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PostPosted: 15 Jun 2018, 06:48 
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Greetings TT gurus,
Let me introduce myself. I took up playing TT seriously a few months back after a long hiatus (15+ years). I purchased my first paddle at the time and have played with that since.

When I last played TT, I may have been considered a beginner and played only with the dead bats that are commonly found cheap. I'm use the shakehand grip and now, after about 2 months playing, I'm a fairly decent player able to chop and loop with some consistency as well as having a decent backhand.

I'm now at the stage where I'm considering upgrading my rubbers from the Gambler Sevens that came with my pre-assembled paddle (Gambler Silver Dragon). I was thinking of using either Gambler Big Gun, Burst w/ Thor's hammer or Zero with Blue diamond sponge for the forehand. On the backhand, I was looking at the Mek-Tek 2.1mm or X3 Diamond with GearZ sponge 2.1mm. I'm also considering changing my paddle to LKT Ayous Hinoki 5-ply. All of these were choices based on information I could find online as well as budget considerations. I try to loop using the Chinese method (using the whole body and not forearm only) and have read that using harder sponge forces you to do this. That is part of the reason for my forehand choices.

I would appreciate any suggestions you may be able to provide regarding my choices as well as your experiences with these rubbers. I have been unable to find any reviews on the X3 Diamond (too new) and the Zero Blue Diamond (surprising since it's been out a while now). I'm open to all suggestions including whether I should change my paddle/rubbers at this time.

Thanks in advance.

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Without seeing you in action, it's difficult to answer correctly. However, based on the info you have given us, the ayous/hinoki blade should be perfect. On the rubber side there may be a conflict between what you want to do, eg fh, chinese style and who you are, eg novice-intermediate and learning. If comfortable with the first, the Burst would be the indicated choice and believe Tom at Zeropong would confirm this. If you're still gearing in the strokes, still learning, then Zero would be a safe selection. Have compared the two and, frankly, they show their family connection with middle-speed, good control, etc. Think Hurricane 3 and Sriver but similar to each other.


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Blade: Gambler Silver Dragon
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Epictetus,
Thank you for taking the time to respond. While I've been playing only 2 months now, I'm pretty good at looping (so I've been told by other players who are better than me :)) and try to use the Chinese style. I feel like the blade/sponge may be leading to bad habits due to the soft sponge and the carbon blade (even though it is rated as ALL).

I agree with your assessment that since I'm a novice-intermediate player I may not be able to handle the hard sponge; that is the very concern I have. The only issues that I have with the Zero are that the Zero is not tacky and there are no reviews of the Zero with Blue Diamond sponge. The Burst (w/o Thor's hammer) sponge is, unfortunately, not described on the Zeropong site so I don't know if it is mid hard or soft. My preference would be a mid-hard rubber so I'll have to ask for that information by calling up Zeropong customer service.

Regarding the BH, do you think the Mech-Tek 2.1 mm would be a good choice? I have a better backhand than forehand but still trying to become more consistent at looping. My loops, when they cross the net, are pretty good. I don't know if my lack of consistency in looping is due to my technique or a limitation of the Sevens rubber. I also have a good flick that, more often than not, lands on the table and is hard to return. Looking at the description of the Mech-Tek, it states that it is like Tenergy and my concern is that it may be detrimental rather than helpful at this stage. That is why i was looking at the Zero Blue Diamond as a possible replacement BH rubber.

I will try to capture video of my play but don't have a tripod for my cell phone so it may not be possible at this time.

Any suggestions you can provide will be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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