Long pimpled serve return

Table Tennis Service Return

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Benzene Chiral

Benzene Chiral Asked 4 years ago

Greetings Pingskills, if my opponent does a pendulum serve and I return with my long pimpled, is it true that I totally don't have to care what is the spin direction and just return, since there's not much friction on my long pimpled rubber?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Benzene,

You don't need to worry as much about the return but you still have to know the effect the serve is going to have on the pimple rubber.  For example a heavy backspin serve is going to go up a little off your long pimples.  However there is less effect than if you were using inverted rubber.


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Benzene Chiral

Benzene Chiral Posted 4 years ago

May I clarify what is "go up a little off your long pimples"? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

The ball will rise up off your pimples... Go a little higher.


Benzene Chiral

Benzene Chiral Posted 4 years ago

I thought for backspin serve from my opponent the ball would go lower when I hit? Why is it the reverse for long pimpled?


Benzene Chiral

Benzene Chiral Posted 4 years ago

If my friend does a backspin serve with inverted rubber, the ball will drop low when I counter with inverted rubber. Why will it rise up with I counter it with long pimpled rubber?


D K

D K Posted 4 years ago

The reason why backspin causes the ball to go down from inverted rubber is caused by the fact that inverted rubber has friction. The ball actually "bites" into the rubber and the spin changes its direction.
In case of longpips,they mostly do not have so much friction,so the ball's spin causes the ball to slide on the rubber instead of biting. This is why backspin goes up from a longpips rubber that is tilted back.


Benzene Chiral

Benzene Chiral Posted 4 years ago

Thanks DK!



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