Long pips vs short pips blocker

Table Tennis Match Strategy

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Phillip Simmons

Phillip Simmons Asked 5 years ago

I play against a player who uses fast short or medium pips. His strokes are mainly flat non spin balls including his flat punch serve. If I use long pips against him will they return his flat hits with little or no spin?

What advice would you suggest about playing against him. I have good serves, but he handles them well with his short pips.  He prefers his backhand (short pip side) and moves and blocks well.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Phil,

Against the short pimple ball your pips will still tend to go back with a little bit of backspin or perhaps no spin.  With the short pips he will be able to generate a bit of his own spin so it depends on his contact as well.

Regarding tactics against him: Work out his personal weaknesses.  Is it his movement or one side, either forehand or backhand.  Also don't forget to use your forehand side as well.  Try to match up your strengths against his weaknesses.

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D K Posted 5 years ago

Try to learn what I have heard to be called "shovel push" with longpips.

Regarding serves,try to serve short to his forehand or deep sidespin backspin to his backhand corner.
Be careful about the placement,I mean DEEP,that means the endline.
10cm in front of line is not enough

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