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  1. Love this blog!!!! Thank you for the interesting articles. Very informative and very detailed!! One topic I can never get enough of is tactics. While there is material available, one always wonders if there’s more ideas out there one can learn. The analysis of the ZYK vs Wnag Hao is a good example of tactics applied. That’s the sort of thing I mean when I say I can’t get enough of. Could you please do one for a game with JO Waldner? Any game. Thank you for your dedication!!

  2. Extremely glad to have found this…..I hadn’t realised So much had changed since my halcyon days of playing competitively.

    Many thanks to the author for putting in so much work, well done 🙂

    • Hi again Mark,

      glad to hear that, the new wordpress editor made it a pain to change it and it thus resulted in a 2.5 hour editing spree.

      On top of that I searched the net for 10 minutes to find out, how you made that thumbs up symbol in my comments, you unicode wizard ;).

  3. As a theoretical chemist playing from ten years, I found your blog really a goldmine!Looks like many of the things I’d ask a professional are written here, and explained, not laid as Magic Formulas You Have To Believe.


    • Hi Marco,

      thanks for the kind words. Since you’re a chemist, please have a look at the introductionary article on rubber chemistry and tell me if you find some errors from a chemists point of view. Thanks in advance :).

  4. …just a short lifesign from one of your followers 😉 :
    As many of us (i suppose) i am one of the Players who like your stylemix of theoretical and practical approaches.
    I have tested some of your tips in training (especially the ones about contacts and timing with different balls like i”◾Handling high and spinny topspin balls”.)
    I can only suggest all readers to do the same, it can work wonders.
    Such simple advices, such great success.
    Im really curious and hope you can find some time to continue.

    • Hi Marc,

      thanks for the kind words and the detailed feedback. Good to hear, that the tips are indeed applied and working ;).
      The next article on the best rubber type to loop backspin should be ready around Christmas.
      Stay tuned or how our chinese rubber package translators would write, stay tunned :D.

    • Thanks Derek,

      I can’t tell you a certain date because I’m about to finish my diploma thesis and have to defend it afterwards. After that I may or may not have more free time. Sorry for the delay. But I’ll write it for sure.

  5. I have just discovered this site and read a few articles and i have to say that they are really really great. Really high quality stuff 😀 And you kind of remind me of the wait but why blog. You deserve a lot more recognition. Keep it up 🙂

    • Hi Haomin,

      thank you for your kind words and the comparison to the wait but why blog which I didn’t knew beforehand.

      As I’ve said before, feedback keeps blogs like these alive 🙂 and motivates me to declare some time as free time to write new articles :D.

      If you want the blog to get more traction, feel free to share with your tt-friends and people who might become one. Thanks in advance ;), Yoda.

  6. Very interesting; so much information packed into each article. Thanks! Please keep it up. Do you think you could write an article for left hander strategy? I am left handed, and can usually only find articles on the internet about playing against left handers.

    • Hi Anonymous,

      thanks for your kind words. Comments always fuel my motivation :).

      I indeed plan to make a lefties corner, where I store my articles rewritten from a lefties point of view. However, due to my limited time and total possible readership of lefties, I usually invest my free time to write articles which reach and positivly affect the highest possible amount of readers, be it lefty or righty. But I promise to keep an eye on it.

      As a short term solution for the strategy issue, just use the symmetry of the matchups. The righty vs righty matchup can easily transferred to a lefty vs lefty matchup and the lefty vs righty problem can be solved if you mirror the strategies from the righty vs lefty matchup.

      Based on my article on how to play as a righty against a lefty here we get the following strategy for playing a righty as a lefty:


      -high toss pendulum serve into the opponents forehand | variations: fast serve down the line, fast breaking serve to the wide fh, double bouncing short spinny sidespin serve with the first bounce near the center line

      ready position:

      -just so much to the left that you can do a full arm backhand loop at the tables side line


      -if needed, make a step forward to increase your control on the incoming curving serve | if you can’t control it with your forehand/ if your footwork is fast enough, use your backhand over the table loop
      -fast curving serves to your wide forehand should be returned parallel or into the opponents backhands with a focus on a low trajectory

      rally behaviour:

      -stay balanced, dont open your side too early, a righty/lefty matchup has the widest angle of play
      -lock the opponent on the the given point a bit right of the tables center line
      -as variation: try moving the opponent more and more to his backhand to make a sudden backhand stroke into his wide open forehand side at the moment he plays to your backhand
      -strong incoming sidespin loops from the righties forehand can be blocked really well by a backhand sidespin block

      Hope that helped a bit.

  7. Interesting articles 🙂

    Apart from the weight, how much does the vertical position of gluing a rubber on a blade effect the performance. I have seen some people leaving a gap between the handle and the rubber and others gluing the rubber over the handle so it isn’t flat. So maybe as much as 1cm difference in extra rubber on the blade.

    Also apart from ease of use, does the glue viscosity change rubber playing performance, for example Stiga Attach power glue is very thick compared to the Butterfly Free Chack which seems a very liquid glue in comparison.

    • Hi Rich,

      at the gap: The position of the rubber (or it’s mass) gets more important the closer the rubber is to blades tip ( The correct physical term is moment of inertia. ). Hence you can omit some rubber weight near the handle without losing too much power. This is common among penholders, because the’re fingers then grab the stamp instead of the more slippery normal rubber surface. On the contrary, it’s rather unusual for shakehanders, because their fingers would then be placed on the wood and slip easily.

      at the rubber viscosity: Glue is a mixture of “rubber strings” which are forced to stay liquid by a so called solvent. This solvent then evaporates once exposed to air and lets the rubber strings become sticky to glue things together. The thickness of the solvent+liquid rubber mixture isn’t automatically an indicator for or against the glues quality ( in terms of bonding strength) as far as I know.

  8. I am so glad to have found this page! I never practised under a coach so I have to train myself and it is very hard to learn all the strokes in a clear and proper way. Your articles are so informative and give insight in aspects of tabletennis I never heard before. Please keep your work up! And can you please write an article about serving on advance level? I struggle getting enough spin on the ball while trying to do a short serve. And also sidespin with “Oberschnitt” is very hard.
    But more importantly would be good advices on recognizing the opponents serve. It is very hard for me to see what spin they put in their serves and then how to react properly. Since serving is so important I have no chance against player, who are in generell worse player than me but they have top serves :/

    • Hi Steven,

      thanks for your nice words. Im working at several articles at a time and the receive, serve and spin recognition articles are a few of them.

      A few quick tips for short serves: first bounce at the tables middle, low ball throw , ball contact at net height, start without spin and focus purely on the service height! Luckily for you, modern serves are usually half long anyway, so there might be no need to learn ultra short serves. You may look at the serve side-topspin article for this issue. If you try to learn the so called ghost serve, try adding less spin and speed than you think you need. The key word is the so called grip and slip behaviour.

      For the “Oberschnitt” problem just focus on improving your regular sidespin serve until you really mastered it. Then the ability to rip your wrist upwards at the last moment will come easily.

      The article with the technique videos might help aswell.

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  10. Really very informative.I am playing without coach , these articles helped me lot.Please keep on publish the articles for beginners to advance player. god bless you

    • Thank you very much for your kind words. Feedback like that really helps me maintaining the motivation for writing these articles which is quite time consuming. If I hear just 1 person from time to time which says it helped in any way I’m happy for quite a while :). May god bless you too.

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