What is the equipment of Mima Ito? Do you know that she is using a short pips rubber on her backhand? And is she the main threat to China Team? The success of Ito Mima also confirmed my observation about the “new trend in table tennis“.
Mima Ito = New Trend in Table Tennis
Last week, in the Swedish Open 2018, Mima Ito has made a huge shock to China Team. She has beaten all the main players: Liu Shiwen, Ding Ning, and Zhu Yuling. She advanced from the quarter-final and won the women single title.
This has happened before!
Miu Hirano also made a miracle by beating all the top Chinese players. She became the youngest athlete to win the Asian Championship. So what is the secret? It is confirmed as the “new trend in table tennis” in women playing style. In man, we have the youngster Harimoto Tomokazu.
Mima Ito’s playing style
Her playing style takes advantage of the new ball – Use speed to win. With the short pips, Mima Ito quick attack to the wide angle! Use speed and attack on the bounce (like a Machine)! Mima Ito puts the huge pressure on the top Chinese players (which are ranked higher).
Let’s see her performance, and you will understand quickly the new trend:
Quick forehand attack on the bounce
Mima Ito is like Miu Hirano. They have trained especially their forehand techniques. They adapt to the new ball. With the new ball (less spin, bounce higher), Mima Ito main advantage is “quick counter-attack” on the bounce. Look at this video, and feel whey Ding Ning has shocked with her attack.
Canon machine backhand close to the table attack
Mima Ito is so smart! Or her coach is a genius!
Mima Ito has used her short pips and combined with the advantage of the new ball. On the backhand side, she attacks all of the balls on the bounce. And it’s like a Machine Gun! So fast! And to the wide angle!
It’s the explosiveness! It’s so unpredictable!, confirmed by coach Li Sun
Mima Ito’s equipment
So what’s Mima Ito’s equipment. Is it the same as Miu Hirano’s combo? No, she is using short pips on her backhand. Her style (on the backhand side) is even faster!
She is using Acoustic Carbon ST handle ([easyazon_link keywords=”Nittaku Acoustic carbon” locale=”US” tag=”ert06-20″]check price[/easyazon_link]/ read reviews/ reviews 2/ order online) as the blade. Her forehand rubber is Hurricane 3 Pro (Turbo) and then changed to Fastarc G-1. Her short pimple on the backhand side is Moristo SP ([easyazon_link keywords=”Nittaku Moristo SP” locale=”US” tag=”ert06-20″]check price[/easyazon_link]/ read reviews/ order online).
The advantage of the short pips on the backhand side is less sensitive to the incoming spin. This combo allows you to “flat hit” on the bounce no matter which type of spin (backhand spin, no spin, or topspin).
This style opens a new hope to the short pips user around the world. The new trend of table tennis for female players is confirmed 2 times (with Miu Hirano, and Mima Ito).
The new hope for the short pips player.
Mima Ito’s special training
Mima Ito has trained at a very young age (with Miu Hirano). Her mother has given to her a “special training”. Very strict! Each time, her mother gave her a goal for a specific type of training. You know, to become the rival of the Chinese players, you need to train very hard!
Mima Ito has trained to increase the speed and the consistency of the forehand and the backhand counter attack. Her mom is the main motivation that pushes her forward. The Japanese team has learned a lot from the Chinese table tennis.
They want to train Mima Ito as a “clone” or a Japanese version of the Champion Deng Yaping (who won 18 world championships including 04 Olympic Championships between 1989 and 1997. She is regarded as one of the greatest players in the table tennis history).
What do you think about this style? Share your comment below. And have you prepared to fit the new trend of table tennis?
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Coach EmRatThich was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1983. He started playing table tennis at the age of 8. After finishing his Ph.D. in Paris, University Pierre Marie Curie (Sorbonne University) in 2011, he is now a table tennis coach in a small club in France (about 153 players). Interested in table tennis coaching for a global audience, he founded pingsunday.com, one of the best online coaching programs for table tennis players. Using the Chinese coaching philosophy, his table tennis lessons are free, which allows many table tennis players to improve fast. He can speak English, French, Vietnamese, and a little bit of Chinese.