Whenever I play BH short pips players, I feel I'm at a permanent disadvantage. From their pips, they can loop and drive and smash. But even their basic rally shot gives me trouble on every rally. It has no spin, so I have to change my stroke and brush up on every single shot resulting in more errors on my part.
It seems like anything under 2000 is at a permanent disadvantage against short pips, especially on the BH.
How can I play against SP players without increasing my own error rate?
May not be answering directly to you but more of a general statement.
1. With regards to how to play long / short / pips or junk oops, I mean errrr..... unconventional set-up, no matter how much of theory knowledge you have, if you rarely play against one, you will struggle against it due to unfamiliarity to it. Your muscle memory or autonomous response has not kick in yet.
2. If you play against them often, then just like playing against regular rubber, once muscle memory sets-in, these rubber are at your mercy because these rubbers are reactive to you and not vice-versa. Once you are familiar with their mechanism / physics, you'll have the way with them.
On the amateur scene, most of these pimple players are either the elderly folks ( majority ) who, understandably may have locomotion difficulty or plain lazy b4st4rds who are too lazy to learn how to spin and just rely on a crutch to gain cheap points. They prefer to use technology aka pimple this and that to create an advantage. Any amateur player will struggle with these advantage until they reach a certain level where OP suggested 2,000 level.
Whatever the number may be, once the amateur player reach that maturity, they form a certain pattern or muscle memory that can counter these pimple effectively. I am speaking from personal experience and at the amateur level and from my vantage point.
In my personal experience on what works against these pimples are:
1, Long fast dead ball ( no-spin ) serve into their pimple side and then smash the dead returning ball till kingdom come.
2. Slow and heavy loop and watch them struggle with the block. Pips are strong against fast low loop but weak against slow heavy loop. This, is what I mean when I say a pips player is a passive player i.e., at the mercy of the inverted rubber player.
3. Pips is very afraid of no spin ball. They need your spin to counter against you. If you do not give them spin, they will have difficulty generate spin on their own and most of the ball will find the net.
4. Point Nos. 3 is moot if the player is very good player who knows how to twiddle with the inverted side and generate spin.
5. If the pips player is of higher level than you, then just play and take it as a learning experience.
6. I have had a lot of play time with pips player recently, so the memories are very fresh with me.