Coach CornerEquipmentdignics-09c-pairing
lem496 asked 2 weeks ago

So, during the Covid shutdown I’ve had the opportunity to reevaluate my form and my equipment, I really liked the control of Hurricane but it lacked the speed I wanted. When I went back to Dignics 05 it felt like I was hitting the ball with a brick. After seeing Dans answer and review of Dignics 09c on youtube I decided to give it a try. I really like the feel of a carbon blades. The video I’m submitting is literally the first time I’m hitting with 09c. It’s on Gionis OFF Blade. The ball really flew off the blade as long as it was closed,if I opened the blade it produced a weak shot. In competition I use a Garaydia ALC. I wasn’t ready to tear the rubber off my playing blade. My question: would you consider either of these blades a good pairing with 09c. I have Timo Boll All Around Blade as well, obviously not carbon. I’ve had a strange trip getting to where I am with equipment. With all the equipment choices you have as a reviewer how do you, if ever, decide when to change equipment? I guess I’m really asking two questions. 😉


 

2 Answers
lem496 answered 2 weeks ago

BTW, any critique on form is always appreciated

TomTom Academy Coach answered 2 weeks ago

Hey Lem! Good couple of questions there, in terms of knowing when to change equipment I think once you’ve found something you are really confident with and like then there is no need to change again unless you reach a point where your technique has improved a lot and you feel you have got to a point where the equipment is holding you back in terms of capability to produce spin and speed.

Ok so I would say yeah the 09c is a great rubber and sounds like you’ve found the same, I would definitely stick with the Gionis or the Garaydia as they are both carbon and straight away you mentioned you like the feel of those. Also I think paired with the very high grip of the 09c I think you should have enough control. If you are confident and feel happy with either of those combinations I’d say that’s a very good long term set up and you certainly won’t be limited with it at all.

In terms of your form, overall it’s looking good, it’s noticeable as you said that you need to be sure to keep you bat angle closed all the way through the shot to produce consistently good shots. Also I would say that your timing point may be a touch late, so you are almost meeting the ball and contacting when it is level with you, if you can try to time it slightly more in front and early, this will mean it has dropped less and will be easier for you. Lastly I’d say just keep working on getting more snap and help from the elbow and forearm, think about straightening the elbow on the back swing and then snapping shut to bout 90 degrees at the end of the shot.

Hope that helps and any other questions on this, let me know 🙂

lem496
replied 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your quick response. Hmmm? I think you’re right about my timing. I may have misunderstood when to start my forward motion and I’m not where I heard it but I’ve been trying to line my right foot up with the ball and starting my swing when my body and the ball form a triangle. Does this sound right? Perhaps I should be trying to align myself to where the top of the bounce is at the apex of the “triangle”. Timing my back swing with the top of the bounce is easy for me I can see it coming at me. Is there a trick for timing the forehand, and the top of the bounce?

lem496
replied 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your quick response. Hmmm? I think you’re right about my timing. I may have misunderstood when to start my forward motion and I’m not where I heard it but I’ve been trying to line my right foot up with the ball and starting my swing when my body and the ball form a triangle. Does this sound right? Perhaps I should be trying to align myself to where the top of the bounce is at the apex of the “triangle”. Timing my back swing with the top of the bounce is easy for me I can see it coming at me. Is there a trick for timing the forehand, and the top of the bounce?

lem496
replied 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your quick response. Hmmm? I think you’re right about my timing. I may have misunderstood when to start my forward motion and I’m not where I heard it but I’ve been trying to line my right foot up with the ball and starting my swing when my body and the ball form a triangle. Does this sound right? Perhaps I should be trying to align myself to where the top of the bounce is at the apex of the “triangle”. Timing my back swing with the top of the bounce is easy for me I can see it coming at me. Is there a trick for timing the forehand, and the top of the bounce?

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