Thank you for the tracking number; it will be very helpful.
I will be using the RETURNBOARD at home to practice the weekly training .
I am receiving at a local table tennis clinic.
The clinic is run by a USATT Certified Nation Coach.
The clinic is very good, but after seeing your video
it seems that the RETURNBOARD will be a good tool for me
to use in order to practice the weekly skills that are taught at the clinic.
First of all: congratulation for this self-construction.
I’m owner of the ”official” – returnboard
and I’ve already been using it.
Even if Returnboard will never be able to replace
a training mate, I see it’s main advantage
in showing you how much rotation a hit can give to a ball.
This board is a kind of neutral partner
that always blocks topspins the same way (who in your club is able to do so?).
Too much undercut will make the returned ball touch the net while,
if you’ve put too much spin into, the returned ball will not touch the table.
Than it’s time to fix the board at a smaller angle.
From my point of view the main benefit of Returnboard
is its clear feed-back to the ball’s rotation.
I’ve been training my backhand topspin by using the board
and I finally managed to increase the rotation.
What a great feeling of success once you adopt the angle of the board.
I’m not aware of any comparable possibility to give a visible impression
of this strong rotation (despite the possibility to show it against a good block).
It is precisely this effect which shows any youngster
that they are not playing a topspin with enough undercut yet.
Returnboard also provides you with an perfect opportunity
of getting your side-cut services trained.
All in all:
Returnboard represents a great benefit to your training course
by providing flexible training options.
I am very interested in the returnboard and want to buy one.
However, as a medium to advanced level player, I am not sure that if I loop the ball hard,
would the ball just bounces out off the table or the ball can still be in ?
Does your returnboards perform as good as the following description
which I copied from one table tennis discussion forum:
have been using the returnboard for last 3 months and will share some experience with you.
Purpose : To practice when you have no partners or when your partner are no good /
have no patience for playing with your high topspins errors .
Returnboard is very good tool when you want to practice topsin .
It will increase your level up for sure and is very evident after 5-6 weeks of use .
For a intermediate level it is a good to have tool .
Following are the salient features :
1. Have 1-21 levels and from level 13-18 is a very good level
for intermediate to advanced level players .
2. I recommend to start with 13-14 for fh and 12-13 level for bh topspin.
3. For a level , important thing is that ball is always come back to you
If your spin & speed are more or less consistent .
Intially it will take some time to adjust as normally people
playe with random spin & speed controls .
4. With a level 13 or 14 fh , I could manage around 75 returns
(max till date) with a relatively good speed & spin .
At an average it is around 12-15 per fh rally which is good when compared
to my normal club play with different partners .
5. At higher levels the spin + speed increases and even kills are returned back .
Loop Kills mostly come back . The speed +spin needs to consistent
at this level, and this is a big task.
6. You can combine Heavy Spin Slow Loop with Faster flater loop alternatively .
7. Also combination of fh + bh loops are good.
8. Side spin can be imparted with changing the direction & angle of the board .
9. You can also perform corner side play both side
by tilting the board diagonally at the corner of the board .
Combining it at both side will give you extreme movement on table .
10 . Good for 3 ball attacks by performing a top spin serve (both side)
with low level at the serve side .
11. You can also try flip & drive with the point 10 .
12. By using one board as a push board you can practice
push + chops and combine this with top spin by keeping
the second board at diagonal position .
This will allow you to practice top spin against back spin .
13. If you can change the rubber of one board to Long Pips or short pips
then you can play against your own generated back spin
(via topspin) but this is in theory & I have never tried it.
Very good for practicing topspin against dead or slight top spin balls .
Good for improving back hand and making you consistent .
Also improves your patience & makes you device a strategy .
As even kills are returned , you will also have to be ready for next ball &
this makes you mentally ready for a return after even your best shots .
If you have a powerfull topspin serve then
you can really like to play the 3rd ball sequence at higher level of board .
Will certainly increase your level & consistency .
Its dumb like a wall & will return whatever you send .
If you shot is bad then you will get anything .
If your shot is good , you get a difficult one back.
Difficult to get used to intially .
No human thinking & rubber effects .
TopSpin agains Backspin is the worst thing about this.
It can be done , but is inconvenient .
Backspin on this board is the drawback .
Also balls coming back to you have little spin as they are basically a block .
So from here I moved & bought a newgy 2040 to remove the gap of topspin agains back spin problem .
My game has improved a lot (and faster) and has made my game more safer .
I can beat those people , whom I used to worry beating before .
Hopefully I can combine robot+returnboard for improving further .
Please let me know.