Staying with Carbon Blade as an Intermediate Player

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 3 years ago

YuQin Shi

YuQin Shi Asked 3 years ago

Hi Coach!

I would like to ask about your opinion about me staying with a carbon blade. I currently use Donic Ovtcharov True Carbon with Tenergy 05 on my FH and Donic Baracuda on my BH. I think it's safe to say that my level is around high itermediate to low advanced. I've been using this setup for 3 months now. 

Along the way, I was able to play with players of all levels. I'm very comfortable playing with this setup against players as good as me or players I'm better than because I am able to perform powerful and controlled spins. However, I always feel like a novice whenever I play with better players way above me. Not sure if I lack the basics and need to go back to an allwood blade or because of their deceptive game. 

What I would really like to ask is if I were to stay with this setup, will I be able to develop and improve as a player and hopefully reach the advanced to semi-pro level? Or should I use an allwood blade first?

I play really good with my setup against players im better than, but not very well with high levelled players. My fear with switching back to allwood blade is I might be defeated by players i know im better than.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago


My feeling is that you should stay with your current setup.

It sounds more like needing to keep improving your level to be able to match it with that next level.

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YuQin Shi

YuQin Shi Posted 3 years ago

Thanks coach! So this means I should spend more time in "getting to know" my current setup and play it more often with players better than me for me to improve? 

I am also aware that carbon blades are known to compromise the strokes of players due to faster rebound. Can this be remedied by constant proper shadow and drill exercises?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Yes, spend more time with this bat.  If you improve your skills and technique you will be able to handle the faster bat.

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