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Blade: Nittaku Barwell Fleet
FH: DHS Dragonow 1.8mm
BH: Hellfire OX
I've been playing pretty well in the last 6 weeks. I'm mostly managing to stay with my aim of not giving away much emotion, and taking my time.

Highlights:

- Got my first 2/3 in the top flight
- Had my best competitive win of my TT career so far
- Got 2/3 and POTM when playing up for the top team in my club

I went to a different club to train on Friday as I had a tournament coming up, and playing unknown players is a good way to sharpen up. It was instructive - one of the players was a very promising cadet - left handed, with very good serves into my FH, and very good attacks off my serves. Really highlighted where I needed to focus attention.

I'm finding I'm able to introduce more chopping into my game. Interestingly this isn't necessarily a function of the players I'm playing - it's a mindset thing. I trust my footwork more, and my shots are better. I'm finding I'm winning quite a lot of points by just defending / containing, and by aiming to play the ball on consistently, rather than going for a belter.

No equipment changes, and none planned, although I did have an interesting conversation with my Dad which got me thinking a bit. My Dad has a pretty good BH loop, and a pretty good fh chop. He doesn't have a developed FH topspin, but does have a pretty good FH hit. His rubbers need to be replaced, and I suggested that he might like to try a thin inverted on his FH, to chop, block, and drive, so he's going to give that a go. Then, on Sunday, the subject came up again when I was talking to one of the top players - this time for me! I use SP on my FH, in a similar way - I hit/drive, block, and chop. A thin inverted on my FH would give me more spin on serves, but I'd still be fine for flat hitting, and it might be even better for FH chopping. I might consider toying with that over the summer.

Then played in the Corby Smash Veterans Team event on Sunday, with by club mate. We were seeded 19/24 and came 20/24, which wasn't bad. I had some close matches against decently ranked players, and won a couple too. Enjoyable day out.

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