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PostPosted: 20 Jul 2018, 05:23 
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I would like to see defensive play more prevalent. But not enough attack capability makes for boring play


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I seriously doubt ITTF would raise the net height. The people who proposed the higher net noted that loopers these days tend to hit the ball high over the net so the net could safely be raised and not affect the game. I really don't understand the thinking behind this at all - watch ANY game at the international level on YouTube. You'll see any number of net cord strikes, and balls going into the net. This is even with two loopers playing each other. Consider:

1) Not every stroke is a loop. There are also a lot of blocks, flat hits, flicks, etc. and this is even with loopers.
2) Serves are generally quite low, people will serve to just clear the net anyway. Attacking those serves will be a lot more difficult with the higher net.
3) NOT EVERY PLAYER IS A LOOPER.

Yes, if there were more chop defense it would make table tennis more watchable - however, note that even modern sandpaper looks like a loop fest (albeit with much longer rallies). Maybe people are too used to the modern game.

Iskandar


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