Rubber designed for plastic balls

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Carl Hughes

Carl Hughes Asked 6 years ago

Hey coaches! 

Recently, a lot of companies have been releasing rubbers "specifically designed for celluloid free/plastic balls". 

The thing is, at my club, we still use celluloid balls, but play with plastic balls during tournaments. 

Now I have tried and experimented with both balls and have adapted to the plastic, but I wanted to know if you have an idea of whether those new rubbers perform the same on old celluloid balls, or if they would somehow fail to "do their job"

Now I know you don't experiment with lots of rubbers, so I'm also asking answers of anyone in the community who might help. 


Carl H

P.S: an example of those rubbers are the Hurricane 8 and Yasaka rising dragon, both relatively tacky. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Carl,

There is a lot of talk about the different rubbers.  They are not going to make a big difference if players use the Celluloid or plastic balls.  It is not like they won't grip or hit one or the other.  It is good marketing by the manufacturers to get us all to buy new rubbers.

Happy to hear other's opinions as well.

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Hendrik S

Hendrik S Posted 6 years ago

I agree :d Its fk** marketing by the industry as always.. They want us to buy as much as possible :D

Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 6 years ago

In my experience rubbers with super hard sponges are more difficult to play with plastic balls than the old ones, because the new ball spins a little bit less. It makes creating spin even harder that it was. But with other rubbers -- no problem.

thomas tomi

thomas tomi Posted 6 years ago

I know a rubber made for playing with plastic balls:


-quantum s

That's really good rubbers.This technology is says synt technology.

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