Countering heavy chops

Table Tennis Equipment

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Rashad Almilad

Rashad Almilad Asked 9 years ago

Hello Pingskills,

What rubber characteristics control how easy it is to defense against heavy chops and downspin?

Could you please explain how each one affect the trajectory of the ball? 

Thank you so much ..


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Rashad,

As long as it is a good quality rubber you will be able to deal with backspin balls.

I find rubber with a grippy surface a bit better for lifting backspin with a topspin stroke.  The grippy rubbers will give you a more direct angle off your bat.  When you are lifting topspin it will help you to lift the ball directly off the rubber at a higher trajectory.

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Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 9 years ago

As Alois said, any good quality rubber can deal with heavy backspin.  However, if you are looking for the rubber that most easily handles heavy backspin, it would have to be LP or antispin because of spin reversal and the lack of friction on your rubber.  Of course, that option comes with its own problems and challenges such as inability to put spin on the ball yourself.

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