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Basic Equipment Recommendations

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Basic Equipment Recommendations

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Summary Notes

Anti/Long Pips

Close to the table players - Recommendations

  • Defensive Players
    • Long pips (OX - no sponge), possibly stiffer, less grippy pips.
    • Slick, hard antispin (more reversal) - such asĀ  Sriver Anti or Dr Neubauer hard anti.
  • Aggressive Players
    • Long pips (with sponge), more flexible and more grippy pips.
    • Medium pips.
    • Softer antispin, with a little grip (e.g. Yasaka Antipower) - more offensive capability.

Long Range Defenders

  • Long pips (thin sponge), usually with more flexible, grippier pips for more spin variation.

These are general categories, but you can have exceptions based on your own style and particular strengths.

Inverted Rubbers

A tougher call, based mainly on your use of defensive vs aggressive play. More defensive players should use thinner sponge, and avoid Chinese style sticky rubbers which tend to be harder to control when handling spin. I'd recommend going with Japanese/European type rubbers that have grippy but not tacky surfaces.

More aggressive players can go with thicker sponge, tensor rubbers, sticky topsheets if desired.

Remember, there is always a tradeoff of sorts. You must pick the right tradeoff that suits your use of inverted rubber.

Blades

Generally, the more defensive your style, the slower the blade, with the more control.
The more aggressive you are, the faster your blade.
Again, there are exceptions.

How to Choose the Right Rubber/Blade Combination

  • Both are individually important, but it is how they go together that really makes the difference.
  • It is probably easier to find a blade that feels right and has the right speed and control, then adjust the rubbers as required.
  • If you are on a tight budget, stick with the rubber even if it is not perfect, and adjust it when it wears out.
  • Or you could buy cheaper Chinese long pips until you find the right combination.
  • Once you get something that feels fairly good, stop looking until the start of the next season, at which point you can probably try a couple of new rubbers to see if anything new that suits you better has been put on the market.
  • Forget about choosing the perfect paddle - settle for a pretty good paddle for your style. As you continue to improve your game will probably shift a little, and the perfect paddle will no longer be perfect. It's not worth wasting extra time and money in the search for a moving target. Plus the constant changing of equipment prevents you from having the right swing speeds and bat angles in pressure situations - you won't have the ability to go automatically to the right swing speed and bat angle under pressure.

Other things to be aware of:

  • Look ahead a little. You want to use a combination that is best suited for the style you play against opponents of your current level, and a little above you. This is not necessarily what works best against lower level opponents. (e.g. what style I use against top Australian players, vs lower level players)
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