Chopping on inverted

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Last updated 13 years ago

Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Asked 13 years ago

Hi Alois

Watching professionals on youtube, it is clear that LP players live off chopping from midcourt, but I don't really see inverted players ever employ this shot (they will lob with heavy top/sidespin if forced on the defense).  Even though I use offensive blade and rubbers, I have always enjoyed being able to play a range of styles (looping, blocking, offensive driver, or chopper), and I was just wondering, what is the difference in technique employed when chopping with spinny inverted versus when chopping with LPs (and I assume same for anti-spins).



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 13 years ago

Hi Ji-Soo,

The main thing I see here is that Long Pimples helps you to be able to control the ball off topspin.  Because it is slower than with inverted rubber.

The chop with Long Pimple you can attack the ball with your defence a little more because of the slow nature of the rubber.  With the inverted rubber you need to come down more vertically on the ball because of the speed of the rubber.  It does take better touch to be able to control this stroke.

With the inverted rubber you can get more variation however.  I always found it moe difficult to paly a good chopper with inverted rubber than one with Long Pimples.  With LP you can predict a lttle better what type of spin you are getting back.

If you can chop with inverted rubber it can be an effective tactic because of the change up of spin and speed.

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