Determining spin factor in a rubber

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Robert du Rivage

Robert du Rivage Asked 5 years ago

What determines spin factor in a rubber?  Is it tack?  Can you have high spin factor and low tack factor?  How does spin affect speed, or , what I call, the ability for a ball to rebound?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Robert,

The tackiness on the surface is one thing but the quality of the sponge and rubber will also effect the amount of spin that you can generate.  The same applies to the speed.  The blade also is a factor in this as well.

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Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 5 years ago

Typically, the chinese rubbers are hard and sticky, and the European / Japanese rubbers are non-sticky and softer. Either of them can produce a lot of spin, but the stroke to make them work properly isn't exactly the same (really fine skimming vs. more impact).

If your technique is not very good, I think it's easier to get good spin with European / Japanese rubbers with soft sponges. Their drawback is that they are less precise when it comes to smashing or blocking.

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