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Long Pimple Chop Block | Table Tennis | PingSkills

October 13, 2019

Hi, I’m Alois Rosario. Today we’re going to
show you the long pimple chop block. If you are unsure about what long pimples are, take
a look at our video on the effects of rubber. This shot is used by long pimpled players
when they’re close to the table. It’s quite a defensive stroke but it can be used really
effectively to keep the attacker away from playing a strong ball. This stroke is most effective against a topspin
ball. As the ball is spinning in to me with topspin I’m coming down on the ball and the
ball actually stays spinning in the same direction but goes back with backspin. Now if I want to put more backspin on the
ball what I’m going to do is brush down on the ball a little bit faster so using a little
bit more wrist and brushing down to then get that ball rotating even faster so I’m going
to add a little bit of my own spin on the ball to get the ball back with more backspin
on the ball. The stroke isn’t a large one. All you’re doing
is you’re coming straight down on the ball. The long pimples are absorbing some of the
speed and the spin and your action is from up to down. To help to absorb some of the speed it’s great
to keep your wrist nice and relaxed so that your bat is a lot softer and it acts more
like a cushion rather than a hard wall. So by keeping your wrist relaxed you absorb some
of the speed. Because the ball goes back quite slowly it’s
really important to keep the ball low over the net. If the ball goes up high it gives
them a little bit more time to adjust to that ball and then play a stronger shot so remember
keep the ball as low as you can over the net. Something else that is going to make your
stroke more effective is if you take the ball early off the bounce. This gives them less
time. It’s also getting you to hit the ball from closer to the net which will help you
to keep the ball low and also shorter if you need to. So get the ball as early off the
bounce as you can. When the ball is going really fast to you,
your stroke needs to be vertical so that you’re not giving it anymore forward momentum. The
speed of the ball is going to take the ball back on to the table but if they play a slower
ball then you’re going to need a little bit of your own forward momentum to get the ball
back over the net. And like with all of our strokes at PingSkills
it’s important to keep it simple so we’re going to get the bat coming through on one
plane. So straight down or forward, so we’re not going to try and scoop through the ball
or make it too complicated or change the angle of our racket during our stroke. The angle
of the racket stays the same and we move in one plane for our stroke.


  • Reply Avinash Shewale December 27, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Very nice video as always sir.
    I am big fan of pingskills.

    Can u make a video of how to play the knuckle/dead/no spin ball produced by long pips (ox/ no sponge) close to table play.

    When we push with inverted rubber to LP the return shot produces knuckle ball which has no spin and it dies very quickly. How to tackle or play this type of ball??

    Thank you.

  • Reply gptsx jr December 27, 2015 at 8:00 am

    @Avinash Shewale normally i would just flick the ball if its short, or return with side spin if its long

  • Reply Liberalz December 27, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Guys what about anti-spin?
    I wanna learn and try doing that.

  • Reply Dieter Verhofstadt December 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Very good video, in terms of content and format. You are the professionals of table tennis teaching videos!

  • Reply Mohamed Tawfiq December 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Awesome guys., keep it up

  • Reply Mohamed Tawfiq December 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Awesome guys., keep it up

  • Reply Şhrey Şapare December 27, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Nice vid.
    Can you make a video on how to do Kenta Matsudaira's special serve? Pls

  • Reply David Rosu December 27, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Hi guys , an old guy at my club has the most unique serve i have ever seen , he has a "stance" when serving like Jun Mizutani , but he contacts the ball only with the edge of his bat ! Have you ever seen a serve like that before? The ball also catches a very un-predictable spin and it is nearly impossible to read his spin.

  • Reply PYlReblIon 15 December 29, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Can you only score on your own serve

  • Reply SKhuder December 29, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Great video!
    Can I serve at the right or left corner?

  • Reply 【☯】ɈẨƇƘ【♞】 December 29, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I see this tecnique during a Mizutani's match, and is very effective. Is a chop, but not too much high/long. Can be called "Short backhand chop" 🙂

    But, why the defenders players tend to use a normal chop instead of use this one ?

  • Reply 胡榮軒 December 30, 2015 at 1:15 am

    How do duy a gree and white ball

  • Reply Sy Pham December 30, 2015 at 11:56 am

    If I can't afford pimple rubbers, can I take the pimples off my face and superglue it to a normal rubber?

  • Reply Mehmood Merchant January 13, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    very good

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  • Reply Christian Adrian Aniceta February 10, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Hi.. do you have tips on how to return long side spin serves with long pips? tnx

  • Reply Oula Al Arab March 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Nice keep it up

  • Reply Zazen forever June 6, 2016 at 2:55 am

    This is great. How do you play a long pip. bump on a short ball from the opponent?

  • Reply Darwinian Bonobo October 8, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    How do you chop a ball when it's right in front of you chest and it's going fast.

  • Reply Arnaldo Bonilla November 10, 2016 at 3:57 am

    What rubber can you guys recommended for long pimple out

  • Reply Subhan Abbas November 25, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Coach im looking to buy pimples for my tt bat which is better long pimples or short ones… pimples for back hand

  • Reply INFAMOUS GAMING November 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    make a vedio to tell us the long pip wobbling effect plz help us to learn that!!!!!

  • Reply Aditya Bro January 17, 2017 at 4:59 am

    which rubber you are using

  • Reply Aditya Bro January 17, 2017 at 5:01 am

    good video

  • Reply Tsans B February 2, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Is it recommended for chopper? Sorry, I'm a beginner 😁😁

  • Reply Paolo Liotta March 9, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Hi, i have a question. The Chop block is good only with a long pimple?

  • Reply Jonathan Yung April 20, 2017 at 10:08 am

    what was the long pips rubber?

  • Reply 1976killy April 26, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Master! And congratulations on your lessons! for me are very important THANKS.
    I have a question for this topic: I would like to answer with a ball Very very very much cut (a Inverted effect). Which rubber long pimple advises me to buy??

  • Reply maurice_0615 May 13, 2017 at 12:40 am

    I've had lp's for a while now. And I think I'm going back to regular rubber on bh. I like being able to generate my own spin, and there is much more chance of a future with attacking. I have so big dream. If only I could train 40 hrs a week. My dream

  • Reply Yamen Raslan May 28, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I have a long pimple rab on backhand side.
    what can I do with a heavy/light chop shot on my backhand?
    please answer me ,thanks for the video

  • Reply yuan yuan June 8, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Dear pingskill, thank you very much for this video, its very inspiring. Do you use OX long pips or you have sponge under the rubber? And what is reason for the choice? Thank you very much! I used a pip rubber with 1mm sponge and it doesn't work quite well, the ball bounces a bit far off the table, I wish to find out if this is the problem with the rubber.

  • Reply muhamad iqbal August 22, 2017 at 5:05 am

    it's really helping! Thanks!

  • Reply bartofilms September 2, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Loosing matches to players in my brackets who run long pips. With normal inverted, I'm finding that I must work harder to win a point and pips players are able to rudder the ball around the table effortlessly. I don't mind a challenge, but I do find my frustration level goes up quickly when I have to play against pips. One thing I notice lately is that chopping into pips doesn't always bring back topspin. Sometimes ball comes back dead spin or very light topspin which I then hit into the net… Is it possible to play with a flat angled bat against pips, then wait for them to pop it up so it can be attacked with topspin? Thx Gents.

  • Reply Coyman Neemus March 29, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Thanks Alois!

  • Reply Pierre Cruz June 10, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Hello! This video is awesome! I have a question. I am a new chopper who has been playing with long pimples on my backhand and normal rubber on my forehand for about 3 months and your videos have help me a lot. However, there is something that has been bugging me. Of what I understand, Joo Sae Hyuk has long pimple rubber on one side of the paddle, and on the other he has normal rubber just like me. However, I have seen on all of his videos that he never changes the side of the paddle to chop from long pimples to the normal rubber when he chops with the forehand. When I am playing and I have to switch from chopping from my backhand to my forhand, I switch the rubber to the long pimples to chop. This normally takes a lot of stamina, and I notice that Joo Sae Hyuk chops with normal rubber when he has to chop with his forehand. Have I been doing it incorrectly? Should I chop with the normal rubber when they are attacking me and I have to chop with my forehand, or switch the paddle to the long pimples rubber side? Thank you and sorry for this long message!

  • Reply Udayana Mahanta July 2, 2018 at 5:24 am

    Your coaching is really awesome and helpful too

  • Reply Chung David July 10, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    This move only works for weak ass attacks. Anything stronger than that and the ball will lob outside the table

  • Reply Sudip Ghimire September 18, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Do we need a sponge for phanthom rubber or can we just stick the rubber with the blade?

  • Reply SPL!T CØRG November 16, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Good Video But My Problem Is My ball Goes down sometimes when I hit it

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  • Reply Jet Plane March 26, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Good but way too much talk and not enough video.

  • Reply Anton Praja June 8, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Hi there, can you recommend around 1 to 5 blades that is good for longpimples ? maybe some popular blades in you club ?

  • Reply Cindy Tiew August 5, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    The person using long pips on FH in my club does the forehand chop block instead

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