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after a loong time I have some questions.
Today I played against a player who started (apparently intentionally) using a "glass" bat.
By that I mean,a bat with rubbers so old that they are rock solid.
Given that I have started with such a bat years ago and that it was exactly the same rubber as I used before,I can tell the rubber being at least 10y old.
And I think he intentionally started using it,because I have played with him just a few months ago,and he had a bat which was worn out but not to this extent.
And I have seen him playing a few matches this year before today, so I know he uses it for longer time, so not " I forgot my bat".
I would like to ask you what do you think about such play and countering it.
I won 3:2,but I was quite angry because of so many balls missed or misdirected because the balls were literally flying everywhere else than where the stroke went.
It was a psychic fight as he literally felt no spins so i ultimately got him with sheer perseverance and using spin to manipulate placement.
Hello Dan K,
First of all, congrats on persevering and securing a win under challenging circumstances. Playing against someone using equipment in such poor condition can indeed be frustrating. A bat with very old and hard rubbers can drastically change the dynamics of the game. Such a bat typically reduces the amount of spin and speed that a player can generate.
The rubber would perform just like an Anti-spin rubber so you should treat it that way. Think about the rubber reversing the spin. They will also not be able to generate much spin.
It's essential to stay composed and not let frustration get the better of you. Getting angry will only impair your judgment and make you more prone to errors.
Since generating spin might be less effective, concentrate on placing the ball in difficult spots for your opponent. Aim for the corners of the table or use short and long balls to move your opponent around.
Mixing up your shots can be helpful. Change the speed and trajectory. Try to take control of the rally early by using more aggressive flat hitting or soft touch shots to avoid giving your opponent the chance to capitalise on the peculiarities of their bat.
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