Antispin Shovel Push vs Backspin

Antispin Shovel Push vs Backspin

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Summary Notes

  • I'd recommend reading the summary notes for the shovel push with long pips first, which contain my discussion of the stroke mechanics of the stroke, which is more or less the same for antispin as for long pips.
  • The antispin I am using (Yasaka Antipower) throws the ball a little higher than the long pips I use, so I can use a slightly more vertical bat with antispin.
  • When attempting to adjust your bat angle in training when you have missed the ball, you can start by making a small change to try to correct the problem. If you are still struggling to get the correct bat angle several minutes later, I would suggest making a large change to purposefully make an error in the other direction (i.e. if you have hit the previous ball too high, aim too low on purpose). This should give you a feel for the two incorrect extremes, and what they feel like. Now you should have a good chance of playing the next ball correctly, using a stroke that feels in the middle of these two extremes.
  • If you change your type of rubbers often, you may find it hard to get the correct bat angle and swing speed when under pressure. Try new rubbers in the offseason, and stick to the same type of rubbers during your competition season.
  • Most of the comments for using long pips to produce a shovel push also apply for antispin - the main exception is for those cases where I mention bending the pips to produce more spin.
  • If you can keep your stroke consistent, when things go wrong then it's easier to adjust, since you only need to find the correct bat angle, rather than having to change your wrist snap, swing speed, amount of brush etc.
  • During your training, try to move the ball around when possible (unless you are doing a drill that prevents this). This stops you getting bored and also helps improve your decision making speed during the rally, as well as your ability to place the ball to certain locations.
  • Making decisions quickly is something that combination bat users must get used to. You will have to decide which side of the bat to use (whether to twiddle), which stroke to play, and where to place the ball - all of which will be affected by which rubber is on which side.
  • Hopefully, during a match you can make your opponent make many more decisions than he is used to - he should have to decide which side of the bat you have used, what stroke you played, what spin is on the ball, what stroke he played previously, where the ball is going etc. These extra decisions that he must make due to your combination bat play can frustrate and tire him out mentally, giving you an advantage.
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