Mixed long and short pips

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Last updated 8 years ago

Johannes Hesse

Johannes Hesse Asked 8 years ago

Hello Alois and Jeff,

Last season I switched from normal rubber to long pimpled rubber on my backhand. 

It works pretty well for me but now somehow the game is a little bit boring because im defending all the time and just attack when I really have an option to make the point.

So now I'm asking myself about putting a short pimpled rubber on my forehand just to have better possibilities to attack. 

What do you think about pimpled rubbers on both sides of the racket? I mean with short pimples on my forehand i could smash the balls and still play nice and safe with long pips on my backhand.

what is your opinion?

Regards from Germany


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Johannes,

With normal rubber on the forehand you have more possibilities to do things than if you had short pimples on the forehand.  You could put short pimples if you want to hit the ball flat on the forehand.

I would stay with that.


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Johannes Hesse

Johannes Hesse Posted 8 years ago

At first i had long pimples with 1.6mm sponge on my backhand for long defense but like I sait it's getting boring with the time^^

So now I changed to long pimples with 0.5mm sponge on my backhand for playing close to the table and want to switch to short pimples on my forehand to hit flat and fast.

Maybe I framed my fist question wrong.

So my question is: do you think that long pimples on my backhand will harmonise with my fast smashing forehand. I just want to use my backhand to drop down the balls and get my smash done.

Regards, Johannes


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Johannes,

Sorry, I did misunderstand.  I think it can harmonise but it would be better with inverted rubber.  You will tend to get some low balls and different spins after the long pimple ball.  This is more easily countered with inverted rubber because you will be able to generate your own spin.



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