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    Is it time for a faster blade?

    Hello guys I am playing table tennis for almost 2 years now I want to ask is it time for a faster blade for me my current set up.
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    FH DHS Hurricane 3 Blue Sponge
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    I have upgraded only rubbers until now and I will explain why I am looking for a blade change + game footage of me playing.
    1. I am at a point where I can perform every stroke and technique in training with around 80 to 90 % success and I am looking to get the same quality and consistency in game play.
    2.I feel like I am starting to prepare for a big forehand swing earlyer than I have to just because if I don't prepare I can't make a fast and quality topspin or smash. So I concentrate more on power than on footwork.
    3.As you can see in the video I like to move few steps from the table and I feel like I lack power there even with these rubbers.
    4.I am afraid to get a faster blade just because everyone says don't get a faster blade if you are not ready and my progress will get slower but everyone recommends faster blade for starting table tennis than my allround classic because of the new ball.
    5. The blades that maybe I am thinking to buy is a 5ply all wood blade but with more power I am looking into Stiga Infinity VPS and Stiga Intensity NCT both are 5ply high quality blades and are not soo stiff and fast like 7ply blades.

    What do you guys think Match - YouTube Here is the video of me playing I am the guy in the gray shirt just so you know my level.

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    I think you could play with a faster blade, the Allround Classic is really slow. I would recommend either Yasaka Extra Offensive or Avalox P500, both very suitable for your H3 I would not switch to carbon yet, you could still improve your form a lot (more weight transfer to get more power). But a faster allwood blade would be helpful!

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    Have you tried a 7 ply blade before? There are 7 ply blades in different thickness and stiffness/speed and you may be pleasantly surprised to find one that is faster but as controllable or even more so than some 5 ply blades. I'd recommend trying out the Tibhar Samsonov Force Pro blue handle or others like it. With the advent of plastic balls the trend is toward thicker faster blades and harder rubbers so don't be afraid to check 7 ply all wood blades out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WingTT
    Have you tried a 7 ply blade before? There are 7 ply blades in different thickness and stiffness/speed and you may be pleasantly surprised to find one that is faster but as controllable or even more so than some 5 ply blades. I'd recommend trying out the Tibhar Samsonov Force Pro blue handle or others like it. With the advent of plastic balls the trend is toward thicker faster blades and harder rubbers so don't be afraid to check 7 ply all wood blades out.

    Maybe Stiga Clipper would be a good choice then for me as a penholder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Николай Петров

    Maybe Stiga Clipper would be a good choice then for me as a penholder?

    I was going to suggest the same ... Infinity VPS too is a good option ..

    You could also look at Butterfly Petr Korbel, or Tibhar Stratus Powerwood, if you want to stick with 5-ply.. However, I'm not sure if these are available in C-pen.

    Also, check-out the Stiga Nostalgic series of blades..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funk Fu Master
    I was going to suggest the same ... Infinity VPS too is a good option ..
    Because of what? It's revspin rating???

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    Quote Originally Posted by latej
    Because of what? It's revspin rating???

    Is that what you do ..? Which is why, perhaps, you feel the rest of us do the same ...


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    Couldn't agree more with WingTT: my old trusty 7 ply fiberglass blade was rated OFF- decades ago, now with the plastic ball it's merely an ALL+. Also there are 5 ply wood blades that are ridiculously fast like the Butterfly Mazunov, rated faster than innerforce ALC or inner ZLC carbon blades 7 ply !

    +1 for the Clipper, I've used a handfull of them decades ago and as you I had played for 2 or 3 years before, you can't never go wrong with those blades ;-) it will be a loopkill machine with boosted H3 blue sponge for sure !

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    I'd like to caution You a little bit about Your serves. Instead of holding the ball upside down before the serve put it in Your open palm first. I can see some umpires having problems with this. I myself get lots of remarks that my throw is not high enough...

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    After serving me for five years, I still bring my first custom blade i.e., Stiga All round to competition despite owning faster blades.The feeling this blade gives is unparalleled. I prefer feeling over speed.

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    The only advice I'd give you: as a penhold player you mostly plays like Felix Lebrun, with many BH 3rd ball attack, but I think it's because you don't trust your pivot FH enough. The way you do your quick serve allows for pivot FH loopkill because 90% of the time agaianst right hand players the ball will come back to your BH side, stay here with your pivot FH and kill it !!! 😎

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    Quote Originally Posted by Music&Ping
    The only advice I'd give you: as a penhold player you mostly plays like Felix Lebrun, with many BH 3rd ball attack, but I think it's because you don't trust your pivot FH enough. The way you do your quick serve allows for pivot FH loopkill because 90% of the time agaianst right hand players the ball will come back to your BH side, stay here with your pivot FH and kill it !!! 😎
    Yeah I know I was thinking about that but sometimes when I pivot one block down the line finishes me I try to stay closer to the table and counter maybe when I train my pivot more I would be able to do it with more quality so it cant be blocked so easy.

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    I think that if you change to a blade that is much faster you proably will win more points but i believe your developement will be not as good as with a slower blade. I think you thinking correctly when you are thinking about trying a faster 5-ply. Extra offenisve like someone said is proably one of the more affordable blades and you can use it like forever.

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    You don't want a blade so fast that it makes up for your technique, which could surely be improved.
    That's why advice against a Clipper or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifu
    You don't want a blade so fast that it makes up for your technique, which could surely be improved.
    That's why advice against a Clipper or something like that.
    I agree but you sayd yasaka extra offensive is a good upgrade when I read reviews they are around the same speed extra offensive is even harder maybe because of the top ply doesn't that make it harder to use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Николай Петров
    I agree but you sayd yasaka extra offensive is a good upgrade when I read reviews they are around the same speed extra offensive is even harder maybe because of the top ply doesn't that make it harder to use?

    YEO is faster than Korbel, Primorac off- and so on but slower than thicker 7-plies like Clipper and Samsonov Force Pro Black Edition. A 5-ply that is as fast as a 7-ply is Yasaka Goiabao 5. That's actually Yasakas new 40+ version of the YEO.

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    In my opinion Clipper is faster and stiffer and harder to play with. Reviews are of course very subjective...

    YEO was a blade which was played a lot when the celluloid balls were in use. So the reviews from back then make it appear faster than it is by today's standards with today's plastic balls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifu
    In my opinion Clipper is faster and stiffer and harder to play with. Reviews are of course very subjective...

    YEO was a blade which was played a lot when the celluloid balls were in use. So the reviews from back then make it appear faster than it is by today's standards with today's plastic balls.
    No: here are the numbers based on
    47 reviews for the Clipper
    https://revspin.net/blade/stiga-clipper.html


    80 reviews for the YMLEO
    https://revspin.net/blade/yasaka-ma-...offensive.html
    Good luck finding a significant difference between those 2 blades, each were used by top chinese PH players with more or less the same skills, during more or less the same era.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Music&Ping
    No: here are the numbers based on
    47 reviews for the Clipper
    https://revspin.net/blade/stiga-clipper.html


    80 reviews for the YMLEO
    https://revspin.net/blade/yasaka-ma-...offensive.html
    Good luck finding a significant difference between those 2 blades, each were used by top chinese PH players with more or less the same skills, during more or less the same era.

    yeah good luck with revspin... most people don't have a clue about equipment and just post anything there...

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    I think that you don't need faster blade.

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