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I bought a new racket recently and wanted to know how i can prolong its life. Should i put tape around its edges? If so, which tape should i use, the electric tape type? Any other ways to protect it?
And is it necessary to remove the transparent plastic covering from the surface of the racket?
Thanks in advance.
It's always exciting to get new equipment! As far as using edge tape, that does offer a little bit of protection in case you hit the edge of the bat on the table but it's certainly not essential. Normally a table tennis store can provide you with some special table tennis bat tape but I guess electrical tape would work too. Does anyone have any suggestions regarding edge tape for Arham?
And as for the protective sheets, these are to be used when you aren't playing so you definitely need to remove them when you are using the bat so that you can use the rubber to generate spin. They also aren't strictly necessary. As long as you clean your bat with some water using a damp cloth, then make sure the rubber is dry, and store your bat in a bat cover, and keep it out of direct sunlight and heat, then you've done all you can. As a rough guide a table tennis rubber will last around 80 to 100 playing hours, after that it will need replacing as it will have lost it's grip.
For more information on looking after your table tennis bat, have a watch of the videos in the care of your equipment module.
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