ma long racket flip

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Judah Cagas

Judah Cagas Asked 11 years ago

hi coaches,

why does ma long flip his racket when he smash....he uses his black side as his forehand when he smash he uses his red side?

 thank you


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Judah,

I haven't noticed that.  Do you have any footage where you can show us this. 

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Leslie Yin

Leslie Yin Posted 11 years ago

He does this because his fh rubber (Hurricane 3) is not as consistent to smash with compared to his bh rubber. His bh rubber (Tenergy 64) is much more easier and consistent to perform that kind of shot.

Mind you I've only seen him do this very rarely and only against people who can lob consistently such as Mizutani.

Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 11 years ago

That explains why I'm having so much trouble smashing!  :O  (but maybe my technique has something to do with it as well...)

Judah Cagas

Judah Cagas Posted 11 years ago here is the footage and watch carefully when there is a smash rally.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

Not sure why he did this.  Sometimes it is just a habit that the players flip their rackets during a rally.

Jason Smith

Jason Smith Posted 11 years ago

He does it often, I've seen him flip, then change his mind and flip one more time and smash with the Hurricane 3. He mostly only flips on very high balls like this one I guess just so his percentage of making the shot is better since Hurricane 3 doesn't smash as consistently as most rubbers do it's not as fast in a straight line either.

Thomas McCann

Thomas McCann Posted 11 years ago

I've noticed this with all the chinese players. Its down to the hardness of the chinese rubbers. They hit it much faster with the tenergy

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