Spin against a hard bat

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Nick Trusiewicz

Nick Trusiewicz Asked 6 years ago

I have older opponents who play with hard bats - one with pimples, one with sandpaper, and one with bare wood.

Will these bats be affected by the spin I put on the ball? Someone told me they are not. Can the sandpaper one create spin at all?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Nick,

They don’t create their own spin however, when the spin hits the bat it can reverse a little, especially with the pimples.

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Nick Trusiewicz

Nick Trusiewicz Posted 6 years ago

So my tactics against them would be to use spin or no?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

If you put a lot of spin in the ball you can force them into a mistake because their bat won’t cope with spin.  However, if they do get it right, it will come back with an awkward spin for you that you need to be ready for.

To start with play with less spin to make it easier for yourself and to get the feel of the replies.

Nick Trusiewicz

Nick Trusiewicz Posted 6 years ago

They all rely on a quick, snappy stroke, and have better placement skills than I do. In one case, I know he is very vulnerable to a backspin so I can confuse him with alternating spins. I will experiment with the others to see what works now that I have a better understanding (I was told that the wooden bat would nullify any spin).

Thanks for your insight (and your quick replies!).

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