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 Recreational player question
by Eric Shain 15 years ago
 Re: Recreational player question
by rhino 15 years ago
 Re: Recreational player question
by Aeoliah 15 years ago
 Re: Recreational player question
by Eric Shain 15 years ago
Re: Recreational player question
by bes 15 years ago
 Rec vs Pro: You CAN play the same
by NickČ 15 years ago

The following message (subject: Re: Recreational player question) was posted by bes, on 12/12/2005 3:47:29 PM:
Couple things to consider:

Style: Before committing to penholding, be aware that it is, in general, more physically demanding. Since the forehand is your main weapon, aggressive penholders must move a lot and quickly - to run around backhands, then chase down blocks to wide forehand. If you can move, it is probably worth a shot. The penhold grip is formidable over the table, for serving, and for your forehands. The Backhand is a compromise. Depending on your flexibility and dexterity, the compromise can be minimal, tolerable, or a burden. Disclaimer - there are some very high rated penhold blockers who don't EVER seem to move, and just block anything back with long pips. This is much easier said than done though...

Almost any non-pre-made combo will seem fast and spinny compared to old premade paddles. You'll adapt. I'd stay away from super fast rubbers or blades.

Rubber Suggestions: Good allround rubbers to consider are Donic J.O Waldner, Butterfly Sriver, Yasaka Mark V, Stiga Mendo, Butterfly Flextra or Juic Hirubia - all in 1.5mm to 1.9mm thickness. Any of those are something you can grow with. You may never outgrow Sriver, J.O., Mendo, or Mark V - just get thicker sponged versions if/when you need more speed and spin.

Blade Suggestions: Get an All to Off- blade. Every manufacturer makes suitable ones - Butterfly, Stiga, Donic, Yasaka, Avalox, Tibhar, Joola, Juic, Nittaku, 729, Galaxy, etc...

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