The defensive chopper is a playing style where the player continually chops with very heavy underspin, and the opponent will often loop, but the loops are less dangerous as it's difficult to aggressively loop against heavy underspin. It is often a test of consistency to see whether the attacker's offense is better than the defender's defense.

Some choppers also twiddle the racket, switching from a smooth grippy rubber to a pimpled rubber to confuse the opponent.

The modern chopper also mixes in an attacking game. When the attacker happens to give a ball that is too high, the chopper may jump in for the kill.

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