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PostPosted: 11 May 2019, 07:00 
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Another day with the Apollo 5 (36 ver).
So it's great for chopping(really easy to chop low and with a lot of spin or with almost no spin - just returning the ball low), great for over the table touch play. Doesn't like "lazy" shots (at least on my blade (Palio Chop #1)).
When attacking it needs real commitment (B2 was more forgiving in this regard).
Overall - good. It has it's strengths and weaknesses. If I played as an attacker and used this rubber on an OFF blade I think it would play very well. On a DEF blade it has it's trade-offs.
Will continue using it of course cause at our level control (I think) is more important than speed.

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PostPosted: 15 May 2019, 06:34 
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Well don't like such things but the result is - took off the Apollo 5.
Why? Because didn't feel any fun playing with it. This rubber is very demanding (on my blade at least) - if you want good shots you have to commit. Well that's a good thing when you train and work out a lot in TT, but I'm playing more for fun lately so that was not for me. :(
I really don't like changing rubbers in such a short period of time but took off the Apollo 5 and glued a new Tuttle 55A(yesterday). So today was the second day with it. Overall the same things that I wrote last time about it. It has ok spin(less than A5 and B2, but still enough), some springiness in it - more like a Japanese rubber, but the control and the ease of play with it is on another level. In this regard I would compare it to ESN rubbers but with a more Chinese feel.
So today played with it for a second time - very satisfied. Need to get used to the short game - it catapults the ball more than with the B2 or A5, the throw angle is a little different too.
Somehow when playing with the BH with this rubber I generate more spin on opening shots so I think I should change my 3d ball attack with the FH. probably cause it has more dwell time it needs a longer stroke. Not sure. Still the control is amazing. So I'll stay with it :Chop:

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PostPosted: 03 Jun 2019, 23:42 
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Nothing to blog about. On 20th of May twisted my knee(while playing, of course). The doctor said that everything is intact but will need some rest.
Well, no tennis and not a lot of walking these days. And it still hurts a little (although I'm wearing a stabilizing knee support).
I'll miss some major tournaments in our club. Hope I'll be able to play in July. Such injuries can't be taken lightly ;(

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PostPosted: 14 Aug 2019, 03:15 
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So I still haven't played a single day since my knee got twisted (and it still hurts a little :( ). But Bulgaria Open has started and today was the first day.
Watched a lot of interesting matches (King Kara beating a Chinese boy for example). Also got Ma Te's autograph on my photo of him from the last year which I printed beforehand for exactly this reason :)
This was the photo:
ImageIMG_2952 by Vasil Stoev, on Flickr
So tomorrow will be another day of watching - maybe I'll take some videos (not sure about that - need to see the schedule).
So, no TT for me but still plenty of it :)

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PostPosted: 14 Aug 2019, 13:32 
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Well, saw the notification that I have a PM only today. and the PM was from the 8th of August..
Somehow not very noticeable :(

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PostPosted: 15 Aug 2019, 01:45 
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Very cool picture! I hope Ma Te plays in the Swedish Open one day so I can meet him.

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PostPosted: 15 Aug 2019, 06:44 
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Today was another great day of the Bulgaria Open 2019..
I'm really tired now (it's 00:10 here and I've just came back from Panagyurishte (cause I live in another city)).
Overall - some unbelievable matches and very high quality of play.
Ma Te's second match was on a non-TV table so I recorded it (and also Ruwen's match on the next table), so I'll be editing the videos and posting them after some time.
The match against Robles was very nice. Against Platonov - nerve-wracking :lol:
Hina Hayata has some wicked shots and is a great fighter..
Lots of interesting things but it's time to sleep.. Cause tomorrow the day starts early in the morning with the mixed doubles :)

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PostPosted: 24 Aug 2019, 17:34 
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So after Bulgaria open, on previous Wednesday I visited the doctor and he sad that I can start playing without worrying about my leg.
So I played with my wife (I decided to wear a knee support for the first month or so) and after that on Thursday I played with the guys in some league matches.
Well, three months of not playing are pretty damn much! No feeling in the racket, some absolutely wild shots, etc, etc.
But I'm finally playing and I'll be taking it easy - max 2 times a week more serious play and a couple of times with my wife for fun.
Let's return to Bulgaria Open :)
I visited all the days except for the final one (cause it's boring on one table).
Some memorable things:
On Saturday we went for the Mixed Doubles finals match only to came and see the last set (cause they've started earlier!! :punch: )...
Aruna beating Ma Te was unexpected, but those forehands where lethal really.
Aruna beating Mizutani - the whole crowd was supporting Aruna (I really felt sorry for Jun) - and he won! But what a dramatic match it was :)
Mens doubles finals - no problems for the Korean pair but we where sitting with the Korean support team and it was a lot of fun (singing, rooting, yelling, they taught us some Korean words, also they had a buk (a Korean drum)). So the match was not as interesting as the thrill of rooting for the guys :):)
Overall I can say that this year the qualifications had a lot more amazing matches and rallies than the main draw. That's for sure!)

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PostPosted: 08 Oct 2019, 19:53 
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Quite the time skip here..
Overall my leg is almost at 100% now (more like 80-90) so I play a couple of times a week so that I don't overstrain it. Using a knee support helps a lot - my leg hurt only after a 2.5h serious chopping training and didn't hurt after longer matchplay.
We had our first round of team competitions - 4 wins, 0 loses for now. I played well, didn't lose a match in singles and lost one of three matches in doubles (we lost 3:2).
I recorded my match against a boy that I played last year (and won 3:2 (it was not easy for me)). But this time I played better and he didn't so the match was not interesting. Still - I filmed it and cropped so here it is. (the guy with the glasses and the knee support is obviously me)

I would say he underperformed or expected an easier match - I don't know. He is used to playing against pips cause couple of his teammates are LP users too. Well, I played well so that's that) Btw he beat our #1 guy 3:0 after this but overall we won(4:2).

Last week we had a big tournament with players of absolutely different levels and I lost to a couple of strong guys but it helped me return to my good stable chopping form.

the Victas Sticky Extra feels nice - I'm very confident with it now - chopping is very good, the control is nice.. So let's see how long will it last.

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PostPosted: 22 Oct 2019, 19:02 
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Been playing pretty well for the time being. Mostly defense - that's where I feel the best. My current mindset suits this type of game the best.
The Victas Sticky Extra is very good for this but it'll have to go.....
The main problem - humidity. It just does not perform nearly as good as all my previous rubbers in humid conditions. And knowing that the humidity is high in our club most of the winter and summer that's a big problem.
In normal conditions the rubber is great, but yesterday was yet another day of struggle with it because of the conditions in the club. The touch game, the spin game - it's just so hard to get it right when the rubber does not grip the ball. Had to play a couple of defenders (regulars - we know each other's games very well) and attacking the first ball (like - a nospin serve to the anti(!) and then attack) needed to be done like there were tons of spin - getting very seriously under the ball cause in any other way the ball will either slip or the sponge will launch it to the other end of the hall. My opponents confirmed the fact that they didn't feel any heaviness in the ball and that they usually do have problems with the spin (and we know each other and even I can see that the spin is not bothering them).
I know that in humid conditions every rubber underperforms but I find the Sticky Extra too susceptible to this..
Probably will order the Battle 2 again cause it plays well in such conditions. But it will need to wait until our next team competition..

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PostPosted: 05 Nov 2019, 17:13 
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So after about 3.5-4 months of play with the Victas 07 Sticky Extra I returned to the Battle 2 :)
Overall the 07 is definitely better for chopping and is less spin sensitive in the short game, but it's probably just a fact that my technique is better suited for playing with chinese rubbers.
Yesterday played the first session with the B2. Attack vs chop is much better cause I can easily loop the ball with much more power and be sure that it'll go where I want it. My chopper opponent confirmed the fact that the balls were much harder for him too. Chopping was ok, somehow needs more vertical movement but the chops are not as loaded as with the 07.
Rubbers on the side, yesterday I worked more on using my hips when looping against chop. Cause, probably because of my knee injury, I started twisting only my upper body for a FH loop and lost some power (quite a lot). So yesterday, cause my knee is pretty much healed, I worked on recovering the proper technique. The difference is very big of course.
Also played some matches but those didn't matter cause I was getting used to the rubber and racket (it became 6gr heavier now) so I made a lot of easy mistaces (mostly mishits) but I wasn't bothered with them. Also the B2 needs some time to break :)

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PostPosted: 03 Dec 2019, 21:12 
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Nothing interesting to write about for now. The Battle 2 is my rubber for sure. I always return to it and it's just perfect for me. Pretty satisfied with my game for now. Finally stopped using the knee support so I am almost as fast and as flexible as Joo now :rofl:

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