Long Pimples Float Balls

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 1 week ago

Michael Lam

Michael Lam Asked 2 weeks ago

Hi Jeff and Alois, when I am playing against a long pimples player, when they chop the ball, it comes to me low and floaty/no spin ish. When I try and loop that certain ball because it is not high enough to smash it, my loops end up going out a lot. Can you help me with this?

Thank you

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 week ago

Hi Michael,

Dealing with long pimples can indeed be a tricky aspect of table tennis for many players, especially when they produce low and floaty balls with little to no spin. When this happens, it can be difficult to execute your loops correctly because the lack of spin causes your regular stroke dynamics to change. Here are a few tips to help you deal with these types of balls from long pimple players:

Since the ball is coming with less spin, you need to adjust your contact point. Instead of brushing the ball like you might for a higher-spin shot, try to hit the ball a bit flatter and more direct. This will help you control the direction and length of the loop.  Without spin on the ball, you need to close your paddle angle more than usual on your loop. This helps to keep the ball from going out of the table.  Control your power and shorten your stroke for these floaty balls. Overhitting is often the cause of errors because the lack of spin means there's less for your loop to "grip" onto. 4

Loop against no-spin balls during practice, adjusting the bat angle, contact, and stroke strength to find what works for you. Incorporating drills with a partner who uses long pimples can be beneficial.

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