Short pimples at elite level

Table Tennis Equipment

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Jamie Kapelles

Jamie Kapelles Asked 4 years ago

Hi, I was wondering why elite players do not use short pimples in elite competition as it allows them to negate the extreme amount of topspin and smash the ball. I have seen other very good semi pro players with great technique beaten easily by other players with short pimples or hardbats.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Jamie,

At the very highest level in the men's game the short pimples become too unreliable because you can't generate enough topspin to allow safety over the net. The shot that you have to play is fast and with a low trajectory over the net.

At the higher level of the women's game it can be effective where the players tend to play a faster game with not as much spin.


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Jamie Kapelles

Jamie Kapelles Posted 4 years ago

Thank you Alois


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

We will also discuss your question on the Ask the Coach Show #241.



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