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Beating Your Friends at Table Tennis

This Time it's Personal...


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TSP Curl P-2 Long Pips Rubber and Blade

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Always getting beaten by your friends at table tennis, and getting tired of the abuse? With a small change in equipment, and the instructions in this guide by guest author Alex Vanderklugt of One of a Kind Trading Table Tennis Shop, you ’ll be able to get back at them. Get ready for payback time!

A Fun Way of Beating Your Friends at Table Tennis - Payback Time!

We've probably all picked up a table tennis bat at some stage in our lives, either in the basement, garage, at school or at work. There's always a few over-enthusiastic characters out there that play just to win, and make fun of those they beat. Well if you've been on the receiving end of this 'abuse', this guide may be just for you.

This guide is for those casual players that have acquired some basic skills in table tennis, can generate a little spin on the ball, but don't take it seriously enough to play competition at clubs. It takes advantage of two very different rubbers that you can put on either side your bat, which very few casual players understand.

The Basics

The key to making this strategy work is spin and deception, with your opponent not knowing what type of spin is on the ball. This usually results in your opponent missing the ball completely, or hitting it in the net or over the table.

The basic equipment you need for this strategy is a bat with 2 totally contrasting rubbers on either side, one a very tacky (sticky) and spinny rubber (such as most Chinese rubbers) and one long pimple rubber. The spinny rubber is obviously very good for generating spin, whereas the long pimple rubber is unique in that it returns most your opponent's spin back to him. These types of rubbers can be picked up fairly cheap at quite a few online shops, such as “One of a Kind Trading” in Australia or “Zeropong” in the USA for example. A few recommendations are given at the end of this article.

The blade (the bat without the rubbers) is not very important for this strategy to be successful, as the rubbers do most of the work. So if you don't already have a blade, you can buy a cheap one from the same shop, and they'll normally put it together for you free of charge.

Technically you need one red and one black rubber on either side of the bat. However this is really only a requirement for official competition, so if you only play casually this is not necessary. To be totally ruthless and make it even harder for your opponent, you can have the same color rubber on both sides, so that he cannot judge which one you're hitting with. Because the spin coming off the two different rubbers is so different, hitting the ball with one side followed by a hit from the other side will produce very different results, leaving your opponent totally confused. However most casual players don't even look at what side you hit with, so it may not be as great an advantage.

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