Long pimples to play backspin

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Peter Habich

Peter Habich Asked 1 week ago

Hi Alois,

in the last few years I have always been playing with inverted rubber on both sides.

Now I want to try long pimples on the backhand side because I have so much trouble receiving heavy backspin with inverted rubber.  In my club there are so many people who play very strong backspins. Do you think it is worthwhile to change to long pimples to play against these kind of players? What are the advantages and disadvantages of long pimples?

Best regards


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 week ago

Hi Peter,

I think it is worth trying for a couple of weeks at least to see if this helps.

It is still a matter of being able to understand the variation in spin that they are putting on the ball.  You could try to first work on adjusting the angle of your racket with inverted rubber.  It is a matter of really getting the angle of your racket back till the racket is basically facing the roof.

If you use long pimples against the heavy backspin the ball will tend to jump up off your racket and may give your opponent an easy ball to attack as well.

One big disadvantage of the long pimples is that you can't generate your own spin with it and rely on the spin that is coming in from your opponent.

Let me know how you go with either of these options.

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Rajdeep Paul

Rajdeep Paul Posted 19 hours ago

I think you should think twice before switching to long pips. because, you can't generate your own spin in such case, and the reviving of those backspins, what you are mentioning, those are more difficult to receive using long pips. I think you should practice with proper techniques with inverted rubber, unless you want to be a chopper or push blocker.

besides, you have to change a lot in your backhand strokes to practice with longpips.

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