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Hi I’m looking for suggestions on a Japanese penhold blade and rubber combination. I recently resumed playing about 3 times a week, after having stopped playing for many years. Currently using an old pre-assembled racket and the rubber feels a bit “dead” eventhough it can still generate some decent spins. I’m an recreational player, about intermediate level. My strength is in my forehand smash attack, backhand mostly block. I would like a rubber with some control, lighter blade and a softer feeling to the sponge. I’m thinking of the Hadraw JPV-S blade, not sure which rubber to combine it with, maybe a Striver RX or Rozena? I have also wondered if I should just get another pre-assembled racket with striver or flextra before upgrading to non pre-assembled. Please advise. Thanks.

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Ask The Experts: Jun Gao., No. 219

This the Experts question was answered by Coach Jun Gao. She is the head coach at California Table Tennis in Rosemead, CA. Coach Gao’s response is as follows:

Hi Irene,
 
I would recommend pairing Rozena with the Hadraw JPV for you.
 
If you play three times a week, I would not recommend a pre-assembled racket.
 
All the Best!
 
Coach Gao

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