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Tom Lodziak
Tom Lodziak
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RE: Table Tennis Shoes

Any indoor sport shoes should be fine for table tennis. I know many players who use squash, badminton or tennis shoes when playing. I guess volleyball...

2 days ago
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RE: Grip for Pendulum Serve

Many players will remove three fingers from the handle when doing a pendulum serve. I do this too. It allows more wrist flexibility and I am able to g...

3 days ago
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RE: My game versus defender

Good match to watch. You were unlucky with that final point. A few observations from me... Your best smashes are when you have more rotation. You ge...

4 days ago
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RE: Equipment setup - Timo Boll ALC with Xiom Rubbers?

Will this rubber and blade combination work for you? Honest answer... I have no idea. When you upgrade from a pre-made bat to a custom bat, you have t...

5 days ago
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RE: How to train with less skillful partner?

When I practice with a player of a lower ability, I use it as an opportunity to work on a weakness. If I use my weakness against his/her strength then...

1 week ago
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RE: Topspin shots

Against an incoming backspin ball, your bat angle should be more open and you brush up the back of the ball. Against an incoming topspin ball, your...

2 weeks ago
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RE: Opponents 'cheat' when warming up

If this was deliberate, then it is a little underhand, but I wouldn't call it a major sin. Players use the initial knock-up in different ways. Most pl...

2 weeks ago
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RE: Avoiding your partner in doubles

This is tricky, as you are very much dependent on the movement of your partner. Some doubles partners can be very slow to move and don't really get ou...

2 months ago
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RE: Tips on wielding hurricane

I have not played with Hurricane 3 neo provincial blue sponge. However, I have experimented with similar rubbers which have a very low trajectory over...

2 months ago
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RE: Backand flick.

It could be a number of reasons why you miss this shot. It could be that you don't lift the ball enough or that you don't generate enough spin or that...

2 months ago
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RE: Serving in doubles

If my opponent has a strong backhand attack, I will serve short heavy backspin close to the middle 80% of the time. I want to stop the player attackin...

2 months ago
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RE: How was your latest league match?

Yes! You can still attack, but a bit more patience is absolutely fine. You don't have to attack every ball at this stage. As you are still developing ...

2 months ago
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RE: How was your latest league match?

Yes, this is tough. I have the same issue. It is very easy to fall back to a 'coaching mode' when playing. I don't think you should be too hard on y...

2 months ago
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RE: Returning spin serves

@nigec Sounds like good progress. Relaxing the grip is really important. You have much more feeling when you return a serve.

3 months ago
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RE: How was your latest league match?

@ib66 What aspects of your game are not quite working at the moment? Are you playing well, but not getting the results? Or just not playing well?

3 months ago
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RE: How was your latest league match?

Antispin can be tricky to play against. There are two general approaches I have seen which work. Some players just blast through them. An antispin sho...

3 months ago
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RE: How was your latest league match?

This 'choking' feeling can happen, especially when playing someone you are expected to beat or someone who is the same level and it is uncertain who w...

3 months ago
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