How to keep a paddle grippy?

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 9 years ago

dario milojevic

dario milojevic Asked 9 years ago

I just ordered a paddle, $69. I wanted to know how do i keep it grippy when i get it. I didn't order a sponge but i was told that i can use a house hold sponge.


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 9 years ago

Hi Dario,

The best thing to do is give it a clean with a damp cloth after each time you use it. Then make sure you put it in a bat cover and keep it out of any sunlight.

If you follow these suggestions then as a rough guide you should get around 80 playing hours of time before the rubbers start to wear out.


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tyrone pullan

tyrone pullan Posted 9 years ago

What I do in my Rubber is that I apply a very small amount of water on it, and then i rub it to distribute evenly, and wait for it to dry! You'll see the grip of the rubber has changed. Also when you think that the rubber you use is old, you can remove the rubber and re-glue it to the paddle again,


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

If after cleaning it with water it still doesn't have grip then it is probably time to get a new rubber.


Rohan Rurik

Rohan Rurik Posted 9 years ago

Is that the life span of the average rubber?  80 hours? I've had my mark V touch since July.  Recently, I feel that it has lost a lot of traction.  Parts still grip the ball but other parts don't. Have you tried Pryde 30?  I have developed a good close to the net game.  I love the control the mark V gave me for that.  Would you recommend the mark V again or should I upgrade to Pryde.  Pryde 30 looks like it might be between the two rubbers.  Any thoughts?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Rohan,

Yes 80 hours is just an estimate and an average.  I haven't tried the Pryde 30 myself.  It may be a good compromise for you.  Others who have tries it may be able to comment.



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