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      Ma Long (CHN)
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      Wang Hao (CHN)
      Hurricane Hao
      FH: Skyline III Blue Sponge
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      Xu Xin (CHN)
      Offensive NCT
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      Chen Qi (CHN)
      Michael Maze Off
      FH: Hurricane III Neo Blue Sponge
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      Zhang Jike (CHN)
      Viscaria FL
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      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 View Post
      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 View Post
      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
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      FH:Tenergy 05
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      Quote Originally Posted by DKPOWA View Post
      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 View Post
      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 View Post
      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 View Post
      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 View Post
      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 View Post
      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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