Summary after Cary Cup. Thoughts about balls and style.
I have the good, the bad(s) and the ugly(s) at Cary Cup. Yep, lots of bad and ugly.
The good - met new people, making new friends. Especially spending time with fellow Floridians like Kit(Tampa) and Chi(Orlando) whom I met at local tournaments 4-5 times a year.
That seem to be the only good I get from 2015 Cary Cup. The level of play was good but not as good as prior year with Eugene Wang and Li Kewei.
The bad - I never had a real practice, not even once after I moved to FL 6 months ago. That seems to effect my game, my touch and my movement. I still played well at 2014 NA Team in DC(3 months off from real practice) but now I seem to forgot how to win in crucial points, how to control spin and most importantly I forgot how to deal with spin. The guide shot on FH was a weapon but now a big hole. Plus with poly ball, sometime balls seems to slip from rubber and just dropped dead right there.
Also poly ball was More difficult to put spin on when opponents just pushed my chop back. Here's situation - Mr.A looped, I chopped, Mr.A pushed. The next ball I have to hit often bounced up and sat there. I need to move more and without some pace it was difficult to push and be safe.
The ugly - Lost to 13 years old girl 0-3. And to 9 or 10 years old boy 2-3!!! No. They played well and deserved their wins.
My old style would still work well if I had 10-15 hours a week to practice with 2250+ but I have to accept the truth and do my best with limited resource. Those days of bending my knees to the floor and reach for ball 5 feet away were gone. I need to stay closer to the table and be in control more. Another issue is stamina. With less practice, my stamina was decrease too. The old style was not a good fit for Cary cup nor NA team(10 matches+ a day)
Solution is to make the game easier and less movement.
BLOCKER - is it the answer? I don't know but it's the only option for me now.
At this point I'm testing Blade -Tuvalu. LP - Chaos and smooth - Elpis.