Rubber cutting

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 6 years ago

Jov Hori

Jov Hori Asked 6 years ago

Hi alois, why is it that some of my friends cut their rubbers i think .2 mm away from the edge of the blade? they said that it has something to do with transferring rubber to a different blade and also protection on the edge of the blade.. does that make sense? I dont get it..

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Jov,

If you leave a little bit hanging over the edge it allows for when you change blades because some blades will be different shapes.  It also allows for a bit of shrinkage.  This can happen when you take a rubber off the bat and then leave it for a while.  When you apply glue to a rubber it will tend to expand it slightly.

Having said that, now we don't keeping taking our rubber off the bat, it is OK to cut the rubber right to the edge of the bat and then just leave it there.

If you are playing in tournaments, the maximum amount of overhang you are allowed is 2mm off the edge of the bat.

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Jov Hori

Jov Hori Posted 6 years ago

Thank you so much! Thats clear to me now.. hmm i have one more question.. does a rubber decease its performance even if you dont use it for a couple of months? I mean if i clean it then put a rubber protective sheet then keep it on a good racket case then not use if for lets say 3 to 4 months..?

Thank you pingskills if you can answer my question again.. smile

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Hi Jov,

If you keep the bat in a cupboard with a protective covering over it, they will last for years.  The main things that effect the bat are the constant contact with the ball and if you leave it in the heat.

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