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My backhand has always been a defensive tool and I would like to be able to be more aggressive with it, not necessarily win points but at least to set up my forehand loop. At present I seem to get drawn into long and tedious pushing rallies because all I can do presently with any consistency on the backhand side is push.
I presently play a reverse rubber on both wings and am contemplating moving to a pimples-out rubber but I can not find any valuable information that will help me assess which sort would best suit my game.... or if in fact I should stay with reverse rubber..... OX or sponge?
I am an average club player and due to other commitments have little time to practice, so in many respects I suppose I am looking for a 'quick-fix' solution to make my back-hand more of a weapon.
I did try LP a couple of years ago but found them very hard to control and was soon found out with my opponents serving fast into my LP and keeping me pinned there until I invariably pushed the ball into the net or off the end of the table....
Any help is much appreciated.
I don't think short pimples is the answer. It will limit your ability to attack rather than increase it. I think the solution is to develop a simple backhand topspin. As you say it doesn't have to be very strong. I think a simple lifting topspin with a short swing that will then allow the rally to become more open and allow you to attack.
Think about developing a short brushing action on the backhand topspin. Keep it short to eliminate too many things being able to go wrong.
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