo que ocurre es que si no son un fuera de serie es que se estancan y no superan el juego es mas retroceden a causa de los errores de aprendizaje al no dominar el juego completo , no solamente el juego ofensivo que esta destinado a las palas muy rapidas y jugadores muy rapidos y experimentados, sino el allround tambien , cortar bloquear y contratacar y dominar una buena tecnica de juego y tactica.para ser un jugador completo..En mi caso utilizo una madera Jinhe N-9 con gomas Sriver y en otra la N-9 las gomas chinas Friendship 729 Hitger ,y otra artesana construida propia de madera 5 laminas , con gomas Yinhe-Mercury-2 roja y Brice Speed Fx 1,9 de reves Lo mas importante es la calidad del jugador mas que el material . a cualquier jugador de Elite Internacional canbiandole el material jugaria casi igual . no habria mucha diferencia de ahi que no todos utilizan las Tenergy , hay tambien – Dhs-Stiga.-Joola-Thibar -Donic-Haifu-Tsp- Xion- etc-y podrian jugar perfectamente si les patrocinaran con Friendship y con Galaxy-Yinhe ,muy buena en maderas lo siento por Butterfly por pasarse en los precios.

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  11. santilohi says:

    I’m in this sport beterano federated and I’m coaching a small club in a town near Barcelona, ​​Spain, and in my personal opinion is that it is best to start gradually and work up steps will not climb several steps and fall, I say for the comments about starting with blades very fast and tensioned rubbers and faces up either the Tenergy – Donic Go or Joola – Xion-etc-had two new players (before, not now especially the child) Father and his 12 year old son who went to the shop and have sold them shovels for example – Senso Donic Wood with tensioned rubbers Go S-2 and S-3 and were very fast and learning difilcultaban players, and costing learn to make the Top Spin, but the child if he trains more, well I decided to change them gums, gums putting Chinese economic and good quality, as the Reactor Thunder Corbor right and backhand and the Globe 999, 2, 0mm the Father and evolve, to have more control and learning to play better and has make-.ese Top Spin is a case and have had similar cases, now thirteen years young Yinhe uses N-9 control offensive Friendship with a 729-Higher than 2.2 mm, very good combination and barata.por the price of a Tenergy-05 to other beginners I have put other Friendship Reactor Corbor-729-999-globe and some Sriver of blades mounted ocasion.yb Friendship of which are fine to start playing and learning, is a treat and also a wasteful tonteriay put a player who starts with a timber and a Tenergy.05 Timon Boll or similar, at first it seems that They learn quickly, but what happens is that if there are one of a kind is that stagnate and do not exceed more recoil game is because of the mistakes of learning by not completely dominate the game, not just the offensive game that is destined to the blades very fast and very fast and experienced players, but also allround, cut block and counterattack and master a good technique tactica.para game and be a complete player .. In my case I use a wood Jinhe N-9 with Sriver rubbers and other the N-9 Chinese Friendship 729 rubbers Hitger, and other self-built wooden craft 5 sheets, with rubber-Mercury Yinhe-2 red and Brice de reves Speed ​​Fx 1.9 Most important is the quality of player rather than the material . any canbiandole International Elite player would play about the same material. there would be much difference there that not all use the Tenergy, there also – Dhs-Stiga.-Joola, Donic-Thibar-Haifu-Tsp-Xion-etc-and if I could play perfectly with Friendship and sponsor-Yinhe Galaxy, very good in woods by Butterfly sorry for running on prices.

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  12. A-Dawg says:

    I am beginner to the sport of table tennis. I was thinking about getting 2mm Mark V’s on both sides and one of the Donic Appelgren Senso’s. Do you have an opinion on either senso or feel like this might be too much money for my first real paddle? Thanks.

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  13. A-Dawg says:

    Hey, I am a beginner to table tennis and was looking at my first real blade and rubber. I have thought on 2mm Mark V’s (should I have different size for the backhand?) and one of the senso’s of the Donic Appelgren Allplay. I was wondering if you had an opnion on either senso and thought if maybe this setup cost too much for a my first racquet (around $120 with megaspin also putting the rubbers together)? Thanks!

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    • A-Dawg says:

      Sorry for the previous post; I did not think I sent it and wanted to edit it…

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  14. I dont understand says:

    i don’t understand, i started with this superfast blade, it did the job and i won bunches of games!!!

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  15. Andres says:

    Hi, I’m an intermediate player table tennis, adidas currently use a wood c100, a bluefire DONIC m2 to FH, and a rapid lkt soung to BH.
    reading this eh I noticed that the rubber tensioner prevents me well my technique and DEVELOP that does all the work for me, I would like you please recommend me putting on my gums for you to consider adidas c100 allow me to develop a good game offensive, I have in my power to purchase Yasaka rubbers, butterfly, DONIC and all European and Japanese brands recognized, please recomiendenme that gums could use to improve my game would appreciate infinitely.
    and then someone could tell me if it is better mi adidas c100, Petr Korbel or a butterfly?
    thanks

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  16. manish says:

    Hi Arthur, what a wonderful job you have done, my sincere thanks to you!!
    I agreed with you completely. I have played TT many years back in my school days (4 years) and represented my school in competitions and I won. After many years, I started again. Those days I used to play with pre made rackets. When I started again, I went for a customer racket and the setup was:
    Butterfly ACB FL blade + FH Mark V a+ BH Friendship 729 RITC. I liked to play with it, the only problem I noticed that it was heavy (because of Chinese rubber) and and BH was not powerful enough (RITC is probably only good for chops), So I planned for upgrade.
    I got my second racket from Hong Kong, and the setup was: Yinhe MC2 Blade + FH Mars 2 + BH Mars 2. I chose Mars rubber as I heard that its Tenergy 64 clone and very much similar to it. The feel of racket was good, however it was just too fast for me, and I was not able to control it. I was very good in topspin shot specially the hook topspin. But this setup was too fast to control and I was nowhere near to make those kind of hook shots. Ultimately, I had to change my style.After playing with it for 4 months, I changed rubbers (BH Butterfly Sriver EL + FH Mark V) and voila!! My game was back, those hook shots were back, everything improved. So now I think, there was no problem with Mars 2 rubber, but rather I was probably not ready to handle it. Online reviews says that its little slower and little less spiny than Tenergy, so I guess if I can’t handle Mars 2, I can’t handle Tenergy too!!
    I think same goes for Carbon blades as well.

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    • Seth says:

      To add to that, I don’t want to spend more than 80$ and I dont want to spend more money on just because of a reputable brand

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  17. Seth Hodges says:

    Im only in middle school but I’m one of the best players in my grade. I also go to a table tennis club once or twice a week. I have always used the pre-maid rackets, but I’m considering getting a customized one. Which blade and rubbers should I use. I am an all around attacking player and mainly use topspin to score points. I have been playing for 2-3 years

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  18. Mark says:

    I have just moved away for using a pre made Palio legend bat. It had Chinese tacky rubbers which did generate good spin and speed. The Hadou rubber on both sides at times were exceptional against average players. However at times I noticed that when I played better players with tensor mechanical spin/speed rubbers , they would return my spin back to me which I couldn’t return at times, and the speed generated from these rubbers, sometimes blew me away.

    I decided I wanted this type of rubber to advance my game further. I decided on andro cv5 off plus blade with andro 2.1 rasant turbo rubbers on both sides. The speed and spin is unreal. I’ve been using this set up for 1 month now and guess what, I will never go back to one trick tacky rubbers.

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  19. purwoadi says:

    Hi, I’m veteran player (can we call that), 50 years old. I played in club during my intermediate and high schools, but only in very rare occasions during university and after. I was very satisfied with Stiga all round wood blade and Stiga cobra ultra. Nowadays, I still use Stiga wood blade and Yasaka Visco as FH and YasakaXtend for BH since more than 5 years. I think Stiga Cobra ultra still best rubber for me. I still have 40 years old DHP and Nittaku 5-ply blades. I will try use it with slower and more controllable rubber, like Butterfly Flex or Sapphire.

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  20. BeGo says:

    I am not a pro, nor an amateur. Just a table tennis lover boy who played recreationally against all some of players, but,

    I am still in the opinion that player on “any” level should use his “abusable” or highly used strokes and his normal play distance (or his leg speed) as starting points. :)

    IMHO, in over simplified manner,

    short – long distance = soft – hard bat and slow – fast rubber
    chopper / looper – blocker / hitter = soft – hard bat and spinny – straight rubber
    but
    total speed + total spin is inversely related with margin of error. :)

    If he play long distance looping, it is not surprising that Boll + Tenergy works for him / her, even as beginner.

    I love this kind of opponent though, just entice Him / Her near the table and He / She start giving me points. :P :)

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  21. Michael Purwoadi says:

    I started competition level with pre-built paddle from Stiga that were all round wood and both FH and BH Cobra soft. The rubber is dead now, so I changed it with Yasaka Visco in BH and Yasaka Xtend in FH nearly 7 years ago. What difficult to handle this Xtend, I love very much Visco and look for something like Cobra soft for FH. I think mainly my skill and body movement is not up to handle that bouncy rubber Xtend.

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  22. Gavin says:

    For me, I think the choice of equipment really comes down to how much practice time you are willing to put into improving your game. Let me explain…

    I started with a real beginners bat about six months ago, that I had laying around. Once I knew I enjoyed the game and was going to play regularly, I purchased a Palio bat, which was a good step up from what I had. The first session with the Palio, I really struggled with the extra speed and spin, putting a lot of shots into the net or over the back of the table. Over a week or two though, I quickly developed a touch for the bat and was soon able to play FH and BH fast attacks and counter attack shots with good precision.

    After a few months with this setup, I wanted more speed and the ability to add more spin to shots. I purchased a Butterfly Viscaria with Tenergy 05 rubber. To start with I had the same issues I had when I first switched to the Palio, though to a slightly lesser extent. A few weeks on the though and I was able to pull off the same shots with even more speed and spin.

    My conclusion here, is that there is always going to be a period of ’stepping backward’ whenever you introduce newer and faster equipment. My opinion was that I would rather make these mistakes while I was still considered a newer player to the game, than to take a step back when I was already playing at a pretty good level. It may be a steeper learning curve, but you’ll develop a feel pretty quickly for your equipment.

    It all comes down to how much you want to improve and the practice time you’re prepared to put in. If you are happy to play a bit worse short term, to improve long term, then I say get something that suits your game style and then stick with that and develop a feel for the equipment. I can’t see myself changing from my Viscaria and Tenergy setup now for a long time…if ever.

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  23. Francisco says:

    I am a penholder player using a juic shenron. I am looking to put a rubber in the back of racket what speed, sound,and control will you recommend
    Thanks

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  24. Alfie says:

    I’m Alfie. I have a table tennis club. In my club we have made an experiment to our new comer player who has zero experience playing table tennis. What we did, we insist them to buy Tenergy 80FX for FH and BH. Blade we don’t mind as long as the blade have a good reputation and depend on their budget but the rubber must be Tenergy 80FX. For the first 3 months we train them stroke for 2 hours 2 times a week. Surprisingly after 3 months they can play table tennis. The point that I want to stress here is, there is an equipment especially rubber which been developed to help beginner to improve their playing abilities very quick.

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  25. Adithya says:

    Hi, I’m an amateur player, but I have super strong FH and strong BH. I’m using DHS 6002 racket it has DHS hurricane lll on (FH) and Tinarc on (BH) Now time to change my racket. I have Butterfly sardius blade with Tenergy 05 and DHS neo hurricane lll and DHS power pg 7 with DHS neo H3 and DHS Skyline TG3 which one should I use???

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