Problems with pips by answering side-underspin serves

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Last updated 9 years ago

Gerhard Mlekusch

Gerhard Mlekusch Asked 9 years ago

Hi Alois,

As an experienced pips-player (VH long/BH short) there occurs for some time a rather unwanted issue by answering fast side-/underspin serves. The main problem in my point of view is the so called  'Sweet spot' of the used blade in combination with the rubber. There's a significant decrease or to put it differently I've to hit the ball 99% correctly with no error tolerance. I've tested with my robot (Newgy 2050) different angles, but the output told me I was right or not but with no tolerance (This is really exhausting!).

Maybe you can give me some advices in answering these kinds of serve (getting them close to the table in the ascending or descending phase or it's better to let them a little bit 'freewheeling' and taking them a little bit back from the table - I really don't know the best way !) 

Thank you in advance for your advice


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Gerhard,

This is one of the hard parts of using the long pimples.  I think a good solution is to be able to hit this ball or at least put enough times pressure on the server by hitting it early.

To attack the ball it is best to hit it at the top of the bounce and quite flat.  The effect of the pimples will give the server some problems because of the difference of this ball compared to a hit ball with inverted rubber.

Because of the lack of spin generated by the long pimples itself it does make it difficult to get tolerance but by hitting the ball at the top of the bounce and using the spin on the ball it will give you the best chance of success.

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Gerhard Mlekusch

Gerhard Mlekusch Posted 9 years ago

Hi Alois,

thank you so much for your fast and professional answer. You're right in assuming that this kind of serve is a hard nut to crack for a pips player (regardless of which pips). Perhaps it's possible for you and your partner to make a short vid especially relating to this topic. I think that a lot of players (upward trend) are playing pips (short/long) even in higher classes (in Austria - first division) therefore it supposed to be a certain demand.

kind regards


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

OK, will put it up for a vote.  Premium members need to vote for it.

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Our premium members can see our video on Long Pimple Attack Against Backspin.

Phillip Simmons

Phillip Simmons Posted 9 years ago

I vote for the video.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Did you vote for it by clicking the link at the top?

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