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Since I'm now using LP, I wanted to get your take on this oft asked question.
With almost all the top players using double inverted, can a LP player (or antispin player for that matter) ever become world champion? And if so, what kind of style are they likely to have?
A traditional defender (a la Evgueni) seems hopelessly outgunned and increasingly outdated in today's game where the top players seem to be able to unleash fierce attacks against the chop with accuracy and consistency.
A modern defender has more weapons, but while Joo reached the finals of the world championship, the Chinese have since brought in all their own LP players to train up their squad and they very rarely are troubled by his style any more - so it appears perhaps the window of opportunity has closed for this style as well?
How about a hard hitting LP player (a la Carl Prean)? It seems a very low percentage style but if someone could do it consistently, who knows. Or a more versatile kind of modern defender like Ruwen Filus who twiddles much more than Joo and can loop with his inverted BH? Perhaps a FH dominant LP player like Liu Song who mainly uses his LP close to the table to change the pace and set up his lethal FH loop drives?
I think it is unlikely unless the Chinese train up someone to play with long pimples.
I think the style would be an aggressive style with a lot of twiddling to be able to attack well with the inverted rubber on both sides. I think the base of the game would need to be hitting with inverted and putting in variations of long pimples. Joo is the closest but his lack of ability to attack with the backhand will always be picked off.
Having said that I think it can be useful at all other levels.
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