Playing against pimples in doubles

Table Tennis Match Strategy

Last updated 9 years ago

Martin Elliget

Martin Elliget Asked 9 years ago

Hi guys.

I find playing against pimples can be challenging but I think, in a way, it can be even more tricky in doubles. You don't want your partner to be receiving your spin after you've hit to the person with the pimples. Some coordination between you and your partner is required, i.e. when you play chop to the player with pimples, they should topspin his or her return. Is it better to reduce the amount of spin you put on your serves and shots to an opponent with pimples, or is it better to exploit the spin coming back because of the physics involved? Avoid side-spin? Interested in your thoughts.



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Martin,

It totally depends on what your partner wants as a return.  If they like the topspin ball coming after a push then you should do that.  If they don't like playing pimples then perhaps you can think about not putting too much spin on the ball to make it easier for them.  You need to know your partners likes and dislikes.

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Martin Elliget

Martin Elliget Posted 9 years ago

Thanks for that, Alois. I appreciate your comments.



Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 9 years ago

I remember once I was playing in the finals of a local club tournamnet in doubles.  Our opponents consisted of one very good player and one much lower rated player.  The good player kept doing heavy and complicated spins on his serves, and I would stick my LP out and return it back with all his spin reversed, and his poor partner had no idea what to do with the third ball.  It was one case where he would have done much better serving simple no-spin or perhaps backspin serves.

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