About Spin Mantra

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On SpinMantra.com, you will read about the table tennis game, techniques, equipments and much more. The fascinating facts of this game are brought out to you by Varghese, Sydney and Peeru.


Sydney Christophe, ITTF Certified Coach, Team Member National Team Guyana , Two Times Men Singles Caribbean Champion


Peeru, Currently Serving as the Coach of American Youth Table Tennis Organization

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Joseph Siemion October 26, 2008 at 10:10 pm

Great site, Varghese! I’ve appreciated your reviews and clean design of the site. Keep up the good work.

XL December 23, 2008 at 10:32 pm

I only learnt about this site recently. Fantastic work!

Maulik February 8, 2009 at 4:08 am

Hello Varghese,

Thanks for putting up such a great blog on TT. Very informative !

Could you please put up your reviews on “Xiom Omega 3 ” rubbers both Asian and the European versions ?
Hope you find some spare time to do this :)

John May 6, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Hi! Varghese, Im just wondering if you have the knowledge to compare the speed, control etc. between the Darker Hinoki Speed90 and Butterfly Amultart?

Jeremy May 9, 2009 at 7:34 am

Hi Varghese,

Impressive web site! I will visit this home page everyday, and help you as far as possible.

TAW February 23, 2010 at 9:28 am


JOE JUNEAU February 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm

looking for donic baum saw tec blade and xiom vega pro rubber.

Victor May 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Hi Varghese,

Right now I’m very unsure or I haven’t desided which combination to try and would be very good to have your advice.

First for you to have an idea about me, I play close and mid distance from the table and I’m playing right now with a Nittaku Violin Blade and Tenergy 25 2.1mm for both sides. I am an offensive player and I like to use top spins for both back and fore hand.
What I like about the Violin blade is that it is not too fast and neither slow and have good control. About the Tenergy 25 I like the good spin, the speed is fast, and the hardness of the sponge is perfect for me, I don’t like the sponge soft, but, not too hard like a Chinese type sponge. One time about a year ago I tried the XIOM Omega III and honestly I prefer the Tenergy 25, but now I have a couple of friend telling me about the XIOM Vega Pro, Asian and Europe and I would like to try it. Now that you have an idea of what I like, Can you Please, please help me with these questions even some of them look similar:
For your experience:

1- Which of the 3 XIOM Vega is more similar to a Tenergy 25 2.1mm?

2- From the 3 XIOM Vega which one have the more similar hardness sponge to the Tenergy 25?

3- For my playing style and similar to the blade combination I’m using now, which do you think would be a better combination from the followings: A, B, or C ?
A- Nittaku Violin Blade with any of the 3 XIOM Vega
B- Darker Legato Point Carbon Blade with Tenergy 25 2.1mm
C- Darker Legato Point Carbon Blade with any of the 3 XIOM Vega

4- According to the XIOM Blade Chart on http://tabletennisstore.us/XIOM_Shakehand_Blades_Chart.aspx the Aigis has the more control and has #7 in Speed and is rated as a “Defensive” Blade, and how the Magellan has only #2 in speed and is rated as an “Allround” Blade?

5- Which do you think is a better Blade between the Nittaku Violin and the Darker Legato Point Carbon as an Allround or -Off ?

6- Do you know where can I buy a Darker Legato Point Carbon FL Blade?

Thank you very much in advance,


Naveen Anan September 30, 2010 at 6:59 am

I am ping-pong lover and like to learn more about the sports

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