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  1. I never played with a Rakza X and the Etika 47 is...

    I never played with a Rakza X and the Etika 47 is currently only on my list of rubbers to try if I do not continue to use the X5-S on my backhand.
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  2. Good to know. The firmer, less elastic topsheet...

    Good to know. The firmer, less elastic topsheet might explain that I have to use more wrist action/acceleration to produce spin with the X5-S than with some other rubbers. With the harder sponge of...
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  3. Computer simulation of table tennis ball...

    Computer simulation of table tennis ball trajectories for studies of the influence of ball size and net height...
  4. 20th Century Fox ;)...

    20th Century Fox ;)
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/lsgSGHyXRiE?autohide=1&controls=1&showinfo=0
  5. I'm not a chemist but I can lookup and read some...

    I'm not a chemist but I can lookup and read some patents.
    Baby oil (the real thing) = mineral oil/paraffinum liquidum/white oil (not precise but im still not a chemist...
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  6. https://www.tabletennisdaily.com/forum/server/php/...

    https://www.tabletennisdaily.com/forum/server/php/files/38/068/21/12/15/thumbnail/x5s%20jpg.jpeg...
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  7. I have tried the X5-S. Very brief description...

    I have tried the X5-S. Very brief description (used on my backhand): Quite direct, medium/low trajectory/throw but not too low so that this causes any problems. Linear, no sudden strong catapult...
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  8. If you get the right baby oil than I would say...

    If you get the right baby oil than I would say yes. Use very thin layers (put some oil on a kleenex/tissue and than spread it evenly on the sponge), wait until sponge is completely dry, repeat until...
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  9. I don't see a problem with your technique (for...

    I don't see a problem with your technique (for those interested start the video at e.g. at 2:19 or 4:07)

    It could be that the playing conditions (lower temperatures, higher humidity also from...
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  10. The DTTB (German table tennis federation) says 15...

    The DTTB (German table tennis federation) says 15 °C / 59 °F is enough to play... I don't like that either and considering the condition of some of the playing localities, e.g., unheated on weekends,...
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  11. I use both longer and shorter strokes on my FH...

    I use both longer and shorter strokes on my FH depending on how much time I have and if and how much I want to vary speed and spin. Works very well with the H3 even on slower blades like my Sweden...
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  12. This might not be allowed depending on...

    This might not be allowed depending on where/which level one plays... At least in Germany...Personally, I couldn't care less if someone is using such heating pads or not....
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  13. For Germany I would say everything up to 2. or 3....

    For Germany I would say everything up to 2. or 3. Bundesliga (national league), Players are paid on that level but not enough to live from that alone. Ruwen Filus said in the video (from 2019) that...
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  14. Now combine that with the OSAI system TTD uses to...

    Now combine that with the OSAI system TTD uses to analyze matches... Blade currently sells for 164 Euro or $186 https://shop.gogotak.com/shop/item.php?it_id=1627872138
    Weight only 82g ~88g but for...
  15. Tacky on FH (Hurricane 3). No problems with...

    Tacky on FH (Hurricane 3). No problems with keeping them tacky with some water after each session, from time to time with a drop of dishwashing liquid, and putting a protective foil on (nothing...
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  16. In general I would describe the differences...

    In general I would describe the differences between 5-ply and 7-ply similar: 5-ply blades are on average thinner, more flexible, slower. 7-ply blades usually thicker, stiffer, less flexible and...
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  17. Two other quite inexpensive options are the Donic...

    Two other quite inexpensive options are the Donic Persson Powerplay and the TSP/Victas Swat (TSP Swat still on sale here in Germany for around €40 vs €60 for the Victas Swat). Probably the Yinhe...
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  18. For me it also depends on the server/how she/he...

    For me it also depends on the server/how she/he is able to hide the contact point. As a rightie with a more forehand oriented game (but way less so compared to my younger self) I tend to stay/receive...
  19. TTD did that (partially) in the video below...

    TTD did that (partially) in the video below starting at 8:47.
    E.g. Tom's most effective serve was a long fast topspin serve to the middle (7 points won out of 9 attempts) and Dan's was a short...
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  20. Is this even possible? I know that some...

    Is this even possible? I know that some guitarists can play well around 20 or even 30 notes per second (learned, fixed sequences) that is 33 ms to 50 ms per note but the contact time between the ball...
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  21. Height of the ball: It depends on what you are...

    Height of the ball: It depends on what you are trying to do. If the ball is at or below table level there is no direct path for the ball to go (maybe around the net) so one has to move it "upwards"...
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  22. Definitely. Weight distribution is very...

    Definitely. Weight distribution is very important. That's why I have some blades where I (removed and) filled the handle or just glued some coins to the end of the handle ;) But I don't rework the...
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  23. Not necessarily more catapult/speed but...

    Not necessarily more catapult/speed but earlier/on lower impact shots.


    Denser sponge = more weight and that's quite typical for modern rubbers. Even an Evolution FX-S can weigh anything between...
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  24. How should softer rubbers do that? Rubbers act as...

    How should softer rubbers do that? Rubbers act as springs and dampers as in a car's suspension. Drive around in a sportscar and you will feel nearly each penny/cent/road marking on the street but you...
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  25. Was that a vegetable oil based baby oil or "the...

    Was that a vegetable oil based baby oil or "the real thing"? What might be lying around (guitar player?) is fretboard cleaner. At least some of them contain D-Limonene (as in lemon oil, even more in...
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