Rubber thickness

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 9 months ago

AK 47

AK 47 Asked 9 months ago

Hi, coach!

I noticed that when I was playing with (two different) 2 mm thick rubbers on FH side, almost all my topspins was landing to the table. And with maximum thick rubbers, I have some troubles. When I do FH topspins, several FH topspins in a set flies off the table.  Is it coincidence? With thinner rubbers is it easier to do FH topspins? Or depends on many other things: blade, opponents' strokes, position during the stroke (technique), etc ?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 months ago

Hi Ardak,

The increase in the thickness of the rubber will make a difference with the speed of the racket.  The thicker the sponge the more speed and spin you will generate.


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AK 47

AK 47 Posted 9 months ago

Thank you, coach!

"The thicker the sponge the more speed"

Is this "more speed" reasons more straight trajectory compared to thin rubber? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 months ago

Yes the  hall will travel further and bounce forward if your racket with the more speed. If you brush the ball on contact you can get more spin which will bring the ball down. 


AK 47

AK 47 Posted 9 months ago

Thank you, coach! 


D K

D K Posted 9 months ago

Though be careful about several things:
1)Although it is true that thicker sponge means more speed and spin,it is ALSO true that there are more variables which affect the trajectory,as you mentioned-opponent's strokes,technique,some players are even sensitive between different balls and tables.
2)I have read somewhere that it is a reverse true in case of antitopspin rubbers: thicker anti sponges provide more cushion,more absorption,meaning that thick sponge antitopspin should be slower than thin sponge one


AK 47

AK 47 Posted 9 months ago

Thank you, D K! 



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