Receiving serve from a medium pimple

Table Tennis Service Return

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Jeff M

Jeff M Asked 6 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff

Recently I played against an opponent who uses penhold with medium pips on his backhand. I have reading the spin from his serve when he uses his backhand rubber to serve. I understand that medium pips has an effect in between short and long pips. When he serves, it looks like a backspin with side spin motion but the ball kicks up high as I thought it had backspin but it actually has topspin. Then once I thought it must have top spin and then the ball goes into the net. Is it that when he uses medium pips to serve, the spin will always be a reverse of what it looks like?

2nd question: can you make a backspin serve with medium pips?

Thank you very much for your help.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Jeff,

The Medium pimples will not be able to generate too much spin at all.  So when he is making that motion it is coming through with a little bit of backspin.  It will sit up perhaps more than a heavy backspin serve and then when it jumps up you may think it is topspin whereas just has that small amount of backspin that makes you hit the ball into the net.


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D K

D K Posted 6 years ago

Speaking of medium pips: do they have reversal effect?
I am still quite unable to find out what do meidum pips do with opponent's spin.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Yes, they do reverse the spin a bit.


D K

D K Posted 6 years ago

thus they are like very thick-sponge longpips?

For example if grippy longpips like Curl p-4 were made with MAX sponge,would they behave similarly to mediumpips?


Johan B

Johan B Posted 6 years ago

http://www.pipfacts.info

 

Have fun DK! I think they have a forum where you can ask questions as well


D K

D K Posted 6 years ago

OO
Thank you


Jeff M

Jeff M Posted 6 years ago

Thanks Alois, so if that's the case, that means medium pips can only do light topspin or light backspin serve, should I therefore try to use topspin to counter all his serves?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Yes you can attack the ball especially if it is long.



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