Difference between rubbers

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 6 years ago

hao jun

hao jun Asked 6 years ago

Hi, what is the difference between Chinese, Japanese(?), and European rubbers? Thanks!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Hao,

The Chinese rubbers tend to be a little harder than the European rubbers.  However, there are many types of each, with many subtle differences in them.

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Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 6 years ago

The typical Chinese rubber is indeed hard, and it is very tacky. I tried some once, I could pick up the ball by just pushing the surface on the ball and lifting the racket. They're great for blocking and serving, but I couldn't get used to them for topspinning. I need softer rubbers. One drawback of the tacky rubbers is that when the air is very humid, they loose their grip, while European type rubbers are less affected. Oh and Chinese rubbers are usually extremely cheap, like 5 to 10 times less than a sheet of Tenergy... Some Chinese rubbers try to mimic European ones, like the LKT Rapid series for example.

I think Japanese rubbers are pretty close to European rubbers.

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