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TableTennisDaily
01-15-2016, 09:13 AM
Hello again everyone and welcome to the 6th episode of the TableTennisDaily podcast, today we are joined by the current World Ping Pong champion, 3 time English National Champion and London 2012 Olympian Andrew Baggaley. Although Andrew is a world class regular table tennis player and currently plays in the top division in the Polish League. He takes 1 month out of playing every year to play sandpaper table tennis and compete in the “world championship of ping pong”.

These world championships are broadcast on British mainstream TV channel sky sports in front of a large audience in the world famous Alexandra palace, and the winner of the event gets £20,000 in prize money. This year's championships start on Friday the 19th of January and finish on the Sunday the 22nd. In this episode we focus on the sandpaper game, discussing with Andrew how it is growing in popularity through world leading promotional company Matchroom sport, and how it differs to regular table tennis.

We also speak to Andrew about his victory last year and what he has been doing to prepare for this year's fastly approaching competition.
We would like to thank Andrew for giving his time from his busy schedule to talk to us! Hope you guys enjoy this slightly different episode and be sure to like and share it and also subscribe to the TableTennisDaily channel on YouTube and iTunes.

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Breakdown of the podcast

02:12 Andrew talks about changing to and from table tennis and ping pong
02:42 Differences between the two games and how training differs
04:05 Andrew talks about how he was introduced to sandpaper table tennis
05:00 What it was like becoming world champion
06:30 Beating Maxim Shmyrev
08:50 Most important part of the sandpaper game
09:45 Differences in serving compared to regular table tennis
12:00 How much sandpaper practise Andrew gets to do and training methods
14:45 Baggaley talks about how sandpaper table tennis has improved his regular game and playing in the Polish League.
16:20 Who to watch out for in this years ping pong world championships.
19:20 What it's like being on mainstream TV (Sky Sports) and the atmosphere at the championships.
21:51 Sandpaper, hard bat, or ping pong?
23:10 What would table tennis be like if everyone used the same bat?
24:40 Chinese Hurricane 3
25:59 Tactics in sandpaper table tennis
27:44 DAN ENTERING!
29:13 Double point rule
30:40 Table Tennis rule changes

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Does anyone play sandpaper table tennis on TTD? Will you watch the upcoming champs? We highly recommend you should!
Thanks for listening!

TableTennisDaily
01-15-2016, 09:22 AM
For those who have not watched Andrew Baggaley in the final of the Ping Pong World Championships, watch it below:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJmRAE83dPI

violoniste18
01-16-2016, 07:37 PM
it's the first time I see sandpaper, one must say that people aren't interested about in France.

It seems the british like sand paper, does somebody know why ?

Dan
01-19-2016, 03:42 PM
it's the first time I see sandpaper, one must say that people aren't interested about in France.

It seems the british like sand paper, does somebody know why ?

That is strange that French people are not so interested. It is becoming very popular in the UK. I think because it is held in London, a lot of British fans go to watch the event. This gets more people trying to qualify and compete because they get inspired watching. Also Sky Sports is the most popular sports channel in the UK and people watch it on the TV and then want to have a go at playing it :)

JHB
01-19-2016, 04:39 PM
The sandpaper stuff is certainly different ! There's at least one thing though you don't get from watching this on TV; sometime last year I was lucky enough to see Andrew having a knock with a club player who was curious about the sandpaper game, and the din was indescribable - it certainly drowned out the normal games going on on the other tables ! If you had half-a-dozen tables all playing with sandpaper bats it would be a real ear-defenders job.

Dan
01-19-2016, 04:45 PM
The sandpaper stuff is certainly different ! There's at least one thing though you don't get from watching this on TV; sometime last year I was lucky enough to see Andrew having a knock with a club player who was curious about the sandpaper game, and the din was indescribable - it certainly drowned out the normal games going on on the other tables ! If you had half-a-dozen tables all playing with sandpaper bats it would be a real ear-defenders job.

Very true, there is a very loud sound! The other day Dean Cundy was practicing at the club preparing for the World Champs and a player who was in a league game asked Dean to stop playing as the noise was distracting him during his league match.

Suga D
01-20-2016, 03:03 PM
it's the first time I see sandpaper, one must say that people aren't interested about in France.

It seems the british like sand paper, does somebody know why ?

I don't often quote myself, but sometimes it saves time...



I think that there is such a big acceptance and such a buzz about this form of our beloved tabletennis, is because this type of the game is not that much based on spin like tabletennis with inverted rubbers, and hence much easier to understand for the average Joe who doesn't really know what spin is and what spin can do.

But please don't get me wrong. No belittleling right here.

These players are really good, and honestly i'm not sure if i could beat one of them, even if i was allowed to use inverted rubbers, since i hardly play against players using these kinda rackets...

Dan
01-24-2016, 11:38 PM
Andrew Baggaley wins the 2016 World Ping Pong Championships!

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ttmonster
01-25-2016, 01:59 AM
Very nice Podcast @Dan ! Even though the focus was on Ping Pong , I liked the part about Chinese Hurricane rubber ! This is a question that is being raised more and more throughout the table tennis community ! I don't know but I think ITTF should make some regulations about any rubber to be allowed in an international competition should be made sufficiently available ! Its almost like fighting somebody with an automatic rifle with a shotgun :)
... And of course big congratulations to Andrew and to all English ping pong fans !