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My name is Rizwan Ahmad and I am from Pakistan, I have been following your videos for about 3 years and it really helped me but still I have some problems with my backhand and I need some professional advice before changing my backhand rubber to "SHORT" or "LONG" pimples. Before jumping to the point, I want to tell you about the bat I am currently using.
Blade = Butterfly SCS-5000 (2 months used)
Forehand = Andro Plasma 470 (2 months used)
Backhand = Yasaka Rakza 7 (less than a year but still fast enough for me)
I have not that much trouble in playing any sort of ball or returning service with my forehand, however, my weakness is that I give too much points while returning services with my backhand, or countering a "LOOP" or "Top Spin". Plus I am more of a defensive/counter puncher when it comes to backhand. Recently I played with Long pips and short pips as well and both suited my game but I can't make a proper decision as to which rubber i should put on my backhand. I have watched your video "Introduction to TT rubbers" but still I need some advice.
My question is "Should I switch to long pips or short pips? Which one will suit me better in continuing backspin rallies and countering topspin while giving an edge in returning services"
Looking forward for your response.
I think it would be best to use Long Pimples. This will help more with countering spin on the serves and also allow you to play a defensive backhand. The short pimples would help to a small extent and if you wanted to do more hitting on the backhand then this would be better but it sounds like you are happy to play more defensively on the backhand side.
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