Long pips

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 5 years ago

John Bush

John Bush Asked 5 years ago

Hi coach, 

I'm a shakehand user while my partner is a pen grip holder with a long pip rubber. From my understanding is that long pip rubber cannot generate a lot of spin when service. Is there a way or method to create spin with long pip rubber?

Another question is, does the long pip rubber remove spin when contact on the ball? I'm a bit confused.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi John,

It is difficult to create much spin with the long pips.  Some one pips have a bit of friction on the surface but still you can't really grip the ball with them very well.

The long pips does reverse the spin rather than removing it.

So if you put a lot of backspin on the ball it will come back to you with topspin and vice versa.

The more spin you put on the ball and send to the long pips the more spin you will get back.


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John Bush

John Bush Posted 5 years ago

So if i'm playing doubles, if my partner serves the ball with the long pip rubber, does that make me at a disadvantage? Since the ball does not have much spin, my opponent can easily attack the ball...


Omkar Sathe

Omkar Sathe Posted 5 years ago

If long pips can't generate much spin, why do people use it to serve? They will be at a disadvantage then. Though there spin will get reversed; oponnent can easily utilize this weakness.....


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

They are used as a serve variation which can often trick their opponents.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hi John,

It can be a disadvantage of your partner serves with the long pimples, depending on the abilities of the receiver.


Johan B

Johan B Posted 5 years ago

Most long pips players serve with their forehand inverted rubber most of the time



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