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      Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
      Mmh I don't know wether I should stick to the True Carbon or go for an all wood blade again. Yesterday I tried out my old blade and the blocks were coming better, I also had more control in the pushes, but it is just so much easier to create power with the carbon
      If you can control the carbon blade as well as the wood blade then stick with the faster blade. As i get older, i think control and rhythm trumps power thats why i play with a wood blade. I didn't say much...
      Mind is willing, but the back goes out too often
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      Didn't have a chance to post about last thursday night. When it's the Lunar New Year's Eve, traditionally Chinese families are home to have a family dinner. I planned to to to my club after work just to hit a little to break a sweat and then go home for the Family Dinner. My regular partners weren't there probably because of the New Year's Eve dinner LOL.

      I hit with someone for a little, older gentleman playing CPen pips, my first time hitting with him. I had trouble with the pips and/or his strokes. There seems to be a lot of downspin on his shots! It was a great experience playing with a good pips player. When I was a teen, I started off with pips, but after maybe a year, i changed to inverted. I forgot all about how to hit with pips. I happened to be on the table where generally the higher level players played. And one of them showed up and waited for next.

      My partner had next on a different table, so I asked that higher level player (2 or 3 levels higher) if he wanted to hit with me. We recognize each other by face because i did a favor for him ages ago ... he was going on vacation the next day and saw my small Joby magnetic tripod and wanted to buy it off of me. He wouldn't have time to guy it off of Amazon. So I sold it him.

      I was thinking if he said no because he was waiting for his regular partners, i would go home early enough. Only played him once ages ago when I was using the Avalox P700, 2 blades ago, which is a lifetime ago. He said let's hit. I stayed a little longer than I wanted to, but I didn't want to pass up this opportunity. Many of his regular partners didn't show up yet. So we hit. He smoked many past me LOL He amped it down a notch or 2 and we were steady enough. Then he chopped, i still have not gotten confidence in my slow spinny loop ... i had to crank up my loop to get his chops back over. The 80 yr old chopper showed up and my partner started to chop because of him.

      No video ... -5, 7, -4, -3 ... he took it easy on me. the 2nd game, he had 3 freak missed serves, and 2 edge balls went my way ... i got lucky. that 2nd game, i jumped out to a 9-2 lead - LOL at me!

      Overall, I had maybe 3 quality shots, and some very lucky shots which was really the tensor rubbers doing all the work. First game, my 2nd serve, i served down the line for an ace and surprised him.

      Obviously if he played his regular game level/speed, he would've smoked me at -2 or -3.

      Before we started hitting, he was changing and we were chatting. He commented that he has seen me play a lot lately and that i must be good. I said, nah, i came back from a break and only recently worked up to hitting 3x/week and still working at it. I thanked him for his time.

      Lately a few members of my club said i've improved. Here and there I hit with some higher level players. Kind of strange for me in that i think i am at a certain level and if i'm just hitting, i'm looking to return the ball. Generally i look to be a steady partner. During games I rush and look like a player 2 levels below. And because of injury breaks, I just hit more than play games during my returns unlike when i first joined. Perhaps the membership has thinned also because we have 6 tables instead of 9 and also various other clubs opening which allows me to just practice and not forced to play games. With that said, my gameplay is still bad ... still rushing my shots, still not able to read spin on serves, etc. Perhaps i have improved because i'm using tensor rubbers now and getting used to them compared to before.

      Regardless of whatever, I am having fun, getting exercise, and putting in the time in towards Self-perfection.

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      I have decided to switch to more Nigerian technique (which could mean a variety of things). In this case though I think it is clearer if you watch matches like this - it is probably already to some degree a part of me but I will add it more especially on the forehand. It's really funny how I with my bad athleticism sometimes swing at the ball like these guys without even knowing it. But I think the technique is very simple and fits my mindset of circles and wristy spin play.

      https://youtu.be/woXrXofDfq8

      This women's match was also interesting. I found it funny that none of the commentators found the inability of the girl in yellow to open with her backhand worth commenting on. They kept criticizing her aggressiveness but that was not a problem to me as her opponent kept smashing her openers.

      https://youtu.be/nkCkjX6Bf0g

      In any case, I hope you find Nigerian TT somewhat entertaining.

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      This Friday we are going to have a match against kids..
      This will be pretty crucial match, as the kids are pretty good and we kind off play to stay in the league, because our teams are pretty equal. We are a little bit better now, but if we lose, it will be bad.
      One 45 yo guy with 3 kids.
      12-14 or 15 years old.
      Last time we lost and the kids played pretty good match.
      I trully hope we will win this time, but I know this aint gonna be easy.
      Fingers crossed, lets hope, that the dad of the kids will come.
      Because if he is there, they will play bad. He is pushing too much and I think that if he wont stop, they will quit table tennis pretty soon. Some dads are like that..

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      Quote Originally Posted by Michal_Z View Post
      Fingers crossed, lets hope, that the dad of the kids will come.
      Because if he is there, they will play bad. He is pushing too much and I think that if he wont stop, they will quit table tennis pretty soon. Some dads are like that..
      Sadly parents sometimes inadvertently pressure their kids even though they want the best for them.

      Sir, good luck to you and your team!

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      Last night hit with 3 partners. Jammed packed club.

      1. My regular partner. I'm just trying to return steady so he can groove his strokes.

      2. An older woman I've hit with before ~2 weeks ago. She says she didn't play in 60 years! CPen with what i thought was pips as the balls seem to die out and have downspin. Checked her racket last night. It's dead inverted. Her strokes and timing are coming back to her. Not sure if she will replace her rubber. Forceful motion due to dead rubber perhaps. But timing seems to early meeting the ball ... something I still need to work on.

      3. Hit with B. I have never beaten him before. We played 4x in 2 yrs prior. He is 1 or 2 levels above me. SH with good FH loop and BH loop. His FH loop is deceptive... seems to have a quick stroke but ball comes over slow and spinny. His BH loop is a fast stroke that comes over low and fast like a heat-seeking missile. I cannot read his serves, he mixes up with pendulum, reverse pendulum and BH serves. He also knows how to return my FH pendulum serve effectively and catches me many times.

      I would rather just hit with him as it's good practice for both of us but too many people at club. I worked some of my close-to-the-table-short-stroke FH loop and either my wrist and/or the tensor rubbers, generates a tad more spin than he expected. We both find it challenging to block each other's FH loops. I am still letting the ball drop though. Can't get it out of muscle memory yet. Need to meet the ball sooner.

      First game, I jumped out to a 7-0 lead and I didn't like that! Yep you guessed it, I lost 12-10! Lost the next 2 games at 4 and 5 or so.

      What I need to improve: no surprise ... i've always had trouble with his serves. I rush my shots and lose the points. Like a baseball batter, I couldn't lay off the high balls and went to smash them. Made 1 out 4. Although I still can't loop high balls... which means i need to meet ball earlier before it gets high. I used to vary my tempo in smashing with a smash on the half-beat, that is i smash quickly just as the ball lands instead of waiting for it to bounce high.

      What I did that worked: I limited his ability to unleash his deadly loops with pushing. Was 2 for 5 RPB loops, surprised him. In my mind, I am looking like i am serving FH pendulum downspin BUT serving nospin instead. He popped some up, as well as loop with it missing the table. Not sure if it's due to nospin and he's expecting downspin. Must investigate this more.

      Side note: most members know that B is pretty good. A few of his regular partners playing on the table next to us, while waiting their turns on that table turned their chairs to watch our game. One of them is interested in my progress and regularly plays B. He is a SH with LP on his BH. Played him 2x almost a year ago and lost both, although I gave him a good game mixing in my rocket serves with my pendulum. I felt a little self-conscious... i tricked myself by deliberately hamming it up and made with exaggerated breathing motions ... taking deep breaths and long exhales ... allowed me a few seconds to focus and zone spectators out. My ham antics worked. But my game/strokes were still lacking LOL

      I have been training 90% of the time for the past 6 months or so rather than playing matches. I'm not used to the tensor rubbers on serves yet. And I still have a disconnect from the training strokes with my game strokes. At some point, I will start playing more matches and work on relaxing and not rushing my shots during gameplay. Easy to say, hard to do LOL

      Had fun and called it a night. Thank you DTT CCers!

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      Since i started to do plank and wall sits for about two weeks now. I feel am a a little stronger and my back doesn't hurt as much. I have played for 4 days continuously, which is a record for me. Normally i take a 2 hours coaching lesson on Saturdays and hang around the club to do some match play if i feel my back is up for it. Then i would rest for a whole week. Now with my stronger core, i intend to do more match play and hopefully participate in future tournaments.

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      Saturday: 2 hour lesson with 1 hour of match play
      Sunday: 1 hour stretching and 1 hour of match play
      Monday: half hour of stretching and 1 hour of match play
      Tues day: 1 hour of Yoga and 1 hour of serve and table bounce timing stroke practice

      Wednesay: May go again today because some of the 2000 usatt rated players are showing up. Lets see how i feel

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      I am likely to be in NYC on April 1st (not a joke ), which is Sunday, and should have time for TT in the late afternoon/evening. Will be staying around Manhattan, I think, so was wondering if there is a chance to meet local forum members in person for a hit.

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      Pgpg, you should be able to link up with Carl easy, he teaches there. If he helps you, later that evening he could get you around 42nBack Painz, OSP, PP Holic and some others

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