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    Posted: 07/29/2020 at 4:53pm
Originally posted by NextLevel NextLevel wrote:

Originally posted by DonnOlsen DonnOlsen wrote:

Maybe so, but those who are playing him sure do.

Maybe? No maybes! Rich Dewitt does NOT sweat!

[P.S. I'm 0 for 2 lifetime against him.]

He does if you make him move.  The kid I saw who played Rich the best did it with a very simple strategy.  He served a long breaking pendulum serve to the wide backhand and pivoted on the ball every single time to loop to the (wide) forehand.  It made the match hard to watch.

What?!  You saw perspiration on Rich Dewitt?  I've seen him lose numerous matches (some very badly), but I never saw him sweating.
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Originally posted by heavyspin heavyspin wrote:

Back to the original topic, I've been dabbling in golf and tennis. A video may follow soon.

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Originally posted by blahness blahness wrote:

Originally posted by Skyline Skyline wrote:

The Rich Dewitt style is a genius type of strategy. It's very sad that fit  and athletic players find the need to bash this guys game. Luckily tt is mostly about skill and strategy.

This year I've been inspired by this. My training partner has a very similar style and is very infuriating to play against. He's literally like a wall and it takes a lot to actually get a ball past him. And then he does spin and placement variation so well (against any ball he has like 5 different spin options that he mixes and match to drive you crazy, not to mention very good fake motions to disguise them, for e.g. the fake flick that I posted recently, he uses it very often). There's many very good loopers who he absolutely destroys to my amazement...   

There's really no need to powerloop everything at the lower levels despite popular opinion. Touch and placement shots can often be better when the ball is not easy to attack.

For e.g. this year I've been doing BH fades (not a fade loop but rather a pure fade) against quality long fast serves as an alternative to my BH opening loop and surprisingly it was actually more effective haha. The opponents are faced with a strange sidespin ball which they attack tentatively or make unforced errors, then you just redirect accordingly to their deep BH and you would have won the point. 

So the goal basically is not to attack blindly, but to reduce your unforced errors and to create really awkward balls (spin/speed/placement) for your opponent so that he gives you an opportunity ball that you can finish off with a powerful loop. Sometimes that awkward ball isn't a loop but something else... 

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Originally posted by DonnOlsen DonnOlsen wrote:

Maybe so, but those who are playing him sure do.

Maybe? No maybes! Rich Dewitt does NOT sweat!

[P.S. I'm 0 for 2 lifetime against him.]

He does if you make him move.  The kid I saw who played Rich the best did it with a very simple strategy.  He served a long breaking pendulum serve to the wide backhand and pivoted on the ball every single time to loop to the (wide) forehand.  It made the match hard to watch.
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road cycling is fun until some bastards decide to run you over or come close to bike lanes.  I'll stick to tennis and indoor cycling.
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Originally posted by Skyline Skyline wrote:

The Rich Dewitt style is a genius type of strategy. It's very sad that fit  and athletic players find the need to bash this guys game. Luckily tt is mostly about skill and strategy.

This year I've been inspired by this. My training partner has a very similar style and is very infuriating to play against. He's literally like a wall and it takes a lot to actually get a ball past him. And then he does spin and placement variation so well (against any ball he has like 5 different spin options that he mixes and match to drive you crazy, not to mention very good fake motions to disguise them, for e.g. the fake flick that I posted recently, he uses it very often). There's many very good loopers who he absolutely destroys to my amazement...   

There's really no need to powerloop everything at the lower levels despite popular opinion. Touch and placement shots can often be better when the ball is not easy to attack.

For e.g. this year I've been doing BH fades (not a fade loop but rather a pure fade) against quality long fast serves as an alternative to my BH opening loop and surprisingly it was actually more effective haha. The opponents are faced with a strange sidespin ball which they attack tentatively or make unforced errors, then you just redirect accordingly to their deep BH and you would have won the point. 

So the goal basically is not to attack blindly, but to reduce your unforced errors and to create really awkward balls (spin/speed/placement) for your opponent so that he gives you an opportunity ball that you can finish off with a powerful loop. Sometimes that awkward ball isn't a loop but something else... 
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Back to the original topic, I've been dabbling in golf and tennis. A video may follow soon.
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Maybe so, but those who are playing him sure do.

Maybe? No maybes! Rich Dewitt does NOT sweat!

[P.S. I'm 0 for 2 lifetime against him.]
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The Rich Dewitt style is a genius type of strategy. It's very sad that fit  and athletic players find the need to bash this guys game. Luckily tt is mostly about skill and strategy.
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Originally posted by mjamja mjamja wrote:

Originally posted by DonnOlsen DonnOlsen wrote:


To express this in the most concrete way: Rich Dewitt does not sweat.

Thanks.

Maybe so, but those who are playing him sure do.

Mark - One time victim of Mr. DeWitt and not in any hurry for a 2nd meeting.

I recently introduced a friend to our sport. With hardly any TT experience and as a first time Rich DeWitt observer, she may have described Rich's game the best. She remarked (in her Chinese/English grammar) "He just stand there and make opponent run like dog!"   
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Originally posted by DonnOlsen DonnOlsen wrote:


To express this in the most concrete way: Rich Dewitt does not sweat.

Thanks.

Maybe so, but those who are playing him sure do.

Mark - One time victim of Mr. DeWitt and not in any hurry for a 2nd meeting.
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Hi,

In all due respect, this cycling chat in the discussion of alternatives to table tennis is quite misplaced.  This is evident when one considers that inherent in the authentic experience of cycling is sweat.  Many, if not most, in table tennis have elected the non-sweat version of the sport.  This version holds great popularity.  The contrast between the two activities is too great for too many to be taken seriously.

To express this in the most concrete way: Rich Dewitt does not sweat.

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Let's take table tennis outside maybe? when I mentioned my niece earlier I was tapping myself in the back too because a couple weeks ago (not sure which thread) I asked for more play on those concrete tables in parks so we bring the game outside, we adapt. Let's go out and play table tennis people! Hopefully the wind will be on our side. It will be table tennis meets backgammon, wind here, dice there, lots of fun and we do the best we can to protect ourselves and other people. That could be a nice intermediate solution waiting for better days.

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played pickleball a couple of times and think it’s fun and economic. It probably will take away some TT time from me.
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My 40 years old niece lives in Gabon and she closed her dance/pilates studio (she owns the walls so it's no big deal) and started renting a tennis court to keep business going. I thought she was genius but she has 3 kids to feed so that gives ideas :)
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Speaking of other sports, let it never be said that Texans are not adaptable. 

Here in Houston, one of the global centers of the Covid-19 pandemic, bars are now closed by order of the governor. That hasn't deterred the geniuses who run the Vivid Gentleman's Club, who have set up a drive through strip club. According to KPRC News, you pay up front, like you were ordering a burger, then drive around, and watch the girls through a window (the news report notes that the girls wear masks, which should set a good example for all of you). You get five minutes two songs and then have to move on so as to keep the line from getting too long.

It is that kind of out of the box thinking that will get us through this crisis.

I forgot to mention that the club has a drive through menu featuring pizza, nachos, burgers, chicken sandwiches, and jalapeno poppers  in case patrons get hungry watching the show. 


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Are electric assist bicycles the cycling equivalent of using long pips?

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Electric assist bicycles are amazing.  I haven't ridden one but before the pandemic hit I went on a group ride and there was a gentleman in his 70s keeping up with a pretty fast group on one.  He was still working hard but also having great fun.  I on the other hand was really struggling to keep up.  I managed to do it but suffered quite a bit in the process, and the week after that rode with a somewhat slower group.


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Originally posted by DonnOlsen DonnOlsen wrote:

Originally posted by Simon_plays Simon_plays wrote:

No no, you're doing it all wrong if you're doing other sports which are actually fun. Stick to running and yoga. Both of these will be mildly beneficial for your game and get rid of the itch to be active without actually being any fun so there's no risk of you wanting to stop TT to allow for more time with either of these new activities. 

A bow to you for the right view.

Thanks.


Today I rode 65 km in Houston.  It was 94 F actual temperature when I finished.  My average power for the ride was 190 watts.  I am over 60.  Nothing about the last 40 minutes was fun.  I am cooked.  I'm taking a nap.

Igor, yes I agree the UCI has some good rules about equipment.  I especially like the one you mention, specifically they insist that anything used in even the highest level events has to be something you or I can buy (if we have the cash, a top end Pinaerello F12 Dogma can run about $12,000).  Every single bit on the bike, wheels, tires, chains, other bits -- all of it has to be generally commercially available.  But their rules can also be a bit arbitrary and have a tendency to really reduce technical innovations in bikes.  They suppressed the use of disc brakes on road bikes for a long time.  They also spend a lot of time worrying about stupid stuff, like how high someone should be allowed to wear their socks in a race, and they have been terrible at dealing with the doping problems.  All in all, if you ask road cyclists their opinions about the UCI are quite similar to TT players feelings about ITTF -- not very positive all in all.

In general I would probably be embarrassed to say how much stupid cash I have sunk into my two road bikes including stuff like power meters and fancy wheels, which are ridiculous at what is probably my 1300ish (in TT terms) level of road bike ability.  TT is definitely cheap in comparison.  Of course, as Stilltt says, you don't HAVE to spend stupid money on  bikes.  And Donn may be right, TT EJing is death by a thousand cuts. 


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Originally posted by nathanso nathanso wrote:

Road cycling for me. I used to really enjoy badminton but isn't serious badminton all played indoors in the same kind of venues now scorned for TT?




Road cycling it's not game ...TT is game. So if you replace it should replace with different game :)
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This UCI working directives does have a lot of good sense ITTF needs to adopt.

UCI Guidance regarding equipment to be used in cycling sports.
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Road cycling for me. I used to really enjoy badminton but isn't serious badminton all played indoors in the same kind of venues now scorned for TT?
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Problem is that being a cycling EJ costs a lot more.

And I say; maybe, maybe not.  The fairest perspective, caring deeply as I do for our EJs and all they contribute to my knowledge, is that the table tennis EJing may well be competitive here, as our over-a-thousand approved rubbers and uncountable number of blades, both added to incessantly by our beloved equipment manufactures in chronic sleeplessness over their concern there may be, at least, one table tennis player in the world without the correct rubber or blade.

Cycling is high tech and has a major advantage.  Our seduction is that each of our new purchases is, for many, a manageable amount of money.  So, we can do it again and again, for a lifetime; a thousand cuts if you will.  Every table tennis EJ knows, deeply in the heart, that the latest product is better than the previous product and, at least in the U.S., that USATT rating goal of busting through 1700 is but one sheet away.

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Originally posted by Simon_plays Simon_plays wrote:

No no, you're doing it all wrong if you're doing other sports which are actually fun. Stick to running and yoga. Both of these will be mildly beneficial for your game and get rid of the itch to be active without actually being any fun so there's no risk of you wanting to stop TT to allow for more time with either of these new activities. 

A bow to you for the right view.

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Mike might succeed on hte Pro Seniors Pickleball Tour...

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Are electric assist bicycles the cycling equivalent of using long pips?

Mark - Who can not paddle or pedal the way he used to (among other things he is no longer able to perform)


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Originally posted by Baal Baal wrote:

Cycling.  I can do it alone.  Problem is that being a cycling EJ costs a lot more.
Hi Baal, I bought in 2016 a used Civia Kingfield ($600 from a $1200 brand new price) and that's my best cycling decision ever. It was bought on Craigslist and delivered to me in a public area by some exec from Microsoft who came with his Tesla model S, it's amazing the space they can have behind with the fold-down back seats. He invested in super high quality tires and I had my 1st flat last week. I changed them and invested quite a bit for that peace of mind. The internal hub protects the gears from the elements and the belt just needs to be hosed to get rid of any dust. The hub needs to be serviced every other year but I did not do it for 3 years and paid for it just to have a tune-up of some skipping gears. Gates belt drive and an internal hub is a treat. You lose 5% efficiency but only when comparing with a well tuned chain drive: often, those are not tuned perfectly... Only changing a back tube is a pain because you need to separate a cable from the hub and replace all the pieces together right. Now that I can do it, I feel very strong with almost no bills.
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Cycling.  I can do it alone.  Problem is that being a cycling EJ costs a lot more.
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No no, you're doing it all wrong if you're doing other sports which are actually fun. Stick to running and yoga. Both of these will be mildly beneficial for your game and get rid of the itch to be active without actually being any fun so there's no risk of you wanting to stop TT to allow for more time with either of these new activities. 

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