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Top 10 best forehand table tennis rubbers of all time

What is the best table tennis rubber for your forehand? It’s not an easy question!

Because choosing the forehand rubber is totally different than choosing the best backhand rubber. Here is my recommended list of Top 10 Forehand Rubbers – Fast, Spin, and Powerful. In this list, there are some tacky hard Chinese rubbers that the professional players love using.

There are 2 parts. This article is part 2:


How to choose the best forehand rubbers?

Choosing the right forehand rubber requires some conditions. I have explained in a previous post, how to choose a forehand rubber.

Here is a general idea:

  • Chinese rubbers have a lower throw than the Japanese and ESN rubbers. You should choose Chinese tacky rubber if you have a full and powerful forehand stroke.
  • You should choose a harder sponge for your forehand rubbers: +2 degree hardness than the backhand rubber.
  • Always choose Max thickness for your forehand rubbers. The only exception is for Chinese rubbers: Choose 2.15 mm instead of 2.20 mm (due to the booster).
  • Always choose a denser sponge (blue sponge is better than an orange sponge)
  • Prefer a lower throw angle for your forehand rubber.

 

Watch this tutorial:

How to choose forehand rubber
Watch this video: How to choose forehand rubber


Top 10 Forehand Rubbers – Fast, Spinny, and Powerful

Here is the list of best forehand rubbers of all times:

01. DHS Hurricane 3 National (blue sponge)
02. Friendship Battle 2 (Blue Sponge)
03. Tenergy 05 Hard
04. V> 15 Extra
05. XIOM OMEGA ASIA
06. Haifu Shark 3
07. TG Skyline 3
08. Sanwei Target National
09. Fastarc G1
10. Tibhar EVOLUTION MX-P50

01. DHS Hurricane 3 National (blue sponge)

DHS National 3 rubber is no doubt one of the best forehand rubber. Used by all of the top Chinese players, both Senior and Junior players. Some Hong Kong players also use Hurricane 3 on their forehand rubbers.



  • Name: Double Happiness Hurricane 3
  • Sponge hardness: 39-40 DHS degree, 54 ESN degree
  • Sponge thickness: 2.15 mm
  • Sponge color: Blue

 

HK Junior National player with boosted Hurricane rubber on the forehand (more info)
HK Junior National player with boosted Hurricane rubber on the forehand (more info)

 

JEOUNG Youngsik equipment wttc 2019
Jeoung Young-sik equipment wttc 2019 (Viscaria with Xiom Icecream handle) – Forehand DHS Hurricane 3 Bluesponge

We all want high-speed and spinny forehand rubber. Chinese rubbers in general and DHS rubbers are highly recommended as the perfect rubbers for the forehand. But there is a big problem here?

Many players just buy and test a commercial Hurricane neo 3. Due to the tackiness of the topsheet, the rubber can spin easily, but the speed is really lacking.

There are 2 problems:

First, most of you just buy the fake DHS rubbers. You can buy a pack of DHS rubbers, even fake Tenergy rubbers, or Tenergy blades on Taobao. They cost less than 5 USD/rubbers. And most of these rubbers are imported to dealers/online shops around the world.

Ma Long forehand and backhand rubber
Ma Long forehand and backhand rubber

Second, you are using Chinese rubbers in the wrong way. Every player who plays Chinese rubbers on the forehand side boosts their rubbers. It’s impossible to play without using a tuner/booster. Why?

Blue sponge vs Orange Sponge - higher elasticity in blue sponge, stable support with endurable tension and control
Blue sponge vs Orange Sponge – higher elasticity in a blue sponge, stable support with endurable tension and control

Because the sponge is too dense, too hard. You can’t have enough speed with a too-hard sponge. The energy is conserved 100% (no energy lost), but you can’t impact enough force and convert it into speed. So you need to “break-in” the sponge. You can “break-in” using a physical break, and a chemical break. A chemical break (chemical expansion of the sponge by expanding the polymer liaison with the organic oil) is much faster and easier.

Currently, on the market, you can buy the National Hurricane 3 orange sponge (39 Degrees). Most of the blue sponges are fakes. The orange sponge national rubber is sold by the Official store of DHS on Amazon. Here are some reviews:

National White paper package - mostly fake
National White paper package – mostly fake

This is not the same as what the national team uses. There is a general consensus in the table tennis community that national team rubbers are not commercially available and are basically unicorns. You can also cross-check the serial number on the DHS website.

That being said, I bought this rubber for fun to see if it is actually better than the other hurricane 3’s. After adding 3 layers Falco tempo long booster to this rubber and provincial version, I think this one is a bit faster… but this might be explained by the inconsistent boosting process. It is still a good rubber – like other hurricane series if you have the right technique and fast stroke you can get a lot out of it. It is probably better to just buy provincial version though.

DHS Hurricane 3 Neo National Black Table Tennis Rubber (2.15mm, 40º Hardness)-out
DHS Hurricane 3 Neo Black, National Table Tennis Rubber (2.15mm, 40º Hardness) by DHS Store (more info)

 

National DHS Hurricane 3 Net weight 64g - rather heavy
National DHS Hurricane 3 Net weight 64g – rather heavy

Amazing, no wonder Ma Long uses it. Very sticky but no bouncy. Need to be boosted. Great for offensive play.

First of all, all DHS “national” rubbers in the market ain’t the real thing, they are just copies or imitations of the nationals pros use, because, nationals are exclusive for CHN national players ONLY. They are VERY LIMITED. You can never buy those, don’t be HYPED by others who say what are you gonna get is Genuine unless you get it personally from Ma Long, WLQ, etc.

So the issue of what you might buy being fake or genuine is out of the question.

Anyway, all fakes are designed or made after the real ones, so chances are, its properties were copied from no other than the real thing. Which make this indeed still a great rubber. take it as consolation.

 

The blue sponge has greater elasticity which increase the speed, and stronger spin effect
The blue sponge has greater elasticity which increases the speed, and stronger spin effect

Even, many players emphasize using the national version. I recommend you just try a commercial one and use the booster. I’ve explained it in this article “the truth about the Chinese rubber“.

The truth about Chinese rubber
Watch this video: The truth about Chinese rubber – ma Long forehand rubber

Amazing rubber, its a completely different rubber.
->Commercial version is as dead as hell
->Provincial version is where it actually starts playing as it says on the package.
->National is where it is perfection, it plays like a beast, u can rip out topspin that is just beautiful. control is great u can block, push and touch shots.

The orange sponge gives a really good feeling.

It’s due to the effect of the booster, the real Chinese rubber is not hard dead. Many fake hurricane 3 rubbers are really slow. Here is the real story:

Im my club we have a Chinese trainor he’s name was Li Qi. They say he’s an ex pro maybe only here in spain I guess. But his forehand is tottaly chinese looper and nothing at all european stlye and it’s quite sure he trained in china.

Well anyway… I am using h3 neo provincial that can buy anywhere. I think it was good and the same as the pro chinese rubber. Then i got bored and see him sitting. I went to him and ask to have a hit on his raket.

It was a crazy Hurricane 3 (cant remember if its Neo or not) and yasaka pride. The bat doesnt weight anything compaired to mine. When i touch the hardness of his Hurricane 3 its a lot softer than my trash Hurricane H3.

And you can feel and see the pimps on it when you touch, i think its 38deg (due to the booster).

HK Junior National player with boosted Hurricane rubber on the forehand (more info)

 

It is bouncy when you play the ball on the raket, its not tacky at all maybe little i think. I loop arms wide open too and also i’m asian. God it’s amazing it’s fast, spiny and sooooooooo easy to lift the ball.

I try to brush very slowly then the ball has a lot spin. It’s so smoothhhh. I wish i can tell u the felling. It’s like playing with tenergy 05 but much much better than that. I SAID TO MY SELF…… “NO DOUBT THIS IS GENUINE, THIS IS THE REAL NATIONAL EQUIPMENT” when i look at the rubber again… It’s not the same way it printed, look at site prott.cc and click “FOR DISPLAY” it say’s “Ma Long personal rubber” and it cost $9999. It’s ridiculous, and it’s fake!

He told me he change rubber every 2 to 3 months. If i have a chance again i will talk to him and ask him if he still have those used or sell me new one.

It’s been pleassure to swing even a little time with that pure beauty of rubber I will treassure it. Even I have this junk h3 selling in all market I will never let go. Because the rubber corrected me. It does’nt tollerate me (bad moves aint work).

02. Friendship Battle 2 (Blue Sponge)

Provincial rubber Friendship 729 Battle 2 with the blue sponge is designed for the forehand, which is used by many Chinese professional table tennis players.

Friendship 729 Battle II-
Friendship 729 Battle II-
729 Battle 2 - blue sponge-
729 Battle 2 – blue sponge-

Provincial rubber Battle 2 with a blue sponge is made of a hard Chinese sponge and a sticky top-sheet that has been specially treated.

When hitting the ball, the Battle 2 provincial rubber with a blue sponge has a better consistency, making it easier for the player to hit with topspin repeatedly. When serving with Battle 2, it is simple to achieve a high ball spin.

729 Battle II
729 Battle II

This rubber is incredible. It’s one of the top three Chinese rubbers in my opinion, especially with the plastic ball. Massive spin, especially on hard topspin drives and loops, and very quick. Overall, good control and a nice short game touch.

Battle 2 - 729
Battle 2 – 729

The topsheet isn’t as sticky as a DHS Hurricane 3 40°, but it’s a lot easier to use after a few boost layers, and it’s not as physically demanding as other Chinese sticky rubbers.

Battle II - 729 topsheet-
Battle II – 729 topsheet-

Compared with ESN, Victas, or Butterfly hybrid rubbers, as well as a variety of Hurricane 3, the Battle II blue sponge 40° is by far the most lively rubber when properly boosted.

friendship 729 Battle 2 blue sponge is excellent choice-
friendship 729 Battle 2 blue sponge is an excellent choice-
Very dense sponge of Friendship 729-
A very dense sponge of Friendship 729-

03. Tenergy 05 Hard

With the new poly ball, players need a harder and harder sponge. That’s the reason why Butterfly released the new Tenergy 05 Hard rubber (check price 1/ check price 2/ read review). I’ve made a review article of this new Harder version.

Butterfly Tenergy 05 Hard 2.1 Black
Butterfly Tenergy 05 Hard 2.1 Black

For most of the players, Tenergy 05 Hard fit very well on the forehand side. Because you hit harder on your forehand side than your backhand side. Tenergy 05 is more powerful and spinnier than the normal version.

Tenergy 05 Hard - Performance
Tenergy 05 Hard – Performance

 

Many pro players (non-Chinese) use Tenergy 05 Hard rubber on their forehand side. Advantage: reliable topspin, very fast, spinny, and high curve rallies.

Andrej Gacina (pro player) is using Viscaria FL blade +Tenergy 05 both sides
Andrej Gacina (pro player) is using Viscaria FL blade +Tenergy 05 both sides (more info)

 

Butterfly recommends TENERGY 05 HARD especially for players with a well-developed technique able to cope with its increased weight and linear acceleration
Butterfly recommends TENERGY 05 HARD especially for players with a well-developed technique able to cope with its increased weight and linear acceleration

04. V> 15 Extra

With this piece of rubber, you will learn how to make a great arc with your forehand topspin.

Victas V _ 15 Extra-
Victas V _ 15 Extra-
  • Hardness: Medium Hard 47.5
  • Thickness: 2.2 mm
  • Made in Japan

It has a high spin value, according to the former national player. Due to the very hard sponge, your forehand topspin is loaded with full power. In reality, if the wrist is used correctly, then the rotation can be rather powerful.

The concept is power and spin-
The concept is power and spin-
Topsheet of Victas V15
Topsheet of Victas V15
Victas V 15 Extra rubber (Black)-
Victas V 15 Extra rubber (Black)-

When you can’t borrow power, especially in the mid-range, it feels slow. However, when you attack near the table, Victas Extra is very stable.

Victas V>15 Extra is considered another good alternative for Tenergy 05.

Victas V 15 with blue color
Victas V 15 with blue color

05. XIOM OMEGA ASIA

Xiom Asia (from V to VII) (check price/ read review) has a very hard sponge, combined with a very elastic rubber and very adherent. Thanks to the Dynamic Friction technology that has evolved to better synchronize with the harder sponge, you will be able to develop an extremely powerful game for your forehand attack. This rubber gives a lot of spins, suited for Asian forehand attacking style.

XIOM Omega V Asia, options 2.3 mm, red
XIOM Omega V Asia options 2.3 mm, red (more info)
  • Name: Xiom Omega Asia
  • Sponge hardness: 52.5 ESN degree (39-40 DHS degree)
  • Sponge thickness: 2.30 mm
  • Sponge color: Black

Xiom Asia is a very good forehand rubber. It provides a linear feeling, with a low to medium throw angle. Excellent for hitting, loop kill, who has powerful forehand attack.

Xiom Omega Asia sponge
Xiom Omega Asia sponge

This is a fast rubber with a hard sponge. Don’t use it with stiff blades. You can use Stiga Rosewood XO for good vibration and fit very well for the forehand.

OMEGA V Asia is geared towards attackers who emphasize hard loop drives and counter-topspin. The elastic topsheet and harder sponge make this rubber a top choice for professional level close and mid-distance play. If you like Chinese style, Xiom Omega Asia is a good alternative for Hurricane 3 Neo and Nittaku H3 Neo (unboosted). Highly recommended.

06. Haifu Shark 3

Haifu Shark 3 (check price) is a factory pre-tuned rubber. This is a good Chinese forehand rubber. The national version of the rubber but you couldn’t find it anywhere despite living in China. The Shark 3 and Shark Speed play almost the same but it seems to be the training version is a bit more of high quality.

Haifu Shark III (Shark 3) Factory Tuned Pips-In Table Tennis (Ping Pong) Rubber With Sponge (black)
Haifu Shark III (Shark 3) Factory Tuned Pips-In Table Tennis (Ping Pong) Rubber With Sponge (black) (more info)
  • Name: Haifu Shark III
  • Sponge hardness: 38 DHS degree
  • Sponge thickness: 2.15 mm
  • Sponge color: Red

The Haifu Shark is quite similar to Yinhe/Galaxy Moon Speed but it has more power, speed, spin and requires more perfect technique. The topsheet is more elastic making it more suitable for flicks.  I would recommend this rubber for those who play with Hurricane-like rubbers on their forehand. The rubber is practically a good attacking rubber for your forehand side.

Haifu Shark 3 weight is 69g
Haifu Shark 3 weight is 69g

07. TG Skyline 3

Other good DHS Chinese rubbers are TG Skyline 3 or Hurricane 2 rubbers. They have a lower throw angle than the Hurricane 3 rubbers. So it fits better on the forehand side. However, using Hurricane 2 is more demanding than the Hurricane 3 rubbers.

DHS Hurricane 3 blue sponge
DHS Hurricane 3 blue sponge

 

Skyline Blue sponge rubber
Skyline Blue sponge rubber (more info)
  • Name: DHS Skyline 3
  • Sponge hardness: 39 DHS degree
  • Sponge thickness: 2.15 mm
  • Sponge Color: Orange/Blue

You can have a very fast killing forehand shot, but more unforced error. So it depends also on your style: control topspin or powerful loop kill style. Skyline TG (Technology Generation) 3 continual and dense attack. Skyline 3 rubber made with a new technique has quicker attacking power with loop drive.

Wang Hao is using the TG Skyline 3 on his forehand side.

Wang Hao - Best Reverse Penhold backhand
Wang Hao – Best Reverse Penhold backhand
Thick glue on Wang Hao personal rubber (Hurricane 3 + Custom Sriver) - Photo by Phong Nguyen (table tennis connect)
Thick glue on Wang Hao personal rubber (Hurricane 3 + Custom Sriver) – Photo by Phong Nguyen (table tennis connect)

TG3 Neo is good for the mid-distance looping attack playstyle. Similar to DHS H2 with Nittaku sponge, slightly hard. Need to use a booster for the best performance. Very good for block over the table and loop attack at a middle distance like penholder players.

Another alternative is the DHS Hurricane H2 rubber. This rubber is one of the hardest rubber you will play with. You need to “break-in” the Hurricane 2 rubber by using the booster.

DHS Hurricane 3 blue sponge
DHS Hurricane 3 blue sponge

08. Sanwei Target National

Sanwei Target National (check price/ read review) is a very good forehand rubber. Very tacky topsheet which is similar to both Hurricane 3 and Haifu Whale 2 rubbers. Topsheet is softer than Hurricane 3 on top of a hard and lively sponge.

sanwei target national
Sanwei Target national – black (more info)

Faster than the commercial DHS Hurricane 3 with the same level of spin. For most Chinese rubbers, the black one is the tackier one and the red is the harder one. As the upgraded version of model Target, the Target National is a better choice for 40+ new plastic balls.

Sanwei blue sponge
Sanwei blue sponge

 

Sanwei target national - packaging
Sanwei target national – the packaging

The topsheet is very tacky. This makes Target National a fast but controllable rubber. It picks up the ball from the table for a couple of seconds. The DHS rubbers are not as tacky as Sanwei Target.

  • Name: Sanwei Target National
  • Sponge hardness: 39-40 DHS degree
  • Sponge thickness: 2.15 mm
  • Sponge color: Blue
sanwei target national - showing blue sponge
Sanwei target national – showing the blue sponge

You can use Sanwei Target National or Moon Pro. Both are excellent Chinese rubbers available for under $25usd. These rubbers give what you put in (very linear), so both speed and spin potential are brought out by the player.

Sanwei target national - red
Sanwei target national – red

Sanwei rubbers have a large diameter and thick bottom pimple structure. So it’s a fast rubber to hit close to the table. It suits well the fast attack forehand style. This is supposed to be a Tenergy 25 clone from Sanwei.

 

https://youtu.be/MPnSYxWk2Rg

Another good Chinese forehand rubber is Sanwei T88-I, Palio Amigo Biotech, or Galaxy Moon Pro.

09. Fastarc G1

Nittaku Fastarc G-1 (check price 1/ check price 2/ read review) is an offensive forehand rubber. It’s made in Germany. One of the best forehand rubber with a medium throw angle like Rasant. The topsheet is rather tacky which helps to topspin the ball easily.

Nittaku Fastarc G-1, Table Tennis Rubber, Pimples in for Offensive Play, Made in Germany (Black, 2.0)
Nittaku Fastarc G-1, Table Tennis Rubber, Pimples in for Offensive Play, Made in Germany (Black, 2.0) (more info)

The Nittaku Fastarc G-1 rubber is “Fast” with an “Arc”! A power topsheet with a built-in tension power sponge produces the ideal combination of ball speed and ball arc – an outstanding powerful spin ball.

G-1 means “Grip First”. The rubber isn’t the fastest but it’s fast enough. It isn’t the spinniest but it’s really good. The control is out of this world and if you are a half-decent player, this will give you the margin you need to really build your confidence and play the strokes properly.

10. Tibhar EVOLUTION MX-P50

MX-P50 (check price) is the new version of Evolution MX-P for the Plastic ball. The sponge hardness is about 50 ESN degrees. This hardness fits very well for the forehand side. The normal MX-P version is one of the best rubber for the backhand side. MX-P50 has a lot of power. The topsheet is sensitive to humidity, and not very durable.

Tibhar MX-P50 harder sponge for the new plastic ball - good forehand rubber
Tibhar MX-P50 harder sponge for the new plastic ball – good forehand rubber (more info)
  • Name: Tibhar Evolution MX-P50 (for Plastic ball)
  • Sponge hardness: 50 ESN degree
  • Sponge thickness: 2.20 mm

The fastest version of the EVOLUTION series. The strong integrated tension and the hard sponge favor the tense trajectories and the very powerful game. Thanks to the highly elastic rubber, the spin is excellent.

MX-P50 has a hard but very fine sponge. The topsheet is similar to MX-P and FX-P. But the speed is higher, a lot of spins like MX-P. The trajectory is lower and fits very well to the forehand powerful forehand topspin. This version should already be used by more than 50% of the players Tibhar pros players.

Remarkable other good forehand rubbers:

Another option that you can choose is Joola Rhyzm P, Rasanter R47, Tibhar 1Q XD, Donic Bluefire M1, or Joola Rhyzm. They are all good ESN forehand rubber, which is fast, spinny, and rather powerful.

Many players confirm that the best forehand rubber they have tried includes Rasant Powergrip, Rasant, tibhar Aurus, Yasaka rising dragon, Xiom Omega 4 pro, Xiom Omega 5 Asia, Hurricane 3 neo, Skyline TG3 neo, Fastarc G1, etc.


Other alternatives

Here is the list of some very good forehand rubbers, which should be considered as alternatives when you can find the rubber in the top 10 list above.

Stiga Mantra H

Stiga Mantra H (check price/ read review) is an upgraded version of the Stiga Calibra LT+. The main problem of Stiga Calibra LT+ is the topsheet durability. During around 1-2 months, the Calibra LT+ topsheet lost the grippy. While Mantra H topsheet is more grippy and lasts longer (more than 6 months).

  • Name: Stiga Mantra H
  • Sponge hardness: 50 ESN degree (38 DHS degree)
  • Sponge thickness: 2.20 mm
  • Sponge color: Orange
Stiga Mantra H 2.1 mm
Stiga Mantra H 2.1 mm (more info)

Stiga Mantra H is one of the best backhand rubber. It’s very consistent and linear. However, it’s not as fast as Calibra LT+. It’s due to the higher throw angle of the Mantra H. So if you love spinny, consistent forehand topspin, then Stiga Mantra H is a powerful and consistent forehand rubber.

Stiga Mantra H weight by Dan (TTD)
Stiga Mantra H weight by Dan (TTD)

The hard sponge creates a classic feel (linear feel for the forehand) with extreme attacking possibilities. Very high speed and effectiveness from a short distance. Excellent blocking abilities in close-to-table action.

stiga calibra lt plus sponge
Stiga Calibra lt plus sponge

Stiga Mantra H has a hard sponge – 50 degrees ESN hardness, which is equivalent to 38 degrees Chinese hardness. Hard rubber fits very well on the forehand side. The topsheet is very durable and linear. A good alternative for tacky Chinese rubber.

tiga Mantra H (pimple distance)
Stiga Mantra H (pimple distance)

Stiga Calibra LT+

If you don’t want to buy fake Hurricane 3 rubbers, I have found another good alternative. It’s the low throw, and long trajectory rubber “Calibra LT+” (check price/ read review). It’s not as spinny as other ESN rubbers (Stiga Mantra H, MX-P, Rhyzm, etc.) or Japanese (Butterfly Tenergy rubber). But it’s very fast and direct (the main characteristic of a good forehand rubber).

  • Name: Stiga Calibra LT+
  • Sponge hardness: 52 ESN degree (39 DHS degree)
  • Sponge thickness: 2.20 mm
  • Sponge color: Orange
Stiga Rubber Calibra LT Plus, options 2,2 mm, black
Calibra LT Plus has an extra hard sponge for tremendous hitting power options 2,2 mm, black

This rubber is classified as one of the fastest ESN rubber on the market. The topsheet is not tacky as Chinese rubber, hence it’s difficult to make a spin at the soft stroke. It’s not for beginners. Many top European players use Stiga rubbers due to their speed, and the grippy topsheet.

MOREGARD Truls is using Stiga Rubbers
MOREGARD Truls is using Stiga Rubbers

Calibra LT Plus has an extra hard sponge (50 ESN degree hardness which is equivalent to 38 DHS Chinese hardness) that ensures tremendous power when hitting. This is an excellent choice for the highly skilled player who demands a professional combination of spin, speed, power, and long trajectory.

Here are some reviews:

Massive spin on Forehand attack with the Calibra LT Plus, and I have now switched it to my BH as well! My coach (2500+) loved it so much he switched to it as well!

 

Stiga LT plus is the fastest and longest trajectory Stiga Rubber
Stiga LT plus is the fastest and longest trajectory Stiga Rubber

 

Compared to other popular forehand rubbers (MX-P, Hurricane 3 unboosted, Tenergy 05), Calibra LT is faster. It’s similar to Tenergy in feeling. Nice catapult, balls sink into the rubber giving very nice control. Low throw so it’s difficult for the opponent to counter the topspin. Overall this is a favorite rubber for the powerful forehand attack player.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEKHWGFrAjg

Tenergy balls used to drop a lot while counter topspin, but with The Calibra LT it hardly drops (due to the longer trajectory). Try to out for yourself.

Very fast and decent speed. One of the best rubbers Stiga has produced in a while. Not for beginners. Excellent rubber. I find many of the ratings here to be exaggerated but not for this one. It is super fast, super spinny with great control. Definitely a long trajectory, as advertised, so great from mid and long distance from the table, but not bad from close to table.


4 types of Forehand Attacking Style

Conclusion! Which is the best forehand rubbers in table tennis?

Choosing the right forehand rubber is not easy. I know. Because it depends also on your style, on your winning conditions. So here is my recommendation, based on my coaching experiences and testing many combos of players.

Firstly, you should know which is your forehand style? There are mainly 4 forehand styles:

  1. Topspin machine
  2. Topspin first, finish next
  3. Speed first, spin after
  4. Quick and fast counter

1 – Topspin machine style:

If you have solid technique, good footwork, good physical strength, and you love playing Chinese rubbers, I will recommend you choose the DHS rubbers. It’s so joyful to play with Chinese rubbers with tacky topsheet. You will get the real feeling of your forehand. It’s the secret that top Chinese players rarely make the unforced error on your forehand side. The power comes from the ground, the feeling and the spin come from the sticky topsheet. Choose DHS Hurricane 3 Blue sponge or cheaper alternatives.

2 – Topspin first and finish next:

If you love the feeling of the catapult effect on your forehand side. You are not so consistent, not a topspin machine. You want to finish the point as soon as possible, one slow loop and the next forehand is like smash, loop kill. I recommend you choose something with a catapult effect. Choose MX-P50: the mixed feeling of speed, spin, and catapult.

3- Deep topspin (speed first, and spin after)

This forehand style can be also called “European forehand style” (in the eye of a western coach). To win the ball, the player attack first with speed and deep placement, and the next ball is mixed with speed and spin. Many ESN and the next generation of ESN fit very well this style.
I recommend you choose Stiga Calibra LT+ for speed, and Stiga Mantra H 2.1mm (for higher spin). The topsheet of the Mantra H is the advanced version of the Calibra LT+ (fast, low throw, long trajectory but less consistent due to less spin).

4 – Quick attack and counter

If you win the game more with the speed and counter (Japanese trending style). Like Koki Niwa forehand counter and block, or Tomokazu quick counter close to the table on both backhand side, and forehand side. I recommend you choose the Butterfly Tenergy 05 Hard, or the Tenergy 25. Tenergy 25 is the hardest sponge of the Tenergy series, but the pimple is too big and has less spin. While Tenergy 05 Hard is the upgraded version of Tenergy 05 for the new plastic 40+ ball. So I recommend you choose Tenergy 05 Hard on the forehand side for this style. You need to be aggressive in every shot, hit, counter hit on the bounce close to mid-distance.



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110 thoughts on “Top 10 best forehand table tennis rubbers of all time”

  1. Hey coach,
    I was wondering if i bought a DHS TG3 skyline 3 and boost it, would it be too much to buy a 2.2mm sponge? how much does booster increase sponge thickness?

    Reply
  2. HEy choach,
    have you ever tried Nittaku hurricane pro turbo III blue sponge? People say it’s harder and faster than h3 national blue sponge, i’d love to hear your thoughts on it if you have tried it

    Reply
  3. Hi coach
    I have Stiga Clipper blade
    And for my backhand stiga mantra M

    Iam confused which rubber should i go for My forehand rubber
    Stiga mantra H orDhs hurricane 3 or any other affordable suggestions by you.

    Intermidiate level

    Reply
  4. Hello coach, can you recommend a chinese rubber for forehand in a primorac carbon blade. sanwei target or hurricane 3 or hurricane 2? big dipper?

    Reply
  5. Hi Coach,

    Would you recommend this combo for someone who has some experience playing, but not an advanced player:

    Blade: Tibhar Stratus Power Wood
    FH: Rakza 9 (2mm)
    BH: Rakza Z (2mm)

    Reply
  6. Hi coach,

    I am a beginner, and was wondering if yakasaka mark 5 (black) max thickness is any good for forehand?

    Thanks.

    Reply
  7. Hi there coach, reading about your articles makes me want to play table tennis again! However, I’m at an impasse. I don’t know what forehand rubber should I buy to develop the “Chinese” Style of looping machine. Any suggestions, please? I’ve been using a premade racket before, but now I was thinking of building my Stiga Clipper CR WRB blade with Tenergy 05 for my backhand.

    Reply

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