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A real low and short no-spin serve can give you some easy points in matches, as they are difficult to flip hard, and they require good timing to push hard. Mix it up with a heavy backspin in the same spot. Remember to get it short, the ball should bounce short on your side close to the net...

 Removing speed glue build-up from rubbers

For those of you that speed glue regularly, youíll know that a layer of adhesives will build up onto the sponge over time. The more adhesive components in the glue, the quicker this builds up. It will build up to a point where youíll need a lot more glue than normal to get the same speed glue effect. Some people will change rubbers at this stage, others will try to remove the build up the make the sponge effective again. If your topsheet is still in good condition, itís well worth trying to remove it, youíve got little to lose.

Below is the procedure I follow to remove the build up. Note there is a significant risk youíll tear off some pieces of the sponge, or tear it so badly itís not usable any more. Although I have not completely ruined any rubbers myself, itís a risk you have to be willing to take.

Take the rubber off the blade, and put a protection sheet on the topsheet to protect it from accidental spills, etc. Dip a cloth in turps (mineral turpentine) and wipe it over the glue on the sponge until it looks a little wet. Wait for a few mins until it looks Ďtouch dryí.

Rub the glue with you finger, starting at the bottom corner. If itís still very mushy, wait a little longer. If itís still a little hard, put some more turps on. If itís right you should be able to roll it off, and keep rolling once youíve got a start. Continue this process further onto the sponge. When it feels like the glue is getting a little hard again, put some more turps on, wait a little and continue the process.

The key is to do it slowly and carefully, or youíll pull of lots of little pieces of sponge, and get pits in the sponge. The first time I did it myself I got about 10 little pits in the sponge. They were small and not significant enough to affect play. Next time I got no pits at all.

Once youíve done the whole sponge, you need to let it dry, as the turps act a little like speed glue, and expands the sponge. The sponge should look pretty good, similar to when it was new. Before you start speed gluing it again, you need to prime it again.

Hope this guide helps!

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