Today we’re considering sports related info, one of which is the often left out table tennis (or ping pong that Forrest Gump was so fond of). Another break from cup holders, but remember, this is the place to be if considering a drink holder on the end of your stadium armrest
When starting out in a new sport, one of the things that people struggle the most over is what kind of equipment to buy when. There is a hesitancy to invest too much in a new sport, while also being concerned about wasting money on equipment that the player will too quickly outgrow. Not to mention the fear of spending too much money on sports equipment only to lose interest in the sport.
Luckily for people new to table tennis, there is not a lot of equipment to buy, and the equipment is not too expensive. Table tennis rubber can be bought inexpensively, and changed at any time. The glue used to apply the table tennis rubber is designed to be removed and the rubbers themselves are often put on and taken off by experienced players. Therefore there is really no problem with changing rubbers.
If you plan on competing early on in your training, it will be a good idea to check the rules of the tournaments you intend to join and make sure that the rubbers, cleaning materials, glues, table tennis racket, and other pieces of equipment are all acceptable and legal.
There are many different types of rubber available, but I can be a good idea to stick with a large well-known brand at first because there will be a lot of documentation about each type of rubber, and the comparisons that some makers provide can help you make a decision about your next upgrade. One common recommendation is Butterfly table tennis rubber. The brand is based in Japan, but one of the largest table tennis equipment companies in the world. Butterfly has a good name and all of their products are well documented and reviewed.
The real point of it all is to get some real rubber on your bat and get out and start playing. There will be plenty of time to buy new types of table tennis rubber as your playing style matures and changes. A very plain, general use rubber will be a great way to start out. The more types of rubber you experiment with, the better you will be at choosing a type of rubber to attach to your racket.