Professional table tennis players look for high-quality rubber when creating the perfect racket. Some players prefer an anti-spin rubber for defensive play on one side, and a tackier, high-spin rubber on the other side. If you want to add a tackier rubber to the blade of your paddle, many sporting goods stores sell specific rubbers. Changing your rubber to a tackier feel creates a faster spin, which can help you hone your offensive skills.
- High-spin rubber sheets
- Table tennis glue
- Cotton swab
- Scissors or sharp knife
Remove the old rubber from your paddle by prying up one edge and peeling away. Dab a cotton swab with acetone and rub against the blade to dissolve any leftover glue. Use sandpaper to scrub off any rough patches.
Open a new packet of high-spin or tacky rubber table tennis sheets.
Squeeze a small amount of special table tennis glue, such as Donic Easy Fix Glue or Joola Lex Glue, onto the racket blade. Spread the glue in a thin layer over the surface with a frozen-treat stick and wait until it dries to a slightly tacky feel.
Spread the same amount of glue to the spongy side of the rubber sheet. Allow for the glue to dry to a tacky feel.
Place the rubber sheet over the blade and press the two glued sides together. Firmly roll a glass bottle or rolling pin over the rubber sheet to make it stick to the blade.
Cut around the blade to remove the excess rubber and repeat for the other side.