Rubber colour rules

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 8 years ago

Christopher Belcher

Christopher Belcher Asked 8 years ago

I'm curious whether there is a rule that stipulates that every bat must have a red rubber on one side and a black rubber on the other. Can I have both sides red or black if I choose?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Christopher,

You do need to have red and black.  This came about after players were using inverted rubber on one side and anti spin or pimples on the other and had both black.  This made it difficult for their opponent to tell which side they were hitting with.

The rule now states:

2.04.06  The surface of the covering material on a side of the blade, or of a side of the blade if it is left uncovered, shall be matt, bright red on one side and black on the other. 

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