How table tennis and TTMATIC® Robot replaced
Television, Video Games, boredom and Unhealthy Habits For a
Single father and His Children
Today, we are bombarded with factors that
increase our stress and depression such as divorce, lack of
lasting relationship, betrayal and financial competitions.
Depression, anti-psychiatric medications, overweight and
substance abuse and unhealthy coping activities affect a large
proportion of the Western populations. Additionally, more people
around us may suffer from Narcistic Personality Disorder or
Borderline Personality Disorder that can cause high stress in
our lives. Therefore, I believe that it is important to find a
coping mechanism that is fun, can be practiced alone and with
partners, at any time of the day and in any season. My search
for a therapeutic and healthy activity in addition to my
spiritual coping mechanism have lead me to Table tennis and TTMatic robot.
I was looking for an activity that my children would enjoy. I
have a strong faith and knowledge to channel my pain in positive
ways without investing in professional counseling. Beside my
strong faith, I was searching for a secondary coping mechanism
to make available for me at all times. Table tennis was my
favorite choice since it is a healthy fun and addictive.
One day, I cut plywood I had stored in the garage into a
beginner's table tennis and laid them on a table in the patio. I
purchased a table tennis instructional DVD which was helpful. My
children picked blue and while paint and helped me paint it. We
bought a net, paddles and balls and began to play. When my
children finish their school work, they rushed to play table
tennis regardless how cold the whether was. We all played and I
was having as much fun as they had. It brought me good memories
of my childhood playing table tennis with my brother, friends
and parents. I looked for a local table tennis club and a coach
for my children. The coaching fee was affordable. We followed
the coach's recommendations and purchased appropriate Mark V
Special Edition flare handle blade and both sides Mark V smooth
rubber 2.0mm thickness.
In the summer, we went to the table tennis the
three nights a week it opened and stayed for the entire four
hours the club operated until 9 p.m. After returning home, my
children had enough energy and desire to play one more hour on
the basic table we made. After about ten coaching lessons, my
children showed great improvement, coordination and
sportsmanship. I changed the furniture around and
dedicated an indoor room to table tennis. I purchased a good
table tennis with 1.25 inches thickness since iI wanted it for a
long-term healthy sport.
When my children where not with me, I
needed a fun and reliable friend and partner to practice table
tennis with. I began to search and read about table tennis
robots. I also asked my children's coach for his recommendation.
My children coach recommended either the cheapest table tennis
robot or the highest-end table tennis robot. His rational was
that table tennis robots tend to become boring in short-time
unless they are high-end robots. However, money was not
plentiful for me especially that most of my income is paid for
baby-sitting or as the "family court" calls it "Child support." I began
to research and compare various table tennis robots and read users feedback.
I compared Newgy robo-pong robot, Butterfly Amicus robot,
SmartPong robot, iPong robot, TTMatic robots, Paddle palace
robots and other brands. After thorough and lengthy research, I
concluded that many robot users quit using them within three to
four weeks. However, I was intrigued that users of the TTMatic
high-end robots were using them five days a week for an hour
each time and have used them for years without complaints or
need to upgrade to a newer model. The TTMatic robot was well
researched and made without sparing quality.
I decided to purchase a TTMatic high-end robot since my
objective is not only for practice and entertainment, but also
as a long-term therapeutic practical tool. Therefore, the price and
financial sacrifices I made should be worth it. Beside that, in
case it did not meet my need, its resell value should be great.
Additionally, I resist to spend any financial earning on video
games, movies and entertainment that have subtle short and
long-term damaging effects. I ordered a TTMatic high-end robot
model without a net. It was a beauty and a state of the art
solid made and well thought of. It is simple to operate and
provide functionalities that meet the needs of any player. We
used it daily. To prevent any possible injuries from repetitive
motions, we set the frequencies of the balls at a comfortable
level and took frequent rests. Soon, I ordered plenty of table
tennis balls and a pingpong buddy to pickup balls without having
began to play table tennis at various hours of the day. I moved my
computer to the table tennis room. I ordered a net for my
TTMatic robot. I found it great to take frequent
breaks to exercise my eyes sight and body after an hour of sedentary
staring at the computer. My stress level have greatly decreased.
My boredom has disappeared. The neck and shoulder pains that I
experienced from desk work disappeared. I can play table tennis
with the music on or off, when it is cold outside or warm, at
night-time or day-time, when I am happy or stressed and with
others or with my TTMatic robot.
I call my TTMatic robot by, "my son." He is adorable and a great
companion player. I was searching for a good and fun activity
for my children and I to enjoy as often as we wish and when we
wish and whether together or in the absence of a partner. Table
tennis sport and the investment in a table and a high-end
TTMatic robot met our requirements. I shared my story in the
hope that it may help parents find a therapeutic option for
anyone desires to exercise or cope with stress.