Anti spin vs Short Pips for BH

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Tanmoy Sengupta

Tanmoy Sengupta Asked 5 years ago

For a player who currently uses inverted rubber on both sides and tends to block/punch block, push and hit flat with his backhand, which rubber would be a more suitable alternative for BH - an anti spin rubber like Yasaka Super Anti or a short pips rubber like Friendship 802-40? Other factors to consider would be the ability to receive deceptive spinny serves well, produce good serves on BH and if possible, some deception and spin reversal.
Also, is any of the above rubbers well suited to play with a fast blade like Tibhar Carbon Shot? This is my current blade, and I would like to stick to it as it goes well with my current FH rubber (Donic Coppa Gold JO).

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Tanmoy,

I would use the short pimples first.  This will give you more options and allow you to hit the ball flat and fast for the block or punch.  An Anti spin on the fast blade is difficult to get a proper effect with.


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Tanmoy Sengupta

Tanmoy Sengupta Posted 5 years ago

Thanks, Alois. Ordered a sheet of 820-40 (short pips). Let's see how it goes. Do you have any guidance videos of how to play with short pimples? Generally how long does it take to become good at playing with short pips when switching from inverted? Is short pimples good at receiving very spinny serves?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hi Tanmoy,

It may take a week or two to get the feel of it and then a month or so to be comfortable.

It is easier to return serve tan with inverted rubber but you still need to get used to the different effect.

Let us know how it all goes.


Tanmoy Sengupta

Tanmoy Sengupta Posted 5 years ago

Thanks again, Alois. I'll let you know the feedback after playing with for a month.


Tanmoy Sengupta

Tanmoy Sengupta Posted 5 years ago

Hi Alois,

A related question. I found the short pips rubber (802-40 Mystery III) I ordered is without any sponge and the same rubber is not available with sponge. Is it possible to my pull out my existing BH rubber's (729-08) sponge from the top-sheet and glue this sponge to the new short pips rubber? If not, then do you advise playing with no sponge short pips rubber, keeping my play style in mind?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hi Tanmoy,

Without sponge will be too difficult to play your punch and block.  I don't think it is legal to change the sponge on the rubber.



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