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Hello Alois and Jeff,
I've just lost a match on Friday 11-9 in 5th set against a player ranked 250 points over me. I was frustrated, but it is common law in sport. One point is that this player was using short pimple on backhand and inverted rubber on forehand. Serves are one of my strongest points, but fast serves or serves with top spin had little effect on the short pimple. And my serves to the forehand side are less efficient and somewhat a bit risky due to the strong forehand of this player.
My question is about the best tactical choice of serves against a short pimple player.
I'll certainly better train my serves along the line on forehand side, but I would like to know what are the best pratices against this kind of paddle and the asymetric tactics that such a player was using.
Thank you very match,
The spin on your serves will have less impact against short pimples. As you found out, fast serves without a lot of spin or topspin serves might not be that effective if the opponent is good at using short pimples. These type of players like to get into fast flat rallies.
To counter this I like to serve with heavy backspin and then try to attack the third ball with a very spiny topspin. Varying the pace of your loops will work well against the short pimples. You also mentioned you could serve to the forehand and this is a good option if you can keep the ball short to stop your opponent attacking it.
Of course you still need variation so I try to mix up the amount of backspin I'm serving and still throw in the odd long fast serve to keep them on their toes.
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