Question: What is the sponge in table tennis?

The sponge is made of a spongy material (obviously) and sits under the rubber topsheet. The sponge lets the ball sink in and catapult out, which is what increases the spin and power of the rubber. The harder and thicker the sponge, the faster it is. The thinner and softer, the slower it is.

What does sponge thickness do in table tennis?

The thinner the sponge the better the control, a thicker sponge gives you more speed with less control. It is therefore possible to slow down a fast racket by using a rubber with thinner sponge. Some players will use a fast offensive rubber on the forehand and a slower more controllable sheet on the backhand.

Which is the best rubber in table tennis?

Rubbers by Highest Overall

Rubber Overall
1. DHS NEO Hurricane 3 National (Blue Sponge) 9.4
2. Andro Hexer Powergrip 9.4
3. DHS Hurricane 3 National (Blue Sponge) 9.4
4. Gewo Proton Neo 450 9.4

What is the difference between 1.9 and 2.1 rubber?

There isn’t a massive difference between 1.9 and 2.1 mm. There is a difference. I play pretty close to the table so there isn’t a big advantage to having thicker rubbers. Thicker rubbers are better for playing back from the table.

What is sponge hardness?

The sponge’s hardness is from 42 to 47 degrees and they are perfect for offensive players that combines speed, spin and with a certain control.

What are the bumps on a ping pong paddle called?

Pips, or pimples, are the little nubs that protrude from a single side of a rubber. Rubbers can have short pips or long pips. Short pips usually have use in close-to-table and reactive counter play styles.

What is tacky rubber?

Tackiness is the characteristic of “stickiness” of a rubber. Most Chinese rubbers have some level of tackiness where you can lift up a ball by simply pressing the rubber on top of the ball, and raising it up.

Should I use tacky rubber?

Tacky rubbers are especially good at receiving short and blocking. This is because the tacky rubber will “hold” the ball for a split second before releasing it.

What is the max thickness of a table tennis rubber?

The foam helps provide more spin and speed. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) regulated the thickness of the foam + rubber layer to a maximum of 4 mm (1⁄6 inch) thick, which has been the regulation in table tennis since.

What rubber does Timo Boll use?

The blades he is preparing in this video are the TIMO BOLL ALC ST and the rubber Timo Boll is current using is Dignics 09C. Both the blade and the rubber are currently available at

Is Tenergy 05 still the best rubber?

Since 2008 Butterfly’s Tenergy 05 is probably the mostly played and best known Table Tennis rubber in the world.

What is the fastest table tennis rubber?

Donic Bluestorm Z1 Turbo

Rubber Speed
1. Donic Bluestorm Z1 Turbo 9.5
2. Gewo Nexxus XT Pro 50 Hard 9.5
3. Stiga Almana Sound SynergyTech 9.5
4. Tibhar Evolution MX-P 9.5

How long does a table tennis rubber last?

On average, table tennis rubbers last between 50 and 100 hours of active gameplay. Depending on how many times per week you play, your skill level, the rubber’s quality, and how you treat your racket will affect how long the actual lifespan really is.

How do you use long pimples in table tennis?

A long pimples rubber with low friction and without sponge (ox) has the most deceptive or disturbing effect for play near the table and is good for traditional chopping as well. Preferably combined with an inverted rubber on the other side of the racket, to make attack play with heavy spin possible.

What does table tennis booster do?

The effect of applying a booster onto the sponge of a rubber is that the booster will absorb into the sponge, expand it, and increase the tension of the rubber top-sheet once it is attached to the blade.

What is tensor in table tennis rubber?

Tensor is a trademark name, which means rubbers with speed glue like effects. Many companies calls them different names (as some are not made by ESN) Also with gluing, make sure you DO NOT stretch the rubber. They are some you tube videos on how to glue rubbers, you can check it out for some visuals.

What is the most grippy rubber?

Rubbers by Highest Spin

Rubber Durable
1. Yasaka Rising Dragon 8.0
2. Tibhar Genius Sound 7.4
3. Xiom Tau 9.3
4. Yasaka Rakza Z 8.5

What is throw angle in table tennis?

The throw angle is how much angle the ball will lift or spin off your racket. A low throw angle means the ball will tend to come straight out rather than lifting up when you do a topspin stroke for example.

How does anti spin rubber work?

Anti – Anti-spin rubber is an inverted sheet of rubber featuring a very slick top sheet with a “dead” sponge layer. The resulting effect is a rubber sheet that is excellent for blocking, returning serves and great for changing the pace.

How do you make rubber sticky?

You can make your rubbers more sticky by following these steps:

  1. 01 Replace the rubber often. It’s not the best thing to do, but you should think about this.
  2. 02 Use sunflower oil.
  3. 03 Remove dust.
  4. 04 Use a plastic cover.
  5. 05 Reglue your rubber.

How can I improve my table tennis rubber?

More videos on YouTube

  1. Remove your rubber from the packaging and take off the rubber protector – if there is one.
  2. Apply a thin layer of water-based glue to the sponge.
  3. Allow it to dry fully (roughly 20 minutes).
  4. Apply a thin layer of booster to the sponge.
  5. Allow it to dry fully (roughly 24 hours).