PONGFU - THE ROAD TO PERFECTION But this road, it is paved with step stones of disappointments. Resilience to disappointments is the measure of a man. But seldom any man would like to be measured. And in the name of happiness, most have formed a cult of imperfection. Thus, the pursue of imperfection has been the most popular pastime of modern time. In my own pursue of a perfect way to play ping pong, I have plunged myself into an infinite pool of disappointments, humiliations and a life of worth. After 20 years of struggle, in order to rid of the imperfections in my game, I had to make numerous changes in my game. The changes constitute trashing the old and replacing with something new. This is a impossibly difficult task for any seasoned player. The most memorable example of such an effort I have seen is the case of Pete Sampras, while as a top tennis protégé, switching from a two-handed back hand to a one-handed. Others might think the switching is what made him the best tennis player in history. But my frequent trips to hell and back from switching tell me it's the unbearable humiliation from coming back from the humiliatingly low ranking, that has developed his mental stamina that made him the Champ. And I should mention in passing, the kind of all one- handed tennis of the likes of Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl, is the perfect men's tennis style; but it's the all two-handed tennis of Monica Seles, which took a German's knife into the back to stop her, yet still having been perfected by my daughter, Dixie, with a two- handed serve, certified by a Wimbledon double tennis champion, is the perfect tennis style for women. My daughter's tennis career was basically a smooth ride straight to the top, until the born-in-USA scum culture set in(only immigrants and first-generation made to the top, while Dixie is one and a half generation). That mis- led me to think that I could also develop a perfect ping pong style for me and become an instant champion, like Seles, as I am immune to the scum culture my daughter suffered. Well, I was so wrong! It led me to the worse self- inflicted torture imaginable. Still I must admit it's been fun while I am still alive. PONGFU STATUS Pongfu is perfection. So, it would always be imperfect. Let me explain why? The development of pongfu is like stock trading. You buy low and sell high. Here we suffer when low and change when high. We suffer the disappointments, humiliation and drop-dead drills, when pongfu is played out badly. This would improve pongfu to the point when new imperfections are exposed. Then we change the imperfect way of playing to make it play bad again. In past 20 years, I have gone through about 1000 peaks and valleys. Just the paddle design has gone through 100 major upgrades. In a ping pong game of 11 points, the minor changes could drop me by about 3 points, and the major changes could drop me by 10 points. Now, looking back, I must be the fastest improving player in history, for I had improved 10 x 100 + 3 x 900 = 4700 points! That calculated to be 4700/(20 x 365) = 0.65 point/day, or my speed of improvement is 11/0.65 =16.9, or one whole game in little more than 2 weeks. But today, 99% of ping pong players never improve. Why, the other fast improver, Freddie Gabriel, that I helped once, improved 1 point per month, until he had it and stopped after 3 mouths, going back to honing on his existing imperfect style the rest of his life. So, the motto is: Don't ever try to change ping pong!