Inverted rubbers for Chopping

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Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar Asked 11 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff,

I am a kind of all rounder player. I can do killer loops with both forehand and backhand, and when I want I can do the chopping part too with both FH and BH. I have now became consistent at chopping with backhand - but - I use inverted rubbers, while most choppers use pimples. So can i switch to the MODERN DEFENDER style using current inverted rubbers or I would require long pimples?

I know that choppers are at disadvantage today but i love seeing my father chopping. I also like Joo Se Hyuk :)


Rahul from India

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Rahul,

You can chop with the inverted rubber on the backhand.  It is harder to control the ball with that as compared to the long pimples but if you are finding it reasonable then you can keep going with the inverted rubber.

Later as you get more advanced with the game you may decide to switch to the long pimples on the backhand.

I also love watching the defensive style of Joo Se Hyuk.  It is also an enjoyable way to play the game.


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Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar Posted 11 years ago

i would like to get long pimples but the only thing which bothers me is that I won't be able to attack from my Backhand. Yes I can chop with my current Inverted Rubbers and can do more powerful chops from long pimples but then i would not be able to topspin :(

Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar Posted 11 years ago

well does anyone here know of any defensive player who plays in high level using inverted rubbers? I mean a high level player who chops with inverted rubbers?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

Hi Rahul,

There are no players at the top of the World that chop with inverted but players do reach a good level like State or even National level with inverted.

It is true you will not be able to attack with the long pimples but you could switch sides and then attack if you become good at 'twiddling'.

I think you can give long pimples a try and see what you feel.

Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 11 years ago

As Alois said, there are some very strong players who chop with inverted.  There are even some inverted rubbers specifically designed for chopping.  The only one I'm aware of (though I've never tried is) is the Butterfly Tackiness Chop.  Some people change to LP on their BH because they have a weak BH attack.  Like you, however, I quite enjoy my BH loop.  As per Alois' suggestion, my long term goal is to get back to playing some BH loops by twiddling.  I think the mix of loops and chops will be very confusing for opponents.  However, to date my twiddling isn't very good and I haven't been able to do it in a proper match.

Pista Burkett

Pista Burkett Posted 2 months ago

could an answer to this ? be:  try short pips?  you can still attack w/ short pips, even loop w/ certain ones, but chop easier and have a little of the disruption of pips?  

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 months ago


It is still difficult to control fast and heavy spin balls with the short pimples.


D K Posted 1 month ago

Regarding rubber,I would like to mention the rubber Victas 401,which was specifically made for modern defense.
It is not an ultra slow rubber like Tackiness,but still can be chopped with.

Rahul,I do not know what exact rubbers are you using,but if you are using a slower inverted rubber,maybe this could be a choice for you if you want avoid longpips.
Or you can learn twiddling - see Ruwen Filus.
He uses longpips on backhand yet he twiddles and attacks with inverted on backhand whenever he has a chance

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