New colors for table tennis rubbers are available: Blue, Green, Pink, and Purple. You also have red and black. Recently, there are some changes in table tennis equipment rules. Some players love this change, but others seem doesn’t like it.
The history of the rubber colors in table tennis
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The first colour rule change for rackets in the early 80’s was that rackets have two distinct colours (black and red). This meant that you could use an Orange / Red combo which given the speed of strokes not be distinct enough for fairness of play. The rule was then quickly amended to the Red/Black rule most of us have played under.
Back in the 1970,s the players played with the 38mm ball to 21 points with coloured rubbers. We had red, black, green, orange, blue, yellow, purple rubbers in those days.
It all changed when long pips became popular and mostly defending players used different rubbers with the same colour on their blades. From than off only two colours were allowed. This made it possible to see the difference between the smooth and pimpled side of the blade so you couldn’t be fooled by your opponent when he twiddled his blade underneath the table (at this time it was allowed to keep your blade underneath the table to hide it) before he was going to serve.
The chosen colours were red and black. Now we go back to coloured rubbers again but they must have a totally distinctive colour on fore- and backhand. (Black and a colour of your choice ) Always one side of the blade must be black . Not necessarily the forehand side . Combined with an other colour of personal choice.
What rubber colors are allowed in table tennis before 2021?
As you know, since the beginning of table tennis, we use “black” and “red” as the two main colors for a table tennis racket. Nowadays, for the same brand, black rubber, and red rubber share the same playing characteristic. But some players can feel the difference between the black and the red one. There is a reason that the top Chinese players only use black rubber on their forehand side. And you often find the Red Tenergy rubber than the Black one.
I’ve explained the difference in playing characteristics between the red and the black racket. So today, we will ask a question “Which colors should I choose for my racket”? What is the new rule in table tennis equipment?
ITTF discussion for the color change
What is the reason that ITTF wants to apply the color change in table tennis equipment?
“The proposition passed can be a lot of colors as long as it’s not a problem with the color compared with the ball and reflection. There are still some restrictions on the color, and those colors have to be approved by the equipment department of ITTF,” said ITTF CEO Steve Dainton.
“There will still be some tight rules on that regarding reflection and brightness. In principle, it will be mainly black plus many other different types of colors. The proposition passed was to do it after the Tokyo Olympics, so there will be no difference for the Tokyo Olympic Games,”
New colors rule for racket after 2021
Here is the new official color rule for racket:
Instead of the current colors of black and red for rubbers, different colors of red can be used on one side, while the other should remain black.
The ITTF has approved 4 new colors of rubber which will be available for use from October 2021.
The 4 new confirmed colors are:
The black color remains imposed on one side of the racket (normally on the forehand side) so that people with color blindness can clearly identify the two coatings. This is essential to properly identify the pimple or anti-topspin used by some players.
The Black-Red combination can still be used (black on the forehand side, and red on the backhand side).
What did the pro say?
England No 1 players Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho both think they will choose to stick with red and black even when they get the chance to change later this year.
Liam said: “If I had to choose, probably blue, but I think I’ll stick with red and black, to be honest. “I don’t really see the point, but if they think it’s going to make table tennis more appealing, then why not? “I don’t see that many people changing but it’s just another rubber and I’m pretty sure it will play exactly the same.”
Possible Yellow ball in table tennis after the Olympics Tokyo
The visual view of table tennis could undergo big changes after the Tokyo Olympics with the introduction of new colors for racket rubbers, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) President Thomas Weikert also offered to use yellow balls after the Tokyo Olympics.:
“This is just a resolution because we decide first to test the result with the yellow ball for the TV and the players, so it’s not a decision,” Weikert said.
Green table tennis rubbers
Green has been chosen by many top players like Quadri Aruna.
There is also the green rubber for the pimple rubber.
The list of available rubbers with different colors
SPECIAL equipment notes for table tennis coaches, athletes, and referees.
According to the ITTF World Table Tennis Federation, the racquets are valid until December 31, 2022. In addition to the traditional two colors BLACK – RED, of the 1667 brands and brands, the ITTF has only granted 37 brands and brands permission to use rubbers with the FOUR NEW COLORS specified below.
Coaches, athletes, and umpires in the competition system should refer to it when choosing to avoid confusion. Merchants and distributors also need to know to avoid importing inappropriate rubbers.
1.Decathlon Pongori TTRB 100 Spin – Pink
2.Der Materialspezialist Kamikaze – Green
3.Der Materialspezialist Firestorm – Green
4.Donic Desto F1 – Pink, orange, purple
5.Joola Dynaryz ACC – Purple
6.Joola Dynaryz AGR – Purple
7.Joola Dynaryz CMD – Purple
8.Joola Rhyzen CMD – Blue
9.Joola Micron – Blue,green
10.Victas Ventus Limber – Pink
11.Victas Ventus Stiff – Pink
12.Victas Ventus Extra – Pink
13.Andro GTT – Blue, Pink
14.Andro Good – Blue, green, pink, purple
15.Andro Hexer Grip – Green
16.Andro Hexer Powergrip – Green
17.Andro Rasanter R48 – Green
18.Blütenkirsche KKT 911 – Green
19.Blütenkirsche EZ 110 – Green
20.Blütenkirsche EZ 119 – Green
21.Blütenkirsche Sakura EZ – Pink, green
22.Blütenkirsche Three Nine Economic Zone – Green
23.Donic Acuda S1 – Blue, Pink
24.Donic Bluestorm Z1 – Blue
25.Donic Bluestorm Z2 – Blue
26.Donic Bluestorm Z3 – Blue
27.Donic Bluestorm Z1 Turbo – Blue
28.Double Happiness / DHS Hurricane 9 – Blue, green, pink, purple
29.Gewo Neoflexx – Green
30.Spinlord Irbis – Blue
31.Spinlord Minotaur – Blue
32.Spinlord Gepard – Blue
33.Stiga Star*** – Blue
34.Stiga Star***** -Blue
35.Tibhar Quantum X – Blue
36.Tibhar Grass D. TecS – Green
37.Victas V > 15 Extra – Blue
My personal opinion about the colors
Different color rubbers – It would be a failure!
It won’t make the sport better, but only the commercial business thing. Do you guys remember “TTX – the new project of ITTF”. And today, no one talks about it. It’s a big failure! And now what?
He said, “Just test it. I don’t know”.
I feel so sad and disappointed. For most table tennis players, there is already a mess of hundreds of hundreds of brands, and rubbers. The community already lost! And now what? Imagine, you have a Tenergy rubber, but with 20 different topsheet colors, and with 5 sponge colors variations. So you will have a thousand of thousand variations. Instead, ITTF should focus more on the quality of the camera, video, streaming, make more free courses to help coaches, and amateur players in the world.
It’s the real “heart” of this sport! It’s the community, the mass! ITTF should focus on the pro-players, increase the prize money, help pro players avoid injury. Avoid these bull shit and unnecessary changes. There are MANY MANY things to improve currently. Focus the financial, the human powers to this, to makes the sport better.
Sorry, but I feel so sad, and really really disappointed! When I watched the ITTF matches, with the view angle very high, I doubt that the viewers can really feel the spin and the speed of the real rallies. It’s like watching two dominos playing ping pong. But when I coach and watch the matches in pro-A in France.
Same players, but different angles, it’s a real pleasure to watch. Hope one day, not too far, players around the world can see this “real table tennis”.
So what is your opinion?
Do you find this change interesting, and necessary in table tennis?
Please comment below.
Quadri Aruna’s favorite colours
Quadri Aruna equipment is green. Aruna plays already with green. I guess because of the flag of Nigeria.
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