Switching back to old blade

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Wayne Sy

Wayne Sy Asked 9 years ago

Hi there coach,

I came to ask if it would be adequate to go switch back to my old blade? One of my mentors said that I can downgrade to my slower blade for some time to serve as a cross training. I am not sure if it would benefit me. I am currently using Xiom Stradivarius with Donic Baracuda on my FH and Donic Acuda on my BH, I am planning to switch back to Stiga tube carbo with the same rubbers, which is obviously a slower and less bouncy blade. Would this improve my strokes once I get back to using xiom stradivarius ,which is a very bouncy blade, after I cross trained with tube carbo? I must admit that my current blade is very hard to control for it is very bouncy, that is why I would like to go back to my old wood, but I am afraid that my game would get worse.

What should I do coach?

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 9 years ago

Hi Wayne,

I prefer a controlled blade with faster rubbers. Equipment is really a personal choice. From reading your question it sounds like the best option would be to go back to your old blade. I wouldn't do it as cross training though, I would switch and stick with it for at least 6 months. With a slower blade you'll need to make sure your technique is right which is why it is a good move.

Let me know what you decide and how it goes.

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Wayne Sy

Wayne Sy Posted 9 years ago

oh coach, one more question, is the adjustment going to be big if I go back to the old wood? because I got a bit accustomed to my 

new wood now, but the only strokes that I am able to perform effectively with the new wood is the counterspin, but except that, almost all my strokes are in bad shape with the new wood, I am afraid if I switch back to the old one, would it destroy my counterspin stroke? 

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Wayne,

It may make your counterspin stroke a bit harder but if all your other strokes are suffering then I think you need to make the switch. Although playing tospin to topspin is fun, it is not the most important stroke. It's far more important to have a good short game, and consistent topspins. Having said that you will be able to develop your counter topspin with practice and by using the correct technique.

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