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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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...
  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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...
  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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...
  17. The lighter Tibhar Lebessons are around All/All+...

    The lighter Tibhar Lebessons are around All/All+ (had one of these when I started playing again 3 years ago) the heavier ones are All+ to Off-. If one doesn't like the longer handle one can try the...
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  18. Victas V>15? Maybe the soft (40°) V>15 Limber but...

    Victas V>15? Maybe the soft (40°) V>15 Limber but not the Extra or Stiff. The Victas V>11 could be an option. Quite lightweight for a 47.5° ESN rubber (~42g - 43g in 2.0 mm) but not much lighter (if...
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  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_Table_...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_Table_Tennis_Championships_medalists

    First gold medal for China in 1959, than 1961, 63, 65, 73, 81, 83, 85, 87, 95, 99, 01, 05, 07, 09, 11, 13, 15, 17,...
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  20. Bairisch, Fränkisch, Schwäbisch, Ruhrpott(isch),...

    Bairisch, Fränkisch, Schwäbisch, Ruhrpott(isch), Hamburgisch, Kölsch (not the so called "beer"), Sächsisch, Hessisch, Berlinerisch and some more dialects... But most understand and speak Standard...
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  21. Maybe get a Loki Red Flame...

    Maybe get a Loki Red Flame https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32856582502.html for playing and put the Rosewood VII on display somewhere ;)
    The few reviews on...
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  22. "The legend of the Belarusian and world table...

    "The legend of the Belarusian and world table tennis Vladimir Samsonov has officially announced the end of his professional career. He turned 45 this year, and nevertheless he is still in the elite...
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  23. No reasons given but officially confirmed....

    No reasons given but officially confirmed. "Confirmation of Samsonov’s withdrawal means his position in the men’s singles draw will result in reallocation to the highest-ranked individual not yet...
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  24. Yasaka tested a couple of substances some years...

    Yasaka tested a couple of substances some years ago (2006). The patent is "Swelling agent of rubber for table tennis" https://patents.google.com/patent/JP2008049094A/en
  25. The topsheets of Euro/Jap rubbers are now...

    The topsheets of Euro/Jap rubbers are now grippier than they were in the 1980s and one does not need to use speed glue (at least for some time) ;)
    Blades: No real innovations but this is mainly due...
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