June 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm #45
I use hallmark Frustration 2.0mm in my forehand on a Zhang Jike ALC Blade. The strokes that I use with my forehand are flick, drive, top spin movement and sometimes I use a sidespin stroke.
My problem is when someone serves me with backspin or backspin/sidespin long to my forehand, I encounter the following issues:
– If I try to flick, the ball goes to the net.
– If I try to drive/Sidespin stroke, the balls pops out and goes long or too high.
– If I try to hit it with a top spin stroke, I pass the ball but it is an easy ball for my opponent to attack (I am currently playing in division 1) and I find myself already in disadvantage during the point (this disadvantage also affects mentally since I’m already worried about playing defensively during the point)
Could you provide some guidance regarding how to handle these kind of services to the pimples?
Keep up the good work and my best wishes in this new adventure!June 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm #50
I do have a few thoughts, but could you give me a little more information on the following points:
(1) Do you twiddle/flip your racket at all? Are you capable of hitting a FH loop with your inverted rubber?
(2) Can you chop/push with the Frustration on the FH at all? Or chop/push with the inverted?
(3) Do you mainly play up to the table or far away (ie long range defender)? If up to the table, or you more aggressive or defensive?
(4) Do you have a BH loop with your inverted rubber?
GregJune 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm #51
Thanks for you quick reply.
(1) I am starting to practice twiddling. I usually change the inverted side to my forehand only when I serve. I am able to FH loop with my inverted rubber, but I am not confident it would be a high percentage shot (I changed to long pimples 2 years ago on my forehand and I realised it gave me better control using the top spin stroke)
(2) I never chop/push with the pimples side. I chop/push with the inverted side only when it is strictly necessary
(3) I play close to the table in a more aggressive way
(4) My backhand is my stronger side, I am able to BH loop with a lot of confident and I always try to attack using my BH loop/flickJune 10, 2014 at 10:32 am #58
OK – thanks for that info – I’ll have a think and get back to you. I might be able to put it into a video reply with luck.
GregJune 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm #59
Thanks Greg!June 11, 2014 at 5:56 pm #66
No offence, but are you sure using long pips on the FH is a good idea at all? As I’m sure you’re aware this is very unconventional – which is great too, in a way, since your opponents certainly wouldn’t be used to it! But apart from chopping and flipping – I personally find using long pips on the FH very difficult. I think it’s due to the fact that FH strokes are further ‘away’ from the body than BH strokes – and project from a perpendicular stance. You admit yourself having problems with quite a few FH long pips strokes – so if I were you, I’d reconsider my set up. No offense of course. If you manage to play effectively with FH long pips you would be quite a tricky opponent – so maybe it’s worth sticking with it. I personally wouldn’t, but who knows? Anyway, look forward to hearing what Greg has to say.June 12, 2014 at 10:00 am #68
No offence taken.
Actually, I am pretty happy with long pimples on my forehand. Like I said, I am looking for advise in a specific situation during games that is allowing my opponents very easy attacks. I never said I was having problems with several long pimples F/H strokes, my problem is how to approach a specific situation during the game.
I agree that is very difficult to play with long pimples, but there are several long pimples designed to attack and play a more aggressive style.June 12, 2014 at 4:03 pm #69
I’ve shot the video and just need to edit and type up the notes. I’ll hopefully have it up in a few hours time.June 13, 2014 at 4:05 am #72
Hey Yankee – yeh I should have probably shut my uninformed mouth about the topic – I’m quite new to long pips – just a year – and i just couldn’t imagine using them so much with fh at this stage.but techniques of table tennis are wide and varied and long may they be so! Good luck to you!June 13, 2014 at 11:10 am #73June 20, 2014 at 4:25 am #101
Huh??? ‘The video is up at…’ Link seems to be missing on my version.June 21, 2014 at 6:33 am #106
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