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      Quote Originally Posted by TTHopeful View Post
      Thanks for the reply! Lol Fan Zhendong sounds like a cool person! He seems very humble and nice to like you say.

      What do you think is the most important part to practice in table tennis? What can average players do/practice to improve as quick as possible?

      Do you do strength and conditioning? If so what areas do you think are important? Perhaps lunges? squats? etc...

      I think that it's the same for all players who have the basics, have an idea how you want to play and then look into our game and try to reduce the flaws. Sure it's important to practice alot but i think Quality>Quantity. Also have fun! Tons of fun!

      Yes I do! The most important areas for table tennis players in my opinion are Legs, stomach and back. These 3 areas is needed for almost every single time you touch the ball in a match. Stamina is really important aswell!

      Take care!

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      Hello Kristian, greetings from Norway!

      I just want to know out of pure curiousity what rubbers and blade do you play, and how would you describe their pros and cons?
      Also, what are your future ambitions with table tennis? Do you think you can help europe back into the top of the table tennis world, not only by playing yourself but also as an inspiring player for youngsters?
      Don't hesitate. If you want to reach your goal, just go for it!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Anders View Post
      Hello Kristian, greetings from Norway!

      I just want to know out of pure curiousity what rubbers and blade do you play, and how would you describe their pros and cons?
      Also, what are your future ambitions with table tennis? Do you think you can help europe back into the top of the table tennis world, not only by playing yourself but also as an inspiring player for youngsters?
      I play with Stiga Clipper as a blade
      And Calibra LT 2.0 on both forehand and backhand.
      My current ambition as a table tennis player is to establish myself as a top 50 player in the world. When (not if) i have succeded with that i'll set another goal then I hope I can inspire young players and I try my best to be a good sportsman both inside the court and outside. The 2 players which inspired me most during the years have been Timo Boll and J├Ârgen Persson. 2 exceptionally good sportsmen which i strive to be like.
      Thanks for the support!
      Br Kristian

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      Quote Originally Posted by Kristian Karlsson View Post
      I think that it's the same for all players who have the basics, have an idea how you want to play and then look into our game and try to reduce the flaws. Sure it's important to practice alot but i think Quality>Quantity. Also have fun! Tons of fun!

      Yes I do! The most important areas for table tennis players in my opinion are Legs, stomach and back. These 3 areas is needed for almost every single time you touch the ball in a match. Stamina is really important aswell!

      Take care!
      Thanks!

      Unlucky against Gionis today. How did you find his style? It was a shame it was not live on the live streaming I wanted to watch this match. What are your best tactics for playing against defensive players?

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      Why do you use 2.0 thickness, what is the main reason for not using max?
      Do you use any kind of boosting on rubbers?

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      Quote Originally Posted by TTHopeful View Post
      Thanks!

      Unlucky against Gionis today. How did you find his style? It was a shame it was not live on the live streaming I wanted to watch this match. What are your best tactics for playing against defensive players?
      Hehe i wouldnt say unlucky, he was the better player today I like to play against defenders and as i where going into this match i knew i had a good chance of taking the match. He wanted differently today and like i said, he was 1 number to big for me today. My main strategi is to make a defender move as much as possible, they're very fit players but eventually they will make mistakes if you can waer them out. Gionis played really well the last 3 sets and i was the one who was forced to mistakes. Next time i shall have my revenge!

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      Quote Originally Posted by MDanielCRO View Post
      Why do you use 2.0 thickness, what is the main reason for not using max?
      Do you use any kind of boosting on rubbers?
      If I use maximum the rubbers tend to be thicker then they are allowed to be
      We all do

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      Hello, Kristian,

      I have kind of a serious question. Can table tennis player live from this sport? Does only top players can make profit from table tennis besides they are having fun
      The reason why i am asking is that for example in our country there are good promising young players - europe juniors winners and similar, but later in age they don't put much effort in it because, everybody says you can't live from it, so it just became nice hobby. What you could tell us about this side of table tennis?
      Thank you!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Kristian Karlsson View Post
      If I use maximum the rubbers tend to be thicker then they are allowed to be
      We all do
      I knew it! Thanks a lot )

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      Quote Originally Posted by fanTT View Post
      Hello, Kristian,

      I have kind of a serious question. Can table tennis player live from this sport? Does only top players can make profit from table tennis besides they are having fun
      The reason why i am asking is that for example in our country there are good promising young players - europe juniors winners and similar, but later in age they don't put much effort in it because, everybody says you can't live from it, so it just became nice hobby. What you could tell us about this side of table tennis?
      Thank you!
      A table tennis player can definetly live from his sport. It's difficult to put a "ranking mark" on the sweet spot where you can make profit from it but if I had to say a number i'd put it around 200 in the world. Then you can find a club which will provide enough money for you to live on it. Sure you cannot save that much money but if you love what you're doing then it's worth it. Once you improve your play you can earn quite well on table tennis im sure

      Take care!

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      Kristian its so nice to have you here asnwering all our questions about the pros like yourself! thanks so much!

      I wanted to ask if you know if some of the top pros do change the handle of their blades for marketing purposes, is it common? Like some chinese players use viscarias with other handles, or other europeans use timo bolls alc blades (or any other commonly used blade) with a diferent handle depending on who is sponsoring them?

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      Quote Originally Posted by luqketti View Post
      Kristian its so nice to have you here asnwering all our questions about the pros like yourself! thanks so much!

      I wanted to ask if you know if some of the top pros do change the handle of their blades for marketing purposes, is it common? Like some chinese players use viscarias with other handles, or other europeans use timo bolls alc blades (or any other commonly used blade) with a diferent handle depending on who is sponsoring them?
      Hi! Well from what I can tell it's not that common at all. I know a few players that does it but not many.
      Thanks for the kind words
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      Have you tried out and tested the new ball yet Kristian? Just wondering your thoughts on it and its effects to table tennis in the future for pro players.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
      Have you tried out and tested the new ball yet Kristian? Just wondering your thoughts on it and its effects to table tennis in the future for pro players.
      I havn't got the chance to test it very much just played with it a few minutes. So I can't really give any opinions about the new ball yet. Sorry for the dissapointing reply
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      Hey Kristian Karlsson, its sooooooooo nice to talk to real table tennis pros, it means soooo much to all of us you cant imagine

      My question is:
      All the chinese player are playing sticky rubbers on their forehand and not "normal" grippy rubbers like you or Tenergys. Do you see any eyplanation for that? Do you think the make more spin or did you recognize anything different from european players to chinese players?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Butt Stallion View Post
      Hey Kristian Karlsson, its sooooooooo nice to talk to real table tennis pros, it means soooo much to all of us you cant imagine

      My question is:
      All the chinese player are playing sticky rubbers on their forehand and not "normal" grippy rubbers like you or Tenergys. Do you see any eyplanation for that? Do you think the make more spin or did you recognize anything different from european players to chinese players?
      Haha the pleasure is mine!

      Yeah basicly all the Chinese players use Hurricane on forehand. The main reason for this is that they grow up with that sort of rubber on forehand. It's in the chinese culture you could say. This rubber (i played with it when I was 14-15 to improve my forehand technique) is really hard to play with since it requires such a good technique to play with. If allthough you master it i think it can take your level just a little tiny tiny tiny bit higher. But that requires alot alot alot of practice with it and since european players arn't brought up with it I don't think it's worth it for us.

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      thank you very very much for your answer. So would you recommend to play this rubber maybe for 1 or 2 months to improve your forehand and then change to your normal rubber? Like having a special training month where you almost practise everyday multiball and stuff to improve yourself but playing seriously with your normal rubbers? My niveau is almost 3. league of germany. thanks a lot

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      Quote Originally Posted by Butt Stallion View Post
      thank you very very much for your answer. So would you recommend to play this rubber maybe for 1 or 2 months to improve your forehand and then change to your normal rubber? Like having a special training month where you almost practise everyday multiball and stuff to improve yourself but playing seriously with your normal rubbers? My niveau is almost 3. league of germany. thanks a lot
      I also tried this Hurricane rubber (same quality as the Chinese national team is using). Just as Kristian said, it is very different than for example Tenergy and it's a lot different to play with it. It felt like I didn't get as fast strokes as usually and it kinda required a slightly different technique to get your strokes well played. I was very eager to try the rubber because I wanted to try the Chinese players material, but I didn't play long with it just because it was a lot different to what I was used to. If you however get used to the rubber you can basically do anything with it just like the Chinese players.. it's surely a lot better for flicks and half long top spins because it is quite sticky

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      Hey Kristian, awesome to have you answering people's questions here. Very nice that a pro player uses time to give proper answers here on TTD

      I actually remember playing against your brother Mattias a few years ago in Safir International :P That match was bad playing from me but of course, Mattias was way better Do you still practise a lot with your brother and did you self at some point try pimple-rubbers on one side like Mattias has (at least had). Short pimple on forehand and "normal" rubber on backhand is quite unusual style to play with. Did you also think or try playing with this style at some point?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Butt Stallion View Post
      thank you very very much for your answer. So would you recommend to play this rubber maybe for 1 or 2 months to improve your forehand and then change to your normal rubber? Like having a special training month where you almost practise everyday multiball and stuff to improve yourself but playing seriously with your normal rubbers? My niveau is almost 3. league of germany. thanks a lot
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      I trained with it a couple of months just because my forehand technique was so bad, and as I said with bad technique you cannot play with this sticky rubbers
      So if your technique is fine then i wouldn't recommend it, allthough it is up to you
      Take care
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