Equipment for a Player Who Wants to Start Again

Table Tennis Equipment

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Charalampos Kotsocheilis

Charalampos Kotsocheilis Asked 3 years ago

Hi coach,

I am 45 years old and i want to start playing table tennis again after 20 years of absent. I joined a local club and i have started training.i am wondering what kind of equipment should be proper for my case.

i have a stiga tickan offensive classic blade which is very-very old,but in very good condition,and a sriver L 1,7 in forhand and a tackiness D 1,7 in backhand which are completely dead.

according to my case,what kind of rubbers do you recommend?

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Charalampos,

I would go with something similar again.  You will find a good difference with the new rubber.  There is Sriver or Mark V still available which is as good as any for your level.


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Charalampos Kotsocheilis

Charalampos Kotsocheilis Posted 3 years ago

i finally bought a skyline TG3 for fh and a hurricane NEO 3 for bh.hardness and tackiness of those rubbers help me with the full swing i was used to play.the only problem is that i feel very tired after training.guys at the club suggest that i shall change to softer rubbers becase of my age.what is your opinion coach?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Hi Charalampos,

You can try a faster rubber if you like which will allow you to play shorter strokes.  It will depend on how they feel to you.


Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 3 years ago

Charalampos you can also look at updating your blade to a lighter one incorporating balsa wood, designed for less 'energetic', close to the table play.  It doesn't sound like much but a 20-30gram lighter blade can be faster to move and require shorter strokes and less effort (and joint stress) over a period of time like a 2 hours training session.  There are a number of makers that have them.  Check out Re-Impact for starters.

 


Charalampos Kotsocheilis

Charalampos Kotsocheilis Posted 3 years ago

Τhank you for the advice. Α last question please. Μy progress improves on every training and suggested to me to participate in official competitions - at the level of veterans for the beginning. Ι feel great. Τhis makes me think even more seriously about the issue of rubber. Αfter a lot of research on forums came to a few choices and I would appreciate very much if you told me your opinion. It would help me a lot in the final choice.

My choises are,

a) Tibhar evolution series (especialy (MX-S or EL-S)

b) Xiom Omega V series (Asia-Tour)-or Xiom Vega Asia DF

c) Andro Rasanter series (R-47 or R-42)

P.S. i am rating my level as an intermediate developing player(after 20 years of absent),more agressive topspin play on FH,with good block and short push,very decent serves,but with a great deal of insecurity when i execute topspins against heavy backspin.

 

 


Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 3 years ago

Charalampos, I too am a 'veteran' - age-wise not experience-wise ;-) so I empathise with the challenge. I'm a bit behind you, being what I'd call developing into an intermediate player (long way to go yet).  That said, I've been making my own blades and experimenting with different rubbers for a while.  Of the ones you have identified I'd narrow it down to the Tibhar MX-S, Xiom Omega V Tour and the Rasanter R-42.  The other 3 are either too hard, too heavy or too unforgiving.  Of the 3, my choice would be the Rasanter however, before deciding have a look at the Victas 402 Limber as well.  It's in the same quality and price bracket and I'm starting to think it delivers everything we need, at least on the FH.

Good luck with the choice. 


Charalampos Kotsocheilis

Charalampos Kotsocheilis Posted 3 years ago

Rohan,propably you are not behind me.ty for the advice



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