Top 10 Points | Hungarian Open 2018

Long-time club member Lewis Weinstein has died

Thank you Har­vey for send­ing this info.

April 29, 1934-January 17, 2018

Lew was one of the ear­li­est mem­bers of our club, join­ing short­ly after it opened.

His friend­ly demeanor, and his con­stant smile made him a favorite to chal­lenge. All chal­lengers were com­fort­able on the table when play­ing against Lew. He improved his game through the years and added to it, incor­po­rat­ing a vicious spin return before he retired a few years ago with a shoul­der injury. All who were for­tu­nate enough to know him, will miss him.

There will be a memo­r­i­al ser­vice tomor­row, Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 19 at 3PM, at Beit Olam Jew­ish ceme­tery at 550 Old San Jose Road (Soquel). If you turn off of Soquel and head toward Soquel High School, which is on your left, you’ll see the Beit Olam – Eter­nal Home – Ceme­tery on your right.

Lewis will be buried in the Jew­ish Sec­tion, so go through the Jew­ish Gate, and it’s the sec­tion clos­est to the office build­ing

If the weath­er is bad, a tent will be set up, and there will be chairs.

The future of ping pong robots

For­pheus. Pho­to by Adam Clark Estes / Giz­mo­do

A new appear­ance of OMRON’s table ten­nis robot, For­pheus. Looks like they con­tin­ue to improve on it. I’m not con­vinced it would do well ver­sus most of our club mem­bers, but it won’t be long before you no longer need to search for a play­er when you’re stuck at home!

Oth­er videos about For­pheus

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New version of plastic balls becoming available

A new gen­er­a­tion of plas­tic balls made with ABS plas­tic seem to be a notice­able improve­ment over the ini­tial plas­tic balls (poly). For a more offi­cial review check out:

I’ve been exper­i­ment­ing with the Andro ver­sion which has also been get­ting decent reviews. So far, I feel it is def­i­nite­ly clos­er to the feel of the cel­lu­loid ball than the poly balls. Need to give it a few more weeks of play to be sure. If you’d like to try it out, post a com­ment below and I’ll bring one into the club.

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