Minimum thickness for topspin Mark V

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Last updated 9 years ago

Thomas Kunzfeld

Thomas Kunzfeld Asked 9 years ago

Hi Alois,

I am 52 years old and a beginner ((obviously a very rare  and unusual species :-)  ): According to your experience...what is the MINIMUM thickness of sponge of Mark V that you would recommend to learn with? More specific: I´m more interested in control than in speed, but at the same time I don´t want the sponge to be too thin for learning top spin....and...I´d like the same sponge thickness on forehand and backhand.

Thanks for your excellent website !!!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Thomas,

You are not such a rare breed.  We have discovered a lot of these creatures lurking around the internet...

Regarding the rubber thickness, probably 1.5mm but even 1.8mm won’t be too fast to learn the strokes.  I would go for the 1.8mm on both sides.  If that is not available go for 2mm.

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Thomas Kunzfeld

Thomas Kunzfeld Posted 9 years ago

Thank you very much! Then I´ll go for the 1,8mm.

I´ve got two blades: A Stiga Allround Classic Carbon (very light exemplar: 70g) and a Donic Waldner Senso Carbon. Do you think it would make a difference which one of them I use for learning? (Maybe the Allround Classic gives better feeling?)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Thomas,

Either of those blades will be fine.

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