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Poll Question: Did you play with 38mm ball?
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Barna was kinda the gold standard
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A long time ago.... i use double circle balls for training.... nittaku 3 star for tournaments and league matches
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Originally posted by rcgldr rcgldr wrote:

> two color rule

Before the two color rule, Eric Boggan used the same color on both sides of his paddle (black), with anti-spin rubber on one side. He'd flip the bat under the table, so opponents weren't sure which side was being used for serves or returns.

If he twiddled visibly over the table, are you saying opponents can tell ? They can't 

Cai Zhenhua used to to high toss the ball & while it was going up & down, he would twiddle his racket like 10 times . I am not sure even he knew which side he would strike the ball with.  

 

Originally posted by rcgldr rcgldr wrote:

> two color rule
 He used the same grip as Danny Seemiller.

Yes and No.
There are some differences in how Danny uses his grip & Eric does.
I think Danny has his thumb & index fingers on the left & right edge of the blade & I think Eric holds it differently   Danny had a powerful forehand. Eric had backhand block like a wall. 
I am not sure how players Rich Burnside (Seemiller student ?) or Rick Seemiller or Randy Seemiller hold their rackets. Maybe Danny can elaborate.  There is also another player from Pennsylvania (York area) who was around 2300 who has similar grip with inverted /long pips combo 

I think there was a 2200+ player from Connecticut named Shapiro (his son's name was Brain but I think his  name was Dave I may be wrong).  He used his grip like Seemiller but modified such the he can play both backhand and backhand using either side of the racket  (smooth spinny one side & long-pips on other side I think) .  
Joe Cummings a hardbat player from Texas I think has similar grip. I heard he took Jonyer (in his prime) to 5 games (21 points)



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Even in 38 mm days I liked Nittaku best.
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Originally posted by julidean79 julidean79 wrote:

A long time ago.... i use double circle balls for training.... nittaku 3 star for tournaments and league matches
me too LOL
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1st racket was a Kenny style Butterfly 1.5 allround sponge.
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Originally posted by Baal Baal wrote:

Even in 38 mm days I liked Nittaku best.
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so you are a Nittaku connoisseur Big smile

I have 38mm Nittaku and Double Circle in my little TT balls collection. In total I have 16 38mm balls (not a lot LOL ) in my TT balls jar.

it would be nice to play with 38mm balls for a couple of matches (got nostalgic while posting LOL )
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started playing in the mid 70's. First blade was either a Bob Brickell balsa bat, or a Butterfly English (?). Saw an ad for Paddle Palace in a table tennis topics while at a club in the basement of an old steel factory in Evansville, Indiana. From then on, only played with Nittaku balls. Still my choice now at almost 68. Present setup for a year is 89 gram Viscaria with 05 Hard on both sides.

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I play with a 38mm ball for fun sometimes as we still have some in our collection.
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I forgot about 38mm balls a week after I played with the 40mm balls
I still have some types but only because I now collect any TT ball
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I wish I could still play with the 38mm ball.  The bigger ball bounces so erratically it is upsetting.   Also when playing back in the day, all 38mm 3 star balls played about the same.  I didn't ever care what balls a particular tournament was using because it took 2 seconds to adjust.  Now, every single 40+mm 3 star ball feels dramatically different.  Gewo, Nittaku, Xu Shaofa, DHS, Butterfly and many others all play differently.  Maybe one day the ball material will get sorted out and the bounce will be more standard, but I doubt it...
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Originally posted by Lightspin Lightspin wrote:

I wish I could still play with the 38mm ball.  The bigger ball bounces so erratically it is upsetting.   Also when playing back in the day, all 38mm 3 star balls played about the same.  I didn't ever care what balls a particular tournament was using because it took 2 seconds to adjust.  Now, every single 40+mm 3 star ball feels dramatically different.  Gewo, Nittaku, Xu Shaofa, DHS, Butterfly and many others all play differently.  Maybe one day the ball material will get sorted out and the bounce will be more standard, but I doubt it...
                               Good point. Halex, Barna, Schildkrodt, et alia, were about the same. In a pinch, I could even use Harvard 3 star balls from Walmart!
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Originally posted by Simas Simas wrote:

Originally posted by Baal Baal wrote:

Even in 38 mm days I liked Nittaku best.
Drop here!

so you are a Nittaku connoisseur Big smile

I have 38mm Nittaku and Double Circle in my little TT balls collection. In total I have 16 38mm balls (not a lot LOL ) in my TT balls jar.

it would be nice to play with 38mm balls for a couple of matches (got nostalgic while posting LOL )


last time I tried I was missing the table by several feet.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cole_ely Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/31/2019 at 2:09pm
I learned with Halex and Harvard!


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I hated Halex balls.  I truly hated them.
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Halex balls were perfectly round, they just had no weight whatsoever. On very fast Jaques tables the were OK.

They played the 1977 Worlds (in Birmingham) with Halex balls, my coach asked Klampar if there was anything he would like to say about the tournament, Klampar responded that he couldn't feel the ball on his racket.


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Originally posted by Lightspin Lightspin wrote:

I wish I could still play with the 38mm ball.  The bigger ball bounces so erratically it is upsetting.   Also when playing back in the day, all 38mm 3 star balls played about the same.  I didn't ever care what balls a particular tournament was using because it took 2 seconds to adjust.  Now, every single 40+mm 3 star ball feels dramatically different.  Gewo, Nittaku, Xu Shaofa, DHS, Butterfly and many others all play differently.  Maybe one day the ball material will get sorted out and the bounce will be more standard, but I doubt it...

The only outlier was the TSP ball, which I liked but a lot of people seemed to dislike.  That Yellow color (Not Orange) was great in a lot of the places I played.  Orange balls blend into the color of many of the Gym floors I play on.
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