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Long Pips and Antispin vs Backspin

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Long Pips & Antispin vs Backspin

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Summary Notes

Long Pips vs Backspin - Closeup Front View

  • With the addition of backspin, the sidespin variations are much more effective, producing a significant amount of wobble and sidespin kick on the table.
  • Because of the backspin on the ball, it is necessary to lift the ball a bit more to get the ball over the net. However, due to the backspin being turned into topspin, the ball drops more quickly on the other side of the table, allowing the ball to be hit harder than against float balls due to the higher margin for error.
  • I would still not call a hard drive with long pips an easy shot, or a high percentage stroke.
  • The bat face needs to be a bit more open than against float balls, in order to help lift the ball over the net.
  • The push stroke is also more forward and less downward than compared to the stroke against float balls.
  • On the roll and hit, the bat needs to start below the height of the ball, so that the stroke is upward, not just forward.
  • Note the use of the free arm, shoulder turn, and waist turn, even when hitting with long pips - it is not just an arm stroke.
  • Overall, it is easier to be aggressive against backspin balls compared to float balls, since the backspin turns into topspin, allowing the ball to drop faster onto the other side of the table, increasing the margin for error.

Antispin vs Backspin - Closeup Front View

  • Again, in comparison to the push against float balls, the bat is definitely more open, with the bat sliding more under the ball.
  • Hitting with antispin against backspin balls is significantly easier than using long pips, and easier than against float balls as well.
  • The control with antispin is also better than long pips, although the wobble and sidespin kick produced is much less.

Long Pips vs Backspin - Full Table Front View

  • The sidespin push is essentially the same as the normal push, but with a little left to right (or right to left) motion added to the stroke. I don't attempt to use wrist action to add to the sidespin, since this tends to change the bat angle and can mess your consistency up. Instead, I just move my arm a little sideways, while keeping the bat angle the same.

Antispin vs Backspin - Full Table Front View

  • It is possible to notice that the antispin does not produce as much wobble or sidespin kick as long pips do against a backspin ball.
  • Get to know your limitations with your alternative rubber, and try to improve them in training. The time to try pushing the envelope is during training, not during matches. Matches should be about high percentage play.
  • I use a fairly similar technique for hitting hard with long pips or antispin as I do for using inverted rubber. The footwork, racket preparation, waist and shoulder turn are all similar, although I brush the ball less with long pips or antispin.

Long Pips vs Backspin - Side View

  • On the backhand side, I'm still rolling and hitting the ball from a forehand stance, to allow for faster recovery to the forehand side.
  • Remember to stay in a wide, low stance. Don't get lazy just because you are using your junk rubber.

Antispin vs Backspin - Side View

  • Don't get lazy when training - keep your stance wide and stay on your toes.
  • Notice that in order to hit harder, it is necessary to give yourself some room to swing. If you then decide to push again, you have to come back into the table in order to be at the correct depth.
  • On the forehand side, it's possible to see how the right foot points towards the camera during harder strokes, to allow me to put more weight on my right leg without stressing my knee.
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