Dead Rubber

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 10 years ago

Aman Sagar

Aman Sagar Asked 11 years ago


I have been playing this game from quite a long time but what i regret was playing it like the 'STREET' style. So just recently I joined the best academy in my city. I had bought a Butterfly Primorac Attack pre-assembled paddle (Butterfly Attack blade and Flextra rubber) in January and today my coach suddenly noticed that my performance was deproving. He took a look at my paddle and said that the rubber was dead. I really can't understand how it can be dead in so less time when I took proper care of it (cleaning it with a cleaner every night and keeping it safely in its case). And personally, I haven't experienced any change in the performance of the paddle. Its as good as new (I think). So please tell me how to check if the rubber is really dead.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Aman,

Firstly run your finger across the rubber.  If it feels slippery then it is dead.  If the rubber grips your bat then it will also grip the ball.

It will start to have a glassy look when it starts to get worn.

The Flextra is quite good but once it is exposed to heat it will soon get slippery and the rubber will lose its integrity.


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Aman Sagar

Aman Sagar Posted 10 years ago

Thanx Alios,

          But u confused me now because my rubbers have been shiny from the beginning but when i rub my finger across it, its not at all smooth.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

Hi Aman,

If they are grippy to the touch, then they should still be OK. You are right, some rubbers are quite shiny from the start so don't worry about that.

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