Rubber for RPB player

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 2 years ago

Kabeer Sayed

Kabeer Sayed Asked 2 years ago

Hi Alois,

I’m considering using a Chinese rubber (Hurricane 3) as my forehand rubber and using a European rubber (rakza 9) on my backhand.

Do you think this is a good decision?

PS I am a pen holder that uses the reverse backhand


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 2 years ago

Hi Kabeer,

I think it is a good option but the more important thing is how does it feel for you.

The softer feel on the Reverse Penhold Backhand often feel good.


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raymond a

raymond a Posted 2 years ago

Hey Kabeer,

I'm also a penholder with a Hurricane 3 Neo on my forehand, and tried Hurricane as well as softer rubbers on the backhand. I also think it feels better having a softer rubber on the RPB side, although I've never tried Rakza 9 before (considering Rakza 7, Sriver EL, or Focus 3 Snipe atm).


Kabeer Sayed

Kabeer Sayed Posted 2 years ago

I feel that hurricane 3 provides more of a speed power and spin potential as it relies on a full stroke. Also a very linear return.

Whereas other rubbers don’t require as much swinging force yet still produce a hefty amount of these elements. These are European rubbers.

In my opinion I think that a soft rubber would be a good choice so I agree. 

Also ive been seeing reviews saying that hurricane 3 is too heavy and that it loses its tackiness early.

Can anyone confirm this?


raymond a

raymond a Posted 2 years ago

I've been using Hurricane 3 for years, I tend to replace them once a year (2 hr training, 2 hr match per week), more frequently if I play more. They can last quite a while if taken care of properly (cleaning them after use, and using rubber protectors). They are heavy though, which is why for penhold I prefer a lighter softer rubber on the backhand.


Kabeer Sayed

Kabeer Sayed Posted 2 years ago

Thanks for the feedback. I’m thinking about either using Rakza 9 , Rakza 7 soft or X soft. Or maybe a softer rubber from the Xiom series.

What do you think?


raymond a

raymond a Posted 2 years ago

I've never used those rubbers myself so I can't really comment from experience, but generally I find light, softer rubbers work well for RPB. Looking at the specifications, Rakza 7 soft and Xiom Vega Europe seem like good fits. Sriver EL and Focus 3 Snipe should also work. In my opinion I think you should just pick one and use it for a while and see how you like it. Ultimately it's going to be practise and technique that'll determine how good your RPB is.


Kabeer Sayed

Kabeer Sayed Posted 2 years ago

Im going to go with either Rakza 7 or Xiom Vega Europe. Probably the latter thanks Raymond.



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