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A real low and short no-spin serve can give you some easy points in matches, as they are difficult to flip hard, and they require good timing to push hard. Mix it up with a heavy backspin in the same spot. Remember to get it short, the ball should bounce short on your side close to the net...

 Table tennis blade wood types - Hinoki / Cypress

Chamaecyparis obtusa (Japanese cypress, Hinoki cypress or Hinoki) is a species of cypress native to central Japan. It is a slow-growing tree which grows to 35 m tall with a trunk up to 1 m in diameter.

It is grown for its very high quality timber in Japan, where it is used as a material for building palaces, temples, shrines, traditional noh theatres, table tennis blades and baths. The wood is lemon-scented, light pinkish-brown, with a rich, straight grain, and is highly rot-resistant. For example, Horyuji Temple and Osaka Castle are built from Hinoki wood. The hinoki grown in Kiso, used for building Ise Shrine, are called 御神木 Go-Shin-boku "Tree where god stayed".

Hinoki is considered the "golden" wood of blades. It is also called "false cypress." As far as blade making goes, hinoki has the property of being very soft with a nice soft touch in short, but very fast when hitting. The biggest drawback is probably weight, that is apart from it's scarcity and cost.

The standard Cypress wood used for table tennis blades is not bad either, cheap and readily available. It tends to work best with woods similar to itself in playing quality such as ayous, ash and varieties of pine.

A number of blades pictures that use the Kiso Hinoki wood are shown below:


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