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Speedplay question on how to handle a leftie is so timely. I was whopped last night by a good leftie player :oops:

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Hi Brian,
When you are forced wide on the forehand around mid distance, what sort of decisions do you make on where to place your loop?

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When I'm in that position, I place the ball to the middle of the table for a couple of reason. The first reason is it gives me time to get back in position. The second reason requires my opponent to make a body movement to play that shot. Again, securing that I can get back in position.

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Brian!

I thought you might know this, coz of your long relationship with Butterfly. There are rumours that there are 2 (or more) grades of Butterfly rubbers, and some countries getting lower grade rubbers at a cheaper price.

I find this hard to believe, and I've seen no real evidence of this rumour, but I suppose it's possible that Butterfly would make (or select from batches) the higher grades for the countries that can afford it more, and the lower grade for the countries where cost is a big consideration.

Do you know anything about this?

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Hey,

This is something that has been happening for years, but in a different way.

When batches of Bryce were made, they would take the sheet that were hard and call it Bryce Hard. They have done that to other rubbers like Ekrips and Catapult.

I'm not aware of the rubber quality being lower or higher, so that is new to me. I am really not aware of the price being changed.

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Thanks Brian!

I guess that would mean the hardness consistancy may not be the best, as many rubbers would be marginal... or right in the middle...

Still most people may not notice, or adjust very quickly to a slightly different sponges... The professionals probably get to select their sheets, so it's not an issue for them...

How did you choose your rubbers?

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Hi Brian,
Is there any way of managing yourself when you peak too early?

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Hi Brian,

Are you still producing videos? Your web page hasn't been updated for a long time.

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Yes

I have completed the BH Loop Workout, and you can see the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlJ_4zda ... re=channel

I also completed "Competition Table Tennis" and you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r77E_I-O ... annel_page

I am currently working on "Multiball Training, Shadow Training, and Advanced Table Tennis

These videos require so much time that I have not updated the website, but it's coming.

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I don't mean to ruin the main surprise but what's Advanced Table Tennis?

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No Big Surprise, especially with the title. Advanced Training for Table Tennis is a 2hr DVD, that addresses more complex training to make any player more technically, tactically, and competitively more advanced.

This Video is very High Level Training for players that think they have mastered the Basic and Intermediate Fundamentals, and wish to add another dimension to their existing game.

It is by far the most complex DVD of all the videos in the Series. Me and my training Partner where shattered for days after completing it.

It should be out around Nov. I'm currently working on some other small projects.

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Could you at least answer this one last question about it?

Will it be the same drills as the other DVDs? I noticed that your way of teaching in the BH Loop Workout is quite the same also the same in concept in the drill you've used in Competition Table Tennis. With all the Financial Crisis going on, I want to save at least until the next generation or so provided I survive until then :P

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The Drills that are in Competition Table Tennis are not the same as the BH Loop. The Phase are the same as far as Technical System, Tactical System, and Strategic Systems. Competition Table Tennis pretty much covers everything, and the BH Loop Workout is 25 Exercises that just focus on developing the BH Loop.

Advanced Training for Table Tennis is 25 Exercises, and if I'm not mistaken only 2 of them are exercises that have been seen in my previous 3 Videos.

So your money will be well spent on something new, different, and really, really, really, complex.

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Hi Brian,

Couple of questions please about table tennis rubbers. When you were playing competitively

- how often did you change your rubbers when you were playing professionally at the peak of your game and how often do you change now
- are the rubbers professionals use exactly the same as joe bloggs can buy from his local store eg if a pro uses a sheet of bryce is it the shame sheet anyone can buy

On tactics,

- there must have been days when you played and things just weren't working. When you played a match and you weren't "on form" ie forehand missing, or touch lacking for what ever reason and you were losing a game how did you cope mentally, what did you do tactically? I tend to get really frustrated with myself and either try and hit my way back in to form, or go the complete opposite way and just push the ball about and try and win "ugly".
- when you are playing badly (or not as well as you know you can) have you ever lost your temper with yourself in a match and if so, how did you calm yourself down and if not, how do you stop yourself losing your temper

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Great Questions. I will try to answer them as best I can. When I was training Professionally, I was training in Romania, and I was changing my rubber every 2 weeks. I was putting 24-26 hours per week of loops on the rubbers, and after that amount of time and abuse the rubber needed to be changed.

The rubbers that are used are the same rubbers that customers get all over the world. Some Chinese players get certain topsheets and sponges put together, which is a special order because of their level and need, but they are the same. Most of those rubbers are not popular with the main public. The main benefit that top players get is that the rubbers that are out are always given to the players very early. I know that Primorac and Kim Taek Soo were using Sriver EL years before it came out.

Now on to tactics.
I have started back training professionally in May, and in my first 2 months I didn't find it difficult to get a hold on how things play out tactically. If you go to my website you can see some of my training on my Video Page if you click on the "BP Reloaded" link. In fact, at the Pre-US Open tournament, I took down the No. 3 Canadian player that was rated 2610, and it happened because of tactics.

There are so many gears you can go through before any player should "Throw in the Towel" to having a good day tactically. Table Tennis is "Physical Chess", and if you can't fully execute your shots, then the next agenda is learning how to neutralize your opponents agenda. You don't have to necessarily win playing ugly, but I'm not against that. If you have your opponents style profile, then that is all the information you need to have a good day. Some of my best days came when I was not playing my best, but I was still competing my best.

Since the age of 17, I have never lost my temper. I actually have that last match on videotape where I lost it. It was 20 years ago, and I was playing my best friend, Rocky Wang, in the finals of the Team Event at the Junior Olympics. I was not actually playing bad, but we needed to win that match, and I became more frustrated as I could not get the match to swing in my favor. I still have that match, and Rocky and I watched it about 6 months ago, and I tossed my racket in the air and kicked it about 10 times in a 3 games. We made a promise to do a split screen interview and show that footage because it's so fare off the wall, that it's actually comical.

That performance was my "Emotional Breakthrough" to never losing my cool in competition. What I replaced that frustration with is actually spending 100% of my time making an attempt to do the following:
1. Spend the first game totally committed to finding the correct strategy.
2. Focusing on modifying the strategy based on the tempo of the match as it plays along
3. Monitoring if I am having a good day with regards to landing my shots
4. Making sure that I know the best shot sequence to execute at the end of the game.

If you can focus on those aspects I really think you'll have your hands full, which would really prevent you from getting upset. What I realized is if lost, I really had no reason to be upset, because I now knew how and why I lost. That is the same information that you can take back to training.

I hope you find this information useful

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