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    Posted: 10/10/2021 at 5:27pm
For the average amateur player, can it be said that:

If you lose more points from mistakes in serve receive, the short game and hitting balls off the end then you should consider getting a slower blade or at least sticking with what you have.

Only when you lose most points because other players close to your level hit the ball past you/ outplay you in rallies, that is when a faster blade might actually help you get better results. 

Is it this simple?


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Originally posted by Simon_plays Simon_plays wrote:

For the average amateur player, can it be said that:

If you lose more points from mistakes in serve receive, the short game and hitting balls off the end then you should consider getting a slower blade or at least sticking with what you have.

Only when you lose most points because other players close to your level hit the ball past you/ outplay you in rallies, that is when a faster blade might actually help you get better results. 

Is it this simple?


"Is it this simple?" . IMO, Look at it from another perspective.

The clue is in your sentence "If you lose more points from mistakes....". A mistake is a mistake. Even MaLong makes mistakes. Changing one's equipment is not going to correct a mistake during a match. Reducing the frequency of those mistakes comes from gaining experience from practice with other players, competitive play, and guidance/training from coaches. 

However, a player, if he's of the mindset to experiment with equipment, let him do so. It's part of the fun of being an amateur player.
In this particular case, there are numerous threads on this forum on the advantages/disadvantages of whatever equipment is chosen. Have funSmile
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I think you should use slower and softer rubbers before hard and fast rubbers until you stop making unforced errors. After you stop making unforced errors you can start to consider a faster equipment
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Originally posted by Simon_plays Simon_plays wrote:

For the average amateur player, can it be said that:

If you lose more points from mistakes in serve receive, the short game and hitting balls off the end then you should consider getting a slower blade or at least sticking with what you have.

Only when you lose most points because other players close to your level hit the ball past you/ outplay you in rallies, that is when a faster blade might actually help you get better results. 

Is it this simple?



I think it's simpler than this.  Just pick something reasonably fast, not too fast, and enjoy the journey. Once you hit a certain level, you will know what you need in your setup. At that point playing with a certain blade vs another blade, or changing rubbers won't make that big of a difference. 
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