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I use long pimples on my backhand and some opponents give me long dead ball serves to my backhand which are hard to do much with. Lots of times I will flip the paddle and topspin it back with the smooth side, but this often gets me into a fast topspin rally which I don't want. Ideally I'd like to push or chop these dead/light topspin serves with the smooth side to introduce underspin into the rally but I haven't been very successful doing this. Maybe I take the ball too soon, I don't know. Is there some type of technique to push these types of serves?
To push these no spins balls you need to generate your own spin by brushing under the ball. You will also need to generate your own speed on this shot. It is possible with a bit of practice.
The other thing that you can do is after hitting the topspin with the smooth rubber to switch back to the pimples on the backhand and then you will be able to use the speed and topspin on the ball to generate the backspin. It makes the rally interesting for you and also very awkward for your opponent.
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