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PostPosted: 07 Mar 2019, 04:58 
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So from the last Thursday I put Galaxy Qing (0.7) as a replacement for the Neptune(0.7). (I'll make a quick comparison below)
Overall:
Qing is faster than Neptune in all aspects.
That's all.
It has good control in the chopping game, has a little bit softer and livelier sponge compared to the Neptune. Thus one can chop no-spin balls better with a fast wrist action but one can also pop up the ball on the table when trying to leave it short. :swear: :D
My opponents said that the Qing is harder for them cause the ball comes faster.
The under-spin on the chops is comparable, I think.
Hitting with Qing is easier.
Qing can be played as Neptune in situations when you want to push a ball that is coming to you with side-under or plain under-spin.
You have these options(those are not the only options, it's just that you can do thi both things with them) with both of the rubbers:
1. Bump the ball with force - then it goes fast and flat to the opponent (no spin reversal at all, you kill the spin for speed)
2. Bump the ball lightly - not bending the pips a lot. This way some residential spin is left on the ball and it often kicks sideways on the opponents side of the table. I use this in combination with a BH side-under serve sometimes. With the Qing it's a little worse for the opponent because it springs the ball faster because of the faster sponge.
What I mean by this is that both pips have more friction when properly bent. If you play a lighter shot - without sinking the ball too deep - then you have nastier balls for your opponent with some spin left on them.

The main problem I had was adjusting to the 1gr difference in the racket weight and the shifted balance(more to the wrist). I really struggle with such changes. I know a lot of people who are not bothered when changing racket to racket or when changing one rubber with another with different weight - well, I'm not one of those ;(
I've had two days of playing games and one big training session with the new setup and only at the second half of the training session I felt like I was finally hitting the ball with the center of the racket. Before that most of my FH shots where somehow wild - not with the center, edges, misses...
Well that's that. I hope I've adjusted to the slight change in balance in the racket and now I'll start adjusting to the change in the pips and start developing it's potential (and I feel that it's a harder pip to play both for the opponent and for me).

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The main problem I had was adjusting to the 1gr difference in the racket weight and the shifted balance(more to the wrist). I really struggle with such changes. I know a lot of people who are not bothered when changing racket to racket or when changing one rubber with another with different weight - well, I'm not one of those ;(


I think the weight issue is mental more than anything. 1g is roughly the weight of edge tape for 1 racket. Depending on how much glue you apply the weight would also go up by 1-2g. All I am trying to say is 1g difference would be almost impossible to detect. If you really really feel like your balance is all wrong now b/c it shifted by ONE gram and it bothers you, add some edge tape and you'll be good to go.


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I think the weight issue is mental more than anything. 1g is roughly the weight of edge tape for 1 racket. Depending on how much glue you apply the weight would also go up by 1-2g. All I am trying to say is 1g difference would be almost impossible to detect. If you really really feel like your balance is all wrong now b/c it shifted by ONE gram and it bothers you, add some edge tape and you'll be good to go.

Probably you're right. It's just that every time I get to try any other paddle or change my rubbers I start to hit the edges or miss the ball completely. And it was always this way. And I wasn't weighting the paddles and thinking - "Oh, this is heavier - I'll have problems". It's just that it's hard for me somehow. Most of my friend can swap the paddles as they want and they have no problems..
Well, even if this is mental - it helps stopping EJing. Cause when you know that you won't be able to play normally for a couple of days with the new equipment, you decide to stay with the old. :lol:

Had another training session with the Qing pips. Definitely more spin sensitive and faster than Neptune. But overall it seems harder for the opponent too. It has a bigger room for variation and I need to explore it now. Some side-spin chopping is more possible now. :Chop:

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Yesterday participated in a local tournament.
Finished second in the group (my training buddy was with me and he beat me so he finished first and I second :lol: ).
After that won an easy match (1/16) and then lost to a boy that uses treated(that's a fact everyone knows here, but we're not an ITTF tournament so it's allowed) Dawei D-1 and pushes with it(actively and passively) all over the table. Basically I lost mostly because I wasn't mentally ready for this matchup. I've been concentrating on defensive play in my last training sessions so I somehow started very week against him and he lead 2:0. Then I completely changed the game - no risky looping, controlled no-spin shots with occasional hits, and got to 2:2. Somehow in the fifth the pattern didn't work and I couldn't fix the problem in time so I lost 11:7 :(
In reality it's perfectly normal cause such opponents are(and always were) rather hard for me. Not classical defenders or chop-blockers, but active pushers with nasty pips (and his are really nasty).
After my loss I played with other guys just for fun and finished playing a friend of mine who is much stronger (above 90% winning ratio in our country's second highest league). We played with 4 points handicap and it felt really well. The levels of spin in his touch play where much more serious that I'm used to so it was interesting :o . Mostly the touch play was the biggest problem (that seems logical) but I was overall satisfied with how I played.
Loving the Qing more and more cause it's really harder for the opponents to play against (if I play actively with it). And the control is good. And no bubbles under my fingers :clap:

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v100ev wrote:
active pushers with nasty pips (and his are really nasty).
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Loving the Qing more and more cause it's really harder for the opponents to play against (if I play actively with it).


This is actually what most people think of defenders in general -- and this is what's on their mind when they play against you. "Nasty" pips, "he has no backhand and is just covering his weakness", "easy to beat if not for the pips"... the list goes on.


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v100ev wrote:
active pushers with nasty pips (and his are really nasty).
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Loving the Qing more and more cause it's really harder for the opponents to play against (if I play actively with it).


This is actually what most people think of defenders in general -- and this is what's on their mind when they play against you. "Nasty" pips, "he has no backhand and is just covering his weakness", "easy to beat if not for the pips"... the list goes on.

Well I can't fully agree with you :)
First of all, I said nasty meaning that the balls coming from such pips are really weird. It's hard to find pips that will produce such balls and that are legal. So that's what I meant - the balls are coming really nasty, but that doesn't mean I mean it in a negative way or something. Maybe it's my choice of words that was wrong. I definitely don't think the way you quoted about my opponent. I mean - you need skill to play like that. And also you need skill to beat him.
But when your opponent deliberately uses forbidden equipment then that means something. It's just that easy. You can see a lot of stronger players that play with allowed equipment and I'm pretty sure they don't give you nice balls with the pips (or fl-anti). I don't know what's a person thinking when he's deliberately using something that is against the rules and he knows it*. Boosting is the same for me (I just hope that my blog is not very popular and we wont start a war here about the topic :lol: ).

And still if you lose - you lose. And the "nasty" opponent will lose to someone, so you just need to become better. It's just a little frustrating when you meet such type of players (who knowingly break the rules) :swear:


* About the backhand I have a point that if a player can't play a BH with a regular rubber but can play it with pips/anti - it's ok. Why must he be like everybody. It's a game of skill with a lot of options - so I'm not against "having not backhand". :Defense: No one is saying such things against the penholders somehow (that they are not holding the paddle properly :rofl: )
* If my post sounds too critical/negative or something like that - didn't mean it, probably still language barrier :swear: (well I'm a little bit straightforward in life too, but I hope not so much :rofl: )

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