Modified Le Géant review

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Modified Le Géant review

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I bought a Le Géant, found it to be quite good, but wanted a few changes to suit my game better, and Achim was nice enough to make me a special version which I am loving!

The special version has both sides Rosewood as surface veneer instead, and some other changes needed to be made in order to make it work.

But a bit of background on myself first. Sorry, I don't speak or write German, so if you can't read English, you may need to use a translator.

Many years ago, when frictionless long pimples was still allowed, I had used Bamboo Curl P1 and eventually Dr N.'s Super Block OX, on mostly normal hard blades, like BTY Schlager Carbon. On the forehand side, I was using Andro COR max and eventually Hurricane 3 max 39 or 40 degrees with a lot of VOC glue. My level back then was around USATT 2000. Came second once in a U2000 tournament, so I guess I am around there.

So, backhand mostly blocking, and placement, I would say I don't chop away from the table at all, so don't bother to ask me if it chops well, I don't chop well enough to comment. Forehand, loopdrive.

After Super Block was banned, I couldn't adjust to any other rubber, couldn't block consistently with anything that was legal, and I have no wish to use non-ITTF equipment. That and an arm injury, so I can't really attack hard with my backhand ( I injured myself because I practiced too much, trying to hit hard with Super Block). Finally I took a long break from the sport I loved, playing only occasionally. During this break, I was using BTY Tenergy 05 2.1 and various long pimples in OX. The blades were customized Sword and Yinhe, which were OK, but still couldn't block safely. I wasn't expecting extreme spin reversal as Super Block, but at least to block a strong/fast loopdrive safely in a match. But honestly, I couldn't adjust. Lost my way.

Couple of years ago, started to read about Re-Impact again. I had a Taichi before, it was stable, forehand had "no kick" and blocks were better but still not that safe. But I had a few chats with Achim, and he was nice enough to suggest I try the Le Géant. I ordered it, tried it. Forehand was a bit funny, it felt too springy with T05 2.1, Achim suggested I used 1.5mm I did, hated it, bottoms out too fast. Eventually I try Tenergy 19 2.1. And that turns out to be a good match for my style of play.

But then the backhand, I was trying Troublemaker, Stranger, UpUpUpUp, for sure the blocks were safer than with other blades, but I find the trajectory on the blocks to be high for my stroke. Achim suggested I change my stroke. I told him I have this stroke since 40 years, can't change. Please change the blade structure for me. After some long discussion, he made me a version with Rosewood top veneer instead. And the trajectory was low. Excellent. So with this setup, Rosewood Le Géant, T19 2.1, UPUPUPUP OX. I entered a small small tournament and came third. Quite surprised and a bit lucky, had an easy draw. Finally losing to a 12 year old girl... But I'm happy.


Then I tried to use Grass Dtecs OX and Hellfire X OX. Wow. I can block as consistently and safely as with Super Block! Something I haven't been able to do for well over 10 years, there were almost tears in my eyes after practicing with Grass Dtecs! Sure, the ball is not nearly as spin reversed as Super Block but at least they were landing on the other side! With Grass Dtecs the trajectory was slightly lower and a little more spin reversal, but all I can do is passively block, trying to counter hit a loopdrive was very difficult (it was much much easy with UPUPUPUP and Troublemaker), and even more aggressive chop blocking was not so easy, maybe the rubber was too new. With Hellfire X it was easier to chopblock and counterhit but not as easy as UPUPUPUP and Troublemaker. The other aspects of my backhand, were normal enough and can adapt.

Forehand side. Needed to experiment with glue layers. Finally I've settled with use 2+1 layers of medium viscosity Revolution No 3 glue with T19 2.1mm. At that worked really really well too. Loopdrives have a good kick. By a good kick, I mean the speed of the ball after it bounces on opponent side. Not as good as thinner blades but much more kick than other thick balsa blades I have used. And flat hits were just awesome, the sound was almost like in the speed glue days. Pushing and touch shots were good to control too.

So far, I am really happy, and can't blame my equipment for playing lousily.
moming
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Re: Modified Le Géant review

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This is me mostly practicing a backhand counterhit, of course heavily edited, actual success rate is less than 30% in practive, in a match will be less than 10% I doubt I will really use it in a close match, but it does look good

https://youtu.be/3w6Uln_SToI

I'm using the modified Le Geant and Hellfire X OX.
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