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  1. Poll: It's called a headband :-)

    It's called a headband :-)
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  2. I find Harimoto obscenely irritating to watch for...

    I find Harimoto obscenely irritating to watch for exactly this reason. Hopefully he will grow out of it.

    I feel as though he will follow the road Fukuhara went down and be superceded by some...
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  3. Sticky: Poll: Wow...was it close?

    Wow...was it close?
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  4. Didn't that happen quite recently and you lost? :P

    Didn't that happen quite recently and you lost? :P
    Topic: One Match
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  5. Sticky: Poll: Who did FZD lost to today? Losses in 3...

    Who did FZD lost to today?

    Losses in 3 consecutive rounds for him now....
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  6. Poll: Also, for those who think the sport is now...

    Also, for those who think the sport is now 'better' or blanket state that the level of play of today's top players is higher, look at highlight clips like this:

    ...
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  7. Poll: It can also be frustrating for pips users to lose...

    It can also be frustrating for pips users to lose to players who are lower skill level but know to do nothing with the ball and put everything to the pips over and over again and so can beat you by...
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  8. Poll: Watching clips off Joo from around 2003 makes me...

    Watching clips off Joo from around 2003 makes me wonder whether, had he won that final against Schlager, he would have won more competitions.

    I just feel like whilst he is an amazing player, he...
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  9. Hi, There isn't a very large trend, but...

    Hi,

    There isn't a very large trend, but historically Chinese defenders have shifted to playing with short pimples rather than long pimples (Wang Xi & Hou Yingchao are good examples. as well as Wu...
  10. Sticky: Poll: FZD posts a loss for the second round in a row!...

    FZD posts a loss for the second round in a row! Wow!
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  11. Poll: My main gripe is the difference between all the...

    My main gripe is the difference between all the brands, as you say.

    May I ask what the changes to aspect ratio/pips density were and what this meant for top level play? I didn't know those were...
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  12. Poll: The issue with higher net for defenders is that...

    The issue with higher net for defenders is that because backspin forces the ball to sit up once it hits the table the ball will be easier for top players to hit due to it having to be hit higher over...
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  13. As a defensive player, being incapable of...

    As a defensive player, being incapable of punishing poor shots is one of my major failings, so I can confirm there is a lot of truth to this!
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  14. Poll: Can't beat Jike when he doesn't turn up! :cool: ...

    Can't beat Jike when he doesn't turn up! :cool:

    I'm hoping Ma Long comes away with this one - will be interesting to see how hard the Chinese go at it when they play each other given that to them...
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  15. Poll: Just change the angle so its less top down and so...

    Just change the angle so its less top down and so you can see the vertical height of the ball more.

    Then if top down is required at any point, switch back to it mid point, but don't have it as the...
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  16. Poll: Frictionless long pimps were exactly as they...

    Frictionless long pimps were exactly as they sound - long pimple rubber with no grip whatsoever. This meant the ball 'slides' down the pimples and the effect you got was greater...they weren't very...
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  17. Poll: From the ITTF AGM minutes this year: 'Proposed...

    From the ITTF AGM minutes this year:

    'Proposed by Swiss Table TennisTest on Height of the NetTable tennis is a very attractive and spectacular sport as soon as there arerallies. Unfortunately, too...
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  18. Poll: Changes in Table Tennis

    I've not seen this specific thread come up before (I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong), but I thought it would bring up an interesting discussion:

    Of all the rule changes made to...
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  19. All I was saying was that it's a bit off to say...

    All I was saying was that it's a bit off to say Kreanga's forehand isn't that good when he has found success in such a large tournament. It may not be the best forehand - far from it - but it's...
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  20. Hey NL, Was just wondering why you think that...

    Hey NL,

    Was just wondering why you think that WLQ was held back in the late 90s/early 2000s? To my knowledge it was only twards the end of Waldner's international career that he had struggles in...
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  21. I mean - it's taking a lot away from Kreanga to...

    I mean - it's taking a lot away from Kreanga to say that his forehand isn't that powerful when he has a world championship bronze medal to his name :D

    I think all the players mentioned in this...
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  22. As I said previously, what makes Waldner stand...

    As I said previously, what makes Waldner stand out for me is his longevity throughout all the large amounts of change the sport went through. It is incredibly impressive.

    I agree with your...
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  23. I think the main issue arises from how largely...

    I think the main issue arises from how largely table tennis has changed in recent times compared with other sports - in tennis, despite the advancements and changes in style over the last few...
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  24. I think waldner was 38 when he reached the semi...

    I think waldner was 38 when he reached the semi in '04 - only two years younger than vladi this year - and whilst vlad beat ovtcharov to get there waldner took out timo boll and Ma Lin in consecutive...
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  25. Probably easier to split eras up into just...

    Probably easier to split eras up into just decades -
    90s = waldner
    00s = WLQ (arguably Ma Lin also, but I'd probably say WLQ was the best player of the 00s)
    2010s = ma long or zhang jike - the...
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