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I bought similar tool to what is used in this video. I don't want to share link, because I don't want this post to be treated as advertisement. I even made similar one from scrap, you can also go that way if you want. The tool on Ali costs 10-20$ so I think anyone can afford it. I've been doing some repeated top spin exercises (as shown in Ti Longs video) and it helped me improve my game big time. After 3 weeks of training with this tool I managed to break my current skill ceiling and defeated a person who I struggled with for a long time.

It's not a silver bullet. The major issue I have, is lack of everyday training to really burn in the muscle memory. This allowed me to get that everyday. I really encourage people who want to improve to get at least one of these to work on their technique.

A couple of things that require a lot of attention when using this (after a long discussion with my coach):
- always return to ready position
- shorten my stroke
- record myself and make sure everything is clean
- make sure the ball is screaming with spin (the brass bearings make a certain noise when they reach high spin)
- make sure that I transmit both forward momentum (please correct this wording dear physics forum experts) AND spin. Otherwise my contact will be trained to be too thin.
 
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I always had mixed views of this tool for quite some time.

It serves its purpose, but how close of it is it to proper table tennis training?
Personally, I will avoid using it as far as possible.

Where I see it fit in, is maybe beginners learning to brush the ball. And that is pretty much it.
 
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I think it is enough to make one with a ball and put a pen through it and then you can practise brush.
 
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I always had mixed views of this tool for quite some time.

It serves its purpose, but how close of it is it to proper table tennis training?
Personally, I will avoid using it as far as possible.

Where I see it fit in, is maybe beginners learning to brush the ball. And that is pretty much it.
Yeah. It does not solve most crucial thing in the stroke, namely timing.

I currently use it for:
- keeping my brushing contact (due to my health issues I cannot train as much as I want)
- practicing dry footwork (previously I was just shadow swinging now I use this, I am buying a second one to be able to play 2 spot drills and falkenberg)
 
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Yeah. It does not solve most crucial thing in the stroke, namely timing.

I currently use it for:
- keeping my brushing contact (due to my health issues I cannot train as much as I want)
- practicing dry footwork (previously I was just shadow swinging now I use this, I am buying a second one to be able to play 2 spot drills and falkenberg)
sorry to hear that you have health issues.
health comes first, always!! hope you get well soon.

I was actually thinking about needing quite a few to make it more productive.
If it isn't expensive, get maybe 4 more (so total 5)
But then i'm not sure how you can say - move into the table and going out, if the rod is there.
Maybe need to be creative (putting it on the right side, for right side short ball etc)
 
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sorry to hear that you have health issues.
health comes first, always!! hope you get well soon.

I was actually thinking about needing quite a few to make it more productive.
If it isn't expensive, get maybe 4 more (so total 5)
But then i'm not sure how you can say - move into the table and going out, if the rod is there.
Maybe need to be creative (putting it on the right side, for right side short ball etc)
I have 3 total. 2 I made myself for free (out of garbage in the garage :p). There is also thread about it anyone thinks its interesting.

In mid June I will be able to play again with a robot. Can't wait until that happens :p (provided that the Joola Infinity will work for once).
 
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