How to tune Chinese table tennis rubber

How to tune Chinese table tennis rubber

A player asked me “How to tune his National DHS Hurricane 3 blue sponge rubber”?

“Hello I would like your advice on boosting, for hurricane 3 is better to boost straight on the sponge or should I put glue first and then booster? This is my setup hurricane 3 38 degree for backhand and hurrican3 blue sponge 40 degree for forehand”.

Should I apply booster before or after gluing?
Should I apply booster before or after gluing?

How to tune Chinese rubber

In general, Chinese players love applying several layers of the booster on their rubbers. In my experiences, I know the player who applied 3 layers of the booster. He explained to me:

3 layers of the booster give me great feeling.

Yes, Chinese coaches and players, I know also love boosting their rubbers.

National DHS Hurricane 3 with blue sponge
National DHS Hurricane 3 with blue sponge

Many top Chinese players also applied a thick glue and booster on their Chinese forehand rubbers.

ma lin boosting national Hurricane 3 with Haifu booster
ma lin is boosting his national Hurricane 2 with Haifu booster

Wang Hao also used a very thick glue and booster! Here is the photo of his personal rubber! He is using the National Hurricane 3 Bluesponge on Forehand, and a custom Sriver on his backhand. (Photo provided by Phong Nguyen, our Table Tennis Connect group).

The glue thickness is estimated at almost 1.5 mm.

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)

I recommend you a very strong VOC or non-VOC for Chinese rubber!

Very thick glue increase the spin, and speed of the hard chinese table tennis rubbers
Very thick glue increase the spin, and speed of the hard Chinese table tennis rubbers

Here is my advice:

  • Boost new rubber
  • and re-tune used rubber
How to break-in the new Chinese table tennis rubber
How to break-in the new Chinese table tennis rubber

Boost new Chinese rubber

For your new rubbers: You should apply the booster directly into the sponge. This is called “break-in”. And you should apply only 1 layer!

Don’t over-tune at this stage! Otherwise, your rubber would be “mushy” and lose a lot of speed!

Wait for 24h! And let the rubber make the domed curved. Use the air bowler, and let the rubber absorb the booster, and let it come back to the flat situation. Don’t apply the second layer now! Just wait!

Here is what it looks when you “over-tune” your rubber! It’s very hard to make the rubber become flat now.

Over-tune rubber Difficult to make the rubber again
Over-tune rubber Difficult to make the rubber flat again

Then, you will apply 2 layers of glue! And use strong glue! So for new rubber, booster and then glue!

Re-tune the used rubber

For example, after using for 3 to 6 months, your rubber will become less “responsive, bouncy”. It will be a little slower, and less spinny as the “freshly tuned rubber”. Now, you will make a re-tune or re-boost.

For this stage, you should apply a thin layer of glue first.

And then apply one layer of the booster! Why?

Apply the booster after the glue layer is a best solution!

By doing this, there are 2 advantages:

  • You don’t need to do the “break-in” now (The rubber is already “broken-in”, already has the “tension”). So you apply the booster after the glue layer, to avoid over-tune your rubber.
  • Second, this way will help the booster “absorb” to the rubber slowly, through the layer of glue. This can increase the “booster effect” on the Chinese rubber.

Should I use a booster and a tuner?

I have already answered it here, in the “Booster, Tuner article“. Read it carefully before deciding to use the booster or not.

It’s not legal, but most of the player who wants to use “Chinese rubbers” will use the booster.

Pro player use booster on hard sponge rubber

The most 3 common boosters used nowadays are:

I’ve used both. I recommend you using the Falco Long for the easiness of applying, and Seamoon for the long effect.

Falco Tempo Long Booster - easy to use with the integrated brush
Falco Tempo Long Booster – easy to use with the integrated brush
Seamoon booster gives the longest effect
Seamoon booster gives the longest effect

Revolution X-treme Power Booster review

Although this booster is legal to use, not many players use it. Here are my reviews.

  • Nothing to do with the other boosters that I tested, it is very liquid. 
  • Almost without any smell. The foam (sponge) quickly reacted to the first two layers. But the booster evaporates very fast, only 15 minutes. 
    You need to apply several layers (2-3 layers) using Revolution booster.
  • I prefer using Seamon Booster for longer effect. (Click here to check price)
Revolution X-treme booster
Revolution X-treme booster

Revolution X-treme Power vs Falco Long booster

Compared to Falco, I find it less powerful, less efficient in terms of performance.

Revolution compared to the Seamoon, much less efficiency.

Note:  you need to wait 24-48h before gluing after applying the last layer of the booster.

Advantages of X-treme booster

  • Quick absorption. Use it as the short term booster.
  • Legal, can’t be detected
  • Easy to apply. (Read comments below).

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6 thoughts on “How to tune Chinese table tennis rubber

  1. Bro ,

    For new rubber , only 1 layer of booster only ?
    Or there is a typo mistake. “Strong glue ” is referring ton”strong booster ” ?

  2. Hi Coach u forgot revolution xtreme booster which is legal and can be used and is as effective as falco long Also easy to apply and no increase in thickness of the rubber.

  3. Hi coach,
    This is the biggest question for boosting. When boosting first time, do we peel the plastic film off the topsheet(new hurricane have film)? Or do we leave it on and boost it?

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