Posts Tagged ‘Equipment’

How often should I change my rubber?

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Change Rubber

It’s important to know how often to replace your rubber with a new sheet. Use an old one too long and you’ll be playing with reduced performance. Switch too often and you’re wasting money with very little benefit. Read more

Slow down, son!

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Slow Down

It’s easy to get enamoured by the latest Tensor technology and the bright packaging of the Butterfly Tenergy series, but this equipment is usually not suitable for most people, especially players at the amateur/intermediate level.

My own personal rule is that nobody with a USATT rating under 1900 (or isn’t being coached) should be using very high-speed equipment like the Butterfly Tenergy 05 or an OFF+ rated blade. If you’re a developing player, or are in the market for your first competition-grade racket, pay attention.

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What does “control” actually mean?

Saturday, February 5th, 2011


As I was conceiving the Table Tennis Database and going through all the ratings characteristics to include, “control” always seemed like an odd one. Speed and spin seem pretty clear. If you run an experiment using two rackets with the same blade and just compare two different rubbers, and use the same stroke to hit the ball, the faster one is the one that produces a higher velocity after impact. And with spin you can measure the rotations per minute (well probably not measure, but you can get a feel for how much spin was on the ball). These characteristics could be measured in a controlled lab. But control is hard to measure or even understand.

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Searching Equipment by Characteristic

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Query by Stats

Did you know you can sort equipment by its characteristics? Apparently I hadn’t made this feature visible enough because people were requesting ways to do this.

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The Price Problem

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Made in China

There seems to be a fear of low-cost equipment in some circles. As a retailer myself, I’ve had customers walk away because the price tag was too low. “A whole racket for only $75? No thanks. I’m looking for something around $200.” They seem to think that price has a direct relationship with quality and performance, so Chinese brands like DHS, 729/Friendship, LKT and Gambler can’t compare to Butterfly, Donic and Stiga.

Twenty years ago, they would have been right.

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The Ultimate Best Racket!

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Ultimate Ping Pong Racket

On forums I keep hearing people ask, “What’s the best rubber or blade?”

The reality is that there’s no such thing.

Timo Boll uses the Butterfly Timo Boll Spirit, so that must be the best right? Timo is amazing! While he is amazing, and one of the players that is most fun to watch, you have to ask yourself, “Am I similar enough to Timo Boll that I should use what he uses?”

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