Commonwealth games bronze match Indian player

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andrew HAMMETT

andrew HAMMETT Asked 1 year ago

Dear Ping Skills/Alois,

I was sitting briefly next to you at the Commonwealths and wanted to ask you this question. But then you left!

First of all though, congratulations on a great online training -clear, well thought out and fun. It has helped to rekindle my interest in the sport (national league in 20s, then 'retired' until mid 50s!).

My question is this: what rubbers combination did the Indian player use in the tight women's bronze match? She seemed to have a very defensive rubber on her background, occasionally changing to use the forehand rubber on the backhand too for service or attack. An unusual style. coaching that must be a challenge too.

with best regards

Andrew Hammett

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 year ago

Hi Andrew,

What a pity that we didn't meet... I was running around a fair bit during the week.  I always regret not catching up with people... maybe next time.

Thanks for the kind words about the site.  Always nice to know that we are helping in some way.

The Indian player is using a normal inverted rubber on her forehand and a long pimple rubber on her backhand.  The long pimple slows the ball down and reverses the spin on the ball.  So when she was receiving a topspin ball the ball was going back with backspin.  This is an awkward style to play against.  IT was such an entertaining match to watch.

Coaching that type of style is a little more interesting.  A fee more weapons to work with and use of the imagination to win a point.  You can really use a lot of variations on the ball which makes it difficult for your opponent as long as you are coping with all of the changes as well.


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andrew HAMMETT

andrew HAMMETT Posted 1 year ago

Hi Alois,


for sure you have too many people to meet! Anyway, thanks for the kind words and good luck with your future work.

Thank you also for your clear answer. Very helpful. It was indeed a very good game to watch -variation to the 'normal' added a lot to the already highly competitive game. 

As a coach deciding who might benefit from such an unusual style must be a challenge too, but a very interesting one I imagine. 



Ravish Bhatt

Ravish Bhatt Posted 1 year ago

Very nice answer and very good questions❤️❤️❤️


andrew HAMMETT

andrew HAMMETT Posted 1 year ago

thanks Ravish!

i see the team just published a video on pimples play too :)

Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 1 year ago

She almost beat feng tianwei 

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