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Yes, it is LEGAL to switch racket "handed-ness" during play. From the USTA web site: Q. I am a left-handed tennis player. During play, I have found that I can hit the tennis ball almost as well with my right hand as I do with my left. Do USTA rules forbid players to switch hands during play? A. No. You can play with either hand. In fact, three-...


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I know that in tennis you are allowed to use either hand to hit the ball with the racquet during any point, set or match. You may not use more than one racquet during any single point, though (though you are allowed to switch racquets between points). And racquet throwing (for the purpose of hitting the ball) is not allowed - the racquet must be in your hand ...


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The oil is used to increase the grip or "tackiness" of the rubber surface of the racquet. You can actually just use ordinary oils (like sunflower oil) but the oils vendors sell are manufactured for the specific purpose of applying to table tennis rubber. Anyway, you want to use a medium width brush (like something you'd use to paint model airplanes or ...


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According to the official rules (referenced here): Rule 2.04.06 The surface of the covering material on a side of the blade, or of a side of the blade if it is left uncovered, shall be matt, bright red on one side and black on the other. The reasons for this rule are described here: The Two Colour Rule Since 1 July 1986 the rules of ...


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In tennis, rule #24, which covers all the scenarios in which a player loses a point, does not forbid a player from switching the hand that holds the racket. 24. PLAYER LOSES POINT The point is lost if: a. The player serves two consecutive faults; or b. The player does not return the ball in play before it bounces twice consecutively; or c. ...


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All other things being equal: A larger frame generates more power. A larger frame is more resistant to twisting. A larger frame has a larger sweet spot. Smaller frames are known for control oriented play, ie serve and volley. With advancements in racket technology, many players are able to use larger frames without having to sacrifice control. You should ...


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A few things to keep in mind in addition to Richard Krajnus's answer: stiffness of the frame. This can also contribute to the amount of vibration the racquet produces when making contact. beam width (generally ranges from about 18mm to 25mm) - this can contribute to how much you feel the ball on contact. A thinner beam is generally preferred by more ...


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The video is a little misleading actually because it's tough to notice exactly what happened at the end of the point. In tennis you actually are NOT allowed to hit the ball with your head - only the racquet. What happened in the video you linked to is that Federer's opponent (Juan Martin Del Potro) didn't get to Federer's backhand shot before it bounced ...


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It is perfectly legal in table tennis to change the racket to other hand during a point. Though uncommon and extremely difficult, it does provide a few exciting moments for the spectators. ITTF has compiled a video capturing these exciting moments. And if it is legal for a point, it should be legal for a set and a match as well.


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There are two rules of thumb to determine your correct tennis racket grip size: Hold the racket by the handle as you would while playing and see if you can insert your your non-dominant index finger in the space between your palm and ring finger tip. If your index finger is snug, the grip is sized correctly. A player can measure his or her grip size with a ...


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Racquet abuse is not the only offense that can lead to a point penalty in tennis. Kicking a bottle, throwing a bag, or using profanity will often lead to a warning from the chair umpire, if not a point penalty (depending on the number of offenses committed that match). These rules are in place to uphold the integrity and professionalism of the game and to ...


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I guess weight and stability are two important factors. I haven't really figured out what works best for me but when I started with squash and decided to buy rackets, I bought two rackets; one light and "agile" and the other heavier but more "stable". The reason why I put agile and stable in quotation marks is that they are rather my interpretation of them....


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I realize this is an older question, but I think my answer might be useful to other people with the same or similar questions. Anti-spin rubber can take the spinniest of serves and return it virtually deadened. Several rubber manufacturers create anti-spin rubber. It is designed for exactly what you're looking for, however there are some disadvantages as ...


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I've heard reports of amateur players who are ambidextrous swapping a tennis racket from one hand to the other to have two forehands. I don't know about squash and tennis, but in badminton there's no rule banning moving the racket between your left and right hands. The reason is probably because, except perhaps at beginner level, there's no advantage to ...


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Both of the racquets you referenced are made of lower quality materials. They're not necessarily "bad" racquets (especially for a beginner such as yourself) but they differ from higher quality racquets in specific ways such as: They can't be restrung if needed (they will bend/warp during the re-stringing process) They generally are much lighter weight than ...


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At your level of play, the maker isn't nearly as important as the string type and tension. Most popular brands; Head, Wilson, Prince, etc. offer similar rackets for essentially the same price point. (The more expensive rackets are more expensive because they offer a stronger material at a lighter weight.) I'd strongly suggest analyzing your style of play....


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I know from experience that it really depends on what kind of table tennis player you are. If you are always defending you should buy a paddle with almost no padding and no grip. But if you are an aggressive player, you need a paddle with lots of grip and as much padding as possible. If you don't know what kind of player you are then ask at the sports shop ...


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It depends on how serious of a player you are and how much you plan to be playing - but you could either buy the rubber by itself and resurface your existing paddle (which requires some amount of knowing what you're doing) or you could go down to your nearest sporting goods store and spend somewhere between $40-60 and get a pretty nice paddle with high ...


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I have played table tennis professionally at college level and I never bothered about these stats. These stats do not follow a common standard. I assume that they are put up by the manufacturer as a simple indication of whether the rubber/blade is more suited for the players style of play (offensive/defensive). Professionally, players do not a buy a single ...


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The color does not have any significance. The thickness of the rubber and whether it has the dimples (called "pips") facing outwards or inward does have some significance though in terms of the surface playing more offensive (imparting more topspin - pips out) or defensive (pips in). The height of the pips plays a role also. See the section titled "Table ...


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I couldn't find anything in the official rules, but unofficially it looks like it's for your opponent to be able to tell which side of the bat is used so you know the type of spin put on the ball. Not sure what stops people from flipping it around as they play though... http://tabletennis.about.com/od/glossary/g/twocolorrule.htm


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Most of the basics have been said by Richard. Only I would like to add that an oversized-head racquet can be a really dangerous choice. The mechanics on these types of racquets are simple : most of the weight is concentrated on the head, so while they'll add significant power to your swings (because of the inertia created by your forearm speed), you will be ...


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Racquet manufacturers (for squash, badminton, tennis, racquetball, etc) these days design specs for every racquet using modeling tools on a computer so that they can get detailed measurements to the manufacturers. The grommets have specs just like the racquets do. The space between the holes in the hoop of the racquet must be known and be precise in order to ...


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There is a trend right now among tennis players to actually play with a handle that's one size (1/8th) smaller than what size you would arrive at using the methods described in the answer provided by Dirty-flow. This allows for more a little bit easier wrist snap/movement. For example, based on my hand size I should play with a 4 3/8 size grip but I actually ...


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On the Badminton World Federation (BWF) website, there are a lot of official documents to be found. You need to go to the second tab (Organisation) on the main site and choose Law & Regulations. After that you need to click on Laws of Badminton (circled red): The document, titled: PART II, SECTION 1 A, LAWS OF BADMINTON, elaborates in chapter 4 on the ...


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I'll try my best to answer your question - I don't quite understand what you're asking when you say punches their racquet's strings and changes the racquet after that If you are a beginning tennis player, the rule of thumb is that you should restring your racquet as many times in a year as you play in a week. So if you play twice a week, you should get ...


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Lead Tape This is the best solution there is. Having read this racket review from Paul Stewart about making a racket more head-heavy, I immediately ordered some tape: The tape comes with a self adhesive side, allowing you to stick it everywhere. According to the description, 4 inch / 10 cm would yield approximately 1 gram. Usage I chose the following ...


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It is possible to lengthen your racquet (at least the handle/grip) - however, you don't want to attempt it yourself unless you really know what you're doing. I would recommend looking into a service such as what is provided by RPNY where racquet customization professionals can do the modification to your racquet. I've tried playing with a 28.5" racquet ...


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