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PostPosted: 18 Jul 2017, 18:42 
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As the title suggests, what do you think is more important when choosing equipment, the rubber or the blade. For the purpose of this, lets stick to inverted. If you use pips then of course that could be more important to your game than the blade.

So if you could either choose your blade or rubbers and the other was chosen at random, what would you choose?

Last night we tested several bats including a $4 Kmart blade that I'd taken off the cheap rubber and put on Hexer. It actually played quite well. Had a different feel to it but played fine. Does this mean you could use any blade with your favourite rubber? I'd tend to say you can, with the exception of a super fast stiff blade, but probably for me, give me any blade between ALL and Off-/Off and I'd play similar, however give me really really hard, thin or bouncy rubbers and I think I'd struggle.

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PostPosted: 18 Jul 2017, 21:11 
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I don't think there is truly black-and-white answer to this question. From looking at the HUGE selection of blades and rubbers today, you can pretty much say that there is no true blade or true rubber.

For most part, Butterfly Viscaria / ALC+ZLC with Tenergy 05+64+80 is perhaps the most likely combo most of the PROs tend to use.

Otherwise it seems to vary quite a lot.

Personally I think the BLADE makes a real difference for each player. And the right choice of a blade can really boost someone's game and it tends to stick with the player longer.

While if you take rubbers, there seems to be more a preference of each player, and more readily replaced or discontinued more often by the manufacturer.

So for me, the Table Tennis blade is a much more critical component of the racket.

70% blade, 30% rubber :-D If you want me to put it in numbers :-D


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PostPosted: 19 Jul 2017, 05:41 
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The rubber is vastly more important. I mean you could go from long pips to T05 inverted. That's a dramatic difference, it changes how you play entirely. I'd argue that no blade will ever be close to that much of a difference.

Now if you put rubber into categories (short pips, long pips, inverted etc) then the blade matters more but I still don't think it matters nearly as much. Serves, touch shots all are more brush and never impacted by the blade itself. You could literally stick some rubber on your big cell phone and have the same result with those shots (assuming you could hold it and all of that).

I'll admit tho, I've rarely felt a difference between blades (except the handle), the rubber however...oh my.


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PostPosted: 19 Jul 2017, 07:02 
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Blade. Easy decision for me.

Blade is the one piece of equipment you directly touch. It can be a friend for life as opposed to months. It is the key component in ball to hand synergy. Right handle, right weight, right balance, right veneers, and crucially right feel.

In my experience of helping people choose rubbers, I've lost count of the number of times players have wanted to try X rubber, loved it, tried it on a friends blade bought it and then been disappointed when tgey put it on their own blade. Now I suggest players find a blade that feels right and suits their style first, then I try different rubbers on that blade to make sure they match. Peterpong knows exactly what I mean.

This why I always like to know what blade was used in any rubber review.

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PostPosted: 19 Jul 2017, 07:08 
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While rubber has more effect on the whole game,

Proper blade characteristic ensure best player potential achieved. ;)

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PostPosted: 19 Jul 2017, 07:43 
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I would say "blade". Once I get the blade I like, I stay with it. If necessary (and sometimes unnecessary :lol: ), I order the same blade with the same weight.


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Not sure which is "more important", but I find it far easier to tell blades apart than to tell rubbers apart. Blades affect how I play, rubbers don't.

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I vote rubber. Going from a super tacky rubber to a non-tacky rubber is a bigger difference to me then switching between slow/fast/soft/stiff blades. I feel like it just affects the stroke and technique more. (And especially serving!)


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