Balls has changed. I have moved to another city. My TT time was about 15 hours a week and now it's around 3 hours a week.

I used to practice with 4-5 regular partners rated 2250 - 2350 and sometime with 2000 players. Now in FL, the highest one at regular club hour is 2000 and the rest are 1600-1800.

Played last week at Broward TT near Miami and did OK, not quite my standard but pretty well considered how I have practiced lately

The match that drive me to change was against Richard Ciz. He simple exploited my weaknesses on touch shots on my FH side and I had no answer for that. I was thinking about changing something but I had my goal to chop on FH and not the guide shot(Chen Weixing's style) and it was a complete failure.

Now a week after this match and had watch these match many times....... here is what I'm thinking.

1. I'm really stupid to try things at tournament.

2. The guide style was what made me a 2300 chopper. I was never a well trained chopper who can chop FH all day. I had to find what will work for me. FH chop could work but with my resource right now(no time and no quality practice partner) I would go with what's easier. This style isn't bad at all - Chen Weixing does it, Ruwen Filus does it, Gionis does it..... many players do it. It doesn't require good and solid footwork like chopping's. Chopping is sexier but not for me right now.

3. The defensive sides became weaknesses both FH and BH. I watch videos and county how many points I won from chopping and points I lost from chopping. The answer wasn't pretty. In a more detail, footwork was disappointing, the chopping technique was poor and timing was non-existed. Need to find something easier with more forgiving.

4. I won more points from services and FH pushes. Need something very tacky on both side. I have to go more of a preventing more than defending.

Time to switch to new weapons - Actium(Tibhar blade designed by Nexy) or maybe ....... just maybe a Calix I or Lissom. Try these 2 years ago and still liked them. Chaos long pips and Demain II Plus.

Will keep update!!

Happy Valentine.



Written by Sutanit Tangyingyong —


ro dewan:

thanks for sharing your thoughts joe. wish you the best of luck as you try to go back to the guide-style, and I am sure you will do better next tournament. I have been working on the guide shot myself, but my technique is still very elementary. I actually found looking at masato shiono’s videos has helped me somewhat as well, because his motions of the guide-style are quite exaggerated sometimes, but good for teaching. Looking forward to focusing on that, to make it part of my arsenal as well. If you are ever back here in the DC area it would be good to meet up or play.


February 16, 2015


Hey Ro,

Now I’ll work on what’s easier. Can’t handle the FH chop….. too slow and can’t go back that far.

KEYWORD : find something that easy to do and works. I don’t care about stylish now.

February 17, 2015

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