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PostPosted: 18 Sep 2022, 04:32 
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Blade: DHS PG7
FH: H3 neo
BH: Friendship 729
Hi guys. I'm a lower-intermediate player who wanted to change my racket setup. I currently use a Chinese setup but also wanted to try a new one because I feel my current setup is a bit off for me.

Calling all the experts here, do you know if my planned setup is ok?
Blade: Tibhar SPW
FH: Nittaku Fastarc G1
BH: Donic Barracuda

I want a better-controlled offensive play so that I can improve all my basic offensive strokes and I hope that this setup will get me there.

For context, my FH is not that much developed yet, I've trained my FH loop/smash but can't execute with power and high consistency. My BH is much more developed, I like to flick/topspin but my BH smash sucks.


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Blade: Yasaka Sweden Classic ST
FH: DHS Hurricane MAX
BH: Tibhar Evolution MAX
looks better for smashing...

I was considering that blade too.

Chinese rubbers are hard to smash with so any Euro/Jap should help. However, these days tacky rubbers come from nontraditional places too.

If fast arc has any tack at all then it still is not the best for smashing.

Still, you will find that not everything is about smashing. For example, last night I looped a ball so hard that an experienced opponent said they couldn't even see the ball land and go past them. And that I contacted a couple of meters behind the table and at about table height. That shot was with Hurricane and on an all-round blade = equipment that is passively slow.

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Blade: DHS PG7
FH: H3 neo
BH: Friendship 729
Actually, I'm not really looking for powerful smash now. My current focus is to:
1. Better overall offensive control
2. Good setup for BH flick and to improve my BH loop
3. FH rubber that can improve my FH loop quality (all aspect beside speed/power because thats not my concern yet)


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Blade: Yasaka Sweden Classic ST
FH: DHS Hurricane MAX
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you already got the setup for that

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Blade: DHS PG7
FH: H3 neo
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I see understand. My current complaint about my setup is just that I feel that the blade is a bit heavy. Tried my friend's setup with a lighter blade and it helped me flick better.

Anyways, any comment on the new setup tho? Do you think that fastarc g-1 is appropriate for someone playing at my level (lower intermediate) where control still matters?


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I have a similar setup of Xiom Offensive S/G1/Hexer Powergrip. G1 has some similar qualities to hard Chinese rubbers in that it is a linear, stable rubber that grips the ball very firmly, but it has a much more springy sponge than that on a Hurricane. I would say if you aren't that consistent on the forehand yet, then G1 may feel a bit wild or unpredictable sometimes due to the firmer sponge combined with the non tacky topsheet and the need for consistent sponge compression for good results. How about try Fastarc C1 on both sides? C1 is basically G1 with a softer sponge, whereas G1 shoots the ball out powerfully, C1 holds onto the ball a bit longer which can make your shots easier to control.


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