Colourful rubbers

Table Tennis Equipment

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eugene lu

eugene lu Asked 1 month ago

Hi Pingskills, 

I don't know starting from when there is this trend for using different coloured rubbers. (e.g. green, pink, yellow etc.) It wasn't used before so I'm not sure did they changed the rule to allow it (previously forbidden) or people started to get creative and added random colours into the sport. But seeing how even professionals use it in the high level tournaments without restrictions proves that it is legal. But still, does it really benefit the sport in anyway? Also, do these different coloured rubbers have different effectiveness compared to those blue and red ones?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Eugene,

Traditionally, table tennis players had to use black and red rubbers — one on each side of the racket. This rule was primarily to ensure that opponents could tell the difference between the two sides, as they can have very different playing properties. However, a recent change by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has indeed made it possible for players to use rubbers in a variety of colors. As of July 1, 2021, the ITTF now permits rubbers in blue, green, pink, and purple, in addition to the traditional red and black. This move is aimed at bringing additional vibrancy and personalisation options to the sport, potentially making it more appealing, especially for youth and recreational players.

Regarding the effectiveness of these new colored rubbers, there is no inherent difference in performance based solely on the color. The performance of a rubber depends on its material composition, pimple structure (if any), thickness of the sponge, and other technical aspects. The color is simply a dye added to the rubber and does not affect these characteristics. So, to your question about whether these colors benefit the sport — it can be said that they add a fun element and allow for personal expression, which could attract new players and fans. In any sport, including table tennis, broadening its appeal can have positive effects. Hope that clears up the colorful world of table tennis for you! Keep playing and enjoying the game.

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