Ban on funny rubbers

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 7 years ago

Kaustubh Kulkarni

Kaustubh Kulkarni Asked 7 years ago

I have heard that funny rubbers are going to be banned from 2015's season. Is it true?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Kaustubh,

I don’t think there is any truth to that rumour.  They are an important part of the game.

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Jared Peterson

Jared Peterson Posted 7 years ago

what exactly is a "funny" rubber?

Joe Bailey

Joe Bailey Posted 7 years ago

Hi Jared,

A funny rubber is a long pimple rubber or anti-spin. They are called so because they act differently with spin to normal rubbers.

Joe Bailey

Joe Bailey Posted 7 years ago

They are also known as junk rubbers.


D K Posted 7 years ago

But there still are some banned longpips and antispins...but why were they banned?

What is the difference between them and legal pips/anti rubbers?

Joe Bailey

Joe Bailey Posted 7 years ago

There was a ban on frictionless long pips and ones with grippy sides and slippery tops (or something similar). I'll put some diagrams up here in a few days - I can't do it at the moment.

Mark Jung

Mark Jung Posted 7 years ago

It would be a mess to try to ban antispin, since a lot of rubbers become closer and closer to antispin as they get older. It'd be possible, but really messy (e.g. they'd end up turning people away with the same rubber they had used at the last tournament). Long pips could kinda be banned, but it seems like that would just hurt a lot of older players use them to slow the game down. I guess they could change the allowable long pips by increasing the required pip density.

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