New player, advanced bat.... What to do

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Last updated 9 years ago

William Brendan

William Brendan Asked 9 years ago

Hi guys I'd like to start by thanking you for all you've done and continue to do.   I recently started playing TT and have really gotten hooked in the last few months.  I started with the cheapest preassembled bat I could find (stiga optima I believe) after about a month or two I foolheartedly decided I was Ready for an upgrade.  

After a few days of online shopping I found the bat I wanted.... The killer spin diamond Tc premium, a 250$ preassembled racket.  It's been a couple months now and although I have gotten accustomed to the lightning fast bat, I have very little control when receiving service and just in general....  I'm still in the early stages of learning this truly amazing sport and feel my "advanced" setup isn't condusive to this.   So what should I do?  Put my expensive bat on the shelf and hold off while using something a bit more user friendly, or stick to my guns and continue forward with my lightning rod?      Thanks so much guys and keep it up.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi William,

If money isn't a consideration, you should change to a slower racket.  However since you have outlaid that much money you may want to persevere.  Keep going with practicing your control play.  Do a lot of slow hitting and pushing to try to get used to it.


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Tomas Mac Donncha

Tomas Mac Donncha Posted 9 years ago

or sell it and use the money to buy a new one? fast rubbers with a slow bat would do nicely I reckon.


William Brendan

William Brendan Posted 9 years ago

I think im going to buy a new slower bat or at the least slower more control oriented rubbers.  Thanks for all the help guys.  Any suggestions on what rubbers I might buy that fit this criteria?


bertus bertus

bertus bertus Posted 9 years ago

Well I'm very pleased with my Mark V GPS rubber. It's very allround with good controll and OK speed. For some extra speed you might want a faster blade, so maybe the blade you already have will do.


Good luck


William Brendan

William Brendan Posted 9 years ago

Ok so i think i have a decent combination here for an all around, slower control oriented setup.  Please let me know by giving any feed back you deem necessary.  Here it is. Bat: Timo Boll All+,   BH:Andro Backside 20 D,   FH: DHS Skyline 2 Neo.  Any advice on this?



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