Guess the type of table tennis rubber by how a ball with top spin bounces off it.

Take this high speed video challenge shot at 1000 frames per second and see if you can identify the types of rubber being used by how a ball with top spin reacts when it hits the rubbers. Footage is shot using a Casio EX FC-100.

There are a lot of different types of table tennis rubber available. Long, medium and short pimples, anti spin, inverted and others. Within these are tacky or mechanical grip rubbers, variations in sponge thickness and hardness. And when combined with different blades that’s a lot of things to consider when playing table tennis. But is it only “funny rubber” or long pimples which does strange things to the spin on a ball? And what impact does how you play the shot (technique) have?


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