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    Posted: 02/10/2018 at 10:30pm
If so then why don't any pros or any high level players use such a set up? I'm going to be testing the Nexy Arche but I'm a bit skeptical since a different outer ply on both sides could affect consistency and overall feeling? Can anyone chime in please..
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In theory it seems like a good idea. I am finally getting to the point where i dont care what the pros use cause it's probably a bad idea for me to use it.
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Originally posted by jpenmaster jpenmaster wrote:

In theory it seems like a good idea. I am finally getting to the point where i dont care what the pros use cause it's probably a bad idea for me to use it.
Yes in theory, but what the pros use or high level players use tend to be used for a reason (e.g. Viscaria and similar composition and T05 etc)

So if it is NEVER used by high level players, why? Is the theory not able to have its benefits translated in reality?
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Don't forget that pros have MANY needs that even advanced amateurs will never have: from multiple nearly identical backups, to how their equipment behaves in countertop rallies against each other, even sometimes what sponsorships they have.  

Also, the costs of changing equipment can be much higher for pros than for the rest of us - when it's your career, performing even slightly worse for an extended period due to equipment change matters in a different way.  

 It's never a question of "what works", period.  It's always a question of what works for a given players's needs.  

Then there's the fact that table tennis blade design still has room to grow..

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There's one issue that is clearly quite important: consistent behavior from both sides of a racket has many benefits.  But many of us are happy to use quite different rubbers on both sides, so we are also familiar with the benefits of asymmetric rackets (where this usually means using different rubbers on the two sides of a symmetric blade). 

Assuming that an asymmetric offensive blade is well designed, I would be surprised if the question of the advantages/disadvantages of asymmetry for blades turned out to be very different from these broader questions about rackets.

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Outside of rare defenders, there is no reason for combo blades at the pro kevel. However i never found combo bldes helpful at my level either.
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