Within the past ten years, an important development has taken place in the sport: It was no longer allowed to use with chemical glues. Only water-based glues are allowed. That had major consequences, because the chemical glues with their vapors that penetrated into the bottom layer of the rubbers, caused an enormous increase in the speed of the ball !!
Rubber manufacturers got to work and very soon rubbers with the so-called built-in adhesive effect were introduced on the market! Underlays with so much elasticity that the same power as with adhesives became a reality.
All major brands have now put several very fast rubbers on the market, which have these properties and also last longer.
_TIP: If you prefer these fast rubbers, go for recently developed ones like Joola Rhyzm, Yasaka Rakza, Donic Bluestorm, Andro Rasanter, Tibhar Aurus and there are a few more.
_TIP: Due to the great pressure of the Super-elastic bottom layer on the top layer, the durability of this rubber is limited. Playing two or three times a week actually means replacing it twice a year, with a maximum extension of another six months. Properties such as skid resistance and reliability (varying elasticity) decrease significantly after four / five months!
Of course, the rubbers without that sticky effect are still widely available, with advantages such as the price (significantly lower), and playing time (retain properties much longer due to simpler technology).
All-round rubbers such as Donic Vario, Tibhar Speedy Spin, Yasaka Mark-V, have lived up to their fame for decades!
Also more controlled effective rubbers for the Blockers and more Defensively inclined TT'ers are still plenty: The Andro Backside-C and D, The Tibhar Vari Spin, the Donic Slice 40 and Joola Topspin-C are without a doubt top rubbers.
In most cases, thicker underlays of the rubbers mean more speed, ranging from 0.5 to a thick 2.15 mm. A new development are rubbers with a cushioning underlay, especially for defensive or block players, here it is the other way around, the thicker the underlay, the slower the rubber.
_TIP: Here too, self-overestimation quickly becomes a fact, speed increase is inversely related to the control of the ball.
The ball flies off your Bat, even if you want to place a subtle ball just behind the net, or place it deep at the back of the table.
Level and hours of training per week make that a bit easier, but top players too often choose balance and feeling rather than Power. Pure technology is rather guaranteed in this way.
_TIP: Almost all rubbers have harder and softer underlayments. To cite an example, Donic Bluefire JP 01 (hard backing), Donic Bluefire JP 02 (medium backing), Bluefire JP 03 (soft backing). For example, every well-known brand has a series of rubbers with these different hardnesses. Which choice do you have to make? This is largely dependent on the amount of training and game system. Top players who train a lot benefit from a lot of speed and rotation, so are more likely to take a hard rubber. Players who do not have the opportunity to train much are more likely to benefit from a medium or soft rubber.
In addition to the aforementioned rubbers with a non-slip top layer, there is also an extensive range of other types of rubbers, such as long and short studs and various smooth rubbers, called Anti Spin. With these materials, a weaker stroke can be camouflaged, because they are easier to operate. Opponents have problems because the balls arrive slower and have opposite effects than what the normal rubbers are capable of.
In our showroom you can see the rubbers for yourself and test bats are available to try out materials!