Transitioning to long pimples

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bert jansen

bert jansen Asked 3 years ago

Hello Alois and Jeff,

As of late I was really wondering whether to start playing with long pimples. I have a very strong forehand with a good defensive backhand but very bad at playing offensive strokes. I'm more likely to get a winner pushing than by attacking.
Now on to my question, do you think it would suit me best to play defence close to the table (chop block style) and play the forehand side offensively? I don't really see this type of play much as most modern defenders play chop far away from the table.

P.S. I'm really curious as to what LP rubber you guys used in the chop block video.

Best regards,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Bert,

I think that would be a reasonable style to try.  It is  a lot of fun to play that way anyway.

You could incorporate twiddling the bat and using the rubber on the backhand side sometimes to push as well.

For that video I really don't remember what long pimple we were using but it may have been using but it could have been Air Upupupup.  Just a sheet of long pimples I had on a bat.

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bert jansen

bert jansen Posted 3 years ago

Yea it certainly seems like a playstyle that I would really enjoy.

Do you reckon it will be possible to keep using my off- blade (xiom offensive s) when trying to adopt to this style? Perhaps others can chime in on that.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

You could try it with the current blade initially.  Maybe a slightly slower blade will suit better though to control the backhand especially.


D K Posted 3 years ago

Though,Bert,it is also affected by your skills and the type of longpips.
Few days ago I played with a man who had glued OX shortpips and OX longpips on an OFF+ blade.
And I must admit I have never played such disgusting style.
So it is personal.
I do not know your blade,YOU must do the final choice :)

And just for inspiration,watch Russian player Ronel Davidov,who is aggressive player with longpips on backhand who does not chop.

bert jansen

bert jansen Posted 3 years ago

Yes I was very much thinking something along the lines of Ronel Davidov's playing style. Predominantly using the pips for keeping the rally alive and pressuring in order to let the forehand take over.

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