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    Professionals switching equipment

    I understand that many pros use different equipment for different tournaments, but what actually decides what they use? For example, I know Jeoung Youngsik uses his azx for some tournaments, and azxi for others, which is a relatively big change, so what do some tournaments have that would warrant one blade whereas others would warrant another?

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    Ball type, table type, hall size etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by gekogark1212
    Ball type, table type, hall size etc

    What difference would the hall size make?


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    What difference would the hall size make?

    It makes difference to the speed. Big halls can be slower so it would help having a slightly faster set up. Some smaller venues are faster so that could make a difference.

    I think most often having a slightly faster/slower blade would probably me more common that different rubbers personally.

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    Or he may just be trying. It’s highly unlikely a pro would change blades around. It would affect the feel way too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tango K
    It’s highly unlikely a pro would change blades around
    Samsonov did it also.
    Boll varies the hardness of the rubbers.

    Some like to adapt, others less or not at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dipak1974

    It makes difference to the speed. Big halls can be slower so it would help having a slightly faster set up. Some smaller venues are faster so that could make a difference.

    I think most often having a slightly faster/slower blade would probably me more common that different rubbers personally.

    Ok that explains it, thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dipak1974

    It makes difference to the speed. Big halls can be slower so it would help having a slightly faster set up. Some smaller venues are faster so that could make a difference.

    I think most often having a slightly faster/slower blade would probably me more common that different rubbers personally.

    How does that work in terms of physics though. I am not saying it is false. Just curious about reasoning.

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    Actually Dima Ovtcharov says something like this in his equipment review. In bigger places he uses more layers of glue to get a faster / more dynamic paddle.

    And Samsonov was known for having a lot of paddles with him for every sort of courts he has to play at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuba Hajto

    How does that work in terms of physics though. I am not saying it is false. Just curious about reasoning.

    I couldn’t tell you how the physics would work but if I had to guess it would be air circulation, large space compared to confined space, 🤷🏽*♂️

    I didn’t notice till a coach mentioned it to me that our regular club is a fast venue. On one night a week I play at a bigger venue and can tell slight difference in speed that it’s slower. Also recently played in a very small venue with just one table where I was invited and found it very very quick.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dipak1974

    I couldn’t tell you how the physics would work but if I had to guess it would be air circulation, large space compared to confined space, 🤷🏽*♂️

    I didn’t notice till a coach mentioned it to me that our regular club is a fast venue. On one night a week I play at a bigger venue and can tell slight difference in speed that it’s slower. Also recently played in a very small venue with just one table where I was invited and found it very very quick.

    Is that not attributable to the table that you were playing at perhaps? I mean, I have noticed quite the opposite of what you called out here. We regularly practice in a confined space on a Stiga competition grade table and whenever we go to a larger venue that has, at times, a different table (or even the same table but maintained differently), I have always noticed that the speed just jumps up quite a bit. Even the pushes start rolling on so fast that the timing just starts getting off track.
    Has that something that you have experienced before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anubhav1984
    Is that not attributable to the table that you were playing at perhaps? I mean, I have noticed quite the opposite of what you called out here. We regularly practice in a confined space on a Stiga competition grade table and whenever we go to a larger venue that has, at times, a different table (or even the same table but maintained differently), I have always noticed that the speed just jumps up quite a bit. Even the pushes start rolling on so fast that the timing just starts getting off track.
    Has that something that you have experienced before?

    I think different table could make a difference. But I have more often than not heard players saying fast venue slow venue, and this is from coaches that have played in commonwealth games. Also fact Dima mentioned how he makes up bats depending on venue tells us something.


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    In my opinion it's a combination from the Floor, the table and balls and the size of the area you play at.

    There can be massive differences. Our place is known for hard floors and really fast tables. Some of our opponents in league are known for slow, soft floor and slow tables.

    and the plastic balls have quite a big range from good up to unusable of you aren't used to it...

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    JYS addresses the question in a recent interview. He switched to Ice Cream AZX at Tokyo 2020 since he feels the ball has bounced upward more on these tables recently. Also, he picks the racket that makes his opponent more uncomfortable.

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    使っているラケットも、フォア面とバック面で素材が違うんですよね?
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    はい、バックハンドとフォアハンドに求めるものが違うので。ラケットには特に繊細ですね。

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