Table tennis rubber is one of the biggest investments players make in the sport. A new sheet of rubber, right out of the package, is beautiful and clean and fresh. As soon as you play with it – in no time at all – dirt, oil, dust, grime, nicks, and dead spots find their way onto your originally pristine rubber. Without proper cleaning and care, your rubber will get old quickly. So it is a good idea, both performance-wise and budgetwise, to do everything you can to prolong the life of your rubber.
Category: Choosing a Paddle
The New Carbonado Blades – Now Available at Paddle Palace
Jim Butler plays with JUIC’s Stellan Bengtsson Alpha blade. He is a four-time US Men’s Singles Champion, two-time Olympian and a current member of the US National Team. Control is the name of his game and is one reason why he uses the Bengtsson blade. Hear from Jimmy why he is so successful with this blade.
In this series of videos, Stellan Bengtsson, world-class coach and former World Champion, reviews his JUIC Stellan Bengtsson blades, JUIC Lafita blade, JUIC Nano Spin II rubbers, and JUIC 999 Rubbers
Stellan Bengtsson talks about the different types of table tennis rubbers.
In this video, Stellan Bengtsson, former World Table Tennis Champion and world-class coach, answers the question, “Why do you like JUIC blades?”
In this video, Stellan Bengtsson, former 1971 World Champion and world-class coach, shares his thoughts on choosing a good table tennis blade.
Winner of the Men’s Singles title at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Hangzhou in December 2012, China’s Xu Xin is the new World no.1. The devastating left handed pen-holder, who will celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday 8th January 2013, replaces colleague Zhang Jike at the top of the Men’s World Rankings. On the lists published by the International Table Tennis Federation on Friday 4th January 2013, Zhang Jike, the reigning World champion in addition to being gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games and top of the rankings since July 2012, falls one place to no.2.
Overall, I’ve learned an important lesson. I’ve learned that the decision to continue playing is yours. Regardless of the environment or playing conditions, if you want to keep playing table tennis, then you will. It’s easy to come up with excuses to not practice. You could say that you’re too busy and that you should focus on school or try out new things. But the reality is that playing a couple hours every week won’t take away much of your free time, and if you hadn’t practiced, you probably wouldn’t be spending that time meaningfully anyway.
This video from ITTF International Table Tennis Federation shows an ITTF official performing and explaining step-by-step a real-life racket testing for an international competition. He checks for ITTF rubber approval then does the four tests for Flatness, Thickness, VOC gas, and Gloss.
What are the advantages/disadvantages between large and small head blades? Answer by: Samson Dubina, Rated 2461, 2009 US Men’s National Finalist. Generally, larger head table tennis blades are heavier and smaller head blades are lighter. The close-to-the-table attackers often use small blades because they are easy to maneuver for serve, serve return, and over the […]
It’s now October 1st, and I’m eagerly moving forward to stage three of my table tennis training for the Olympic trials. This article will outline some details about stage three: my drills, my physical training, my tournaments, and my improvements.
In this blog, I’m going to describe the types of table tennis drills I use on a daily basis: Systematic; Semi-Systematic; Open-Ended; Randon; Multiple Locations; Serve and Free Point; Serving; Serve Return; Multiball; Two Table; Robot; and Matches.
Whether you want to make the US Olympic Team, win the senior games, or beat your Uncle Bob; it is always a great idea to scout out your competition. In this article, I’m going to describe two separate methods of scouting your table tennis opponent. The first is the long-term method.
New Rubber and Blades from Stiga!
Exciting new products have been added to the STIGA line of rubber and blades. Read about their new technology, makeup, and attributes here.
What are the advantages/disadvantages to carbon blades versus all wood blades? Answer by: Stellan Bengtsson, Only player to have won singles, doubles and teams at both the Worlds and Europe Championships. 67 International singles, doubles and team titles. Coached Jorgen Persson, JO Waldner, Peter Karlsson and Erik Lindh, all World and Europe Champions. The advantages […]
Judy Hugh plays with a blade and rubbers that compliment her attacking game while, at the same time, giving her blocked shots control and placement. In this article she tells you what she plays with and how it works for her style.