Dead vs Anti-Spin

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 4 years ago

Eilaf Meenai

Eilaf Meenai Asked 4 years ago

Hi. I was recently playing against an opponent who after a few rallies refused to play with me and claimed that I was using a dead racket, saying that it is not allowed in tabletennis. When I asked him what a dead racket is, he told me that there is no friction between my rubbers and the ball. Is there anything such as a 'dead' racket? And is it any different from anti-spin rubbers? And also, if there is a so-called 'dead' racket, is it allowed in tournaments? And are anti-spin rubbers allowed in tabletennis tournaments?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Eilaf,

Anti spin rubbers are allowed in tournaments.  If the rubber has been altered then it is not allowed but if they are just dead then there is nothing that your opponent can really do.  It is more of a disadvantage to you than to them.

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Eilaf Meenai

Eilaf Meenai Posted 4 years ago

Thanks a lot! :)


D K Posted 4 years ago

You would be surprised,but for me,the deadbat opponent is harder to deal with than the antispin one :D

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