Playing against players who have long pips on both their forehand and backhand rubbers

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John Castin asked 8 months ago

Tom, unfortunately topspin is not part of my game. I normally use backspin or drives on both my forehand and backhand.
I have trouble playing against players who have long pips on both their forehand and backhand rubbers.
What tactics should I use against these type of players?
 



1 Answers
Tom Lodziak Staff answered 8 months ago

Well actually, you don’t need topspin strokes to beat long pimples players. You can still win by just using your pushes and drives.
 
The most important part is understanding how long pimples work. If you haven’t done so already, the please read these articles …
 
How to get good against long pimples
How to beat long pimples
 
Or take a look at this video…
 
How to beat long pimples
 
When you have a good understanding of how long pimples work, then your pushes and drives will be sufficient to win points. 
 
So if your opponent gives you backspin, then you will be able to return the ball with a simple push. If your opponent gives you no-spin or light topspin, then you can use your drives. You may need to swing up a little higher with your drive swing for the ball to consistently clear the net. And try to make contact at the top of the bounce. If you can play your drives with some speed and power, then your long pimples opponent may find it hard to return your attacks.
 
Good luck!