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I think I am a premium member? I definitely was anyway. I have a competition tomorrow. I will be playing against some players who have Dr. Evil on their backhand. I don’t think they twiddle. I do also have an opportunity to train against them in future. I have tried to look up tactics against this rubber on the internet.
I play with ordinary rubber (spiny rubber) Here is what I think I need to do:
Plenty of serves long to backhand and play as I like to forehand with more short ones to forehand.
If playing to the backhand:
push long to back hand.
I need to move forward towards ball when it’s coming from the backhand, as the ball won't come to me, so I need to move in and then out.
keep the ball low.
Play wide angles.
There was also talk about racket angles but I wouldn't be able to take those on board with everything now.
my questions are:
Are all Dr. Evil rubbers short pips with added unpredictability? Or are there medium pip versions or does it matter?
Does short pip Dr. Evil reverse spin just like long pips so should I alternate backspin and topspin as I would against long pips?
should I try to give heavy spin to the ball, when playing to backhand or put a few dead balls in (I'm not sure what dead ball means? I suppose a kind of gentle no spin return?&nb
The last question is how do you execute wide angles? (just try to aim more to the edge of the board? )
It is all very complicated.
I think you are in lock down now as I type, I hope you can find some positives from not rushing about. I look forward to your reply. Margie
You certainly are a Premium member.
Dr Evil looks like an interesting rubber. It is a short pips rubber with some reversing properties but not as much as Long Pimples.
The tactics that you have come up with are sound. It seems they will not be able to attack much with that rubber so going there will tend to give you a predictable response.
If you start to feel comfortable against the rubber then you can play more balls there.
Also see what type of attack they have with the forehand side and what you can get away with there. If you can play softer balls to the forehand then you are not under as much pressure. If they attack well with the forehand then the softer balls need to find their backhand side.
I don't think angles are necessarily the best option because this will also open cup angles for them to move you around. I would tend to only play wide if you feel you are able to move faster and better than your opponent. you can also think about playing wide on a finishing ball.
I think the most important thing is to learn as much as you can tomorrow and then try to practice against the rubber a few times to get the feel of what it does and to see the reaction against your different shots.
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