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PostPosted: 05 Aug 2017, 18:55 
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Hello fellow ping pongers!

I've built a return board, but I'm unsure if it's good enough to use in training. The question is how good you have to be to start training with a return board, because I have played table tennis for quite a while as a hobby, but lack consistency in my "simple" strokes.

I use a pretty thin plank which is half a table wide, covered with 4x2 pieces of Yinhe Mercury II rubbers (cheap). It almost felt like the rubbers didn't do any difference in speed. I feel like I have to use so much power to return the ball all the way back to me, and some times the ball just flies away in a random direction.

To conclude I guess I'm unsure whether the problem lies in my lack of skills, or the return board itself, because right now I can't even get more than 4 successful strokes in a row.




PostPosted: 05 Aug 2017, 23:40 
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I have no idea about return boards and haven't used anything like a return board.

Is the wood very hard and heavy ? Also did you use MAX thickness rubbers or 1.8mm ones ?

Maybe some kind of HARD spring is needed to give the "punch" back to get the ball travelling faster ? Or maybe the locking mechanism is having too much "give" due to flexing or moving when impacting the ball.

I dunno :-) Would love to hear about some solution for building a reliable return board :-D

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PostPosted: 06 Aug 2017, 02:02 
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To me it looks like it isn't mounted securely enough. It's just sitting there on the table and can rock back when the ball hits it. You're losing a lot of the ball's energy if this happens.

You should have used Reactor Corbor - as little as $3.50 a sheet!


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