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Author:  Cobalt [ 27 Jun 2017, 20:35 ]
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Have you ever played with either a rubber or blade that you just loved, it put a smile on your face when you used it and couldn't wait to have another hit with it.

Maybe the novelty has worn off but you are still using it or maybe it was when you were younger and was excited at the thought of using the same equipment as your favourite pro.



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Author:  man_iii [ 27 Jun 2017, 22:36 ]
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DHS TG2 Neo ! :-) My first experiment with Chinese tacky rubber :-D Everyone else was on H3 Neo and TG3 Neo, and they were all struggling like anything to adapt to them. Meantime I was smacking balls right and left landing it all on the white lines :rofl: You should have seen the grin on my face a mile wide :-D

Author:  BeGo [ 27 Jun 2017, 22:37 ]
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Cobalt wrote:
Have you ever played with either a rubber or blade that you just loved, it put a smile on your face when you used it and couldn't wait to have another hit with it.

Maybe the novelty has worn off but you are still using it or maybe it was when you were younger and was excited at the thought of using the same equipment as your favourite pro.



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Tackiness Chop 2, 1.1 mm,

Joy!!! In chopping. ;)

Too expensive for me to buy now :cry:

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Author:  darucla [ 27 Jun 2017, 23:01 ]
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I started playing table tennis at the age of about 11/12, when I first started at Gilles Plains High School, in Adelaide. The Beatles came to Adelaide in that year. We used to play in the lunch sheds, huge three-sided corrugated iron buildings, one side open to the outdoors, on a home made table, with, initially, a plywood "net", which was soon broken and replaced with whatever could be made to fill the purpose. I am a little hazy about where the bats came from, but I played with all sorts, including conventional hardbats, sandpaper bats, bats we made from scrap pieces of ply, and occasionally, a recognisable sponge plus rubber topsheet bat, usually pimples out. This was what I aspired to.

So when the time came for me to legitimately get my own, my parents bought me an Oliver brand bat with Butterfly C-04 rubbers. with a Syd Morgan signature. (Local SA player). I have mentioned this elsewhere on the forum. But after I got this bat, it was some time before I was beaten on the lunch table. We used to get to school hours early, to play before school, and we left hours late, to play some more. Until a friend got his own real table, and then we used to play at his for hours every day, especially during the holidays. We (well, at least one of us) were obsessed. I remember one day being unable to find a non-broken ball, so I raided my snorkel, removing and using the plastic ball that acted as a valve (possibly making me one of the first ever users of a plastic ball?), until I broke that too.

I kept that bat for all of my playing "career" in Oz, and when I was 14, my family returned to England. I brought it with me, using it in the on-board ship tournament, where I came second in both singles and doubles.

I still have that bat. Somewhere along the line, I broke it, the handle snapping clean off. However, I didn't play much after arriving back in England (health reasons), so I put it away. I can still remember the feeling of invincibility that bat gave me. There are severe wear marks around the thumb and finger positions on the rubber, now at least 53 years old... The two bits were roughly shoved together and held with whatever glue I had around at the time. Although my health was the ab initio cause of my break from the game, the breaking of the bat was the much more symbolic factor.

If I pick it up now, I can become 14 years old again.

Author:  Cobalt [ 27 Jun 2017, 23:47 ]
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Top story darucla, thanks for sharing :up: :up: and I'm glad I asked. :)

Author:  SFF_liberte [ 29 Jun 2017, 10:41 ]
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Darker Speed 90. Nothing can come close to the feel of single ply kiso hinoki.

Soft touch on short game, faster than carbon catapult when looping hard. It is like part of my hand because how amazing the feel is.

Just by looking at the handcrafted beauty will put a smile on my face.

Passionate about TT

Author:  ttplace [ 30 Aug 2017, 18:03 ]
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good :)

Author:  hangdog [ 20 Sep 2017, 16:18 ]
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I loved the handle on my Butterfly Chuan Chih Yuan ST. And the Karis rubbers on it.
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I left it behind at the first round of this season's pennant 10 weeks ago, and never saw it again. The rubbers are replaceable, but the blade was a relatively unpopular model that's long out of production. I moved on to a Nittaku Acoustic Carbon Inner ST after a couple of months of futzing around with the WSC V1/Tenergy 05/Aurus Soft bat I had been using last year.

Author:  mynamenotbob [ 20 Sep 2017, 18:05 ]
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I loved Dr. Neubauer Super Block, but it got banned. :swear:

Author:  WorkoutMontage [ 20 Sep 2017, 20:23 ]
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Avalox BT555.

It got wrecked by a glue sheet / oversealing. So I just bought another one.

My memory of this blade is blocking insanely fast power loops, with massive dwell from the flex, sending the ball back to precisely where I wanted it. The complete opposite of modern alc/carbon blades. Looping had a massive margin for error, it was difficult to send the ball long.

Also: T05, for the great control that comes with such a fast and spinny rubber.
Also: Big Dipper, for the combination of an awesome touch game, fast driving and spinny looping. It's the very definition of dynamic. I just tried a 2 year old sheet on one of my blades and it still performs well. A tad slow, but still massively spinny.

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