Dead rubber

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 3 years ago

Chris Orlina

Chris Orlina Asked 3 years ago

Is there anything you can do with dead rubber?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Chris,

Unfortunately not.

The only thing is to wipe it well with some water or a very weak detergent solution and see if that helps.  If not, it is time to change the rubber.

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Stanislav Galov

Stanislav Galov Posted 3 years ago

Greetings! Is it allowed for a player to use a rubber that is partially without any grip at all, i.e. too old, but works as antispin from time to time depending on the chance / where it hits the ball... :)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Hi Stanislav,

What I can see in the rules is this:

  1. 2.4.7  The racket covering shall be used without any physical, chemical or other treatment. Slight deviations from continuity of surface or uniformity of colour due to accidental damage or wear may be allowed provided that they do not significantly change the characteristics of the surface.

Stanislav Galov

Stanislav Galov Posted 3 years ago

Thank you Alois :) for always being helpful and quick to respond to the amateurs' questions :)

A well experienced friend (also with international participations) told me - "that's what he has", i.e. it's alright.

Though acoording to the rule you just cited, it seems to me that my hunch was right, i.e. the characteristics of the surface are significantly changed due to wear :)

I'm guessing no one would stop them from using such a rubber on the amateur level and as it is a dubble edged knife he can't possible go higher with such a bat :)

But it threw me off soo much! During the warm up, my every second hit on the diagonal with the backhand went straight to the net. I was flabbergasted :D

I wish you a wonderful remainder of the week and happy TT training :)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Thanks Stanislav.

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