The Truth Chinese Rubbers | Ma Long Equipment

The Truth Chinese Rubbers | Ma Long Equipment

I have many questions about “where to buy a real Chinese rubber?” and “what is the best Chinese rubber to buy”. Today, I want to explain what is the best table tennis rubber for you and some myths about the Chinese rubbers that top Chinese players use.

If you are using European rubbers, and want to change to Chinese rubbers, you should read this article. Ma Long is currently using the Boosted Hurricane 3 rubber (blue sponge).

The Truth about Chinese Rubbers

Again, I want to say that the best table tennis rubber is the rubber that suits your playing style but not the rubber that the top players use. First, you won’t play better if Ma Long gives you his racket. Second, the rubber that the top Chinese players (such as Ma Long, Fan Zhendong) use is not the same rubber which you want to buy.

For example, the commercial DHS Hurricane 3 rubbers (black, 2.20 mm) that everybody can buy from the manufacturer has a medium-high throw angle. And most other products that will be sold abroad outside of China has the same property: a medium to high throw angle. These characteristics are confirmed by many testers.

Ma Long is gluing his own racket
Ma Long is gluing his own racket

The top Chinese players are sponsored by DHS company. And many people think that Ma Long use the same product that the company sells to international buyers. However, it’s not true. Ma Long used a customized rubber which has a very low throw angle. So what you are seeking for (buying a real hurricane 3) is totally different from the rubber that Ma Long uses.

To use the Chinese rubber, you should use a very strong and thick glue. Otherwise, it won’t work. Also, every top Chinese player uses a booster to tune their hard rubbers.

Thick layer of glue on Ma Long's forehand rubber
The thick layer of glue on Ma Long’s forehand rubber

Who is Ma Long?

Ma Long is considered one of the best, or even the best table tennis player in history. He is the 5th Grand Slam table tennis player, just after Zhang Jike (the 4th).

You can find some information about Ma Long 马龙 here:

Especially, you can find the history of Ma Long table tennis racket, blade, and rubber below. Understanding the equipment of top Chinese table tennis players will help you choose the right Chinese forehand rubber for you.

In the 2019 World Table Tennis Championships at Budapest, Ma Long is the legend in table tennis.

Ma Long won the men’s singles World Champion 2019 and thus joined the legendary group of Hungary’s Victor Barna and Chinese compatriot, Zhuang Zedong, who likewise won three in a row (2019, 2017, 2015)
Ma Long won the men’s singles World Champion 2019 and thus joined the legendary group of Hungary’s Victor Barna and Chinese compatriot, Zhuang Zedong, who likewise won three in a row (2019, 2017, 2015)

In this WTTC 2019, no one can win Ma Long more than 2 sets. He is the real captain of the China Team. The most trusted player in history right now!

  • 1st round VS Aleksandar Karakasevic 4-0
  • 2nd round VS Kanak Jha 4-1
  • 3rd round VS Vladimir SAMSONOV 4-1
  • 4th round VS Hugo CALDERANO 4-1
  • quarterfinals VS LIN Gaoyuan 4-0
  • semifinal VS LIANG Jingkun 4-1
  • final VS Mattias Falck 4-1

If he wins the Olympics Tokyo 2020, he will be the only legend in table tennis. The first player who can win the DOUBLE GRANDSLAM in history. Let’s see!

What is Ma Long personal equipment?

What rubber does Ma Long use?

Ma Long forehand rubber

This is Ma Long equipment in the LIEBHERR 2019 ITTF WORLD TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (WTTC 2019):

Ma Long equipment at wttc 2019
Ma Long equipment at wttc 2019

 

Ma Long's racket at 2017 Qatar Open
Ma Long’s racket at 2017 Qatar Open (more info)

Well, Ma Long uses national hurricane 3 blue sponge rubber, 40.5 to 41 DHS hardness scale, 2.15 mm thickness, used with the booster. Ma Long personal rubber is not available to the public. They are designed based on Ma Long physical strength, the sponge is much harder than a commercial one.

 

 

It’s not the sponge but it’s the top sheet that Ma Long’s rubber is different than the commercial version.

The topsheet of  Ma Long personal forehand rubber is much more elastic, consistent. The pimples structure is also different: denser, smaller than the commercial one. The tacky topsheet with this pimple structure provides the maximum of spin to Ma Long’s shot.

Ma Long forehand rubber: higher density of pimple, tackier, glassy and consistent
Ma Long forehand rubber: a higher density of pimples, tackier, glassy and consistent

You can see that both Ma Long and Zhang Jike use National Hurricane 3 (Blue Sponge) on their forehand side. The blue sponge is 1 to 2 degree harder than the commercial Orange Sponge DHS Hurricane 3 rubbers.

Ma Long and Zhang Jike personal blade
Ma Long and Zhang Jike personal blade

 

You can Order the DHS Hurricane 3 (Old version) directly from Double Happiness Shop here. [Order Now] Or you can buy the DHS Hurricane 3, combined with the LANDSON Rubber Protector Film of DHS. Order here.

DHS Hurricane 3 by Ma Long
DHS Hurricane 3 by Ma Long

 

Or the new version, DHS Hurricane 3 (Neo) (black) which is recently used by Ma Long, and the Chinese Team. (read review)

DHS Hurricane 3 NEO
DHS Hurricane 3 NEO (more info) – one of the best forehand rubbers

 

Ma Long backhand rubber

Like many top Chinese table tennis players, Ma Long used Japanese Butterfly rubber on his backhand: Tenergy 05 Professional version, harder, and faster. The normal Ten05 rubber has the hardness about 36-37 ESN Scale. Ma Long backhand rubber is 39-40 hardness ESN scale (around 35 hardness Chinese scale).

Ma Long backhand rubber Tenergy 05
Ma Long backhand rubber Tenergy 05

 

With the new poly ball in table tennis since 2017, Ma Long switch back to custom hurricane rubber, red side on his backhand. Japanese rubber is not hard enough, so Chinese players search for more direct feeling rubber on their backhand.

Ma Long backhand rubber DHS Hurricane 3 (Red)
Ma Long backhand rubber DHS Hurricane 3 (Red)

Order the real Butterfly Tenergy 05 (red, 2.1 mm) from the Official Butterfly Amazon Shop here. You can also use the Tenergy 05 Hard to for the new plastic ball. Here is the review of Tenergy 05 Hard.

You can also use the Red DHS Hurricane 3 for the new poly ball.

Ma Long’s equipment: blade

Ma Long has changed many blades since 2005 to now.

  • 2005-2008: Ma Long tried some Nittaku blades: Violin, Acoustic, and Rutis.
  • 2009-2011: Ma Long’s blade is Timo Boll Spirit and Timo Boll ALC.
  • 2013 – 2018: Ma Long uses DHS 968 and DHS 997 table tennis blade.
  • Since 2019: He is using Hurricane Long 5x

This is the resume of rxng for the table tennis equipment used by Ma Long.

Which table tennis blade that Ma Long uses? Here you are.
Which table tennis blade that Ma Long uses? Here you are.

 

2005 (Nittaku Violin)
2005 (Nittaku Violin)

 

2006 ~ 2007 (Nittaku Acoustic)
2006 ~ 2007 (Nittaku Acoustic) (more info)

 

2009~2010 (Butterfly Timo Boll Spirit)
2009~2010 (Butterfly Timo Boll Spirit) (read review)

 

2011 (Butterfly Timo Boll ALC)
2011 (Butterfly Timo Boll ALC) – One of the best blade in the list top 10 pro blades

 

2012 (DHS 506) 2
2012 (DHS 506)

 

2012 (DHS 506)
In 2012 Ma Long uses DHS 506 blade

 

2013~2015 (DHS 968-997)
2013~2015 (DHS 968-997)

 

Actually Ma Long is using DHS 968-997 blade
During 2018, Ma Long was using DHS 968-997 blade – DHS Hurricane Long V blade (more info)

 

At the WTTC (World Table Tennis Championship 2019), Ma Long is using the Hurricane Long 5x.

Ma Long equipment at wttc 2019
Ma Long equipment at wttc 2019

 

Hurricane Long 5x - Thicker core to deal with the new plastic ball - Ma Long's equipment 2019
Hurricane Long 5x – Thicker core to deal with the new plastic ball – Ma Long’s equipment 2019

Hurricane Long 5x has +0.5mm thicker core than the normal Hurricane Long. The normal Flared handle is very comfortable. The blade is 89 ∓ 3 (g), the thickness is around 6.0 mm. The Speed is very fast OFF ++, the blade composition is similar to the normal Hurricane Long.

Original DHS Hurricane Long 5 Plus handle
Original DHS Hurricane Long 5 Plus handle
Hurricane Long 5x series - table tennis blade used by Ma Long
Hurricane Long 5x series – table tennis blade used by Ma Long
Original DHS Hurricane Long 5 plus - blade composition and thickness
Original DHS Hurricane Long 5 plus – blade composition and thickness

You can order the blade from the Official DHS AZ Shop. This blade is one of the top 10 professional blades in the modern table tennis. Or you can also buy the complete racket setup assembled by DHS staff: DHS DIY Assembled, Hurricane Long-5 blade, Forehand rubber is the Neo Hurricane 3 Black Rubber (Blue Sponge, Provincial), and backhand rubber is Neo Hurricane 3 red Rubber (Orange Sponge, Provincial). This is a very good racket for advanced players.

DHS Hurricane Long V is a very good table tennis blade for looping style:

  • 5 Wooden + 2 Arylate-Carbon Speed OFF++
  • Looping machine – a dreaming blade for who want to loop kill the ball
  • Powerful core
  • Good feeling in the short game
  • Hurricane Long V – DHS 997
DHS Hurricane Long V (5 Wooden + 2 Arylate-Carbon) OFF++ a looping machine blade for a serious player
Ma Long’s blade: DHS Hurricane Long V (5 Wooden + 2 Arylate-Carbon) OFF++ a looping machine blade for a serious player (more info)

Should I buy personal Ma Long rubbers?

So why DHS does not commercialize the rubber of Ma Long? Because it’s not a good commercial plan. Not many players can use a very low throw rubber in a real situation. You must have a full and a strong stroke to use this type of rubber. So making a medium-high throw angle rubber can fit a wide range of players, and using the commercial strategy to sponsor the top player is a better plan.

Ma Long national Hurricane 3 rubber with blue sponge
Ma Long national Hurricane 3 rubber with blue sponge

Some dealers have tried to make a good business. They profit that table tennis players can pay much money just to get to the “real professional rubber” and hope to play better. They sell fake national rubber. All of these rubbers are stamped the name of the top players and pretend to be his personal rubber (look at these photos). But they are not true! Top players are not allowed to sell his rubber to the public.

Myth 1 “Chinese rubber has high throw”

These are the proofs showing the characteristics of Ma Long’s rubber. Look at the real situations in the match, you can notice how low throw angle of Ma Long’s rubbers.

Real Chinese table tennis rubber has a very low throw. To use the Chinese rubber, you must have a long and powerful stroke. The techniques are different from traditional techniques. You must “carry” and “wrap” the ball more forward. You can see that Ma Long have to “carry” the ball with his powerful Forehand topspin, but the ball goes just slightly over the net and drops right after. The ball is very linear but not curvy.

At the age of 10 in 1988 Ma Long represented his primary school and won the boy's singles and team event in the "Baby Cup", one of the biggest national kids tournaments in China.
At the age of 10 in 1988, Ma Long represented his primary school and won the boy’s singles and team event in the “Baby Cup”, one of the biggest national kids tournaments in China.

The top Chinese players are sponsored by DHS, it does not mean they will use the same equipment line-up on the market. Their rubber is different from commercial rubbers. There is the reason there because it’s very hard to use this type of rubber. If someone gives you the racket of Ma Long, you will feel that this racket is hard dead, not bouncy, and for you, it’s rubbish. But in the hand of Ma Long, it’s a deadly weapon.

So if someone says to you “hey, this Chinese rubber is amazing, very easy to topspin, the throw angle is high”. It’s possible these rubbers are for the amateur players, but not for the professional one. This is myth number 1 about Chinese rubbers.

Remember: Low throw Chinese rubbers has higher spin.
Qin Zhijian: Personal coach of Ma Long
Qin Zhijian: Personal coach of Ma Long

Myth 2 “Pro’s rubbers are expensive”

Myth number 2 is: You need an expensive racket to win. Some players don’t believe my advice because the Chinese racket I suggested was not expensive enough. “No thanks, I’m looking for something around 200$”. Your racket is only 50$.” There are many top young Chinese players at high-level play with racket cost less than 40$. Find a rubber that has the characteristics that you need. If it’s an expensive European or Japanese rubber, you can find something similar to a Chinese brand with similar quality but much cheaper.

Ma Long ready position
Ma Long’s forehand rubber has a very low throw. To loop kill the ball.

No Shortcut in table tennis

And finally, I want to say: don’t focus on the equipment. Get practicing. So, there is no short-cut in table tennis. Choose your own way of table tennis. Don’t copy the pro’s equipment if you don’t understand why they use them.

If you really want to use Chinese rubbers, learn the proper techniques first. In the next videos, I will explain why Ma Long prefers using 40.5 – 41 hardness rubber, while Zhang Jike prefers using a 39 hardness rubber.

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Paul Uttley

Brilliant article, well done. This will help many coaches who struggle trying to explain the differences to young players, especially ones who search for these rubbers regardless of what coaches tell them. 🙂

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Glenn Errington

Very impressed by the research of content and presentation sequence of this article. Here, here Paul, this article makes it a lot easier for coaches regarding these topics. Thank you PingSunday for your dedication and enthusiasm to the worldwide Table Tennis community. ?

Aori
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Aori

Very good article. But a problem with chinese rubbers is that there are a lot of fakes, not saying that all of them are bad, but sometimes you have to be lucky when you purchase.
Can you point out some online shops that are legit ?
Personally, I used Lining oficial store to buy some DHS rubbers but I would try different brands also.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

You can try Skyline 3

Igor
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Igor

> There are many top young Chinese players at high-level play with racket cost less than 40 $

Can you tell us for example some setup of top young Chinese players about $40?

Please recommend me some FH rubber for penhold beginner (DHS and 729), for chinese technic.

Thanks for your lessons.

Julian
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Julian

Hi coach are you saying that all DHS Hurricane national rubber is fake, because it’s not for sale? I don’t think that is true, Hurricane national rubbers are listed on the DHS website and there is a link from DHS website to tabletennis11 to buy them.

z
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z

Where can I buy low throw Chinese
rubber?

McMill
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McMill

Try the hurricane 2 neo.It is a very low throw tacky rubber.

Viraj Sarode
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Viraj Sarode

Very Nice Article and Thank you for sharing such a Nice content

NG KC
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NG KC

Good article and well explained. Thank you.

Aleks
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Aleks

Please list the low-angle Chinese rubber used by the provincials for example.

Marcelo Bill Amaral
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Marcelo Bill Amaral

You refer in the post on the wood “LONG 5X” which is different from the “LONG 5”. And in the post link the product that appears is “LONG 5” and not “LONG 5X”. Now the doubt: Which wood did the Long Ma used in the 2019 world championship? What if he used the “LONG 5X” where I can find this model to buy? Note: the photo you used in the post is from the site Prott.vip. This site has the “LONG 5X” for sale. Is this site reliable?

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