Let us have a look at the backhand chop. Jeff here is going to demonstrate the stroke for the backhand chop. You will see that Jeff
starts with his bat at his left ear and follows through down towards his right knee. His feet
position go quite side on to the table. In table tennis it isn’t often that we have
enough time to turn side on but with the backhand chop you do have a bit more time as you are
a little bit further away from the table. As Jeff turns side on to the table he will
hit the ball in front of his body when he is side on to the table. When you are defending it is often best to use a long pimple rubber. The black side of Jeff’s bat now is a long pimple rubber. The long pimple gives you better control when you are defending. We will just have a look at the different effect that the ball has
with the different types of rubber. If I topspin the ball to Jeff you will see the effect
that it has when it hits the red or the inverted pimple. Now when the top spin hits the long pimple rubber you will see the ball goes a lot lower.
The long pimple rubber gives you much better control. The other thing that long pimple
rubber does is it helps to reverse the spin. So the more topspin that I put on the ball
the more backspin that the ball will come back with, with the long pimple rubber. With
the normal rubber you can get more variations because you are generating your own speed
and your own spin. Whereas with the long pimple rubber you are very reliant on the type of
spin that your opponent is giving you. So if they give you a heavy top spin it is almost
certain that your return will have heavy backspin on it. Whereas with the inverted rubber
you can generate your own spin.