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Trouble withTacky rubbers

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Hammerhead, May 23, 2017.

  1. Hammerhead

    Hammerhead Member

    I have been making TT blades, mostly single ply Red Cedar, for a couple of years. Many of them I sell to low end to intermediate players with rubbers installed. Most of the relatively inexpensive Chinese Rubbers (Yinhe, Kokutaku, Palio, 999, etc.) come with what seems a layer of glue on the surface that makes them tacky. This seems quite impressive when you can lift the ball off the table by just laying the racket flat on top of it. But when you are dropping the ball onto the bat from 2 feet you are lucky to get it to bounce 6" high on the first bounce and it sticks to the rubber on the second. It makes for great spin at the cost of speed.

    I learned that this 'tackiness' goes away over time from playing and washing the rubbers and their performance it quite good, but some players are not willing to wait for days or weeks until this happens.

    Has anyone experienced this themselves? If so, have you found a way to get rid of this stickyness faster?

    Any help on this subject would be appreciated.
  2. chopfloat

    chopfloat Have bat will travel. Founder Administrator

    Hi Hammerhead, I personally can't offer any constructive advice. (I use Butterfly rubbers, which don't need much bedding in)
    In the event of no-one on this forum being of no help, have you tried other forums?
    Possibly tabletennisdaily would be a better option, as I believe they do more equipment reviews.

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