Advice for Playing a Long Pip Flipper

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Toxicspin 2nd a...
Joined: 06/27/2011

Hi, its been a while since I posted a question but here goes.  We dont have a lot of players here in Wichita Falls, Tx so I'm lucky that I at least get to play with two people on a regular basis.  One of them is a long pip flipper with inverted and the other player plays with short pips both sides.  I'm trying to increase my attacking skills but what I'm finding out is I have to regulate by 35% attack versus 60% attack.  If i try to attack to much I lose the point by missing long or short (most of the balls being missed are no spin).  If I hold back attacking and stay in the rally he will miss on the long pips side.  Its very hard not to jump on balls floating over the net.  Just wondering if I should continue trying to attack more hoping I will get better ) or attack less and let my opponent miss?  I bought your book from Amazon Kindle and I'm trying to find out how I can get the updated version?  Its a great book, thank you for putting your time in to putting it out for everyone.


Joined: 03/05/2011
Re: Advice for Playing a Long Pip Flipper

I had a LP practice partner for 4 or 5 years.  My style was to serve very heavy, very deep backspins into his pips.  I almost always got a dead/topspin ball back which I always attacked with topspin to the corners.  If the ball came back, it usually had some backspin on it.  I then started looping deep slow spinny balls at their body until I could put one away.  I was lucky to have a LP practice partner which gave me confidence playing other LP'ers. 

Larry Hodges
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Joined: 11/19/2010
Re: Advice for Playing a Long Pip Flipper

Hi Toxicspin, you raise a good point. You do get more practice in general by attacking consistently against the long pips - that's strategic development. But tactically, it's often better to play soft and then pounce on the weak, no-spin returns. (And you do need to groove your attack against them - there's no spin variation in a no-spin.) I'd find a balance. But you also need to develop those tactical skills, and the ability to play soft followed by sudden attacks, so doing that is also stategic development. So perhaps learn to beat the long pips player tactically, then gradually improve your general attack against the long pips. 

Against short pips, the Tactics book pretty much covers this - keep the ball deep on the table! You definitely want to learn to attack consistently against the short pips, and in this case, strategic and tactical development are the same. 

Hope this helps!