Long Pimples for Defensive Players

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Last updated 5 months ago

Kenneth Tham

Kenneth Tham Asked 6 months ago

Dear PingSkills,

Why do defensive players use long pimples rubber for their backhand? Is it easier to control the ball when doing a backhand chop?

I tried using short pimples rubber to do a backhand chop but find it also quite difficult to control the placement of the ball. Normally  I use inverted rubbers on both sides.

Regards,

Kenneth


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 months ago

Hi Kenneth,

It is easier to control the faster attacking balls with the long pimples as well as the really skinny balls.  The pimples absorb the spin and the speed and make it easier for the defender to control the stroke.

Short pimples may be slightly easier than inverted rubber but not as easy as long pimples.


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D K

D K Posted 5 months ago

Also,long pimples are usually much slower than most inverted/shortpips rubbers


Kenneth Tham

Kenneth Tham Posted 5 months ago

Thanks Alois and D K for the answers. May I also know if it is possible to attack with long pimples. If so, what kind of balls are suitable to attack with long pimples?

Kenneth


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 months ago

Hi Kenneth,

Take a look at these tutorials on Long Pimple Attack Against Backspin.  I think this will give you some good ideas.  It is easier to attack with long pimples against backspin because the pimples convert the backspin to topspin on the hit.

 


D K

D K Posted 5 months ago

Also depends on the type of longpips. Some longpips are quite easy to hit with,such as TSP Curl P4 or Butterfly Feint Long III,especially with thicker sponger. And there are also longpips which are very hard to hit with,such as most Chinese longpips etc.


D K

D K Posted 5 months ago

Make sure you know what exactly are you going to use the pips for. The differences between long pimple rubbers tend to be bigger than between inverted rubbers


Kenneth Tham

Kenneth Tham Posted 5 months ago

Thanks Alois and D K for your replies. May I know if it is possible to use the same long pimple rubber to practice defensive chops and also use it for attacking strokes too?

Kenneth


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 months ago

Yes that is possible. It is more about the technique of the attack and allowing for the qualities of the pimple. 


D K

D K Posted 5 months ago

Kenneth,abovementioned TSP Curl series,especially P4 and P1 models,and Butterfly Feint Long II or III are chopping rubbers with quite good hitting quality,when it comes to similarity with inverted rubbers. If you want to hit with something more distrubing,I would maybe go into Palio longpips (really good thing when you want to cause headaches to the opponents) or some of SpinLord's rubbers.


Kenneth Tham

Kenneth Tham Posted 5 months ago

Thanks Alois and D K for your inputs. I will explore the rubbers available at the tt shop.


Kenneth Tham

Kenneth Tham Posted 5 months ago

I just realized i have a long pimple rubber Yinhe Galaxy on a penhold LTK blade that I seldom use. I was thinking of trying long pimples on that blade. Do you think I should use the pimple rubber for the forehand or rpb?


D K

D K Posted 5 months ago

Kenneth,you use longpips with penhold?


Kenneth Tham

Kenneth Tham Posted 5 months ago

I usually use shakehand more, but I bought a penhold bat to explore that style also, thinking of trying it out a bit more. Notice most penholders have inverted rubbers on both sides, or some have short pips.


D K

D K Posted 5 months ago

To be honest,in my opinion it is not competitive to use longpips with penhold...despite that longpips were invented and first used by a penholder.
Among women,there are maybe two women who use longpips on penhold,but they use it for chopblocking. Really  disgusting style. If you want to mess around and play,OK,but this s not for serious play,unless you seriously want to become full-time longpips penhold chopblocker. Using longpips on RPB....well...I have not yet heard about this.


Kenneth Tham

Kenneth Tham Posted 5 months ago

Thanks D K for advice. Yeah, have not found much usage currently of long pips in penhold.



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