Zhang Jike’s Helpful Tips To Choose The Best Equipments

Zhang Jike’s Helpful Tips To Choose The Best Equipments

Zhang Jike is no doubt one of the most successful table tennis players in history. He could be the two times Grand Slam in table tennis. But unfortunately, it was too hard to achieve the 2 times Gold Medal in the Olympics. In the final match, he lost to Ma Long. Let’s review Zhang Jike biography and his latest equipment (blade and rubber).

Known as one of the best table tennis players in the world, Zhang Jike is the 4th Grand Slam Champion in table tennis history. Zhang Jike (张继科) is known as the “The Tibetan Mastiff” due to his “steel mental capacity”, and his “rebel character”.

Achievements

Olympics

  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games – Men’s Singles Qualifier
  • 2012 London Olympic Games – Men’s Singles Gold Medalist
Zhang Jike is one of the first player who popularize the Butterfly Viscaria blade
Zhang Jike is one of the first players who popularize the Butterfly Viscaria blade

World Championships

  • 2016 World Championships –  Men’s Team Champions
  • 2015 World Championships – Men’s Doubles Champion
  • 2014 World Championships –  Men’s Team Champions
  • 2013 World Championships – Men’s Singles Champion
  • 2012 World Championships – Men’s Team (CHN) Gold Medalist
  • 2011 World Championships – Men’s Singles Champion, Men’s Doubles Bronze Medalist
  • 2010 World Championships – Men’s Team (CHN) Gold Medalist

World Cup

  • 2014 Men’s World Cup Champion
  • 2011 World Cup – Men’s Singles Champion
  • 2015 World Team Cup – Men’s Team Gold Medalist

Juniors

  • 2004 Asian Youth Championships – Boys Singles & Mixed Doubles Runner-up, Boys Doubles Champion
  • 2003 World Junior Circuit – Boys Singles Champion

Award

  • 2013 ITTF Star Awards – Male Star & Fans’ Male Player of the Year

Zhang Jike’s Biography

Zhang Jike - the 4th Grand Slam in table tennis
Zhang Jike – the 4th Grand Slam in table tennis
  • Zhang Jike, the Chinese men’s table tennis team athletes.
  • Qingdao, Shandong, Shandong Luneng table tennis team in 2000.
  • January 2003  enter the Chinese national team.
  • 2008 National Championships
  • most famous with a record of victory for the Liberation Army men’s championship, men’s singles straight victory Ma Lin, Wang Liqin (two Olympic champions) and Olympic runner-up Wang Hao
  • 2010, Zhang Jike and partner Wang Hao won the Guangzhou Asian Games Table tennis doubles champion.
  • May 15, 2011, Zhang Jike defeated Wang Hao in the men’s singles final World Championships
  • November 13, 2011 Table Tennis Men’s World Cup, won his first career World Cup champion. 2012 World Table Tennis Championships champion. 2012 London Olympic Games table tennis men’s singles gold and table tennis men’s Team Champion
  • 2013 World Championships successfully defending.
  • October 3, 2014, South Korea’s Incheon Asian Games table tennis men’s doubles final
Zhang Jike 
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张继科
张继科
AliasTibetan Mastiff
Chinese name张继科
Height181 cm
Birthday16 February 1988
ZodiacCapricorn
BornMainland China
GenderMale
Ethnic
Han
Professional
athletes (National Team)
Best TitleThe 4th Grand Slam Player in the History of Table Tennis
Personal Information about Table Tennis Player: Zhang Jike.
"ZHANG JIKE" (张继科) = "The Tibetan Mastiff"
“ZHANG JIKE” (张继科) = “The Tibetan Mastiff”

Will Zhang Jike come back?

The rumor says that he would retire soon due to his poor performance and his personal affairs. However, recently he shows his intention to come back. He said in an interview with Butterfly (his sponsor) that:

“At the moment I want to keep playing as long as possible. I want to participate at the Olympics in Tokyo. I think I still have a chance in both experience and ability”

Zhang Jike's backhand is one of the best backhand in the world
Zhang Jike’s backhand is one of the best backhands in the world

Zhang Jike’s personal equipment

Zhang Jike is currently using the Butterfly Viscaria blade with the Tenergy 80 on his backhand, and a National version of Hurricane 3 Blue Sponge on his forehand. Zhang Jike is the one that popularizes the Viscaria ALC Carbon blade. His equipment fits very well the playing style of Zhang Jike: Backhand initiate attack with a high quality of spin and speed. Viscaria is considered one of the best professional blade in table tennis.

Zhang Jike's personal equipment
Zhang Jike’s personal equipment in 2019

For Zhang Jike, choosing the right equipment is so important. Due to the new ball, he needs to adapt to the new trend in table tennis. The most important factor for Zhang Jike is the “Spin”. He said:

“I think each player has a different request towards his equipment because the playing style and the playing quality differ from player to player. I place emphasis on spin and speed. The most important thing for me is spin from blade and rubber.”

Zhang Jike 
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张继科
张继科
Playing styleAggressive Fast Attack. Initialization with a quick backhand attack. Spinny and Powerful Forehand Loop kill. Very good footwork, and pace control.
QualityPhysical Strength and Explosiveness. Tough mental strength at late game.
DefaultSlow starter and Inconsistent
BladeCustom made Viscaria with a larger handle. (Check price/ read review)

Forehand rubberNational Version of Hurricane 3 (2.15mm, 40 hardness degree) (boosted or not/ Check price/ Read Review National Version)

Zhang Jike's forehand rubber DHS Hurricane III
Zhang Jike's forehand rubber DHS Hurricane III

Backhand rubberPro version of Butterfly Tenergy 80 (harder sponge Max Thickness 2.25 mm, 38 hardness DHS scale, about 48 hardness ESN scale) (Check price/ read review)

Zhang Jike's backhand rubber - Tenergy 64 in 2011
Zhang Jike's backhand rubber - Tenergy 64 in 2011
Zhang Jike's style & equipment

 

 

Zhang Jike’s special grip

Why he needs a custom handle for his Viscaria? Because he has a special grip to improve his “micro-adjustment”. His specialty is the quality: Spin, and speed from his backhand.

Zhang Jikes backhand grip at the young age
Zhang Jikes backhand grip at the young age
Zhang Jike uses a slightly looser grip
Zhang Jike uses a slightly looser grip
Zhang Jike grip is so compact
Zhang Jike grip is so compact
Zhang Jike unique technique: Pressure on the little finger
Zhang Jike unique technique: Pressure on the little finger
Ma Long's backhand rubber at World Team Table Tennis Championship 2012
Ma Long’s backhand rubber at World Team Table Tennis Championship 2012
Zhang Jike's grip for the backhand flick
Zhang Jike’s grip for the backhand flick
Zhang Jike's grip for the forehand smash - He rotates to the Tenergy side to smash
Zhang Jike’s grip for the forehand smash – He rotates to the Tenergy side to smash
Zhang Jike's grip for the reverse pendulum serve
Zhang Jike’s grip for the reverse pendulum serve
Zhang Jike's grip for the service
Zhang Jike’s grip for the service

Zhang Jike’s blade Viscaria

Zhang Jike’s blade is the Viscaria with ALC. That’s why nowadays, Viscaria is one of the most famous blades in table tennis. He confirmed:

“It is some dozen years since I started using this racket, so I have the pride to know everything about its performance. This racket has the Arylate-Carbon inside, so it can deliver a quality ball with enough spin and speed,”

Zhang Jike equipment: Viscaria blade
Zhang Jike equipment: Viscaria blade
Composition of Viscaria blade (by Dan - Tabletennisdaily)
The composition of Viscaria blade (by Dan – Tabletennisdaily) – ALC Carbon layer is near the outer layer
Zhang Jike prefers using ALC - Acrylate Carbon
Zhang Jike prefers using ALC – Acrylate Carbon
Zhang Jike's viscaria with custom handle
Zhang Jike’s viscaria with a custom handle

Zhang Jike’s forehand rubber

His forehand rubber is the National Hurricane 3 (blue sponge) (check price). He is also using the booster to tune (you can clearly see the pimple boosted on the photo).

Zhang Jike's Forehand Rubber - Hurricane 3 Blue Sponge
Zhang Jike’s Forehand Rubber – Hurricane 3 Blue Sponge in Paris 2011
Zhang Jike's forehand rubber DHS Hurricane III
Zhang Jike’s forehand rubber DHS Hurricane III
Zhang Jike's forehand rubber with booster (You can see the expansion)
Zhang Jike’s forehand rubber with booster (You can see the expansion)

Zhang Jike's forehand rubber with blue sponge

Zhang Jike’s forehand rubber with blue sponge

Zhang Jike’s backhand rubber

Zhang Jike’s backhand rubber is Tenergy rubbers (Tenergy 05 and then Tenergy 64).

Zhang Jike's backhand rubber - Tenergy 64 in 2011
Zhang Jike’s backhand rubber – Tenergy 64 in 2011
Zhang Jike's backhand rubber - Tenergy 64
Zhang Jike’s backhand rubber – Tenergy 64
Viscaria and Tenergy rubber on the backhand side
Viscaria and Tenergy rubber on the backhand side
Zhang Jike has used Tenergy 05 fx as the backhand rubber
Zhang Jike has used Tenergy 05 fx as the backhand rubber

Zhang Jike’s custom blade dimension

Zhang Jike, as many pro players, asked for a custom handle size that fit well his style. The blade dimension can also be ordered for pro players. Like to increase the head size to 1mm to increase the flex and the power of the forehand loop far away from the table. Or smaller head size will favorite the maneuver over the table (like the backhand flick, drop shot, or forehand quick counter).

Here are the main dimension parameters of the blade. Zhang Jike has demanded a customized handle’s size. Note that, there are several types of the handle in table tennis. Zhang Jike’s handle is a larger FL handle.

Dimension parameters of a racket in table tennis
Dimension parameters of a racket in table tennis
  • a = 157 mm
  • b = 150 mm
  • c = 5.85 mm
  • d = 101 mm
  • e= 26 mm
  • f = 22.5 mm
  • g = 24.2 mm
  • h = 258 mm
  • i = 35 mm

 

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Hey, does anyone have any information about Zhang Jike? Without even participating in the 2019 World Championship, does he have a chance for the Olympics at Tokyo? Is he training at all?

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Top 10 forehand rubber please include sanwei target national blue sponge

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Zhang Jike is 4th grand slam player
Ma long is 5th.

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HI! happy you are still uploading many interesting articles!
Can you please make an article/video about the evolution and the differet styles of forehand loop? Keep this amazing work coach!

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