Well, I am back.
I never wore any more than a tee shirt and shorts, (and a swimming suit for the ocean) the whole time there. Nights were in the 80s and the days, 90 to 105F. Humidity was always very high. They have bad pollution also. It is from all the charcoal cookers, not autos. I played almost every day. Many times morning and night.
I usually hit at one of 5 outdoor places for an hour in the morning and then 2 or 3 hours indoors. I got to play people from basement level to provincial level, even a couple women pros. I think I played some of the most illegal pips in the world. Some had no logo area, just pips all over and many rubbers that make teflon look sticky.
My old coach has a big schedule change, has to teach kids 4 hours a day and then practice. I never got to hit with him this time. But, I think I got to hit with his coach. He was coaching kids and adults at the indoor place. First time I saw him he was teaching a 12 year old girl, (about USATT 1800) He was doing multi ball so I grabed his ball net and chased balls for him. Then I blocked while he helped the girl with some fine points about looping. He knew just enough English I could talk to him.
After watching me play some people later, he asked to hit with me. I was playing Seemiller style. He had never seen it before. He was impressed! He also was impressed with my serves! He gave me alot of coaching for free. He normally plays shakehands but I saw him teaching the finer points of C-Pen to some high level players. I saw him take a 1000 level C-Pen lady to about 1600 in 5 weeks. Whenever he was there, I would spend half of my time chasing balls or blocking for his students. (and watching his teaching methods!)
I used his bat many times. It is SLOW compared to mine. After much thought and experimenting, I am going to slow my setup down. I kept track of how I did against different styles and levels. My fast equipment works fine to a certain level but when playing the real good players, "slower is better". I could still hit winners with his setup and a much higher % on the table in a tight spot.
I took 4 bats, two made by Ross and two of mine. Did alot of switching rubbers and tried a couple new ones. H-3 Neo is going to be my new forhand rubber. More control and spin than the Tibhar Nimbus. It is just right, on the Juic, one ply. Even the coach liked it. It is slower than the Nimbus and VERY spinny. It works in the high humidity. (so does Nimbus)
Well, more later. Night is still day and day is still night.