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PostPosted: 21 Apr 2012, 21:40 
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Hi there. I've been playing TT at my club since the 90's using a combo racket with inverted and long pips. Recently I have become interested in hardbat play and I decided to try it. By the way I'm a 1600 player. Anyway, I just purchased a racket, I got the Tibhar Stratus Power Defense blade with the Yasaka rubber. Did I choose an acceptable blade do you think? I read that I should get a defensive blade for hard rubber use so I did. But, the one I chose is Def + , I got the + because I want my harder hitting to be fast enough but without losing control. I also read that a heavy blade is a good thing but I thought that would be harder to control during over the table defensive blocking where you need a lot of touch and control. I plan on playing over the table like that, and pick hitting. I'm just starting at this so, any advice will be much appreciated. :)


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Which Yasaka rubber? There are several Yasaka hardbat rubbers

But yes, the setup should work fine

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I got Yasaka A1. Also I was a little frustrated today playing with it for the first time at our club. I played worse than I do with my combination paddle which has smooth rubber on one side and long pips on the other. With my long pips I could chop back loops easier and spinnier. And I could rip the ball better with my smooth rubber. But I'm not surprised, I know it takes time to learn something new. I just need to practice I suppose. :headbang:


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fullarmor2 wrote:
Hi there. I've been playing TT at my club since the 90's using a combo racket with inverted and long pips. Recently I have become interested in hardbat play and I decided to try it. By the way I'm a 1600 player. Anyway, I just purchased a racket, I got the Tibhar Stratus Power Defense blade with the Yasaka rubber. Did I choose an acceptable blade do you think? I read that I should get a defensive blade for hard rubber use so I did. But, the one I chose is Def + , I got the + because I want my harder hitting to be fast enough but without losing control. I also read that a heavy blade is a good thing but I thought that would be harder to control during over the table defensive blocking where you need a lot of touch and control. I plan on playing over the table like that, and pick hitting. I'm just starting at this so, any advice will be much appreciated. :)


Your blade is a faster defensive blade and Yasaka A-1-2 is a tic faster than Butterfly Orthodox. Usually it takes 3 weeks or so to get the feel of it. I played inverted for decades and recently switched to hardbat ( Valor American Chopper, Valor Rubber) and found it was a bit faster than my old Hock. Your blade is perfectly fine just give it some time and you will get good muscle memory for your new strokes. :)


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