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There are different player styles and for that reason the companies have made equipment for all of them. Below you will see the styles categories for both blades and rubbers.
- off+ For consistent powerful forehand and backhand top spinning loop play. Offensive blades are ideal for players who want to set the momentum and dictate the play. Contact time with the ball is relatively brief to benefit and boost pressure play. For enhanced touch, choose blades that include carbon or glass fibre for extra control.
- off Somewhere in between OFF+ and OFF-.
- off- Offence minus blades benefit the spin player and are a popular choice for a wide variety of attacking styles. The steady supply of power provides momentum and responsiveness for successful offensive strokes. Offensive players looking to capitalize on high spin often perform well with this blade type.
- all+ Superb for active and authoritative all-round players. The intelligently mixed balance of soft, semi-hard woods are proficient at allowing an extensive variety of strokes to be played. Variable spin and constant speed are their foremost advantages. These blades allow good ‘contact time’ and present sensitive touch under pressure. A positive, well accepted choice for countless styles of play.
- all The enhanced touch and soft feel characteristics are a distinct advantage for players who like to be in command of control and accuracy for the all-round spin game. This inflated control combined with moderate power suits the constructive spin player and can be suitable for active defensive players.
- all- These blades are generally highly absorbent, offering no real capacity for power or force. They highlight low speed with superb control, mostly used by the cautious defender.
- def Defensive blades capitalize on offering low speed factors with maximum control. This combination exaggerates 'contact time' with the ball. The modern, progressive defensive game requires a capacity to allow switching from defence into attack.
- Inverted rubbers Inverted rubbers is 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 inverted rubbers generate high levels of speed for powerful strokes and forceful spin. Inverted all-round types have more pliable rubber with elastic sponge, whilst defensive types usually have exceptionally grippy surfaces with low-density, absorbent sponge.
- Short pimples Short pimples rubber, 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.
- Medium pimples Medium pimples 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.
- Long pimples Long pimples rubber, out are essentially used to make it easier to reduce and return on-coming spins. The pimples 'flex' under the balls weight and pressure and they produce confusing 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.
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