How to Choose Your Table Tennis Rubber

Table Tenis RacketsIn table tennis, equipment is very important. A game often depends on the quality and characteristics of the blades, which brings us to the importance of choosing the best table tennis rubber for you.

This pimpled or sandwich rubber sheet glued on your blade, besides answering the ITTF rules, helps you put the speed and spin you want in your strokes, also influencing the weight and speed of the blades.

When choosing a type of rubber, besides the specifications to consider, always remember that your rubber should fit your style and skills. For example, different backhand and forehand strokes require different rubbers, each suited for your stroke.

The table tennis rubber characteristics are influenced by those of the sponge and topsheets. Thus, for the sponge, you have to consider:

  • Thickness – it increases speed but diminishes control;
  • Hardness – hard sponge produces less spin and is preferred by drivers or smashers, while the loopers usually choose softer sponge or no sponge at all.

The topsheets represent the covering surfaces that get in contact with the ball. The factors to be taken into account when choosing the topsheets are:

  • Smoothness – pimples-in rubber (smooth) is most used, while pimples-out rubber is preferred by players to reduce spin and increase speed;
  • Tackiness/grip – tackiness brings about spin, but also vulnerability to the opponent’s spin;
  • Thickness – when buying sponge and topsheets separately, the overall thickness must not exceed 4mm, according to ITTF rules;
  • Hardness – hard topsheets produce more speed and less spin;
  • Speed glue – enables control, spin and speed;
  • Throw angle – the ability to throw the ball lower or higher on identical strokes;
  • Weight – the overall weight of the blades is influenced by that of the topsheets, the thickness of the sponge and the amount of speed glue used.

With these aspects covered, the next best thing you can do is ask for the advice of a coach or experienced player. After watching you play, they will be able to come up with suggestions on what table tennis rubber suits your style and skills.

And make sure you get the chance to try out the new rubbers before making the final decision, so that you can determine by yourself if they are what you need and if using them gives you the comfort and control you need for your best strokes.

If you take all these factors into consideration, you will choose the perfect table tennis rubber for you, and (hopefully) win most of the games, too.

Previous post:

Next post: