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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
PostPosted: 08 Sep 2016, 23:06 
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All the sessions the last month have been exclusively with and against my teammates, which is very good since they are all a lot better than me and it gets me used to a higher tempo. I'm just a bit afraid that that I'll "get used" to loosing. Theyre all so ridiculously good against LP, even our fourth player (that had the next best ratio last season, 13-11) who's also a defender, struggles to win sets against the other three. I think it's quite interesting that he struggles to win even a set and perhaps wins one out of 30 matches against our three best players, but in the league he still had a better ratio than two of them. It kinda shows how good the others are against choppers.

Since I pretty much only played the league last season and had a 1-10 ratio, I feel I haven't got a good winning mentality anymore.

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
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If I'm understanding you, you're saying you scored 10% last season?

If so, is that not just a sign that you're playing in a division too high?

I certainly think winning is a habit, and playing at a level where you're getting one in ten isnt going to help you build that habit.

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
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If I'm understanding you, you're saying you scored 10% last season?

If so, is that not just a sign that you're playing in a division too high?

I certainly think winning is a habit, and playing at a level where you're getting one in ten isnt going to help you build that habit.

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Yeah, I won one and lost 10 in the league last season. Usually I play more tournaments but last year I only played two, not sure what ratio I hade there but it was definitely a clear plus. I'm definitely playing in a division too high, but I'm among the fifth best in my club and thus I'm needed in our main team. I belong in Divison 2, where I would probably have about a 50/50 ratio, but I'm playing in Division 1. This year I'll be playing both in our main team and our second team (Div 2) though so I'll be able to score some wins there.

I'm in a bit of a vacuum in our club atm, I'm not as good as my teammates in Division 1 and I'm a lot better than the players "below" me. All the players below me struggle to win even a match in Division 2 which means we can't have a team with a fighting chance there.

Yeah I also think winning is a habit, that's why I'm a bit concerned, even though I have absolutely no pressure at all to win even a single match in Division 1. I think I'm the lowest rated player in our league and the match I managed to win last year was against a much higher rated player.

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
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I know exactly what you mean. I only won one match in my league last season (division 2). The last two or three team matches I faced spme opponents I could have beaten. But I had been loosing all season and had no confidence when I needed it the most. This season I play in division 3, that should suit me better. But just hang in there and make sure to enter a few competitions on the side, just to remember what it feels like to win :up:.


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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
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I know exactly what you mean. I only won one match in my league last season (division 2). The last two or three team matches I faced spme opponents I could have beaten. But I had been loosing all season and had no confidence when I needed it the most. This season I play in division 3, that should suit me better. But just hang in there and make sure to enter a few competitions on the side, just to remember what it feels like to win :up:.


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Yeah, I just came back from todays session and it's getting better and better, I feel like I'm almost back where I ended last season. I feel much quicker and better in the "open" play and I get to a lot more balls than I did three weeks ago. The main problem right now is the consistency and all the easy mistakes I'm making, that's where I loose a big chunk of the points. Bad returns, bad serves, easy FH misses and especially the LP lift/attack against backspin.

I gotta say that I feel more motivated to practice (not just try equipment) than I've felt in 4-5 years, it feels awesome to make progress, even though it's mostly about getting back to where I was, and the setup feels frickin great.

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
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Def-attack wrote:
I know exactly what you mean. I only won one match in my league last season (division 2). The last two or three team matches I faced spme opponents I could have beaten. But I had been loosing all season and had no confidence when I needed it the most. This season I play in division 3, that should suit me better. But just hang in there and make sure to enter a few competitions on the side, just to remember what it feels like to win :up:.


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Yeah, I just came back from todays session and it's getting better and better, I feel like I'm almost back where I ended last season. I feel much quicker and better in the "open" play and I get to a lot more balls than I did three weeks ago. The main problem right now is the consistency and all the easy mistakes I'm making, that's where I loose a big chunk of the points. Bad returns, bad serves, easy FH misses and especially the LP lift/attack against backspin.

I gotta say that I feel more motivated to practice (not just try equipment) than I've felt in 4-5 years, it feels awesome to make progress, even though it's mostly about getting back to where I was, and the setup feels frickin great.


Sounds great!


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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
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Three weeks and I'm already loosing pips on my DG sheet, a couple of sessions and this sheet will be totally unplayable. The problem is that the area with broken pips in the center doesn't grip as much as the areas with unbroken pips, which of course makes it harder to predict.

Dornenglanz has got to be unparalleled when it comes to bad durability amongst LP's.

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
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Three weeks and I'm already loosing pips on my DG sheet, a couple of sessions and this sheet will be totaly unplayable. The problem is that the area with broken pips in the center doesn't grip as much as the areas with unbroken pips, which of course makes it harder to predict.

Dornenglanz has got to be unparalleled when it comes to bad durability amongst LP's.


I've had three sheets of DG so far. Total pip loss? one.

I don't know what I'm doing differently.... but it hasn't been a problem at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
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it matters a lot how you play and against who you play...

if you chop block hard, it put a lot of strain on the pips every time so they brake easily...also if the opponents have lot of power and spin...imo anyway :up:

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
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Usually I get more than three weeks out of it though, about two months is normal for me. I've almost never broken pips on other LP's and I've played with some for over a year. D.Tecs seems to hold forever.

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
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Had a good three hour session yesterday, playing matches the first two hours and doing drills the last hour. I'm still taking small steps forward, I had a dip on saturday but I was a bit hungover and didn't sleep much so that obviously wasn't surprising. I worked a lot on the LP lift/attack on backspin yesterday, I feel that this is a stroke that can be the difference between a good day or a bad day, along with my service return. It felt better and better and I had quite good consistency on higher speeds in the end of the session, I really need a lot of practice on this though so I might take some time with the robot next week if I can find the time.

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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
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After the DG sheet got unplayable I put on a sheet of D.Tecs since I know that holds up very well, I've never broken a pip on a D.Tecs sheet, despite using one for almost a year. I simply can't afford to change to a new sheet every 2-4 weeks atm.

I've already played with the setup for three sessions and I'm playing even better, so no worries there. I've been focusing a lot on footwork and getting my physique back in decent form and it's definitely been paying off, I didn't expect to see this big results this fast. I'm definitely a lot lighter on my feet compared to 3 weeks ago. Sadly I'll be out of town a lot, both to visit family and to work, which means I won't get much time to practice at the table, but I'll be able to run a few times at least.

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Keep it up! And this season, you MUST film a few of your matches. No excuses are valid!


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 Post subject: Re: Auzcar's Adventures
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Keep it up! And this season, you MUST film a few of your matches. No excuses are valid!


I'll make sure to record some practice sessions, we'll see about the matches haha :P

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i concur with the above request! :up:

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