Butterfly Table Tennis Question and AnswerQuestion:
Defensive player but likes to attack as well
Relies on heavy spin via hard forehand use
Wants more control
Has a wooden butterfly shakehand blade; Unknown Model
Nittaku is current rubber on blade; Unknown thickness/model
Not tacky enough
Interested in Aibiss rubber
This Ask the Experts question was answered by Min Kim. She is the coach at MK Georgia Table Tennis in Duluth, Georgia. Coach Kim’s response is below:
Hi Zack,As a defensive player, I would recommend you try the Diode V with Tenergy 05 (1.9mm ) on your forehand and Impartial XB (1.9mm)on your backhand.
Here are the reasons:
When defensive players receive a ball with underspin, compared to the 1.9 mm rubber, it would be harder to control the ball with a 2.1 mm rubber because the resistance is too strong. Therefore, in order to control the ball more comfortably, I recommend the 1.9.
For the front, the Tenergy 05 1.9 rubber is a style that can combine defense and offense with good spin. For the back, I recommend a pips-out (short pips) rubber that changes irregularity when the other player receives the ball that attacks you.Warm Regards,Coach Kim