Tension rubbers for table tennis rackets are rubbers where the topsheet is stretched before being glued to the sponge during manufacturing. This essentially means that the rubbers have tension built into the sponge and top-sheet. This helps reduce the amount of energy lost at the point of impact to produce extreme spin. In essence, high-tension rubbers help turn the speed of your opponent’s shot into additional power for your returning shot for fast speed.
High-tension rubber sheets will wear and need to be replaced as they become used, but it can often be a difficult and costly task. That’s why it’s important to learn table tennis tips that can help maximize the life of your high-tension rubber.
The way the table tennis game is played today, many competitive and touring players and professionals maximizing the use of their high-tension rubber sheets by exploding through the hitting zone with ever increasing racquet speed for a catapult like effect. With perfect ball contact, these athletes are able to generate incredible topspins and are in essence expanding the size of the opposite side of the table tennis table for themselves. In a sport where every millimeter counts, this can become a game changing advantage.
For many beginner and intermediate players however, the emphasis on hitting with power on every shot is often the primary tactic used in order to increase ball speed and spin. However, various table tennis tricks suggest the use of soft hands, reduced grip tension, and increased racket speed in order to achieve optimal ball contact that wears the rubbers while still producing incredible speed and spin.
They key is not hitting the ball but brushing it. For example, if trying to produce topspin, try closing the racket angle contacting the top of the ball in an upward motion. This allows you to still make excellent contact with the ball for speed and topspin while gaining the most out of your high-tension rubber sheet.
Working with an instructor and regular training with this table tennis style can add weeks of life to your rubber. Furthermore, it can greatly improve your table tennis game by improving and accelerating ball contact through the hitting zone.