Identity Crisis

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Hi Larry,

I've been curious about this subject for quite awhile.  When I started playing a few years ago I simply tried to keep the ball on the table.  The best solution, I found, was to glue the ball to the table.  Okay...that really didn't allow play to flow very well.  I played aggressively, had very little control, then moved to a somewhat defensive style.  While trying that, I became aggressively defensive, which depending on the situation, was not all bad.  But then passive mistakes started killing me.  I switched to an offensive style with slower inverted rubber, but still had control issues and then wanted to "baby" the ball in certain situations.  Control: ZERO.  Passive mistakes seemed burned into my long and short-term memory.  So I dumped the inverted and moved to short pips forehand and backhand.  I have plenty of speed and enough spin, and I can get defensive when necessary.  I'm still a below-average player, but my lack of skill is mostly due to my current inability to maintain focus and mental control. 

To make a L   O   N   G story short, does a player really need to have an "identity", offensive or defensive?  How about "can't decide", or "I have no idea"?  Does the style define the player, or does the player define the style?  Does it matter at all, as long as the play is effective? 

Thanks!

  

R8ng_stinks (not verified)
Re: Identity Crisis

Thanks Larry, very informative and helpful answers! 

Larry Hodges
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Re: Identity Crisis

Hi R8ng_stinks, this sounds like a good topic for my blog tomorrow morning!