Table tennis is an extremely individual sport. Compared to other net games (e.g. tennis, badminton or squash) the playing material influences the game most in table tennis. Since a lot of rubbers and blades are available, you can have a very individual choice. You can pick various rubber and blade combinations to achieve the best individual results for your playing style.
At the 2009 World Championships in Yokohama more than 50% of all participants used BUTTERFLY rubbers. This number stands for itself. We are proud of this and will keep doing our best.
Choice of rubbers based on speed and spin
The rubber is a combination of a playing surface (pimples inside/outside) and a sponge sheet underneath. Elasticity and grip of the top surface vary from one to another and influence speed and spin of the ball considerably. Additionally the thickness of the sponge sheets (1,1 mm to maximum) and their consistency (very hard to very soft) determine speed and spin. For this reason we differentiate between rubbers which are in their nature slower or faster or can give you more spin or less. Speed and spin of each rubber can be objectively measured. Since every rubber is available in different sponge thicknesses - except those without sponge (OX) – they have to be differentiated in relation to their sponge thickness. You cannot measure control. It is rather an expression of the individual playing style of every athlete.
Feel for the ball, technique and inividual blade grip are the three key words. Everybody has a different sense of touch. The more sensors the hand's skin has, the more sensible it is and the better it feels the ball when it is hit. This capability to feel the ball increases naturally the more you practice. Control means ball placement in a short chop stroke, a safe topspin stroke or it means a correct return of a service.
The higher the speed and spin values of the rubbers are, the more difficult it is for you to control the ball in placement, adjustment of speed and spin, and the flying height of returns.