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Coach EmRatThich explains the secret of Ma Long’s equipment. Ma Long’s personal blade is the DHS code W968. Is this blade similar to DHS Hurricane Long 5?



Ma Long biography

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!

Ma Long is so strong - the only male player who win the Double Grand Slam title
Ma Long is so strong – the only male player who win the Double Grand Slam title


What is Ma Long personal equipment?

What rubber does Ma Long use?

Update 2022:

Ma Long is using the W986 national long 5 blade



Ma Long's racket 2022 - W986 national long 5 blade
Ma Long’s racket 2022 – W986 national long 5 blade
Ma Long 2022 jersey
Ma Long 2022 jersey

Update 2021:

Waldner is the first foreign player who visited the Chinese National Team training hall. He is the first Grand Slam in table tennis.

He asked about the personal equipment of Ma Long.

Waldner asked about Ma Long equipment
Waldner asked about Ma Long’s equipment

 

The personal blade of Ma Long is the DHS W968 (Hurricane Long 5 National).
The forehand rubber is the Hurricane 3 (National Blue Sponge version 42 degree Hardness, 2.15 mm).
The backhand rubber is the Hurricane 3 (Orange Sponge, 37 Hardness, 2.15 mm)

ma long blade is DHS Hurricane Long 5 W968
Ma Long blade is DHS Hurricane Long 5 (DHS code W968)

 

Ma Long Forehand rubber is Hurricane 3 Blue Sponge 42 degree
Ma Long Forehand rubber is Hurricane 3 Blue Sponge 42 degrees
Ma Long backhand rubber is DHS Hurricane 3 Orange 37 degree
Ma Long backhand rubber is DHS Hurricane 3 Orange 37 degree

Here you are the first 3 Grand Slams in table tennis.

Number 1: Waldner
Number 2: Liu Guoliang
Number 3: Kong Linghui

Number 4 Grand Slam was training in the background.

4 grand slams in table tennis, Ma Long is the 5th
4 grand slams in table tennis, Ma Long is the 5th

Watch the full video here: “Waldner asked to see Ma Long personal equipment”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7Ns6ZLD95o


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’s physical strength, the sponge is much harder than a commercial one.


Watch this video:

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

 

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 degrees harder than the commercial Orange Sponge DHS Hurricane 3 rubbers.

Ma Long and Zhang Jike personal blade
Ma Long and Zhang Jike’s 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 a hardness of 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 from 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 blades.
  • 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
Ma Long equipment 2013~2015 (DHS 968-997)
Ma Long equipment 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)

Ma Long’s equipment 2019

At the WTTC (World Table Tennis Championship 2019), Ma Long is using 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 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 those 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)

Here is another photo of the person setup of Ma Long of the World Championship 2019. You can clearly see that Ma Long is using the Hurricane Long 5 with 2 ALC layers. This blade is faster than the classical Viscaria, despite that the composition is rather similar to the Viscaria.

ma long equipment World Champion 2019
ma long equipment World Champion 2019


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 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


Should I buy Ma Long’s national Hurricane 3?

I have explained to you 3 reasons that you should not buy Ma Long’s national Hurricane 3 rubbers.

Please read “the myth of national version Chinese rubbers“.

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


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