Long pimples rubbers, are primarily used to control incoming spin, making it easier to manipulate the spin by either returning the opponent's spin, or changing it when you return the ball. These rubbers are generally quite slow as well, allowing to change and control the pace of the ball as well. Compared to anti-spin rubbers, long pimples are generally take a little more adjustments to control the ball, but have more ability to manipulate the spin which makes them more dangerous. Medium pimple rubbers are somewhere between long and short pimples, having more offensive potential but not quite the slow pace and spin manipulation ability compared to long pimples.
Pimple Rubbers have pimples on the outside of the rubber, instead of the smooth surface of the inverted rubbers (which have the pimples facing inside). These types of rubbers are generally used to control or manipulate the spin in the game. Short pimple rubbers (also commonly referred to as 'short pips') realise the fastest possible ball speed close to or over the table. They are most suitable for direct over the table hard hitting and quick speed - blocking where the generation of spin is less important. They generate less spin, but are also less sensitive to spin. They are popular with defensive, or combination bat players (player with very different types of rubbers on either side on the bat) who are capable of changing the rhythm of defense into attack.