Switching back to all-wood 5-ply blade

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 5 years ago

YuQin Shi

YuQin Shi Asked 5 years ago

Hi Coach, I've been playing for 7 years but I've stop playing for a year right about when polyballs were introduced. I mostly used an all-wood blade (Stiga Tube Carbo WRB) with Donic Baracuda on both sides before my hiatus and also during the celluloid era. After my 1 year hiatus, however, I decided to try Donic Ovtcharov True Carbon still with Donic Baracuda on both sides. What I've noticed is that although my attacks were faster and more powerful, my blocks and touchplays were compromised due to the carbon's reduced feel compared to the all-wood blade I was using. I also feel like my strokes weren't as full or complete as it was compared to when I was still using an all-wood blade. I would like to ask if it would be better for me at this point to revert back to using an all-wood blade (this time I plan on using Yinhe N11 s)? What I want to achieve in reverting back to an all-wood blade are to correct my strokes, give me better ball feel, improve my touchplay and blocking and most of all, improve my confidence on my strokes because I am not totally relying on the blade anymore unlike when I was using the carbon blade. Would this be a good move? BTW, my playstyle is FH looper with occasional BH loops, serves mostly with chop and likes to finish the ball wide with my FH topspin.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi WayPer,

I would say it would be a good idea to revert to the slower blade so that you are playing fuller strokes. The faster bat sounds like it has made you compromise your strokes and lose some confidence.

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