What is Miu Hirano’s equipment? Miu Hirano is one of the first female players who change table tennis. She is the first player in the “New Table Tennis Trends” series. Many players wonder what is the current set up (a blade, rubbers) of Miu Hirano.
Miu Hirano is currently ranked as number 5 on the Female ITTF World Ranking. One of the younger players on the world circuit. The youngest winner of the Asian Championships and the third non-Chinese player to win the singles title she also reached the semi-finals of the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships. She was also the first Japanese woman to win the singles event at the same competition since 1969.
Does Miu Hirano use DHS Hurricane H3 as her forehand rubber?
Some rumors on the table tennis forum say:
As Miu Hirano personal coach is Chinese, Miu Hirano uses National DHS Hurricane 3 as her forehand rubber?
The simple answer to this rumor is: Please check it again! No! Because DHS H3 won’t suit her playing style.
Chinese rubber does not suit Miu Hirano playing style
Since 2016, Miu Hirano has changed dramatically her playing style. With both backhand and forehand, she now needs to be more aggressive. She needs to counter-attack, no matter what the spin of the incoming ball.
This change is one of the keys to her success during the Asian Championships. She swept the 3 best female table tennis players to get the Championship.
In order to counter-attack the opponent topspin ball, Miu Hirano needs to use more shoulder.
Hirano is suffering from the repetitive strain injury in the shoulder, which was cited as the reason for her loss in the Japan Top-12 to Mima Ito.
Chinese table tennis rubber is designed to power loop (loop kill) the ball at mid-distance. It does not suit the counter-attack, hit on the bounce playing style of Miu Hirano. She needs something more bouncy, more responsive than the Chinese rubber.
Miu Hirano current set up
During the latest All Japan Championships 2018, here are the racket and rubber of Miu Hirano:
- Blade: Miu Hirano is sponsored by Stiga. She is using the custom Clipper Wood Blade (read review) from Stiga. Heavier version 94g with custom handle (Master Flared Handle).
- Forehand rubber: Professional version Butterfly Tenergy 05 (Black 2.1 mm)
- Backhand rubber: Professional version Butterfly Tenergy 64 (Red 2.1 mm)
The difference between the pro version Ten 05 versus the commercial one is: The pro version is harder, and therefore faster, and spinner (on higher force stroke: topspin attack).
So Miu Hirano used a rather fast combination, which suits best her playing style. However, this set up can introduce many unforced errors. This is one of the main reason for the unstable performance of Miu Hirano recently. She can easily make the simple error due to less spin, less quality in her shots.