Changing rubbers

Table Tennis Equipment

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D K Asked 5 years ago

Hello Alois and Jeff.

I am thinking about changing my rubbers as my current forehand rubber is completely worn-out.

But as I want to switch colors and my longpips seem to be still good, I do not know how to solve it.

How can I find out if my longpips are worn-out unless they will start to lose pips (I want very grippy longpips)?

Also,I am thinking about getting smaller sponge,but I am not sure.

I have experience with both TSP Curl P4 0.5 and TSP Curl P1R 1mm.

I am just confused which one to use as they both provide some properties I need and some I do not need.

By the way,what is a "dampening sponge"?
One player asked me if I know any other way how to slow down his bat.
I do not get it,he uses Donic Defplay,the slowest blade that can be bought here,with OX longpips from Neubauer with a thick dampening sponge,and he still claims it to be too fast.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi DK,

The Long pips are a bit harder to tell if they are worn.  Definitely if they are breaking that is a sign.

You will need to experiment with the sponge to see what feels best.  Others that use long pips may be able to offer you some advice here.

A dampening sponge is just a slower sponge that allows you to slow down the ball.

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D K Posted 5 years ago

Though,how can it be done even if it is hard?

The point is that each of them feels good for something else

Maybe I will end up with P4 1mm.

So he uses one of the slowest rubbers with the slowest blade and a slow-down sponge and he still considers ti too fast?

Additionally,do you know how age affects the sponge?
I consider buying a thinner sponge Rakza for my forehand rubber and I do not know if it slows down or what it does.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

The thinner sponge will make it slower.  Sponge doesn't really age fast.  It lasts a long time.  It is more the rubber that will wear out.


D K Posted 5 years ago


I know a sponge lasts long.
I just do not know what effect has aging on the sponge.

Can anyone else help with those pips? :(
I know both those rubbers well,but I do not know how my blade will affect them and I am unable to decide :(


D K Posted 3 years ago

In the final,I decided to go for Matsushita-developed TSP CUrl P4.
Once for all,my choice was good.

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