When I first changed sponsorships to JOOLA, I recognized that finding the right equipment for me might be a process – one that I knew I needed to be patient during.
My playing style and my usual equipment choices are actually quite unique. Since I first picked up a table tennis racket at the age of seven, my hands were very small and every racket I held was rather large and heavy. Consequently, my coach at the time helped me select a paddle that was very light, slender, and thin, so I could manage during the practice sessions and matches without seriously injuring myself. Ever since then, I have always and still prefer thin and light rackets, even though it’s 16 years later and I am (hopefully) much stronger and more capable.
Furthermore, my backhand is one of my strengths and an important asset in my game, so it was imperative to find the right rubber and racket to complement this aspect. I normally play very fast and close to the table and I knew I wanted an offensive-offensive extreme carbon blade that possessed extreme speed. As for my rubbers, I also wanted noticeably fast rubbers on both sides, but more importantly, I needed more spin so I would be able to control the ball carefully. It’s important to balance speed with control, otherwise the ball would be blindly flying all over the court without any stability or accuracy.