Grippy and tacky rubbers

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 8 years ago

Liyi Tan

Liyi Tan Asked 8 years ago

Hi PingSkills,

My rubbers have not been very spinny after a month or so playing with it. I'm not sure why it lasts for a very short period of time though. I've also been planning to change my rubbers/bat but on a tight budget. I am looking for a rubber with good spin and speed and one that lasts for a very long time. I heard that Chinese rubbers are mostly tacky and cheaper than any other rubbers like Butterfly, Donic and Xiom. I was just wondering, how can you differentiate a tacky and grippy rubber? What is the difference between a tacky and grippy rubber? Can tacky rubber last as long as grippy rubbers? Thanks for any replies!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Liyi,

I am not too sure of the difference but tacky to me means that it has surface grip like you can pick up the ball with it.  Grippy means that when the ball sinks into the rubber it will grip and therefore be able to spin the ball.

Both Chinese and European rubbers grip the ball however the Chinese rubbers tend to be more tacky so if you are just brushing the ball with the surface it will still be able to spin.

I use XIOM Vega Pro and find it has good durability.  The Chinese rubbers do tend to be cheaper as well.

Other readers may have some good suggestions for you.


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