"Why do you want to learn to walk all over again? You already know how to walk." (Zhi Yong "Rocky" Wang, former Coach, Chinese Liberation Army Team), 1991, Eastern Training Center, Columbia, Maryland, after I defeated three of the other participants at a week long clinic, rated around 1900, 1450, and 850 respectively, in best 2 out of 3 game matches during a break from practice using a compact head Hock hardbat.
At the time, after a 15 year period of not playing very much competitive pong due to second shift work, I came back to the game, felt like Rip Van Winkle after experiencing hidden loose grip fh serves, speed glued rubbers, and a much more offensive oriented game than I remember playing in the mid-'70s. My experiences with speed glue for the next six years consisted of a few triumphs plus a few many more Oh My God Why Am I Doing This To My Self Moments, especially against cagey cautious Euro pippers at the World Vets'.
I did not exactly know what Coach Wang meant at the time, and after six more years of up and down play with speed glued inverted after seeing Marty Reisman play and persuading John Tannehill to take up hardbat I finally realized it was time to dance with the girl what brung me to pong in the first place. John went back to inverted to coach his son Soren, who became a 1900 level player, and from 2001-2005 I didn't do too badly, playing penhold/reverse penhold with a custom made Chinese penhold 6-ply
SuperHock drywalled with British Leyland.
Edited by berndt_mann - 02/07/2017 at 11:35pm