Last updated on 05-Mar-2012 06:13:50 PM
I'm a developing player, I'm no beginner but I wouldn't call myself intermediate just yet. I have a pretty consistent top spin drive stroke with the forehand, as well as flat hitting and smashing. I loop drive hard, and smash super hard. I hit em so hard my opponent has basically little chance once I get the initiative in the rally. My problem is that I mess up so many points before getting that first good opening shot, that I still end up losing more games than I win against decent players. I am clumsy and often times I just don't know what to do, due to lack of experience, and I can't read serves very well yet. My experience is about 2 years in total, 1.5 of which as a teenager, 15 years ago.
I have a Tenergy 05 on my forehand which is probably too much for my skill level and I should downgrade it for more consistency.The real indicator of this is that if you watch the ends of my rallys, my table is the only one at the club where the winning balls are flying sky high and into the wall with my opponent having absolutely no chance of getting to them no matter if they are the best players or the worst.
Soo.. yeah... I think it's a little fast and I need to move to a bit more controlled opening game and attack more with consistency in mind than going all-out for the kill.
That said (wow), I am replacing the Tenergy 05 with the regular, original Coppa to get myself to play more controlled, thinking game but still really offensively don't get me wrong. It's the sponge thickness I can't decide on. The choice is between 2.1 and max.
My blade is Donic OFF minus, alll wood. I would like to get your opinion on whether max sponge is a good choice. Should I go with 2.1mm because there will be no difference to my forehand loops, drives, flat hits and smashes between 2.1mm and max sponge? Or will there be? Max sponge will add weight and reduce control in the so importrant short game. Although I have short pips on my backhand so I can use that more in the short game to force an opening....so........
You be the judge, max or 2.1, or even thinner?
I think it would be best to use the 2mm as this will give you more control. I always like players to err on the side of having too much control with their equipment.