Last updated on 21-Aug-2011 06:58:42 AM
Few weeks ago I played during the tournament against guy who used long pimples to attack, especially that was aggressive backhand punch. The ball of that stroke was float or even with backspin and it was quite fast so I'm sure you know that feeling. Very heavy ball almost impossible to counter with normal backhand or forehand counterhit. At the end set of the match I started to chop balls but for my opponent there wasn't any difference. He attack them without any problems. After tournament I was thinking about it and I ask you: what do you think about this kind of strategy? Maybe you also know european player Fabian Akerstrom who uses long pimples to attack.
I think that long pimples with some thickness of the sponge (no OX) would be really lethal weapon for many table tennis players. Then you have an opportunity to classical defence and also different and very dangerous counterattack. What do you think about that? Can you find both advantages and disadvantages?
I guess that you will want to disuade me this strategy but after all what, in your opinion, kind of blade would be good for this playing style with long pimples not only for defence?
Playing against players that attack with long pimples can be tricky. However at a higher level it is difficult for them to deceive their opponents or generate enough speed to trouble their opponent that is why it is not popular at that level.
I do like this type of play but it is very difficult to master. You can give it a try and see if it suits your style. If you are you should have a fairly slow blade so that you will be able to control the faster balls from your opponent.
One of the Australian female players. Jian Fang Lay, uses the long pimples to attack and it makes for very entertaining table tennis.