Welcome back to Pingsunday. Today I will discuss why top Chinese players switch to the red side (Tenergy red rubber) to forehand smash the ball. Did you mention that top players (like Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Zhang Jike, Lin Gaoyuan) always rotate and use their backhand rubber to smash the ball? Why they do that? Why they didn’t just use the Chinese rubbers to smash?
Advantages of Chinese forehand rubbers
As explained in my previous video “the truth about Chinese rubbers“, you understand the characteristics of Chinese rubber (DHS Hurricane black rubber). These rubbers have a very low throw angle. They are also very hard and less bouncy than European rubbers. Ma Long and Zhang Jike use hard Chinese rubbers on Forehand to counter-loop the topspin ball easily.
Different DHS versions
Look at this slow motion, you can see that Zhang Jike counter topspin the ball on the Forehand side, and the ball is very direct and linear. It’s difficult to do that with a softer and bouncy rubber.
Advantages of Japanese, European rubbers
However, to smash the ball, top Chinese players prefer to switch to the red rubber to smash the ball. Why? Look, Zhang Jike switched to the red side to smash the ball.
Because European and Chinese rubbers are different!
Chinese rubber on Forehand side (black) is very hard and less bouncy. This type of rubber is used to power loop the ball, which requires a long and full stroke. You need to “carry” the ball over a long distance. Hard rubber will transfer most of the energy to the ball and make the ball go in a precision and linear trajectory.
However, to smash the ball, you can’t do such a long stroke. It’s a sudden contact with the ball, so it’s better to use a bouncy rubber (red side). Bouncy rubber has shorter dwell time, so the ball will leave the rubber faster. That’s why they prefer to switch to the red side to smash the ball. The smashed ball will be faster so it’s harder to defend this ball.
- Bard Chinese rubber is good for long and powerful forehand stroke (loop, counter loop, and loop kill the ball).
- Bouncy European rubber is good on the backhand side, faster on a quick and short stroke.
You can see my previous videos to understand these characteristics. Now, I let you focus on the moment when Zhang Jike rotates his racket to the red side.
See you, EmRatThich.