Best player for each ball era?

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Oct 2022
Which player was the best for each ball? If I'm not mistaken, I believe there have been 3 balls: The 38mm ball, the 40mm ball, and the latest 40mm plastic ball.

My general understanding is that the 38mm ball was fast and spinny, therefore it was harder to have consistent rallies. Strategic players like Waldner, Liu Guoliang, Kong Linghui excelled under this ball.

The 40mm ball made the game much slower, and favored powerful attacking players. Wang Liqin and Zhang Jike excelled in this era.

The plastic ball reduced the spin greatly and allowed for more creativity, more flicks, more versatility in attack. Ma Long and FZD excelled during this era.

Do you agree or am I misunderstanding something?
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