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Ask The Experts: Louis Levene, No. 408

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Question: 

Hello Coach, I havent played in the last 5 years and the setup i used to have was Gergely T5000, FH -DHS Hurricane 8 Mid Hard, BH – Xiom Omega V Pro. I used to play professionally in India from 2001-2013. I really loved the Gergely. Can you suggest an alternative for this blade ( i can handle a slightly faster balde but not the Sardius maybe. Its too fast in my opinion). Also something thats stiff similar to Gergely? Maybe Amultart or Garadiya ZLC? Also A rubber to replace the Onega 5 Pro . something with a good grip and throw? Also is there one that you would recommend instead of the Hurricane 8 on the FH. Something not very fast but can do good power drives and power loops.

Thanks in Advance.

Answer: 

Your Ask the Experts question was answered by Louis Levene. He is a Content Creator on YouTube (channel: Looeelooee) focused on helping viewers improve their table tennis. Coach Levene’s response is as follows:

Hi Shyam,
 
Thanks for reaching out! 
 
The Amultart and Garaydia ZLC would both be great options.
 
If you are looking for something similar in composition but still manageable in regard to speed, I would also recommend checking out the Zhang Jike T5000.
 
For the forehand I would recommend you try out Dignics 09C.It has a very springy sponge but has a tacky surface similar to what you would get on Hurricane, creating an excellent combination of spin and power.
 
For the backhand, I would recommend Dignics 05. It has excellent grip and makes quick backhand to backhand rallies very effortless. Omega V Pro does not have quite as springy of a sponge as Dignics/Tenergy, so if you wanted something a little less springy like the Xiom rubber I would recommend Roundell Hard as a second choice. 
 
Best,
 
Louis
 
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