Short pimples mechanics

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 10 months ago

Dariusz Rypień

Dariusz Rypień Asked 11 months ago


I have already known some tactics against short pimples and that they do not change or reverse the spin a lot in comparison to medium or long pips. But what intrigues me is how do they behave after the backspin push from my side. I sometimes have a feeling that after the opponent pushes back, the ball comes to me flat and it often pops up? Is it possible?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 months ago

Hi Dariusz,

Yes the short pimple push often feels like it will pop up because it has less spin than we are used to with inverted rubber.

It will still have some backspin but relatively less so that it tricks our brains into thinking there is topspin.

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Dariusz Rypień

Dariusz Rypień Posted 10 months ago

Ok, so I can go into push to push rally with a player using short pips and the spin will never change?  I also have sometimes problems with backspin serves from short pips. It often goes to the net when I receive them and sometimes pops up when I try to lift it up too much. The problem is that this kind of backspin differs from the one produced by inverted rubbers. Any tips here? :)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 months ago

Hi Dariusz,

It really is a matter of adapting to the different spin than you are used to seeing coming from inverted rubber. Play against it as much as you can and you will soon learn. 

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