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Chinese rubber (DHS Hurricane) vs High Tension rubber (Tenergy) table tennis


Welcome to the channel of coach EmRatThich. Today is 11th December 2016, our first “Ping
Sunday”. I will upload table tennis videos every Sunday,
so the next video will be available on Sunday 18th December. Today, I want to explain you the difference
between Chinese rubber (DHS Hurricane 3 for example) and the ESN Tensor Rubber or High
Tension Rubber (for example Tenergy 05). I also explain the advantage of Chinese rubber
and why pro players prefer playing Chinese rubber on their Forehand. I have many questions about the Tacky Chinese
Rubber. You have many hesitations of using Chinese
rubber or not using Chinese rubber. Trieu Van Sy asked me “I’ve heard many peoples advice
using Chinese rubber (Hurricane H3). But I played with ESN European Rubber for
long time. Should I change?” I think this is a common question, but no
one has explained clearly before, so today I will explain it for you. First of all, do we really need chinese rubber? Many Western players have spent almost 500
dollars even thousand dollar every year to buy the Chinese rubbers. They want to improve their table tennis by
equipping the professional setup. Unfortunately, there are many versions of
Chinese rubbers: Commercial, Provincial, National. And many are fake. There are also Chinese dealers on Taobao and
on the forum, who claimed that they have a relationship with pro players and can get
new “National rubber”. They convinced the buyers “We don’t have
many rubbers, you must wait for 2 months”. But in fact, the “national rubber” are
all fake, the dealer just tuned the commercial rubbers with booster. The effect of booster will make the rubber
easier to play, to spin. And the buyer thinks that the fake rubbers
are legit. But no! Pro players don’t play with soft version
of chinese rubber. The dealer also prints the name of the player
on the rubber such as “Ma Long”, “Wang Hao”. But we (player from China) know that these
rubbers are all fake. But it’s a good business so we don’t want
to tell the truth. Western players continue to buy “fake tuned
Chinese rubber” and think that it is “personal national rubber”. So please don’t spend 100usd to buy a fake
Chinese rubber. And Chinese rubber is not only DHS (Double
Happiness) product. There are many another brands: 729 Friendship,
LKT, Yin-He, Globe, Giant Dragon. In China, a young kid just goes to the shop
and buys a 5usd rubber to play for 2 years and improve so fast. In Europe, you spent 500usd every year to
change and test new rubber and didn’t improve at all. I will explain how to choose a good Chinese
rubber in the next video. Today I want to compare Chinese and Tensor
rubber. Advantages of Chinese rubber
This is the spin-force curve for chinese rubber (blue line) and tensor rubber (orange line). In general, tensor rubber can spin the ball
easier with small force. That’s why amateur players prefer tensor
rubber as it is easier to spin the ball. However, pro players hit the ball harder. With the tensor rubber, there is a limit that
you can’t improve the spin even if you hit harder. Chinese rubber is more linear: small spin
at small force but chinese rubber doesn’t have the force limit. If you hit harder, the spin will increase. That’s why pro players prefer chinese rubber
on Forehand as we can hit very hard with Forehand. With backhand the force is not high enough
so it’s safer to use tensor rubber on backhand. Chinese rubber and tensor rubber don’t have
the same throw angle. The tensor rubber has in general higher throw
angle as it can spin the ball easier. Tensor rubbers are also sensitive to the spin. However, you can’t hit very hard with tensor
rubber, as if you hit very hard, the ball will mostly goes out of the table. The throw angle of tensor rubber (orange line)
is not consistent in high force domain. But chinese rubber is harder, and less sensitive
to the spin. The throw angle is very low and you can hit
very hard. This is the main reason why Chinese players
using Chinese rubber to loop kill the ball as they can hit very hard. Look at the video of Liu Guoliang and Xu Xin. They can loop kill the ball and the throw
angle is very low. Without chinese rubber, they can’t do that. So if you buy a chinese rubber with high throw
angle, it’s probably fake. This is the speed-force relationship. The tensor rubber is softer and is more bouncy,
springy than chinese rubber. In the small force domain, the speed is higher. But tensor rubber goes to the limit at higher
force domain. The pro players can hit very hard and make
the ball faster with Chinese rubber. That’s why amateur players find that Chinese
rubber is slow, but for Pro players Chinese rubber is faster. Because pro and amateur are in 2 different
force zone. Look at the graph, amateur prefer tensor and
pro player prefer chinese rubber. Why chinese rubbers are tacky? Look at the graph. If Chinese rubber doesn’t have tackiness,
in the small force domain, the spin and speed is very low. As the chinese rubber is hard, without tackiness,
it’s very difficult to spin the ball with the small force actions such as serve, flip,
drop shot. So Chinese rubber needs tackiness to increase
the spin and speed in the low force domain. Why pro players tune their Chinese rubber
with booster. The booster is the organic solvent which will
be absorbed in the sponge of the rubber. The rubber will be expanded; it will become
a little softer and more bouncy, springy. It will make the ball faster and spinier about
+10% to 15%. Look at the graph, the red line is boosted
chinese rubber, the spin and speed increases at low and mid-range of force. Pro players also boost rubber to increase
the feeling of the ball as they want to feel the ball in the serve and serve return. If the rubber is too hard, it’s difficult
to feel the ball. Should I use Chinese rubber ? Yes. If you have a good foundation: technique,
power, footwork. You have a good coach to optimize the technique. You hit very hard. You like loop kill
the ball. No. If you can’t hit very hard. You don’t have a good footwork. Stay with Tensor rubber, as Tensor rubbers
give more spin and speed at low force. Should I use Chinese rubber as a Backhand
rubber ? Many amateur players use Chinese rubber as
a backhand rubber to block and push the ball. The chinese rubber is hard, and less sensitive
to the spin. They profit this property to use Chinese rubber
as a “dead rubber” to safely push the ball. However, for long term, it’s not good for
your Backhand. If you want to use your backhand as a weapon
to attack, you should use tensor rubber. Chinese rubbers are designed for Forehand
attack, but not for the passive Backhand. Should I buy National Chinese rubber? The dealer profits the fact that everyone
wants to improve their table tennis and make many rubber version with high price. It’s a waste of money. Ask yourself, even Zhang Jike gives you his
setup (his true blade and rubber), can you play table tennis like him? No, it’s even worse as the rubber is too
hard for you, you don’t have the feel of the ball, you can’t adapt to his heavy blade
and you play worse. So why spend thousands of dollars to buy national
chinese rubber? Remember: Professional setup is harder to
use. If you want to use it correctly, you must
train for that. You must hit harder, faster. Improve your technique before buying pro setup. If you have any question, you can comment
in the Youtube channel. Or you can send me your message on my facebook
page. You can also send me your video, if I have
time, I will correct your technique by viewing the video.

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