Switch back or not

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D K

D K Asked 3 years ago

Greetings Team,

Recently,I was thinking a lot about my style and career..
I started thinking about switching back to dual inverted,though I seem to be indecisible now.

This is what I made:

Longpips:
Pros:
1)I can chop a topspin down,it does not bounce up to much.
2)I have trained with it last few years
3)I do not need to look on the exact spin while receiving so much.
4)Sometimes I find it useful if I stop the spin while pushing.

Cons:
1)I do not have almost any other stroke than chop even though I bought the softest pips available.
2)I have some strange form of attack with direct hit,but it is very unforgiving and not effective. Also,I need a long preparation.
3)While at the table,I greatly lack a passive block and slow,spinny loop. I mostly lack it in situations,where I just have time to insert bat,without having some time to twiddle,or in situations,when I twiddle and then get uncomfortable hit to my pimpled forehand.
4)I am often caught in push-to-push rally backhand to backhand unless I move a lot to my backhand,which always ends by opening my forehand half of table completely.

Inverted:
Pros:
1)I would be able to much better deal with the exchange if forced close to table.
2)I would no longer need the uncomfortable pivot to break the push-push rally. I would also stop interrupting it with pips when I crucially needto keep huge backspin.
3)Enables me to always choose my spin,being independent on the opponent's spin,increase my versatility.
4)Now,when my sight no longer limits me,I can react much faster. My pips are..I would say forcing me to wait.
5)It would force me to increase my spinreading ability.

Cons:
1)I would probably lose a lot of consistency with my backhand chop and I will probably lose the ability to chop hard shots completely,thus losing my dream style.
2)I would worsen my backhand receive skills
3)I would be unable to use my defensive tactics too much.


What do you think?
Should I try to switch,or not,given the facts that I want to play as well as possible,but I am losing my team thus all possibilities to play competitively?

Thanks
DK


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi DK,

Give it a try for a couple of weeks.  You can always go back to pimples if it doesn't feel right

I think that you have summed up the pros and cons well but that is all dependent on the actual feel when you go out and play with each rubber.


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Nigel C

Nigel C Posted 3 years ago

DK, just out of curiosity what inverted rubber would you use on your back hand instead of the long pips? Is it something with lots of control?


D K

D K Posted 3 years ago

I did not think about that much.
One option is that I will just use my Rakza7Soft,the same one I am using on my forehand by default and on my backhand when twiddling.

Other affordabel options would be buying a new allround blade and using thinner Victas rubbers or Friendship rubbers which I have tested before and seemed qutie comfortable for chopping.


D K

D K Posted 3 years ago

You will probably be surprised why I havent chosen Tackiness or similar rubbers: the reason is that they are simply too slow and I am afraid I would still have troubles using passive block and slow loop,especially when a backspin ball comes and I would want to place my favourite short heavy topspin just behind the net when the opponent is away :D


Nigel C

Nigel C Posted 3 years ago

DK, I'm not a fan of tackiness rubber either but was thinking you could try something with lots of control. I've used 729 fx for years (although I'm experimenting with a different one right now) I know I can go back to using it if i wish. I think you are right not to use anything you think limits your attacking shots,  you read my mind about slower rubber though.


D K

D K Posted 3 years ago

I usually rely on blade when it comes to control.
I need complete balance if I decided to go dual-inverted.
The other option would be adding sponge to me current setup and stay pimpled while twiddling.


D K

D K Posted 3 years ago

Seems like the the second option will be mine....the drawback is that I need fast block and good chop with same rubber.... :(


D K

D K Posted 1 year ago

Greetings,
update to this: I in the end stayed with my longpips,but manipulated my sponges,which enables me to play almost inverted-like.
I was able to gain some little praise even from elderly defensive coach,the most experienced defensive coach in my country.
ALthough he refused to train me,because he is  a lot on money (he usually charges about 70$/lesson),he pointed out that my technique is without major flaws,but that I need to work on my fitness tremendously,that this is my most major drawback.
He also told me that I should maybe try thicker sponge for my longpips,supporting my own variation level.
I only now think how to solve the fact that I am bored by plain exercises with no immediate effect or entertainment.



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