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A real low and short no-spin serve can give you some easy points in matches, as they are difficult to flip hard, and they require good timing to push hard. Mix it up with a heavy backspin in the same spot. Remember to get it short, the ball should bounce short on your side close to the net...

 Looking after tacky table tennis rubbers

One nice aspect of Chinese table tennis rubbers are their tacky or sticky surface, which is great for generating spin.  The downside of this is that it attracts dust and dirt, which sticks to it making the rubber patchy and inconsistent.

Below are some simple tips on how to keep you rubber clean and tacky, making it much better to play with, and prolonging the life of the rubber:

You need to either keep the plastic protection films that came with the rubber, or you need to buy/make some. There are some made specifically for table tennis rubber, or you can use sheets like those used in overhead transparencies. Just make sure there are no chemicals on there that could harm the rubber, and that it's rigid enough so that it does not tear when you pull it off the rubber. You can cut it to the shape of your rubber.

You also need a lint-free cloth or a sponge to clean the rubber with. There are some sponges specifically for table tennis, but other ones can be used as well. It needs to be soft & moist enough so that it does not scrape the surface of the rubber.

Every time after you finish playing, you need to rub all the dust off the surface of the rubber. Use the sponge or cloth, damp with water, to completely clean the surface. Make sure cloth/sponge is damp enough not to scrape the surface of the rubber, but not too wet as to get the rubber soaking wet. Distilled water is the best, but I found filtered water or even tap water works ok. Then let it dry completely (important!). Then apply the plastic protection sheet (make sure they are clean too!), pushing it on firmly, and pushing out any big bubbles so that the plastic makes contact with the rubbers everywhere (very small bubbles will be to hard to get out, but this does not matter).

After you have applied the plastic protection sheets, put your bat away preferable inside a cover. Make sure it's kept out of the sun or very hot areas as this can damage the rubber.

Next time you play you can just pull the plastic sheet and you're ready to play.

This does not only protect the rubber and keep it tacky, but for many rubbers it will make it more tacky over time.

NOTE: If you have not cleaned the rubber for a long time, you may need a proper rubber cleaner (like the special rubber cleaner foam sold in tins specifically for table tennis) to clean the surface. I don't know what other cleaner can be used to clean the rubber, but please take great care not to harm the surface of the rubber.

 

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