Some people are completely helpless against anti-spin players especially those players who are playing with attacking style. If you are also having issues in playing against an anti-spin player, you can keep on reading this guide on how to play with these types of rubber.
Generally, players who are playing anti-spin tend to just make the ball come slower to you. When you can do is you can just get forward on top of the ball and strike it at top of the bounce. This can really work most of the time.
Serve Close to the Net
A good way to counteract anti-spin rubbers is to serve close to the net with a low and no spin balls. Antispin rubbers are rubbers with minimal grip, so the more spin you impart on your serves the weirder they receive will be. They can be quite effective in the hands of a player with a good feeling, but if you serve no-spin then you neutralize their weapon and manage to attack first
Which type of drills should you incorporate in practice to get better against anti-spin?
If you have a partner that plays an antispin rubber simply serve no-spin short balls or long fast with topspin or no spin. If you don’t have a partner with antispin rubber then buy one and just experiment with it to see how you can attack it.
One thing you have to adjust is to close your paddle when looping and play more close to the table. Generally, anti-spin balls come back slowly and with no spin and if you don’t attack them, your opponent will.
After some practice, you will get the idea. It is rather easy to win against anti-spin players when you start to feel familiar with their play. They rely on their opponent’s mistake, not on their own creativity.
Is Anti Spin Works Just Like Long Pips?
Anti-spin is basically a “dead” rubber that cannot grip the ball. It has lost its elasticity so it cannot produce spin.
Every incoming ball with spin when contacts the anti-spin rubber loses a high percentage of its rotation 85-95 %. So the ball comes back with no spin making it tricky to attack.
Once you learn how to attack it though it becomes rather easy to play against, that’s why there is no top professional player (except Amelie Solja) that plays with anti-spin.
Long pips can produce spin and slow down the ball, if you can master it you can add great variation from no spin to heavy underspin confusing your opponent.
Also, anti-spin rubbers absorb spin, so they can just ‘dunk’ the ball back. It tends to have no spin. In addition, it will be slow and floaty when returning shot.
Try to Play Fast Game With Them
A good way to play with these anti-spin merchants is to play a fast game. You can try to hit hard when playing against them. You should go for speed rather than spin and move them around.
If you didn’t play fast enough, you may let them pull you into a pushing game, you will let them control your move and they will win the game.
There is a significant percentage of players who think that anti-spin rubbers should be banned and those who think that they spoil the game, you play a quality spinny loop and they just ‘dunk’ it back.
However, there are still anti-spin players who exist in the table tennis arena and you better having yourself well-prepared when you meet with this type of player in a tournament.
Here is an interesting match Liu Shiwen vs Amelie Solja. Check how a top professional player like Liu struggles against a good anti-spin player. She won the match eventually, but some of her shots were ridiculously on the net or even 1 meter out from the edge of the table.