Short pimples

Table Tennis Strokes and Technique

Last updated 4 years ago

Noah Clayborne

Noah Clayborne Asked 4 years ago

Am I supposed to brush with short pimples against topspin or hit? When I hit against topspin the ball goes into the net, should I try to brush and lift more with short pimples against topspin?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Noah,

You can do both.  If you are finding the ball is going into the net then you can brush the ball a little more to get a bit of topspin.  They can't generate as much topspin as inverted rubbers but they can generate some spin.


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Marius Darian

Marius Darian Posted 4 years ago

I would say you should hit with the pips. Take the ball at the top of the bounce and attack it flatly. Short pips are good at hitting through spin but bad at generating spin. Of course, it depends on how grippy the pimples are.


Noah Clayborne

Noah Clayborne Posted 4 years ago

Very grippy they are Nittaku Beautry. They lack that knuckle effect.


Marius Darian

Marius Darian Posted 4 years ago

If they are really grippy, then you should mostly loop, not hit.

By the way, if you're using grippy pips, why not use inverted?


Noah Clayborne

Noah Clayborne Posted 4 years ago

I wanted to hit orignially. I didn't realize however they would be so bad at hitting.


Marius Darian

Marius Darian Posted 4 years ago

Then get some less grippy pips or go back to inverted.


Noah Clayborne

Noah Clayborne Posted 4 years ago

well this rubber was $45 so not getting rid of it. It had good reviews, just need to adjust my technique. 


Marius Darian

Marius Darian Posted 4 years ago

I would say you should adjust your equipment to your game, not your game to your equipment.


Noah Clayborne

Noah Clayborne Posted 4 years ago

I would agree. My rubber is $62.75 in Aussie dollars. I use Nittaku Beautry on the Nittaku Trefire blade so I guess I should be spinning. Here is some forum chat on the rubber.

http://ooakforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=30520

http://www.tabletennis11.com/other_eng/nittaku-beautry

http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=71282&PN=2


Marius Darian

Marius Darian Posted 4 years ago

I read the forum chat and it seems that they are really spinny for short pips.

You said that you wanted to hit, but you chose spinny pips. That doesn't exactly make sense to me. The only reason you should get spinny pips is to play Liu Guoliang-like style.

It's your choice, of course, but I would suggest getting some SP you can actually hit with.



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