Rubber edge damage

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 9 years ago

Rene van der Kleij

Rene van der Kleij Asked 9 years ago

Rubber should cover the blade, is there an official tolerance to rubber edge damage? Here up to 5 mm edge damage is usually tolerated.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Rene,

The official rule is:

2.04.04  The covering material shall extend up to but not beyond the limits of the blade, except that the part nearest the handle and gripped by the fingers may be left uncovered or covered with any material. 

Unofficially I think they tolerate about 1 to 2 mm off the edge.  Sometimes if you colour the edge of your racket with the same colour as the rubber you can get away with it too.  I don't think you would get away with 5mm though.

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Rene van der Kleij

Rene van der Kleij Posted 9 years ago

I wonder if repair of small rubber edge damage is legal, but as a last resource I put on a tiny little bit of silicone sealing rubber, comes in tubes, its looks alike, stays flexible and even feels the same as the original rubber surface, black and red colored are available in hardware shops.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Probably not totally legal but you will probably get away with it in most cases.

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