PLAYING AGAINST LONG PIMPLES
Part 1 : Key Thoughts and the Long Pimpled Effect
The Best Way to get to grips with the surface is to assume that:
Long pimples do not put any spin on the ball at all, they return your own spin to you.
This leads to the somewhat surprising result (see the diagram):
If you do a topspin - the ball will come back with backspin
If you do a chop( or a push) - the ball will come back with mild topspin
Your chops and pushes only come back with a small amount of topspin because your chops and pushes will only contain a small amount of spin, much less spin than your hits.
Although a block is shown in the diagrams the effect is the same regardless of the movement of the pimpled bat. And herein lies the problem because your experience tells you that if your opponent does an upward movement of the bat there will be topspin on the ball and if he does a downward movement there will be backspin on it.
You will judge the amount of spin by many factors such as the speed of the arm, the path of the arm etc. all this information will be assessed by the brain in a split second and will be the result of knowledge gained over many hours of play. In fact one of the reason why we practice is to be able to make these sort of judgement automatically.
But when playing against long pimples, your experience lets you down. It is not what your opponent does with his bat that is important but what you did with your last shot. So you have got to re-train your brain and try to remember what you did with your last shot.
Surprisingly this is not very easy, and even after you train yourself to do it, you will often forget and make the most basic and, seemingly, simple mistakes. When this happens don't panic just keep calm and try to recollect what you should be doing and have the confidence and courage to act accordingly.
Now I am going the make the statement which, I am sure,many people will disagree with. I think it is largely true but in any cases it is the best thought to have in your head.
The harder you hit the ball the more topspin will be on it
The harder you hit the ball the more backspin you will receive back
This last statement needs to be borne in mind when playing against long pimpled defenders.
So a slow hit will contain a small amount of of topspin and any long pimpled return will contain a small amount of backspin. A hard hit will contain a lot of topspin and so a long pimpled return will contain a lot of backspin.
These last two sentences are very important, and they should give you a clue as to how to play against long pimples. We will come back to them later.
In the next part we will look at some typical rallies and see how things can go wrong when playing against long pimples. In the meantime study the diagrams and memorize the key thoughts because they are at the heart of the long pimpled effect.
Part 2 : Long Pimpled Defenders - the core of the problem
We now come to what is probably the core of the difficulties encountered by attacking players when playing against long pimples. I am illustrating these difficulties by analysing a number of rallies between you, a modern attacking player, and a long pimpled defender - Mr. Pimps. The rallies are typical of the sort of thing I have seen many times in encounters between these types of players.
First two comments:
when you play a defensive player you will often get points early on in the game with hard hits, but as the game goes on the defensive player will get the measure of your hits and get them back. I have assumed this has happened when the score is 5-5. It is unlikely that when you play a game you will analyse each shot as I indicated in the table. Most of the time you will judge each shot automatically using your experience. But when playing against pimples you have got to think more and put your experience aside.
The score is 5 all with Mr. Pimps to serve
During the game you are confused you just don't know what he's doing. You watch his bat closely. If only you knew what he was doing you could combat it. But that's just it he isn't doing anything, you are doing it all for him. The more severe and diabolical things you throw at him the more severe and diabolical things you will get back.
Look at the print at 7-6 and his shots 3, 5, 7. This is where your problems really start. You get back a mild chop, a heavy chop and a mild topspin, and all from what looks like the same shot from him - a fairly gentle chop. No wonder you are confused. But remember, each time you are getting your own spin back so you are digging your own grave.
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