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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
PostPosted: 27 Mar 2017, 17:11 
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So we had our last four matches in the league this weekend, I only played one of them though. We lost two and won two, sadly we lost the one that we had to win and this means that we need to play qualifiers in two weeks to keep our spot in division one. The match I played was against the team that won the league, and they were never close to loosing a match to be honest, they are simply too good. The first match I played was against a slovak who ended the season on a ratio of 24-1, I played really well in this match actually and was close to taking it to a fifth set, I had 8-6 in the fourth set but couldn't capitalize. The second match was against one of Swedens top juniors, this should've been a better match-up for me and it was pretty close, 9-9 in the first set and I had 9-8 in the second set but it ended 0-3. We also lost in the fifth in the doubles.

These are not matches that I should be able to win by any stretch of the imagination and I'm really happy with how I played. I've been working out every day for the last two weeks and the body felt much better than I expected, my forehand was better than it has been in years and although I had some problems with the BH over the table my chopping felt pretty good. It's not fun to loose but it felt really good to get confirmation that I still have that level inside my body somewhere and that I could dig down and find it even though I've hardly practiced at all this winter. The workouts have really been giving me a lot, even though it's only been two weeks since I started doing that.

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
PostPosted: 20 Aug 2018, 23:07 
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I'm back! After two pretty big injuries last season (glute and shoulder) I gripped my paddle again last week, and it felt damn good to be back!

I got a call from my teammate asking if I was interested in playing in Division 1 this year and I couldn't say no, this means I have a lot of work to put in the next month leading up to the first matches. I've played two sessions already and even though it felt better than expected it's pretty bad haha. My chops and service receives with the LP is always what tends to drop the most in level when I'm out of practice and this was no different this time. My general physique is better than it has been in almost 10 years though so that's gonna help quite a bit I hope.

I took a look in the mirror before the first session and pretty much came to the conclusion that a) I'm not quick enough to be playing at the table as much as I've been trying to the last years and b) after all the EJ'ing I've done I still haven't found a LP that blocks well enough for me withut being tampered with. This has led me to the decision that I will focus more on chopping and being more aggressive at the table with the LP, while still having the FH attack as my main gameplan. For this I think a lot of LP's are good enough. I decided to go for a chinese LP since they're so damn cheap and had a few of them lying around at home.

I tested 388D, CK531A and 1615 the first session and decided that I clearly had the most control with 388D and thus that will be my choice. Sadly my sheet was the wrong colour and the only shop in Sweden carrying 388D's only had 388D-1 in stock. I ordered one of those and will have to play with that until my sheets of 388D arrives from TTNPP in a few weeks. But from what I've read there doesn't seem to be a huge difference, so I think I'll manage.

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 Post subject: Auzcar's Adventures
PostPosted: 21 Aug 2018, 16:18 
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Great to have you back! And a very good choice of pips (my all time favourite for chopping). It is very forgiving but at a point you may feel limited with it. Just ignore that and keep going :).

What blade are you at nowadays? FH rubber? Will you be chopping with FH inverted?

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
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Great to have you back! And a very good choice of pips (my all time favourite for chopping). It is very forgiving but at a point you may feel limited with it. Just ignore that and keep going :).

What blade are you at nowadays? FH rubber? Will you be chopping with FH inverted?


Yeah it felt very forgiving and safe, the plan is to be a bit safer on the BH compared to later years and hopefully 388D will aid a bit in that compared to D.Tecs and DG :)

I went back to Defplay, it's my first love and that's what I feel most confident with, especially on the FH actually. I'm playing with Bluefire M1 on the FH right now and probably will continue with that, if I change it would be to H3 which I also love on this blade and it has worked really well before. I won't be chopping much with the FH, I do sometimes but when I do that I twiddle :)

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
PostPosted: 21 Aug 2018, 17:31 
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Sounds like o good plan. Ox or sponge on BH?

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
PostPosted: 21 Aug 2018, 18:11 
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Sounds like o good plan. Ox or sponge on BH?


I'm still going with OX! I'm not willing to give up what I can do at the table with OX. Also I love the feeling of it.

On a related note, 388D-1 had one of the thinnest backings I've ever experienced, almost messed up the glue job.

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
PostPosted: 27 Aug 2018, 16:44 
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So I've had a few more sessions and I'm slowly getting better. I felt a bit sluggish in the beginning but my body is slowly remembering how to be somewhat explosive again. Need to do more cardio though, can't keep my focus up for more than 45 min haha.

Setup feels mostly good, 388D-1 is one of the most controlled LP's I've played with and that certainly helps. However, it's quite a noticeable drop in spin compared to D.Tecs, both in chopping and blocking. I need to keep the shots long and low otherwise I'm toast. I also need to get my service receives and aggressive pushing in check, as of now it's way to many unforced errors.

Slowly getting there though.

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
PostPosted: 27 Aug 2018, 17:45 
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388D should be closer to D.Techs.

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
PostPosted: 29 Aug 2018, 23:03 
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Auzcar,

Welcome back!!

I always go back to the defplay. I too always go back to the Defplay. I am bouncing back and forth between double inverted and OX but both on the defplay.

My BH Chop has changed for the worse over the last 2 years, so I too like OX for being more forgiving as well as to give options at the table. I just dislike OX very much against lower spin balls on pushes (everyone does).

I still want to try the Palio with sponge (like Ma Te) though.

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