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 Post subject: Re: Road to top 500
PostPosted: 25 Jul 2017, 07:29 
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Well, the seller I found did not have the blade anymore. I'm back to square one. I found a listing on the japanese version of ebay, but the auction had ended in 2015. There has to be somewhere I can get it.


Just get a Stiga Allround or similar to start with (or perhaps the more stiffer Stiga NCT Allround). Victas 401 in 1,8 mm is a great rubber for that purpose. I would also think that the new inverted from der Materialspezialist (turtle something) would work. But that one I haven't tried. LKT Pro XT is a cheap rubber that also could work. Or a thin Mark V. There are also Friendship rubbers in 1.0 - 1.5 mm that might work.

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 Post subject: Re: Road to top 500
PostPosted: 25 Jul 2017, 07:49 
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The setup I have been using while trying it out is a VKMO with two cheap chinese rubbers. I feel like it has been going well, but both rubbers are max thickness and the backhand chops are good but inconsistent. I have actually found the biggest problem to be when I'm at the table and I sometimes try to hit the ball as if I had LP. I am the kind of person who usually doesn't change rubbers, and I really dislike changing blade, but I guess I'll have to try.

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 Post subject: Re: Road to top 500
PostPosted: 25 Jul 2017, 18:43 
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The setup I have been using while trying it out is a VKMO with two cheap chinese rubbers. I feel like it has been going well, but both rubbers are max thickness and the backhand chops are good but inconsistent. I have actually found the biggest problem to be when I'm at the table and I sometimes try to hit the ball as if I had LP. I am the kind of person who usually doesn't change rubbers, and I really dislike changing blade, but I guess I'll have to try.


If you already have a blade you like and it is within the rangenof what would be suitable for your game you should not change it. Keep it and keep going with cheap rubbers for awhile. It will take some 3-6 months to re-program your brain and muscle memory to ignore LP-strokes completely. I had to struggle first 5 months to not back away from the table when I decided to change from modern defensive to playing close to the table.

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 Post subject: Road to top 500
PostPosted: 25 Jul 2017, 18:50 
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If you want a really slow, cheap and good chopping-rubber to start with (not good for attacking) you should try Gambler Reflectoid (used to be available at wookiesports.se).

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My plan right now is to stick with the setup I have now until I am more used to playing with an inverted backhand. I think using the VS > 401 is the best, because I have used that rubber on my forehand when I was learning to chop on that side. I don't think changing forehand rubber is needed, although I did get some suggestions when I was at the camp. One of the female coaches, former top 100 and with a sister who is a chopper, told me that I should not use a hard and tacky rubber. The chinese coach I had didn't think there was anything wrong with it though, so I'm not sure I want to change.

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 Post subject: Re: Road to top 500
PostPosted: 26 Jul 2017, 08:14 
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My plan right now is to stick with the setup I have now until I am more used to playing with an inverted backhand. I think using the VS > 401 is the best, because I have used that rubber on my forehand when I was learning to chop on that side. I don't think changing forehand rubber is needed, although I did get some suggestions when I was at the camp. One of the female coaches, former top 100 and with a sister who is a chopper, told me that I should not use a hard and tacky rubber. The chinese coach I had didn't think there was anything wrong with it though, so I'm not sure I want to change.


Soft for chopping can be good but also hard and sticky. Use what feels right. There are choppers with H3 on FH who chops good with that and then there Joo who uses T64, very fast. I have tried both, very different feeling and tou can do different chops with them. But chopping might not be what you do most, perhaps pushing over the table, blocking, serving, returning serves, etc, is more important?

I gave my son a Rasant Beat, very soft and very controlled, good for blocking. Stiga Boost TC in let's say 1,8 mm is also good.

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