Play against short pimple

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 11 years ago

Masoud Parkho

Masoud Parkho Asked 11 years ago

Hi Alois/Jeff

I have always problem playing against people who use short or long pimple rubbers. I would like to know how to answer them for instance when they do under skrew or overskrew. It sounds a little bit complecated how to play against them.



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Masoud,

It is mainly difficult because you don't have the opportunity to play against them very often.

Firstly take a look at the lesson on the Effects of Rubbers.  This will show you what each of these rubbers does.

The short pimple will flatten out the spin, the Long Pimples will reverse the spin.

Against Short pimples, using a lot of spin is the best idea.  A lot of backspin will make it difficult for them to lift with the short pimples. A lot f topspin is difficult to block for them as well.  They like the ball coming flat and fast.  Take a look at this video response to a previous Ask the Coach question. Playing short pimpled rubber

For our Premium members we have a Match Strategy lesson on what to do against Long Pimples.  They can take a look at Playing Against Long Pimples.


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Cristh Garrido

Cristh Garrido Posted 11 years ago

Hi Alois

i thought that play with the spin was easier to the short pimples, i saw a few videos of Liu Guoliang and i could see that him hit the backspin balls very flat in a lot of question is, how must to play a short pimple against a tradicional long pimple player???

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

Hi Cristh,

For a short pimple player it is a little easier because you aren't generating much spin yourself for them to work with.

When playing against a short pimple player if you use a lot of spin it will trouble them.  A little spin will be easy to control as you say.

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