tennis rubber types:
rubber (also commonly referred to as 'Reverse rubber' or Smooth
rubber'), is currently the most universally played rubber ‘type’ in table tennis, used by powerful attackers through to talented defenders. This rubbers versatility allows an extensive variety of stroke play. Offensive reverse rubbers generate high levels of speed for powerful strokes and forceful spin. Reverse all-round types have more pliable rubber with elastic sponge, whilst defensive types usually have exceptionally grippy surfaces with low-density, absorbent sponge.
Short pimple rubber (also commonly referred to as Short pips), realises the fastest possible ball speed close to and over the table! They are most suitable for direct over the table hard hitting and quick speed - blocking where the generation of spin is less important. They generate 10%-15% less spin than conventional reverse rubbers and are becoming more popular with defensive, combination bat players who are capable of changing the rhythm of defence into attack.
Long pimples rubber, are essentially used to make it easier to change and return on-coming spins. The pimples ‘flex’ under the balls weight and pressure and they produce
deceptive returns, returns that are difficult to read and respond to. When using long pimples, each returned shot would be determined by the speed and spin of the received
ball as well as the stroke that the long pimple player plays. The
so-called frictionless long pimple rubbers, return virtually all the
back to the opponent, but cannot change the spin significantly.
Medium pimple rubber, are slightly shorter than the traditional long pimples. They may offer more control but are not as effective and disruptive as the longer pimple types. Counter blocking and chopping can be easily mixed with this rubber type.
They are basically a mix between short and long pimple rubbers.
Anti-Spin rubber, is a rubber with practically no ‘surface-grip’. This lack of grip makes anti-spin an ideal choice for receiving heavy spins and powerful hits. However, it is practically impossible for you to generate any ‘real’ spin using anti. The spin that your opponent imparts is effectively reversed
or removed when you return it - hence the name "anti-spin". Many Anti-Spin rubbers also absorb a lot of the pace of the ball, which can disrupt the rhythm of the opponent’s game. These rubbers are often used in combination with a spinny reverse rubbers to provide a huge contrast between the shots played with the different sides.