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PLAYING STRATEGIES

DEF DEFINITION: «Traditional» defense, far from the table, generally involving chops (with both forehand and backhand).

MATERIAL: Very often a «long pimple-out» rubber (with or without sponge) on backhand, combined with an «inverted» rubber on forehand. The player can turn his bat.

ADVICES: ALL to OFF- «inverted» rubber, with a sponge hardness < or = 40°. Thickness of the sponge (for «inverted» rubber): less than or equal to 1.8mm. DEF to ALL+ blade.

DEF+ DEFINITION: «Modern» defense, namely a DEF game with frequent counter-attacks generally incorporating smash or topspin shots.

MATERIAL: «long pimple-out» rubber (with sponge) on backhand, combined with an «inverted» rubber on forehand. The player often turns his bat.

ADVICES: ALL+ to OFF+ «inverted» rubber, with a sponge hardness < or = 42.5°. Thickness of the sponge (for «inverted» rubber): from 1.6 to 1.8mm (or even 2.0mm, according to the level of the player). ALL to OFF- blade.

ALL-

DEFINITION: A passive game based on small pushes and blocks alternating with mid-distance defen- sive shots. Offensive shots are pretty rare.

MATERIAL: «pimple-out» rubber (short, mid-long or long) or antispin on backhand, combined with an «inverted» rubber on forehand. The player barely turns his bat.

ADVICES: ALL to OFF «inverted» rubber, with a sponge hardness < or = 40°. Thickness of the sponge (for «inverted» rubber): from 1.6 to 1.8mm. ALL to ALL+ blade.

ALL

DEFINITION: varied game, more geared around a mid-distance from the table and favoring ball control, placement and variations in spin. The aim is to cause your opponent to commit an error.

MATERIAL: Two «inverted» rubbers.

ADVICES: ALL+ to OFF rubber with a sponge hardness < or = 40°. Thickness of the sponge from 1.8 to 2.0mm. ALL to OFF- blade.

ALL+ DEFINITION: varied and precise game with blocks and counter-initiatives, closer to the table than the ALL- and ALL games. The placement, variations in spin and rhythm are used in order to secure easy-scoring balls.

MATERIAL: Two «inverted» rubbers.

ADVICES: ALL+ OFF covering rubbers (OFF+ drive according to level), with a sponge hard- ness < or = 40°. Thickness of the sponge from 1.8 to 2.0mm. ALL to OFF blade

OFF-

DEFINITION: Offensive play with variations in rhythm and spin, most often slightly mid-distance from the table. Basically topspin is widely used here, principally with late contact on the ball and some fairly high, curved trajectories.

MATERIAL: Two «inverted» rubbers.

ADVICES: OFF/OFF+ rubbers, with a sponge hardness < or = 42.5° on both sides. Thic- kness of the sponge from 1.8 to 2.0mm. ALL+ to OFF+ blade.

OFF

DEFINITION: Complete offensive play, combining fast strokes close to the table and variations in rotation at mid-distance from the table. The topspins are varied and often powerful, accentuated blocks and the player especially mobile.

MATERIAL: Two «inverted» rubbers.

ADVICES: OFF+ rubber with a sponge hardness > 40° on forehand and < or = 42.5° on backhand. Thickness of the sponge from 2.0mm to max. OFF- to OFF+ blade.

OFF+

DEFINITION: Very offensive style where taking the initiative is the absolute priority. The player moves about close to the table, returning the ball very early using topspin smashes, loops or active blocks. The player may also move away to a mid-distance from the table with wide-ranging and powerful topspins.

MATERIAL: Two «inverted» rubbers. Possible use of short «pimple-out» rubber on one of the two sides (common in Asia). The ball is then «punched» back on the bounce!

ADVICES: OFF+ rubbers with a sponge hardness > 40° on both sides. Thickness of the sponge from 2.0mm to max. OFF to OFF+ blade. 105