Stroke based analysis of tabletennis rubber sheets

This article describes an approach to analyzing rubbers with reference to individual strokes.

Please do NOT take the values as to be EXACT.

They are subjective to a degree. However I am posting it as only a concept for analysis

Use your own judgment in evaluating values.  In some cases they could be outright wrong as I have not bothered to check each one (this is almost 24 years old).

 

Divided into two parts (Pips-in (or inverted or Smooth or reversed) rubbers & pips-out rubbers).

Smooth or Pips-In :- Regular Inverted & Anti-Spin Rubbers

10 means rubber is the most effective & 0 means the least effective for that particular stroke

Rubber Types

Reglued

Spin Inverted

Reglued

Speed Invert

Speed-Spin

Inverted

SuperSpeed

Inverted

Super

Spin Inverted

Super Control Inv.

Fast-anti

Inverted

Slow-anti

Inverted

Dominant Functional

Elements

Super-Hi

Spin(10),

Super-Speed (9)

Super-Hi

Speed(10)

SuperSpin

(9)

SuperSpin(9),

HiSpeed(8)

SuperSpeed(9)

GoodCntrl(7)

SuperSpin(9),

GoodCntrl(8)

Hi-Control

(9)

Hi-speed

good attack combo

Hi-cntrol

Good defence

combo

Slow Loop

9

8

9

8

10

5

2(8)

3(7)

Fast Loop

9

10

9

9

8

5

2(8)

3(7)

Reloop-Over table

9

10

9

8

7

4

1(9)

2(8)

Counter Loop

(Mid,Long Dist)

9

10

8

9

7

4

2(8)

3(7)

Side Loop

9

8

8

7

10

4

2(8)

3(7)

Counter SideLoop

(Mid,Long Dist)

10

9

9

7

8

3

1(9)

2(8)

Loop Kill

9

10

9

9

7

3

2(8)

3(7)

Flat Hit (Kill)

6

7

7

8

5

3

8

6

Drive

8

8

8

10

8

5

4(6)

5

Counter Drive

10

9

10

9

8

5

3(7)

4(6)

Stop Block (slow)

2

4

2

5

3

6

8

10

PunchBlock (fast)

8

7

6

6

5

5

6

7

Lob

10

9

6

8

7

4

3(7)

4(6)

Chop

3 (7)

2 (8)

6

7

9

7

5

8

Counter Chop

2 (8)

1 (9)

6

5

10

5

1

2

Float

1

3

2

5

3

8

8

7

Service

8

7

9

6

10

5

4(6)

5

Push

1

2

3

4

4

7

7

8

Rubber

Brand Name

Examples

729 - FX

729-Super-Fx

729-RITC PF1

RITC-TS-2000

TSP-730-Ultra

TSP730Super

Juic999-Attck

JuicSpinspiel

Stiga-Syncro

StigaTypGold

CoppaTenero

Skit-Ancnda-A

Tackiness-D

Sriver FX

Bfly Selvid

Bfly Renova

Yaska Visco

Mark5 GPS

DnicVarioSft

BandaWaldi

Skitt-Coppa

TSP X's

Apex-LS-A

Yasaka Do

Dbl.Fish 8338

Juic999-Hard

Pnda-Quickspin

Winning-738

Winning-729

729-RITC-PF4

729-TSS

729-TSS-Super

TakinessKawa

Anaconda-Hard

Mark5

Mark5-Hard+

Yaska Tornado

Panda-Force

Sriver

Sriver-Kawa

Super-Sriver

Btrfly-Renova

Juic-Scramble

Juic Kaiza

Juic-DrivSmsh

Donic Vario

Apex LS-R

Apex-LS-A+

TSPSuperDrive

729 - Regular

729 - Super

729 - TSC

730 - Regular

730 - Super

TSP-MagnetA

TSP-MagnetC

Juic999-Dfnce

Juic-Spinspiel

DH-PF4-777

DH-PF4-888

Bf-TacknessD

Bf-TacknessC

SkitAncndDef

TSPSpinDrive

D.Fish-815

BF-Fraulein

BF-Absorber

BF-Flextra

BF-Tempest

BF-AllRound

Ysk-Alround

Ysk-Wallie

Stg-Agathon

Donic-Slice

Donic-Slick

Apex-LS-C

TSP-Cutman

Any anti

with thick

&/or hard

sponge

Juic 2.0mm

Btrfly

Superanti

2.0mm

Panda

Mirage

Yaska-

antipwr

Any anti

with thin

&/or soft

sponge

Juic 1.0mm

Btrfly

Supranti

1.0 mm

TSP

Knuckle

Joola-

Antispin

Best thicknes

1.7 to 2.5 mm

1.7 - 2.5 mm

1.5 - 2.5 mm

1.7 - 2.5 mm

0.5 - 1.3 mm

0.5 -1.5 mm

2.0 - 2.5

0.5 - 1.3

Note :- 1. Some brands available in different sponge types Ex:- 999,Tackiness 2. For reglued rubbers values in parentheses for chop & counter-chop indicate difficulty of execution but also good results when stroke is executed successfully. 3. For anti rubbers, values in parentheses are while used in combination rackets, that is the same stroke first played with one side & then played with opposite side successfully with proper racket angle. 4.All rubbers will behave very differently when reglued & not reglued.Some can be used in both modes (Juic Spinspiel,Tacckiness Drive,730-Super).

 

Pips-out rubbers :- Short, medium, long pips & hard rubber

10 means most effective & 0 means least effective for that particular stroke

Rubber Types

-----------------

Stroke

SHORT PIPS

Larger Diameter

Short Pips

&/or harder

&/or thicker sponge

SHORT PIPS

Smaller Diameter

Short Pips &/or

softer &/or thinner sponge

LONG PIPS

Larger Diameter &/or shorter Length Pips &/or smooth pip-top &/or stiffer pips &/or thicker sponge

LONG PIPS

Smaller Diameter

&/or longer Length Pips &/or rough pip-top &/or flexible pips &/or thinner sponge

Hard

Rubber

(no sponge)

Dominant

Functional

Elements -----

Knuckling type

SuperHi Speed (10)

Good Control (7)

Hi Speed (9),

Good Spin (6)

Good Control (8)

Good Speed (7)

Good Attack

Combo (block & hit).

Max spin-back Good Defence Combo (block / chop)

Good

speed &

control

Slow Loop

2

3

2(5)

1(7)

2

Fast Loop

3

4

3(7)

2(8)

3

Reloop (Over table)

3

4

2(8)

1(9)

2

Counter Loop

(Mid,Long Distance)

2

3

2(8)

1(9)

1

Side Loop

3

4

3(7)

2(8)

2

Counter SideLoop

(Mid,Long Distance)

2

3

2(8)

1(9)

1

Loop Kill

2

3

1(10)

0(10)

1

Flat Kill

9

8

10

3(7)

5

Drive

6

7

4

2(8)

6

Counter Drive

5

6

3(7)

1(9)

5

Stop (drop) Block (slow)

5

6

5

6

7

Punch Block (fast)

10

9

6

2(8)

3

Lob

4

5

4

2

3

Chop

3

5

6

10

4

Counter Chop

2

3

1

0

2

Float

6

5

8

10

5

Service

5

6

6

8

2

Push

3

5

8

10

6

Rubber Brand

Name Examples

Butterfly Challenger 20

Butterfly Impartial 20

Butterfly Resilon

Juic 889

Juic Pips Ace Large

TSP Spectol Large

Double Happiness 652

Friendship 802

Armstrong-Redmark-L

Yasaka-Omote

Buttrfly Challenger 17

Butterfly Impartial 17

Winning NP1

Juic Pips Ace Small

TSP Spectol Small

TSP Spin Pips

DoubleHappiness 651

Friendship 799

Butterfly Magnitude

Juic Leggy

TSP P2 - Curl

Phantom 009

PF4 C-7, PF4-C8

Double Fish-1615

Nittaku Screw

Yung 63--9A

Friendship 755

Friendship 837

Butterfly Feint-Long

Butterfly Feint-Soft

TSP-P1-Curl

Phantom 007

Phantom 008

Phantom 011

Phantom 012

Yung 638

Dunlop Barna,

TSP Miracle,

Juic Pips Ace,

Yasaka Cobalt

Best thickness

1.7 to 2.5 mm

1.0 to 2.0 mm

1.5 to 2.0 mm

0.0 to 1.3 mm

 

Note :- 1. Values in parentheses are for use in combination rackets, that is the same stroke first played with one side & then the opposite side successfully with proper racket angle & stroke.

S.J. February 1994   Update 2018