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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2017, 15:01 
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Tennis players do this a lot, and I notice some table tennis players doing it too, many times a game.

You mis-hit, and then you look critically at your racket surface, maybe pick at it a little, like it has a lump in it, or the bat handle's busted off, or a piece of rubber is missing, or maybe a blob of sweat has made the ball go awry, or the rubber's changed from inverted to pips-out or vice-versa.

IMHO 999 times out of 1000, it's just player error. Looking at the racket will only draw attention to the fact that the racket's not to blame.

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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2017, 17:07 
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Yes, I do that a lot. It's a joke, but an introvert one. I don't expect others to get it, it is for myself only. Just ridiculing myself, sort of, confirming to myself that "this is a game, it is not so serious". I know that it is my own mistakes that make me lose.

The routine relieves some tension mid-game, but probably hurts my image ...

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hangdog wrote:
Tennis players do this a lot, and I notice some table tennis players doing it too, many times a game.

You mis-hit, and then you look critically at your racket surface, maybe pick at it a little, like it has a lump in it, or the bat handle's busted off, or a piece of rubber is missing, or maybe a blob of sweat has made the ball go awry, or the rubber's changed from inverted to pips-out or vice-versa.

IMHO 999 times out of 1000, it's just player error. Looking at the racket will only draw attention to the fact that the racket's not to blame.

its ok to check in tennis as grommets sometimes detach.the dampner may have fallen off or the strings need moving back into place if the feel isnt right.in tt its a little silly.maybe check for sweat on the rubber.


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I only tend to do this when the trajectory is wildly unexpected. It's not uncommon, especially on a hot day, for a wet-spot to show in the rubber, meaning the ball was wet where it hit, losing it's grip. It can also happen with combination players, when they they forget which side they're hitting with. :lol:

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hangdog wrote:
Tennis players do this a lot, and I notice some table tennis players doing it too, many times a game.

You mis-hit, and then you look critically at your racket surface, maybe pick at it a little, like it has a lump in it, or the bat handle's busted off, or a piece of rubber is missing, or maybe a blob of sweat has made the ball go awry, or the rubber's changed from inverted to pips-out or vice-versa.

IMHO 999 times out of 1000, it's just player error. Looking at the racket will only draw attention to the fact that the racket's not to blame.

I find this funny and in a club game might say 'is something wrong with your bat?'

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There are many reasons a shot can go wrong and there is nothing wrong with inspecting your bat to verify that it is fine. You may even be cleaning it less often than you need to if the ball is new and there is dust on it. Sometimes, looking at the paddle can even give you an idea of how you contacted the ball.

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There are many reasons a shot can go wrong and there is nothing wrong with inspecting your bat to verify that it is fine. You may even be cleaning it less often than you need to if the ball is new and there is dust on it. Sometimes, looking at the paddle can even give you an idea of how you contacted the ball.


Yes, I agree with all of the above. I was prompted to post on the topic after seeing a junior player inspect his bat with a frown after looping long pushes into the net 3 or 4 times in a row, when it seemed fairly clear to me that it wasn't a bat issue…

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Of course it is almost always player error, but the one or two times it since a result of sweaty balls, you don't want to be the dummy that missed it.

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It's logical to look at the rubber when a ball flies on an unexpected trajectory. Even a little bit of dust or moisture can change the friction on the small ball contact area.
Cheng Yinhua, several times US champion used to carefully wipe his rubber off with his thumb before every serve.
Ma Lin used to brush his rubber off with his hand very often between points. A nervous habit maybe, but if it saves a point, it's a useful one.

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Nadal, Just a funny he do quiet often


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Nadal tests & smells his rearkit not his racket quite often. That's gross :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


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