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 Post subject: Robot alternative??
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Found this video earlier on YouTube:



Fast forward to 3:20. This video is actually a sneak ad for this:

http://www.returnboard.com/

Quite impressive to watch. I'm sure many of us has hit balls against a wall or a board, the main problem is when you hit topspin you get backspin back. Here, I think, they've lined the board with rubber (there's a reason why it's red and black!). You get topspin back!

I think I'll try building one of these things. I've got a stack of training rubber a foot high I could use - or if I needed more one can easily get sheets of 868 or Reactor Corbor for $3.50 a sheet or less. I could order one of these return boards from Germany, but shipping will cost a bomb. If you put rubber on one side and left the other side smooth you could flip it over to practice driving against backspin.

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 Post subject: Re: Robot alternative??
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Now we know why it's called training rubber, to line return boards with.

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 Post subject: Re: Robot alternative??
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I doubt even the German ones are lined with Tenergy! :lol:

Finally found the prices. A great deal more than I can afford, and the shipping would probably add another hundred Euro to the price.

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 Post subject: diy return backboard
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This home made one looks much better.


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 Post subject: Re: Robot alternative??
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I think he started with a pair of music stands...

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Sometimes I just get my girlfriend to throw the balls onto my side of the table as hard as she can, and fast as she can, for 20 or so balls and I return them... That's my robot :D


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There was this post about Wally Rebound Boards in another part of the forum. Gives me some ideas for building my own, but it has a weakness - you can't move the board over the table, so you can't do the chopping exercises you can do with the German board above.

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Sometimes I just get my girlfriend to throw the balls onto my side of the table as hard as she can, and fast as she can, for 20 or so balls and I return them... That's my robot :D


Buy her a racket and teach her how to feed multiball!



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