Miu Hirano equipment

What is Miu Hirano’s equipment?

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?

Original DHS National Hurricane 3 rubber (blue sponge)
Original DHS National Hurricane 3 rubber (blue sponge) (check price). Does Miu Hirano use it on the forehand?

The simple answer to this rumor is: Please check it again! No! Because DHS H3 won’t suit her playing style.

Read more: Where to buy the real DHS Hurricane 3 rubber?

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 2014 Asian Games: Miu Hirano used Ten 05 as Forehand rubber
in 2014 Asian Games: Miu Hirano used Ten 05 as Forehand rubber

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.

Hirano stretching her shoulder in the match against Ito
Miu Hirano stretching her shoulder in the match against 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 equipment
Miu Hirano equipment
Miu Hirano is sponsored by Stiga Table Tennis
Miu Hirano is sponsored by Stiga Table Tennis

 

Miu Hirano current set up

During the latest All Japan Championships 2018, here are the racket and rubber of Miu Hirano:

Miu Hirano's Clipper blade with custom handle
Miu Hirano’s Clipper blade with a custom handle
Miu Hirano is using Stiga Clipper Wood
Miu Hirano is using Stiga Clipper Wood
Miu Hirano's equipment - Stiga Clipper JTTA version
Miu Hirano’s equipment – Stiga Clipper JTTA version

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).

In Japan Championships 2018, Miu Hirano used Tenergy 05 as her forehand rubber
In Japan Championships 2018, Miu Hirano used Tenergy 05 as her forehand rubber
Miu Hirano racket is a Clipper like blade
Miu Hirano racket is a Clipper-like blade
You can clearly see the Butterfly logo
You can clearly see the Butterfly logo. She used a rather thin blade.
Miu Hirano backhand rubber is also a Butterfly rubber
Miu Hirano backhand rubber is also a Butterfly rubber

 

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.

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  1. Good day coach Emratich
    Thanks you very for Youtube channel and lessons. They helped me to improve very much!
    I have a curiosity: what setup use Ma Long and what setup use Fan Zendong?

    Reply
    • Haha! So just ask Marcos Freitas. He showed his Ten05 rubbers, with are completely different with the commercial one 🙂
      Trust it or not! Pro players have the special contracts with suppliers. 🙂

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