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  1. Indeed. For a great example, watch videos of...

    Indeed. For a great example, watch videos of Vladimir Samsonov. He is perfectly content to play safe when he has to, which means sometimes he can regain the initiative later in the point. He never...
  2. Aim lower. I know it sounds overly simplistic. ...

    Aim lower. I know it sounds overly simplistic. It solves the problem. Don't think about your mechanics, think about where you are trying to hit the ball.
  3. Thanks for posting. These 40+ balls seem really...

    Thanks for posting. These 40+ balls seem really bad for SP.
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  4. Aim lower. More seriously, i don't know this...

    Aim lower. More seriously, i don't know this rubber at all. But it sometimes takes time to adjust to new setups. Time may be all you need.

    If after a month and the problem persists, get a slower...
  5. I very much hope that happens. A complete revolt...

    I very much hope that happens. A complete revolt from ITTF. It would bring life to TT forums!!
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  6. I don't think that the ITTF has been a...

    I don't think that the ITTF has been a particularly admirable organization. I think the CNT especially under LGL has been even more successful than their usual historical standard.

    So I think this...
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  7. I don't understand the insistence on 7-play...

    I don't understand the insistence on 7-play either. Some of those are actually faster than certain composite blades.
  8. You probably don't want to hear this, but a setup...

    You probably don't want to hear this, but a setup like that will seriously impede your improvement. It will ensure bad technique. You need to learn to actually use effort to hit proper strokes and...
  9. A thought just occurred to me: In discussing...

    A thought just occurred to me: In discussing cycling performance we talk about functional threshold power (FTP), VO2max, power output curves, optimal cadence, training stress scores, ca.oric and...
  10. Quotes from The Unfettered Mind Writings of the...

    Quotes from The Unfettered Mind
    Writings of the Zen master to the sword master (by Takuan Soho)

    If you do not train in technique, but only fill your breast with principle, your body and your...
  11. Nobody but Kreanga ever approached backhand like...

    Nobody but Kreanga ever approached backhand like Kreanga. It was why he was fun to watch. You wondered how the hell he did it and couldn't wait to see him do it again. But if you watch better...
  12. I agree with zeio on all this (including his...

    I agree with zeio on all this (including his comment on dwell time, which is a bit speculative but what I've always hypothesized). My main point really was how little we actually KNOW compared to in...
  13. Pacifica is in arguably the single best area for...

    Pacifica is in arguably the single best area for TT in the US.
  14. In a match once. I called timeout. Key monent. ...

    In a match once. I called timeout. Key monent. I was not playing very well.

    Guy who was coaching me said, "Just take it easy, don't try to hit so hard. Hey Doc, see that chick over there? ...
  15. Where do you live? Also you have made an...

    Where do you live?

    Also you have made an excellent choice of equipment.
  16. Getting back to my original theme, it is hard to...

    Getting back to my original theme, it is hard to compare road cycling to table tennis at a competitive level. For one thing, road cycling at least at higher levels is actually a TEAM sport, whereas...
  17. Table tennis is best when you are liberated from...

    Table tennis is best when you are liberated from mechanics. I'm reminded of something one of the grests said about jazz improvisation (I've forgotten who), "study hard, lesrn everything, then work...
  18. It is possible to get the EJ virus for cycling...

    It is possible to get the EJ virus for cycling and it costs a lot more. Also more little bits to upgrade. The things that actually made me better were things that let me accurately monitor what I...
  19. One I remember that helped me a lot: "You have...

    One I remember that helped me a lot:

    "You have more time than you think you do"
  20. I've seen coaches, almost always very young...

    I've seen coaches, almost always very young (early 20s), straight from China, often at provincial team level or maybe just below that. Often they arrive at 2600+ level. They make a living coaching...
  21. I did see somewhere that wrist devices that...

    I did see somewhere that wrist devices that measure racket speed ha e been invented. I imagine those will be helpful. For now, a cell phone video and a tripod are one of the best tech things you...
  22. As Lula said, amateur players will improve if...

    As Lula said, amateur players will improve if their fitness improves. Table Tennis is played with the feet as much as the hands. With road cycling i quickly lost some excess weight and of course...
  23. Fortunately there are many many equipment choices...

    Fortunately there are many many equipment choices in TT that are appropriate for someone just starting to take it seriously, but the main advice I would give is simply choose ONE, and not worry...
  24. No kidding? Does he sell his own brand?

    No kidding? Does he sell his own brand?
  25. Table tennis vs road cycling and what we know from science

    I took up road cycling to get stronger and fitter for TT, liked it a lot, and then the pandemic hit, which for me has meant no TT for close to a year now. And during the last five years as I got...
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