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• SPEED-The ability to easily create faster ball speed based on a table tennis rubber's power created by the sponge rebound force and top sheet hardness. Higher speed table tennis rubbers also called faster since they produce faster shots. Speed differences between rubbers are greater with 2.5 or 2.0mm sponges. Attacking Players usually prefer the fastest rubbers while defensive players may prefer slower rubbers.
• SPIN- The ability to create stronger spin is determined mainly by the composition and quality of the table tennis rubber top sheet.
• POWER FACTOR-The sum of spin and speed ratings. Powerful rubbers combine high speed with strong topspin to create maximum attacking power.
• Much of the overall speed of your table tennis racket is determined by your ping pong blade. The table tennis rubber, while contributing to the speed of your racket, will primarily function as your source for spin. All table tennis rubbers can be grouped into five different categories. They are:
• Inverted - Inverted table tennis rubbers are able to generate tremendous spin due to their tacky surface. Great for all styles of play from the all-out attacker to the most defensive minded chopper. Inverted is the most versatile rubber type.
• Short Pips - Short pip ping pong rubbers are an inverted sheet of rubber turned upside down. The space between the pimples will help to take some of your opponents spin off of the ball. This will allow you to aggressively attack your opponent's shots regardless of the oncoming spin. Short pips are great for hitting, blocking and returning serves. However, they are unable to produce as much spin as an inverted sheet of rubber.
• Long Pips - Long pip table tennis rubbers are generally used by players who rely on their opponents to make mistakes. The composition of long pip rubbers is similar to short pip rubbers, but the pips are taller. When your opponent's ball contacts this surface, the taller pips are easily bent, REVERSING the oncoming spin. This will keep your opponent guessing as to what type of spin is on the ball.
• No Sponge – No sponge table tennis rubber features a short pips top sheet with the absence of sponge. Still adept at nullifying spin, no sponge rubber will produce sharp, crisp strokes with significantly less spin and at a much slower pace.
• Anti – Anti-spin ping pong rubber is an inverted sheet of rubber featuring a very slick top sheet with a “dead” sponge layer. The resulting effect is a rubber sheet that is excellent for blocking, returning serves and great for changing the pace. For those that rarely use both sides of the racket during play, anti-spin rubber would be ideal for the backside. Your opponent will generally find himself confronted with a ball with little rotation, or a ‘knuckle' ball. This generally will lead to a ball that you can easily attack. A great addition to your arsenal.
Butterfly Sriver Table tennis rubber and its variations have long been our best selling rubbers. The original Sriver has a medium hard sponge and offers great all-round performance. With the advent of speed gluing, FX was introduced with a softer sponge witch works well with the speed glue. Recently, many of our professional players expressed a desire for a Sriver product with the power of the original Sriver and the speed gluing properties of FX. Thus, Sriver EL was born. All three Sriver products have the same top sheet the difference is in the sponges. Super Sriver is a unique product. It has a different topsheet than the other Sriver products. This topsheet was designed to help the ball leave the table tennis racket quicker. This benefits the hitter and the counter driver the most.
High Tension table tennis rubbers have tension built in to the sponge and top-sheet. This helps reduce the amount of energy lost at the point of impact. In essence, it turns the speed of your opponents shot into additional power for you. In short, High Tension rubbers are fast, VERY FAST. The first such rubber was Bryce, introduced in 1997. It is by far the most widely used rubber among Butterfly's sponsored players including the 2003 World Champion, Werner Schlager(AUT).
A rubbers performance will deteriorate as time and the elements take their toll. The table tennis rubber will produce less spin than it once did and will not feel as lively. The life expectancy of your rubber sheet will vary depending on how often you play, but a good rule of thumb is: [# of days played/week] = [# of times to change/year]
For a perfect rubber cut use an exact knife and a cutting board. Please be extremely careful and hold the center of the table tennis racket with your non cutting hand. If you want to cut first and glue second - trace the edge of the blade with a pen on the rubber sheet. Then just cut along the pen line. Keep the sheet wrapper as a protective covering for the rubber.
1. The first step is to remove the old table tennis rubber. Begin by peeling up the edge of the rubber. Once the edge is lifted up a bit, place the cotton swab (dipped in fingernail polish remover) between the blade and the rubber to help dissolve the glue.
2. Gently pull the ping pong rubber off the blade in one direction while continuing to apply the dipped cotton swap.
3. Once the table tennis rubber is completely off, do the same to the other side and take the sandpaper and remove any left-over glue on the face of the blade.
4. Open up the new sheet of rubber and apply one thin layer of glue to the sponge and on one side of the blade. Make even brush strokes and don't miss any spots.
5. Let both dry and then give the rubber an additional light and even coat.
6. Pick up the rubber by the side edges and gently lay it flush against the edge of the handle. Make sure not to trap any air bubbles in. Use the small rolling pin (or any type of cylinder) to gently roll the rubber firmly onto the blade.
7. Cut the excess rubber with the scissors along the edge of the blade.
8. Open up the second sheet and repeat steps 4 thru 7.
9. Place the heavy stack of books on top of the racket for a couple hours to ensure a level glue job.