Upgrading from premade to custom racket.

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Rishav Sinha

Rishav Sinha Asked 3 months ago

Hi Alois and Jeff,

Back on the website after 8 long years. Recently resumed playing the game. I played for around 3 years during 2015-18 and after a long break started 2 months back. The problem I am facing now is that I am not able to play an attacking game as my topspins are mostly hitting the net. I have always used pre made bats and during my initial 3 years I learned a lot but my attacks were less accurate. Even now, I feel I am doing everything right, but the topspins are hitting the net (8 out of 10). I am planning to switch to custom bat (Mark V + Tibhar Carbon shot). Do you think it is a wise choice to switch now or should I wait?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 months ago

Hi Rishav, Welcome back to the world of table tennis! It's great to hear that you've picked up the sport again after a break. Regarding your topspin shots frequently hitting the net, this could be due to a variety of factors such as your technique, timing, or even the condition and capabilities of your current equipment. Before upgrading to a custom racket, it's essential to analyze and adjust your topspin technique. Consider the following aspects:

1. Racket Angle: Ensure your racket is sufficiently open during the topspin stroke, especially against backspin, to lift the ball over the net.

2. Timing: Hit the ball at the top of the bounce or slightly after to optimize the trajectory of the topspin.

3. Stroke Length: Make sure you're using a full arm stroke, generating power and creating an arc with the ball.

Now, on the subject of switching to a custom bat – the Mark V rubber paired with the Tibhar Carbon Shot blade is generally considered a good combination. The Mark V is known for its control and all-around playing qualities, which is excellent for players looking to develop their game further. The carbon layer in the blade will add some speed and a larger sweet spot, which could be beneficial for generating more powerful shots. However, keep in mind that switching to a custom racket will also require an adjustment period. If your technique isn't quite right, even the best equipment will not immediately solve the issues you're facing. It's often a good idea to get comfortable with your strokes before changing your equipment. In conclusion, it might be worth investing in some lessons or coaching to fine-tune your technique alongside contemplating an equipment upgrade. Once you're confident in your skills and if you still feel your current setup is holding you back, then it would be a wise choice to switch to a custom racket. Best of luck with your table tennis journey, and remember, the most critical aspect is to keep enjoying the game and improving your skills step by step.

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Rishav Sinha

Rishav Sinha Posted 3 months ago

Thanks a lot Alois! Really feels home reading your words of wisdom. 

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