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Stiga Mantra Medium & Hard – New Equipment Review by USATT

Review by Matt Hetherington, USATT, Aug. 15, 2017   Tested Equipment: Blade: DONIC Waldner Senso Carbon V1 Rubber: Stiga Mantra M (Forehand), Stiga Mantra H (Backhand) Rubber Specs: Mantra H: Spin Elastic, Hard Sponge, 47 degree hardness Mantra M: Spin Elastic, Medium Sponge, 45 degree hardness Supplier Statement: The new STIGA Mantra is developed with […]

Taking Care of Your Table Tennis Rubber

eppfTable 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.

New DONIC Bluefire JP Available Now!

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Available Now– DONIC Bluefire JP 01 and JP 03! This is a new type of rubber in combination with the proven, dynamic blue sponge but with a somewhat finer pored structure. This lends the rubber sensational feel, with maximum catapult and a very high arc of the ball. The very grippy, taut but elastic top surface rubber produces maximum spin when top-spinning and fantastic control due to increased contact on the bat.

Seth Pech Tells Why He Plays with Tibhar’s Q1 XD Rubber

Seth-Pech_mugAbout a month ago I picked up two sheets of Q1 XD from Tibhar to try them out. I had played with the Q1 original sheets before and the sponge was too soft for me. When I played with XD, which has a harder sponge, I was really impressed with the consistency of the trajectory that the ball enters and exits the rubber. I was also impressed with the amount of spin the rubber generates, even though it doesn’t look or feel grippy.

Choosing the Right Equipment to Match Your Table Tennis Playing Style

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Yahao Zhang, 2012, U-21 US National Champion tells how how important matching the right table tennis equipment to the style of game you want to play. In order to play your best game, you’ll need to know how your equipment will affect the ball. In this article Yahao will focus on the thickness and hardness of sponge and the way it affects your shot quality.

Grant Li: College Life With Table Tennis Brings Great Rewards


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.

Coaching Tip – Care of Equipment

Here are some tips of proper care of your equipment. I’m amazed at how lazy players often are on these things!
Racket Covering: One of the simplest ways to keep your racket surface clean while playing is to lightly blow on it every few points and then wipe it off with a cloth. The blowing puts a very light moisture on the blade, which allows you to wipe off the surface so it’s clean and dry. (Watch top players and you’ll see many of them do this regularly.)

Coaching Tip: Racket Tip Angle on the Backhand

Where should the tip of your racket be when you hit a backhand drive? The answer has changed over the years. Historically, players could choose to keep the racket tip down (so that a line between the tip and the handle would parallel the ground), or with the tip pointed up to 45 degrees upward, or somewhere in between. At the higher levels, however, this has changed.

Nittaku’s Fastarc G-1 Table Tennis Rubber Is Getting Great Reviews!

One of my best friends from Japan suggested that I try the new Nittaku rubber – Fastarc G-1. At first, I was a bit skeptical. I don’t like making equipment changes. After trying Fastarc, I know this is one of the best equipment changes that I have ever made. The powerful sponge teamed with the grippy top sheet is the perfect combination.

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Austin Preiss Talks About His Table Tennis Game, Equipment, Training and Play

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Austin Preiss has a long and steeped career in table tennis. Both as a player and as a touring professional with his father Scott. Together they have traveled the world giving table tennis exhibitions to military personnel, school kids, and to employees of large and small companies. Last July Austin took time to talk about his game, his equipment, training and philosophy.

Table Tennis Tip: Proper Care of Your Racket

There are fewer things in life nicer than those first few shots with a brand new sheet of rubber right out of the package. This is especially true with a grippy sheet of inverted sponge, with its surface practically grabbing the ball and throwing it back at the opponent with topspin or whatever type of spin you choose.

If you take proper care of the inverted surface, your rubber can do this for a long time. However, many players do not clean their rubber, and so dust and grime collects on the surface, leading to a non-grippy, often inconsistent hitting surface. The ball starts to slide on the surface, and you lose spin and consistency.

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