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    What The Pro's Use - Discuss

    This thread has been created so we know everything on what the professionals use! Such as what their equipment is, with questions and discussions! Also upload pictures of the pros using that rubber or blade just to confirm that we know they use that equipment. That's if you have these pictures if not no worries.

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    'The Players Name'
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    I have done an example of the Chinese National Team members for everyone

    Ma Long (CHN)
    Timo Boll Spirit
    FH: H3 Neo
    BH: Tenergy 64

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    Wang Hao (CHN)
    Hurricane Hao
    FH: Skyline III Blue Sponge
    BH: Unknown

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    Xu Xin (CHN)
    Offensive NCT
    FH: Hurricane III Neo Orange Sponge
    BH: Tenergy of some sort

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    Chen Qi (CHN)
    Michael Maze Off
    FH: Hurricane III Neo Blue Sponge
    BH: Tenergy of some kind

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    Zhang Jike (CHN)
    Viscaria FL
    FH: H3 Neo Blue Sponge
    BH: Tenergy 64

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    MEN:

    Boll, Timo (GER)
    Timo Boll ALC
    Tenergy 05
    Tenergy 05

    Carneros, Alfredo (ESP)
    Acoustic
    Tenergy 05
    Nianmor

    Chen Qi (CHN)
    Michael Maze Off
    Hurricane III Neo Blue Sponge
    Unknown Tenergy

    Chih-Yuan, Chuang (TPE)
    BTY Custom blade
    Tenergy of some sort
    Tenergy 64

    Duran, Marc (ESP)
    Korbel SK7
    Tenergy 64
    Tenergy 64

    Hao Shuai (CHN)
    Viscaria Light
    H3 Neo Orange Sponge
    Bryce Speed

    Hoyama, Hugo (BRA)
    Hasha Special (JPEN)
    Pryde

    Kreanga, Kalinikos (GRE)
    Primorac Carbon with K.Kreanga off handle
    Tenergy 05
    Tenergy 05

    Legout, Christophe (FRA)
    Timo Boll Spirit (with Legout handle)
    Tenergy 05
    Tenergy 05

    Ma Long (CHN)
    Timo Boll Spirit
    H3 Neo
    Tenergy 64

    Ma Lin (CHN)
    Ma Lin Extra Offensive
    Skyline II Blue sponge
    Bryce Speed

    Machado, Carlos (ESP)
    Mazunov
    Tenergy 64
    Tenergy 64

    Matsumoto, Cazuo (BRA)
    Hasha Special (JPEN)
    Tenergy 05

    Maze, Michael (DEN)
    Timo Boll Spirit
    Bryce Speed
    Bryce Speed

    Mizutani, Jun (JPN)
    Jun Mizutani ZLC
    Tenergy 64
    Tenergy 64

    Monteiro, Joao (POR)
    Michael Maze Off
    Tenergy 05
    Tenergy 05

    Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
    Hinotec OFF
    Pilot Advance
    Pilot Advance

    Oh San Eun (KOR)
    Oh Sang Eun
    Tenergy 64
    Tenergy 64

    Ovtcharov, Dimitrij (GER)
    Waldner Senso Carbon
    Tenergy of some sort
    Donic rubber of some sort

    Panatagonis, Gionis (GRE)
    Petr Korbel Off
    Tenergy 05
    Feint Long II

    Persson, Jörgen (SWE)
    Old Persson Powerplay
    ?
    ?

    Samsonov, Vladimir (BLR)
    Stratus Carbon
    Something with purple sponge
    Something with purple sponge

    Schlager, Werner (AUT)
    Primorac Carbon with Schlager carbon handle (91 g)
    Tenergy 05
    Tenergy 05

    Smirnov, Alexei (RUS)
    Photino?
    Tenergy 05
    Tenergy 05

    Steger, Bastian (GER)
    Korbel SK7
    Tenergy 05
    Tenergy 05

    Süss, Christian (GER)
    Clipperlike blade with Andro handles
    Tenergy 05
    Tenergy 05

    Tsuboi, Gustavo (BRA)
    SK7
    Tenergy 05
    Tenergy 05

    Wang Hao (CHN)
    Hurricane Hao
    Skyline III Blue Sponge
    Sriver topsheet with some sort of white sponge

    Wang Liqin (CHN)
    TBS
    Hurricane II Neo Blue Sponge
    Hammond Pro Beta

    Waldner, Jan-Ove (SWE)
    Waldner Senso Carbon
    JO Gold
    JO Platin

    Zhang Jike (CHN)
    Viscaria FL
    H3 Neo Blue Sponge
    Tenergy 64

    Xu Xin (CHN)
    Rosewood
    Hurricane III Neo Orange Sponge
    Tenergy of some sort
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    WOMEN:

    Boros, Tamara (HRV)
    Korbel SK7 (FL)
    Tenergy 05
    Tenergy 05

    Dodean, Daniela (ROU)
    Primorac Carbon (FL)
    Tenergy 64
    Tenergy 64

    Gao Jun (USA)
    Matsush*ta Pro CS
    Butterfly Challenger Attack

    Liu Shiwen (CHN)
    Korbel (FL)
    H3 Neo Blue Sponge
    Tenergy 64

    Pavlovich, Viktoria (BLR)
    Defence Alpha
    Tenergy 05 1,7 mm
    Feint Long III

    Stefanova, Nikoleta (ITA)
    Korbel SK7 (FL)
    Tenergy 05 2,1 mm
    Tenergy 05 2,1 mm

    Tie Yana (HKG)
    Special Made
    Tenergy 05 2,1 mm
    Tenergy 05 2,1 mm

    Toth, Krisztina (HUN)
    Tenergy 64 2,1 mm
    Tenergy 64 2,1 mm

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    I´ve seen that site also, its awesome the ammount of pics it has on it, and the quality of them!
    Wang Hao BH: Butterfly Sriver L with Bryce sponge
    Xu Xin BH: Butterfly Tenergy 64 (but not 100% sure)

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    OK, this might be a total noob question, my understanding of paddles and rubber is pretty beginner, but is there a difference between the color of the sponge? like how several of the players listed use H3 Neo, but then have like blue sponge, orange sponge.

    I went to train for like 5 days at this table tennis gallery in China, ( the owner had a pic of himself standing with an 18 year old Wang Liqin, which was cool ) and my dad bought me and my little cousin a paddle there based on the recommendations of the coach there, and while my paddle cost like roughly 100 dollars once you exchange it from yuan, and my little cousin's was like 10 dollars, he gave us the same rubber, saying the rubber isn't that huge of an impact, and most of the cost that makes a paddle expensive is because of the paddle itself, and how many carbon strips or whatever it has. So it has always been my general impression that while rubber is important, it not a huge game changer.

    But like I said I have no real idea, some basic info would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scylla24
    OK, this might be a total noob question, my understanding of paddles and rubber is pretty beginner, but is there a difference between the color of the sponge? like how several of the players listed use H3 Neo, but then have like blue sponge, orange sponge.

    I went to train for like 5 days at this table tennis gallery in China, ( the owner had a pic of himself standing with an 18 year old Wang Liqin, which was cool ) and my dad bought me and my little cousin a paddle there based on the recommendations of the coach there, and while my paddle cost like roughly 100 dollars once you exchange it from yuan, and my little cousin's was like 10 dollars, he gave us the same rubber, saying the rubber isn't that huge of an impact, and most of the cost that makes a paddle expensive is because of the paddle itself, and how many carbon strips or whatever it has. So it has always been my general impression that while rubber is important, it not a huge game changer.

    But like I said I have no real idea, some basic info would be great.
    Hey

    Thats an interesting one!

    I think both the rubber and the blade have an big effect... I practiced with a junior Chinese National team player for a year and he said how the blades make a very big difference. The way its made ect..

    I have a good example... My friend had a normal Stiga blade that he bought in England... we put brand new Tenergy 05 on the blade... He got the exact same blade.. but this one was from the main Stiga supplier in Sweden that professional players get. We put brand new Tenergy o5 on this blade and there was such a huge difference!

    However,,, this is that valid as to perhaps the Tenergy o5 on the Sweden blade was perhaps better then the Tenergy on the English Stiga blade who knows!

    Back to the Chinese boy. He had some blades from china that he used... but because he was penhold i could use them but the blades were so good... his bat use to make a really loud and distinctive noise like Xu Xin or Ma Lins bat makes!

    But who knows, its very difficult to understand how all this works but maybe there are other answers TTD members can give us here on this topic

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    What about the difference in sponge color? I assume its not just for the sake of which color you like, but that the color represents either difference in thickness or hard v soft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scylla24
    What about the difference in sponge color? I assume its not just for the sake of which color you like, but that the color represents either difference in thickness or hard v soft.
    Yeh the national Hurricanes vary,, im not entirely sure how it works, but the Chinese team all use the blue sponge for the hurricane 3 neo. I remember watching Wang Liqin glue up his hurricane 3 at the World Championships in 2007 the rubber looked amazing! It was blue :P

    I think also,, players change sponges around in china.. There are top sheets and sponges... So they can make there own custom rubber. So for example you could use a top sheet of hurricane 3 for it tackiness but have a bryce or tenergy sponge for its feel ect.

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    Timo Boll
    Timo Boll ALC
    FH:Tenergy 05
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    Quote Originally Posted by DKPOWA
    I´ve seen that site also, its awesome the ammount of pics it has on it, and the quality of them!
    Wang Hao BH: Butterfly Sriver L with Bryce sponge
    Xu Xin BH: Butterfly Tenergy 64 (but not 100% sure)
    Sriver L is right. Bryce Sponge ? Didnt know

    I thought Ma Long uses H3 Neo orange sponge ? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by BollForte94
    Sriver L is right. Bryce Sponge ? Didnt know

    I thought Ma Long uses H3 Neo orange sponge ? LOL
    Ive heard they can use brice sponge from somewhere....

    and ooo i thought Ma Long had the blue sponge ?

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    Hmmm, well despite them maybe switching different components around to make custom rubber, is there a general principle behind the difference between orange and blue rubber. Like one is harder? One is better for X, while the other is better for Y?

    Like why does, Zhang Jike use blue, while Xu Xin uses orange, and Ma Long either uses Blue or Orange, don't know if you or BollForte is right

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    Quote Originally Posted by scylla24
    Hmmm, well despite them maybe switching different components around to make custom rubber, is there a general principle behind the difference between orange and blue rubber. Like one is harder? One is better for X, while the other is better for Y?

    Like why does, Zhang Jike use blue, while Xu Xin uses orange, and Ma Long either uses Blue or Orange, don't know if you or BollForte is right
    Yeh we need to get some pictures to confirm those Ma Long and Xu Xins rubbers But yeh im not to sure... but i think your right, most probs one is softer then the other... Because in the forehand side... some top players prefer a bit harder rubber and some prefer softer, im guessing thats the difference between them. Or that the tackiness is different.

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    Look a the picture i Uploaded of Ma Longs rubber a the start of the thread it shows he uses blue sponge hurricane!

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    seems like china always have next level equipment

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    Quote Originally Posted by vytas
    seems like china always have next level equipment
    True, I would love to try one of there bats!!!!

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    So Dan, Ma Long used Orange Sponge WTTC 2009

    http://media.photobucket.com/image/m...long-2.jpg?o=5

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    Oh Dan, WTTTC 2010 Ma Long used Orange Sponge
    http://tenergy05.com/sites/default/f...s%20finals.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by BollForte94
    So Dan, Ma Long used Orange Sponge WTTC 2009

    http://media.photobucket.com/image/m...long-2.jpg?o=5
    Yeah bro But the picture i upload is recent of ma long

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    date of the foto ?

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    Is there any point in arguing which color he uses, if atm we don't know what each color means, and how it affects his game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BollForte94
    date of the foto ?
    Not sure, im going to watch ma long on some youtube latest videos and see what hes using

    Anyways check out thse cool pictures of Zhang Jike!

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