Rubbers - how often should you change them?? It is important to know how often we should replace our rubbers.

Why Change Rubber?

Rubber wears out over time due to frequent use. The more you play, the faster it will deteriorate. As rubber ages, its optimal playing characteristics decline. Manufacturers estimate the "lifetime" of rubber to be around 50-90 playing hours. However, don't worry! Most competitive players replace their reverse or long pimple rubber within 12 months. Short pimples or anti-spin rubbers tend to last longer. Nevertheless, the longer you wait to replace your rubber, the more noticeable the difference in speed and spin will be when using a new sheet. If you play a lot or participate at a fairly competitive level and want to maintain consistency in speed, spin, and control, you should change the rubber when you feel a lack of response. These are the facts, but ultimately the decision is up to you.

Here are some important facts about rubber at a glance:
- One sheet of rubber covers one side of the blade.
- Rubber is priced per individual sheet.
- Almost all rubbers are available in Red or Black.
- Sponge thickness is measured in millimeters.

Selecting the Right Rubber:

We have witnessed numerous new developments in rubber technology, which might seem overwhelming. However, stay calm because these advancements are exciting and offer positive benefits to players at all levels. Choosing the right equipment will not only help you win more matches but also maximize your enjoyment. Read the following information carefully and apply it to your own playing style to take advantage of the best options available for your game.

Control Factor:

Control means different things to different players. It could mean accurate ball placement in short strokes for some, while for others, it might refer to the ability to perform powerful topspins or safely return a service. We cannot objectively measure "rubber control." However, manufacturers provide subjective guidelines based on the physics of the coefficient of restitution (C.O.R.), which calculates the velocity difference between colliding objects. This is the only scientific input we can provide. Since there are various other elements involved, such as rubber type, sponge thickness, sponge density, blade choice, and player ability, achieving an exact measurement is impossible. Even the way you hold your bat can influence control and spin. Your control capability will naturally improve with practice. Therefore, when selecting rubber, focus on understanding your own unique playing style and ability. The higher the speed and spin values, the more difficult it might be to direct the ball where you want. Recent advancements in rubber technology have improved control possibilities within faster rubbers. Now, a broader spectrum of players can use more powerful and exciting rubbers while still feeling in control.

Sponge Thickness - Getting the Measure of It:

When striking the ball, the sponge behaves like a trampoline, catapulting the ball back. Thicker sponges offer more speed but less control, while thinner sponges provide slower play, more ball contact time, and better control. Consider adjusting the sponge thickness to suit each side of your game if necessary.

Guideline for Sponge Thickness vs. Rubber Speed:
SLOW: OX - 1.4mm
MEDIUM: 1.5mm - 1.9mm
FAST: 2.0mm - 2.2mm
VERY FAST: 2.3mm
Defense - Allround - Topspin Attack - Speed Attack

Rubber Surfaces - The Different Types:

1. Reverse: This is the most popular choice as it accommodates a wide variety of stroke play. Rubber development in modern table tennis has brought benefits to players of all skill levels. Highly tensioned surfaces support forceful and spin-oriented players, while flexible elasticized rubber allows for greater horizontal movement under the ball's pressure, resulting in increased spin levels.

2. Tacky Reverse Rubber: This surface provides extra control and assists in playing spin shots. The ball requires spin to start and complete its trajectory. For example, topspin pulls the ball down onto the table, while backspin pulls it back. Players who have difficulty generating spin naturally will experience improved lift and rotation. Tacky rubbers combine the best of both spin and speed.

3. Sticky Reverse Rubber: Sticky surfaces grip the ball and have a longer dwell time. They offer excellent control but may feel slower. They are best suited for slow, high topspin players, blockers, and controlled spin defense. Hard sponge versions are great for over-the-table play, while soft sponge versions suit high spin defense.

4. Short Pimples: This surface is suitable for quick, close-to-the-table play and is most effective for reactive counter-attackers. Although it generates less spin than a reverse surface, it has good capacity for absorbing spin and can disrupt the opponent's rhythm. Tensor versions provide additional spin advantages.

5. Long Pimples: Long pimples are a famous and highly emotive surface in table tennis. They are the answer for players with aging legs but young minds! Their purpose is to counteract spin and cause spin reversal to confuse opponents. This can be achieved to varying degrees, and there is a wide variety of pimple choices available. Choose this rubber type if you want to create wobbling effects, alter the ball's trajectory, and cause deception and confusion. It's not a simple solution for restricted movement or lack of spin capability, but it can lead to fun and significant victories!

6. Anti Loop: This "no grip" surface was developed in the 70s to combat and neutralize spin. Your returns will create confusion for your opponent. While it is not as effective as long pimples, it may be easier to play with. It is not an active surface, so you will not be able to generate your own spin.

7. Orthodox: This is the original surface of table tennis and was used by great players of the past, such as Victor Barna and Richard Bergmann. Back then, enthusiastic spectators filled theaters across the country to witness this fantastic sport! This short pimple rubber has a linen backing and generally suits "Hard Bat" players who play in the style of the past.

Speed and Spin Ratings:

Simply put, higher speed and spin ratings require more control. When choosing rubber, consider your game style for both forehand and backhand separately. The ratings should be viewed as subjective guidelines to help you select rubbers that best suit your game style.

Caring for Your Rubber:

How you care for your rubber will determine its effectiveness. Try to avoid touching the rubber surface with your fingers, as sweat and oil can be transferred and affect its performance. Rubber is sensitive to extreme heat and cold, so avoid exposing it to these conditions, as they can damage its durability and performance. It is recommended to clean your bat regularly using a suitable cleaner and protect it in a suitable case when not in use.


Rubber is sold per sheet, which covers one side of the bat. Therefore, if you need to replace both sides of your blade, you will need to order two sheets of rubber. Glue and edge tape for one side of the bat are sold separately.