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TSP REFLEX 50 Award Offensive

Andrew Pape
This blade is excellent. It's expensive but well worth the money. I have been experimenting often with TT equipment during the last few years, and have spent a lot of money. When I first used it this blade, I thought it may be too slow. Although it's labelled as "offensive", it's nowhere near as fast as other bats I've used. Each company is different in their bat speed ratings, however, so it's hard to know what to buy.

I have used fast pimples on the TSP blade, and found that I could smack winners so fast that the opponent had no time to react. At the same time, I can play a short game. That's the best balance I've found. The bat is well manufactured, not too heavy or light, and not top-heavy, plus there is plenty of dwell time.

I have recently experimented with rubbers, now using an inverted Tensor rubber on the forehand, rather than the fast short pips. The bat is even faster now. It's still easy to hit winners (either flat or loop-kills), but I can play the short game with it too. I think I may have the perfect blade. Just by choosing suitable rubbers, the blade would suit most players. I play an all-round attacking game, based more on speed than spin, and yet this bat has been described as excellent for loopers. So whether you hit or loop, you can't go wrong. If you want the maximum in power, you may be tempted to play with a fast carbon blade, but then you'll lose dwell-time and are likely to hit every ball off the table.

Overall, this is the best blade I've tried, and I have no reason to buy any more....

Serving Secrets Revealed - Coaching Table Tennis DVD

Robert Olsen
Hi, I'm Robert from Orange and I highly recommend this DVD. I have seen some coaching by Chinese Professionals but in this DVD the English is very easy to understand, the lessons are in a step by step format and they are very easy to understand. I have been playing for 6 years wish I have seen this DVD 6 years ago. Not only will it help you to learn to serve better it will help you return the serve as well, as you will understand the serve action and spin....

Donic Formula First - Rubber Glue

Nanda Jayasinghe
This is an excellent product which applies all types of rubber sheets to any blade.You can spread this glue evenly and quickly on the blade and on the rubber sheets as well without making any mess.This is noticeable when you glue your used rubber sheets to any blade.You do not have to wait even 5 minutes since this glue dries very quickly.Removal of the rubber sheet is also easy and this can be done without damaging the rubber sheet and the surface of the blade....

Galaxy Rubber Cleaner Sponge

Nanda Jayasinghe
According to my concept of a cleaning sponge,this product should be a very soft item which can be used at any time without soaking with water.This product is very solid and hard like a piece of rock.Before the instructions from the OOOAK shop appeared, I used it to clean my rubbers with a considerable amount of ANDRO water based cleaning liquid. I am quite sure that I considerably damaged my rubbers doing so.Therefore, I would like to warn the other players who have bought this product that they should follow the instructions mentioned above eventhough you will find it hard to do so in some situations....

DHS Hurricane 2 (NEO) - factory tuned! (legal)

David Brown
Had my second night of comp play with H2 Neo last night and all is good. very impressed and getting more impressed. My game is evolving back to hi-spin hook shots now that Neo provides the extra spin where H2 Olde was more a flat driving rubber.

Came up against one opponent with Bryce rubbers both sides and I felt H2 Neo performed just as well if not better.

Second opponent used Tenergy 64 and used it well. He beat my number 1 partner. I usually only beat this guy when he's got pneumonia. I went down in 3 straight but was competitive and felt my speed and spin off the bat matched his. Just a pity my ability didn't. The sod counter overhead smashed my chop smash from 4 metres back and got it in!!!! There should be a law against that! Chop smashes are generally un-returnable. But it was an enjoyable game.

Will try H3 Neo soon but not sure what to marry it with or what blade to use. Decisions, decisions.


Dr EVIL ox, Deceptive spin changing short pimples

David Brown
I luv Dr Evil and used it on and off for past 4 years. Often thought it was the name alone - but have never found a better pimple rubber and been there an tried a few.
- Hate long pimple. Its so negative - just block and block - boring!

I like something I can drive, loop or hook with. DrE is not that flash for loop or hook but..... drive is awesome when you drive hard and deep against chop or light top spin.

But therein lies DrE's archiles heel. Like all short pip, med pip or long pip, it struggles against good heavy fast top spin from modern rubbers. It can't reverse all the spin - so if you get an incoming hi-spun topspin hook shot, you're in deep doo-doo. Drop back and chop is about the only option and I don't like chopping. But other's do.

I used DrE as an anti-junk bat weapon. Whenever I cam across contrast bats I used DrE to give them the irates. Luved the look on their faces when I was able to DrE them. And I used to do it quite well.

I would take pity on hi-spin players and offer to swap to hi-spin bat after first game had demoralised them. They usually accepted my kind offer, and then I would outspin them with Hurricane 3.

I used DrE with no sponge on backhand side and thin sponge on forehand side. The sponge on FH allowed me to hit loop shots where previously I was unable to loop. Being a hot swapper from Hurricane 3 bat, I need some consistency on loop. DrE is very radically different to H3 hi-spin game.

Hot swapping caused me some issues. I found I could hot swap to DrE reasonably quickly but had to limit my time exposure there otherwise it upset my hi-spin game. Best to time the matches right so I finished the night on DrE - then sleep it off.

stopped using DrE around 2007 when he let me down against a similar junk bat where proponent knew how to use it. since then, I've learnt how to attack junk bats with hi-spin so haven't used DrE until.....

Last week, I made a new DrE combo bat:
- no sponge for BH side (same as before);
- Flextra on the FH side.
Have only had a short hit with to date but the theory is the loop and hi-ish-spin from Flextra should give a better impact than DrE+sponge.

DrE+sponge used to be effective and maintain a bit of deception but not as much as DrE without sponge.

More recently than last week - I'm thinking to replace the Flextra rubber with H3 Neo. I use H2 Neo on a carbon blade at moment and suspect H3 will be great with DrE.

My goal is to try out DrE contrast bat against young guns using extreme fast rubbers. Maybe it will upset their rhythm...maybe not?


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