Why hard rubber to FH

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AK 47

AK 47 Asked 1 month ago

Hi, coach!

I like to play with medium rubbers on FH. Not very soft, not very hard. Because for me, with hard rubber it is very difficult to lift backspin. Why many people put hard rubber to FH? And why many poeple suggest hard rubbers to FH?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Ardak,

It is all personal preference.  Some players like the feel of the hard rubber to be able to hit the ball fast and hard against block or to lift heavy backspin as well.

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AK 47

AK 47 Posted 1 month ago

Thank you, coach!


D K Posted 1 month ago

The soft rubbers enable the player to create spin more easily-but they have a limit. Eventually,you will reach a limit where you have maximum spin and cannot do more. And also,they tend to have less power. It is because the soft sponge absorbs part of the possible speed while creating the spin.

Harder rubbers require more control and more fine touch in order to create spin-but the rotation speed is much more dependent solely on the bat swing speed alone. Meaning,the rotation speed is not limited by the rubber,but by the player's physical ability itself.

Also,there is one more significant difference: soft rubbers tend to create the same spin level when you are slightly varying the stroke.
Hard rubbers enable you to create more drastic spin changes.

AK 47

AK 47 Posted 1 month ago

D K, thank you for very important informations!

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