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Designer Paddles from Uberpong

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
By Arthur Lui

I decided to check out some swanky designer paddles from Uberpong, a custom blade company based out of Austin, Texas. They’ve got some really solid designers behind these creations.

I got the Ice Cream Nation and Kawaii paddles. These are going to look great in my condo. My thoughts are beneath the photos. Click for hi-res.



Visuals

The designs are beautiful; I had a hard time picking out two. They’ve got an array of designers from around the world. The colours on the paddle are a little less vibrant than the images on the website, but they look solid with crisp lines. They print surprisingly well on pips. The blade is a nice light wood, with a smooth finish.

Performance

The paddles are short pips with very light grip. If you’re a competitive player, it takes some adjusting. Speed-wise it’s also on the slower end. So if you want to play with them, they could be suitable for recreational play, though you’ll have to put a little more wind-up into your swing to get some juice out of them on your smashes. They’re probably ideal for rec players.

Custom Designs

The paddles I got were from their designer line, but they also do custom ones. It’s pretty cool that they can take it directly from your Facebook or Instagram accounts, or you can just upload them directly. These would be fun pieces to take along with you to any of the SPiN Galactic bars!

Check them out at uberpong.com!

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Custom-printed Sandpaper Paddles from PaddleYou

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
By Arthur Lui

I recently picked up two custom paddles from PaddleYou, based in New York. It’s a pretty interesting concept, print your own designs on a sandpaper paddle! I’m not personally a sandpaper player, so these are artwork to me. I picked some interesting photos, have a look! These will make nice decorations for my apartment, and maybe I’ll give them a spin some time. Click for hi-res.



The prints came out pretty well, given that it’s sandpaper. It won’t be quite as vibrant as the photo, but that’s the limitations of the medium. The handle is pretty comfy as well, pre-sanded for right-handers. I do like the black handles, pretty chic!

You can check them out yourself at paddleyou.com!

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How to Write Helpful Reviews

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
By Arthur Lui

Writing Helpful Reviews

Seeing as the purpose of the Table Tennis Database is to give people an understanding of the equipment they might buy, I thought I’d share some personal tips on how to write reviews that will be helpful to all readers. Hopefully this will be a useful guide to increase the quality of the reviews. Okay, let’s go! Read more

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“Overall” rating. Useless?

Saturday, December 14th, 2013
By Arthur Lui

I’ve always struggled with the “overall” rating that is put on a product. Restaurant review sites use a star system for the overall experience, Amazon has a similar system for books, and we have the overall rating out of 10. How relevant and useful is this rating though? Read more

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Rating Quality Updates

Sunday, December 8th, 2013
By Arthur Lui

UPDATE: Changes #1 and #2 have been rolled back. After hearing reasonable feedback from concerned members of the community, the choice was clear that this wasn’t the best method.

The mission of the Table Tennis Database is to provide a platform for giving ratings and reviews that are:

  1. Accurate
  2. Useful for people’s research

There are several reasons why reviews and ratings aren’t always accurate (whether accidentally or deliberately), and we’re taking steps to uphold this mission and maintain quality as much as possible. Some of the changes that we’ve made include:

  1. Users cannot give an Overall score below 5. Does anything really deserve lower than a 5/10? Let’s be reasonable; every item is useful to a particular type of player, even if it doesn’t suit your needs. Very low scores unfairly affect the average numbers drastically.
  2. Past Overall ratings below 5 have been changed to unrated (as if “overall” was left blank).
    1. We had debated changing those low ratings to 5 (the lowest allowable rating), but decided against the idea of changing a user’s ratings without permission. If your rating was affected, you can always login and update the rating.
    2. All users with affected ratings have been notified by e-mail and can update the blank “overall” ratings with a more fair score.
  3. Users cannot give a Speed score below 4 for a rubber or blade. Only a freshly cooked pancake could produce speed scores lower than 4, otherwise it’s not physically possible to be that slow.
  4. Users cannot give a Control score below 3.
  5. Already many user accounts have been shut down as suspicious ratings and reviews were detected, and hundreds of ratings have been deleted. A sophisticated algorithm is in place to detect malicious ratings and they get deleted one-by-one. There is also a sophisticated keyword detector for preventing spam.

In order for the Table Tennis Database to continue to be a great resource, we will continue our commitment to protecting rating quality.

Do you have more suggestions for maintaining the quality of the ratings and reviews?

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Using Reviews and Ratings Effectively

Friday, November 8th, 2013
By Arthur Lui

Thinking about ratings

When I first started the Table Tennis Database in 2008, I wanted to provide a platform that helps people to get really accurate and useful information so they could make an informed purchase. Reviews and ratings can be very helpful for this, but they have their limits, and there are many ways to misuse them. I wanted to provide a bit of a guide so you can get the most out of them. This information is also great for giving reviews and ratings that are helpful to others. Let’s begin.

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Life as a Tournament Volunteer

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
By Arthur Lui

Life as a Tournament Volunteer

I’m sipping a hot cup of coffee as I write this from my hotel room at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for the 2013 US Open.

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When asking for an equipment suggestion…

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
By Arthur Lui

Recommendations

In our forum, we get a lot of people asking for a recommendation on what rubbers or blade to pick. However the answer I always give is a series of questions. In order to give a helpful recommendation, we need to know more about you, your skill level, your playing style, and other specific needs. Read more

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Help Fund the “Top Spin” Documentary

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
By Arthur Lui

There is a Kickstarter project to fund a new documentary featuring Arial Hsing, Lily Zhang, and Michael Landers. They are seeking to raise $75,000 by July 19, 2012. Please watch the video and have a look. I’ve already got my pledge in, I hope you will too! Note that you can get great prizes depending on the amount you choose to pledge. Read more

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Writing Out a Game Plan for Improvement

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
By Samson Dubina

Game Plan

All serious table tennis players should set long term goals. Having a goal ensures that you keep making steady progress and spend your practice time effectively instead of stagnating as you practice aimlessly. Read more

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