Choice of rubbers

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Last updated 8 years ago

nick foss

nick foss Asked 8 years ago

Hi guys ,

I have just returned to playing after a 30 year gap.

When I was a junior I was fairly decent ( county ranked ) and played with Sriver.

Having recently returned to the game I bought a new bat - Petr Korbal OFF with Tenergy 05 FX on both sides.

I find that I lack control and touch with it.

Not only is it very fast but the ball seems to bounce off it.

I can loop well with it but have problems killing and "digging" the ball close to the table.

I have considered going back to Sriver but wonder whether there are any better modern rubbers ( Mark V or better ?) which will give touch,  feel , control and spin with decent speed.

I attack on my forehand and block / counter on my backhand.

Thanks in advance, Nick

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Nick,

Good to hear you are back enjoying the game after 30 years.

I would go back to the Sriver.  It is as good as any to start with.  The Tenergy rubbers are very fast and especially if you haven’t played for a while you will find it really fast.

Keep the rubber when you take it off and you may find that after a while you are ready to move up again to the faster set up.

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nick foss

nick foss Posted 8 years ago

Thanks very much for the prompt reply and advice which I think I will take .

Would you put the striver on the Petr Korbell OFF blade ( and retain the tenergy rubbers ) or on a spare blade which I have - Andro cell core which I think is an all round blade.

Re the striver I was going to get 2.1 for my forehand and 1.5/.7 for my backhand to give a bit more control. Any thoughts?


Thanks Nick

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Since you have another blade then I would use that.  Re the thicknesses I think you are on the right track.  I think 1.7 on the BH would be thin enough and the 2.1 on the FH would give you enough spin and speed.

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