"chinese philosophy for equipment" blades: flexibility, stiffness, etc

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So pingsunday made the "Chinese philosophy for table tennis equipment" article, and in it he writes that a blade should be "flexible", soft and have good feeling.
As I use a 5 ply hinoki outer blade(hinotec off), I'd like to know if the lack of vibrations and different feeling of the blade would affect my beginner-intermediate skill/technique progression.
Furthermore, I'd like to hear you guys' thoughts on what makes a blade that suits the chinese game play style, I've heard some chinese players stick with stiga 5 plies because they have the feeling, and also recommendations on blades that suit said philosophy.
 
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That philosophy is a bit dated now. It was for the 38 mm and 40 mm era.
These days most beginners and intermediate players start with something like the Clipper or similar 7 ply all wood.

The Sanwei Fextra is a good example of a clipper that plays well and doesn't break the bank.
 
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That philosophy is a bit dated now. It was for the 38 mm and 40 mm era.
These days most beginners and intermediate players start with something like the Clipper or similar 7 ply all wood.

The Sanwei Fextra is a good example of a clipper that plays well and doesn't break the bank.

Thanks for the advice. On the other hand, some people on this forum say that 7 ply is too heavy/stiff for 40+ ball, and the flex and feeling could be achieved by simply "skipping" to 5+2 inner AC and limba outer ply structures, that would provide great flex/feeling.
7 plies like the Sanwei Fextra should, in thesis, be plenty flexy though, as they use limba/ayous.
sorry for asking, im just kinda confused

 
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Thanks for the advice. On the other hand, some people on this forum say that 7 ply is too heavy/stiff for 40+ ball, and the flex and feeling could be achieved by simply "skipping" to 5+2 inner AC and limba outer ply structures, that would provide great flex/feeling.
7 plies like the Sanwei Fextra should, in thesis, be plenty flexy though, as they use limba/ayous.
sorry for asking, im just kinda confused

So many people overthink equipment. What Lazer posted is the actual important information.

 
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I use a Yinhe V14 PRO blade with DHS H3 41deg (FH) and Yinhe Big Dipper 38deg (BH), both boosted a bit.
For me, a harder sponge works much better with a stiffer blade, as they interact better together. But I feel that a setup like this don't allow a lot of errors and it's harder to control, so I'm struggling a bit with this. Earlier I used H3 and similar rubbers in softer sponges on 5-ply allround blades and that works fine as well. It doesn't require such aggressive play and the margin for error is greater, so I guess you'll have to try your way towards the perfect setup for you.
I think that the most important thing to think of if you have a setup that works for you, is that you don't make too big changes at one time. Then you might have to change your way of playing to make it work... :) And like Carl writes. "So many people overthink equipment". Go with what feels good for you.
 
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