Affordable modern defender setup

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Last updated 5 years ago

david j

david j Asked 5 years ago


i've been playing with and all-round bat for quite some time now and i am comfortable with the different techniques and strokes. I found that i love the modern defence style, but my current bat is not very well suited for it (inverted rubber on the BH, too slow on the FH), and so i want to get a new bat.

I've been searching the internet for hours about what combinations people use, what sponge thickness, what rubbers and so on, but to make sure i wanted to ask on pingskills as well, maybe somebody can check what i want to buy so i dont waste money:

blade: Joola Chen Weixin.

backhand: TSP curl p-1r, 0.5mm.

forehand: TSP Ventus speed, 2.00mm.

would this be a suitable setup? i'm quite sure about the blade. the backhand rubber is used by many modern defenders, so it should be alright as well (but i'm not sure whether to go OX, 0.5mm or 1.00mm).

my biggest concern is the firehand. A whole lot of modern defenders have tenergy 05 on their forehand, but i simply can't afford to buy that rubber, considering that i'll also have tor eplace it once it's dead. after some research i found the Ventus speed which people suggest as an alternative to tenergy. i'm also again not sure about the sponge thickness, some people go with 2.00mm, some go with 2.3mm or 'max' (nobody seems to use thinner sponge on the FH).

I know equippment questions are a bit boring but since money is tight i really want to make sure that i buy a good setup

Kind regards,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi David,

I will put this out there for the readers.

The only thing I would have to offer is that Friendship may be good for the forehand as well.  Tenergy may be OK for a very advanced defender but most defenders will want something slower.

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D K Posted 5 years ago

Rakza7Soft can be good :)

Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 5 years ago

The words "affordable" and "Tenergy" are definitively mutually exclusive.

A cheaper alternative to the Tenergy 05 (hard sponge, as well as Ventus Spin) could be the Xiom Vega Pro or Vega Japan. On a defense blade (slow), if you want to be able to counter-attack with your forehand for far behind the table, the max sponge thickness may be the right choice. I also found it suprizingly easy to chop with the Vega Pro, so that would be another argument if you also want to do that with your forehand. It's durable too.

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