Which Short Pimple rubbers would you recommend

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Samuel Lim

Samuel Lim Asked 1 year ago

Hi Pingskills! sam here, I play with inverted rubbers on both sides... and Im planning to switch to short pimples on my forehand side, I wanted to ask what Short Pips would you reccomend? and which short pips would be good for the new 40+ balls?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 year ago

Hi Sam,

I don't have a particular rubber to recommend but think about something with a reasonably thick sponge initially so that you get used to short pimples first.

Other readers may have some ideas for you regarding types of pimples.

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Darren Hagarty

Darren Hagarty Posted 1 year ago

Sam I’ve been trying shorts pips on forehand for a few months and it’s been good.

mainly did it to defuse spiny serves.

you need to try to hit the ball at the top of the bounce on your forehand.

note also short pip rubbers have vertical or horizontal pips.

The ball will grip more when aligned with the line of pips.

I think you get more spin with horizontal short pips.

I have vertical which seems more resistant to side spin.

Get a couple of rubbers and try them.

I use a Spectol 1.7mm.

Rakza X 2.0 mm on backhand with an old Gergely blade

Unusual mix I find it ok 


D K Posted 1 year ago

Samuel,what exact setup are you currently using?

Darren,I am quite confused what exactly do you mean by vertical/horizontal pips. I have seen countless amount of pimpled rubbers,but all of them had pips vertically to the surface,otherwise it does not make sense too much.

Samuel Lim

Samuel Lim Posted 1 year ago

@DK, My Blade is currently a Stiga Clipper Wood blade... my old setup is a DHS skyline 2 on the FH, and Donic desto F2 on the BH... was planning to change my FH rubber

Samuel Lim

Samuel Lim Posted 1 year ago

@darren, Oh that sounds good! thank you will do try to get my hands on those rubbers


D K Posted 1 year ago

Since I do not know the properties of this rubber,maybe you should try some shortpips which are very similar to inverted when it comes to feel. That usually includes softer rubbers with shorter pimples. There is also a rather hard short pimple rubber Stiga Clippa,designed directly to Stiga Clipper blade. Rakza X is not actually shortpips rubber,it is an inverted rubber (really good though). The Rakza shortpips bear the name Rakza PO and this is also a great shortpips rubber. While having no experience with Spectol,it is said to be greatly controllable rubber with shortpips too. If you want something slower and spinnier,you can also try SPinpips.


CARLOS A Posted 4 months ago

Hi Samuel probably the best short pimple rubber that i used was the RITC 802-40 2 mm, you can do all strokes whit similar skills than inverted and you can use some another strokes that inverted can't 


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