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  1. True but it was much more difficult to have a...

    True but it was much more difficult to have a good backhand with the celluloid ball and even more difficult with the 38mm ball. Almost no one was playing counter topspin from the backhand side with...
  2. Timo Boll Interview in English

    Timo Boll has several interesting interviews on his channel, but for the first time, he did a Q and A in English. Check it out. In some points, he goes into more detail than I was expecting


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  3. Kind of unrelated but this reminds me of a...

    Kind of unrelated but this reminds me of a Waldner anecdote, in which he stated that Liu Guoliang's serves in the 2000 Olympics were so spinny that he hurt his back trying to return them. That's such...
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  4. Let's go back to 40- . 38mm might be too big of a...

    Let's go back to 40- . 38mm might be too big of a change.
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  5. It's underwhelming but it makes sense. If you...

    It's underwhelming but it makes sense. If you aren't very well balanced, the collective minds of the top 100 players and their coaches will sniff out your weaknesses pretty quickly and you'll only...
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  6. Waldner found a way to beat every generation of...

    Waldner found a way to beat every generation of Chinese players he faced and I highly recommend watching the Bragden documentary to see how the Swedes had to innovate to beat the Chinese at the...
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  7. I think all top 10 players have a certain...

    I think all top 10 players have a certain "X-Factor" but they also really nail the fundamentals. For some greats, such as the cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, their speciality is precisely having little...
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  8. It looks like a pendulum serve. He is bending...

    It looks like a pendulum serve. He is bending down far more than your average player and accelerating with his entire body. It also seems that the ball is hidden for a certain amount of time behind...
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  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHtrlbS10Lk ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHtrlbS10Lk

    Timo Boll streamed recently with the trainer Helmut Hampl that sculpted him into the player he became.


    1. Trainer opportunities: His parents were...
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  10. Didn't Thomas Weikert say in a podcast with Dan...

    Didn't Thomas Weikert say in a podcast with Dan that in 2020, ITTF will secure the rights?
  11. A very interesting piece of information from...

    A very interesting piece of information from Larry Hodge's book on tactics comes to mind. Waldner was apparently China's kryptonite when it came to studying an opponent for an important match. Larry...
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  12. Wow, excellent work.

    Wow, excellent work.
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  13. That's great news!!

    That's great news!!
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  14. Oh, I had no clue but it's excellent news for me...

    Oh, I had no clue but it's excellent news for me :D Vega pro is almost the perfect rubber for my forehand. The only problem is the ball slips sometimes and the rubber plays very differently after a...
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  15. What I'm waiting for is an update to the Vega Pro...

    What I'm waiting for is an update to the Vega Pro that is higher quality
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  16. Well played Lin Yun Ju! Well deserved, commercial...

    Well played Lin Yun Ju! Well deserved, commercial match or otherwise :D
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  17. https://youtu.be/foT9rsHmS24 This is...

    https://youtu.be/foT9rsHmS24


    This is hilarious and also kind of relevant given the quality of translators we have
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  18. Xu xin is not much younger than Ma Long, however...

    Xu xin is not much younger than Ma Long, however he does not seem much slower than he used to be. Xu xin also relies more on power compared to speed, which could also be a factor.

    I believe Ma...
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  19. Yeah, very interesting insights :) but I'm sure...

    Yeah, very interesting insights :) but I'm sure it must be exhausting to be so "switched on" all the time.
  20. Are you guys on Spotify or android podcasts?...

    Are you guys on Spotify or android podcasts? Would make it a lot easier to listen while on the move :)
  21. Poll: Because even a Ma Long coming back from injury is...

    Because even a Ma Long coming back from injury is a formidable force. See World Cup 2017 where an in-Form Timo Boll on a good day could barely win against him.
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  22. Photoshoot, not photoshop.

    Photoshoot, not photoshop.
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  23. The training looks like a photoshoot to me. Why...

    The training looks like a photoshoot to me. Why is the rest of the hall dark? Why are no other players there?
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  24. I think that the best all-round Forehand goes to...

    I think that the best all-round Forehand goes to Ma Long. There is no stroke that Ma Long cannot play extremely well with his forehand. Ma Long's forehand for me is like an updated version of...
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  25. I think it would be 11-8 to Tom.

    I think it would be 11-8 to Tom.
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