Is the rubber deteriorating ?

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 13 years ago

Lionel Unknown

Lionel Unknown Asked 13 years ago

It has been around 5 weeks since I last purchased Butterfly Tackifire Special Soft rubber and Butterfly ACB 1000 blade combined.  I played almost 4 days a week with about 3 hours per day.  I realized on the first moment when the rubber was glued, a table tennis ball could rebound up to around 8 times on the rubber when dropped from about 6 inches height before settling down.  Today, after 5 weeks of much playing with the rubber, the ball could only rebound around 6 times before settling down.  Has the rubber degraded in its performance in either spin and speed?  And I realized as dirt accumulated on the rubber surface, it is no lon


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 13 years ago

Hi Lionel,

Rubber will deteriorate over time, unfortunately that is a fact.  The spin and speed will decrease.

The Chinese rubbers tend to have a longer life than the European produced rubbers.  If it is durability you are after then that may be the way to go.


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Lionel Unknown

Lionel Unknown Posted 13 years ago

Thanks, and how does Chinese made rubbers compare to European Rubber (for example Stiga) in terms of spin rate and speed?  If long durability is what I am after, is Chinese made rubber having any inferior speed and spin rate?


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