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PostPosted: 23 Sep 2021, 20:58 
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Btw how do you find the anti close ish to table when blocking? Do you have to block almost like inverted? Or closer to frictionless. Also can you punch vs top spin?

The blocking motion is similar to the normal regular rubber block. The angles are different obviously but you can block normally or even counter a little and that gives the opponent a very strange ball.
You can punch vs top spin (I am not consistent at that), but I somehow automatically twiddle the racket and use the regular rubber for such shots.. hm.. :)


Did you find it the same with Nittaku BA as well?

Yeah I admire your twiddling, it's so quick and fluid that I don't even see it sometimes and I'm watching not even playing vs you

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PostPosted: 24 Sep 2021, 06:39 
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Did you find it the same with Nittaku BA as well?


I would say that it was much more difficult with the BA. In regards to blocking I used the BA like pips - mostly chop-blocking cause regular block were very hard to perform. I think the special sponge of Antipower makes this element much easier - it was not impossible with the BA - but hard. And the motion was still like a regular block.. But I'm not very strong in the blocking department with antis and pips..

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PostPosted: 26 Sep 2021, 03:00 
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Played this Thursday in our weekly league and here's the final match. This is against my teammate.. Our matches are always very strange.. Although we know each other's game we both make more unforced errors than we should and sometimes don't make shots with the needed determination and fail them because of that. It doesn't mean we don't try our best.. I think it's just because none of us is sure that he can win :) We have overall a very even balance between us. So - this is the match (cropped) - I think it's watchable :) There are some nice points here and there.
Overall I had good success in points that I start by attacking his serve with the anti. The problem is that I'm still not used to this and sometimes back off and initiate a more defensive rally and that is not the best for me :) Also need to use the anti more probably :)

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PostPosted: 26 Sep 2021, 05:08 
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I know why watching you is relaxing as well as fun. You're so fluid coz your wrist looks so loose and it all syncs so well.

Also your BH looks so difficult to deal with from all that twiddling and solid attacking, I'm jealous of it haha

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PostPosted: 02 Oct 2021, 02:09 
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Yesterday played another Thursday final :)
Here's the video.. don't have time to analyze :) Tomorrow is the first round of the team competitions so I just quicly edited the yesterday's match and freed space for tomorrow's matches.
So, here's the vid. Overall a solid match I think.. Somehow lost FH initiative at some time - I think this was important.

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So on the first round of the team competition we went 3:1. Next round will be in November. Overall there are 8 teams, so 3 matches left.
I lost against an equal opponent but the match didn't matter and I couldn't concentrate for it :( But I won against other opponents in the important matches (beat a guy that I've never beaten before) - so everything went well :)
The next week I played a couple of leagues but somehow found myself not having fun .. I think I left all emotions and concentration in the team matches, so decided to take a break. A week without TT already and I think I'll skip another 3-4 days before I go to the club.
Also ordered new shoes cause the Mizuno's Wave Medal 6 got their sole rubber erased for 1 year (that was a bummer - seems like they use a lot of natural rubber there and it is really soft..) So found a good promo on Asics Gel Blade 7 - will see how they hold up. I heard that their soles are harder and more durable than Mizuno's..

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Good news mixed with bad :(

The having fun part really is the most important in the end though right. If we aren't enjoying and itching to get back on the table then we are doing something wrong. Hopefully you can figure it out

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PostPosted: 25 Oct 2021, 20:34 
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Ndragon wrote:
Good news mixed with bad :(

The having fun part really is the most important in the end though right. If we aren't enjoying and itching to get back on the table then we are doing something wrong. Hopefully you can figure it out

Well the main problem is that there's currently not a lot of challenge for me in the club - everybody knows everybody and I beat like all of the regulars. And the non-regulars that are better or equal to me are NON-regular.. So most of the times I come to the club to play the same guys that can't put me under pressure. And everybody wants to play games and not train. And after playing higher level matches in the club championships I just don't wanna return to the same playground.. I think this is more connected to some kind of being tired overall.
This one week break was nice - more time spent with my wife, a couple of trips to the mountains.. Tomorrow I'll get my new shoes and on Thursday I'll go and play with lighter heart :)

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PostPosted: 25 Oct 2021, 20:55 
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Fair enough mate. I totally understand.

I am also very limited to 2 sessions a week and on 1 of them half of the time the standard is pretty low and no one wants to or can train. I cannot really train my mid distance defence coz almost all cannot loop more than 1 or 2 chops.

It would do you good to try your best to find 1 guy willing to train at least once a month

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PostPosted: 14 Nov 2021, 19:01 
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So quite the time skip..
Really - nothing new :)
Yesterday played the second part of the club team champs..But one of our teammates is sick, another one - injured. So the injured played as a 3rd racket - he even beat a couple of guys :) I played well, even filmed myself :) Made around a net shot that can not be seen on the recording cause the opponent was a leftie :envy:
Overall I play well, it looks Ok on video for me.. But like when I'm playing or watching I feel like the points are so.. random? Like - yeah - I can understand how I win them, but the bigger picture seems strange to me (not sure about the opponents, but I'm confused..) I think this is a good thing - just means that the style is pretty non-linear..
In reality I need to up my blocking game with the Anti. Most of the times I block with the regular rubber on the BH side (I twiddle for blocks) but in an unexpected situation I block with the Anti and there's a ton of mistakes on these blocks.. The angles need to be very precise because of the very low friction. Also when there's even a little humidity in the hall - the Anti plays more like a slick anti - and one needs to change the angles again - like what the?
I like the variation that I have - it's easy to defend, easy to mix the spins when twiddling..But those passive shots are currently a problem) Thinking of trying long pips with a thick sponge (for example Hallmark Frustration come with 2.0 ) - that should play more like a medium pips rubber but with less spin.. I think? I hope to have a little more grip comparing to the anti.. I'll probably try it, and if it's too different - I'll glue the Anti back cause the results say that I play good with it. And the angles will fix themselves with the time.. I hope :D

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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2021, 06:20 
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First session with the Hallmark Frustration today.. 1.5 red :)
Veery strange rubber :) It's fast, it can impart lots of spin but also on some softer shots it has quite a lot of reversal.
I misjudged it at first and tried playing with it like with short pips.. It's possible - you can attack, you can block, it has some sinking effect.. But it was not very easy.. After some time I found out that I can play all long pips shots with it too. The only thing to keep in mind is the speed..
Overall - needs more playtime against different opponents. It can attack really well, now I want to train the passive and defensive part of the rubber. If I find a way to chop comfortably then I'll give it a serious go. Because although it's very different from the Anti it has a great amount of variation in it.. And I want to explore it. Basically this would mean that it plays like a medium pips rubber.. But I can compare only to Nittaku Militall and the Hallmark is much more long pips-like compared to that one.
Not very structured post but still something :)

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PostPosted: 20 Nov 2021, 02:25 
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Dumped the Frustration :rofl: and returned the Anti. Main reason - the pip is fast, It's good for attack/block but not so good for combination play. Maybe if it's used on a slower blade it will be more versatile but I'm not ready to commit to a blade change :)

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