How To Make A Ping Pong Paddle Sticky? | 7 Best Ways In 2023
Ping pong players can be divided into two types:
- Casual players and professionals.
- All players want to play well.
Whether a player plays well or poorly does not matter.
All players want their equipment to be perfect, including their paddles.
I started playing with a paddle that was not too sticky when I was a beginner.
My goal was to keep the paddle sticky.
I couldn’t do it. Having a paddle lose its stickiness is disappointing for every player.
My thought was, how could I give the paddle that already lacked stickiness back its stickiness?
I tried to achieve this through a variety of techniques.
In this post, I will show you the steps I followed to make a paddle sticky, and guess what?
All of these methods worked well according to the conditions.
So let’s get started.
7 Best Ways How To Make A Ping Pong Paddle Sticky
1. Use Protective Film:
A protective film is often added to rubber paddles after being cleaned.
Dust and dirt are less likely to adhere to rubber when a thicker film covers them.
In addition, the rubber is protected from drying out by the sticky coating.
Applying the film is easy.
Like Might-spin, the film can be cut to fit a Paddle’s Width and usually covers a wide area.
The rubber is attached to a film stored in a paddle case after every use.
It would help if you always kept your paddle case covered after using it.
By doing so, the film will not gather dust.
2. Apply Boosters:
Although ping pong rubber boosters are not allowed at tournaments as the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) has banned their use.
In contrast, if you use it recreationally,
You can increase your speed by applying boosters to it and letting them dry for up to 24 hours.
It is advisable to repeat the application process and let the paddle air dry for at least 12 hours before playing fast ping pong.
3. Use Oil:
The rubber of Ping Pong Paddle is made sticky by the application of different types of oils.
The most effective way to distribute sunflower oil to the rubber is by using a brush.
If the surface of the oil has dried, this method can be repeated repeatedly.
Compared to sunflower oil, it is considered a better oil by the players who have used it.
4. Clean With A Spray And A Sponge:
The majority of dirt can be removed from rubber with some water, but not all of it.
I Clean My Paddle once a week with an organic spray and sponge during competitions and tournaments.
As a result, dust, sweat, and oils are removed that water cannot reach.
Organic sprays don’t always work well for me since I’m concerned that the chemicals will cause the tires to deteriorate more rapidly.
However, a weekly spray works just fine for me. The organic spray costs very little and lasts for a long time.
5. Clean With Water:
All kinds of dust settle on Table Tennis Rubbers, including balls, sweat, and hair.
Dirt and dust can cause rubbers to lose traction.
It becomes more challenging for you to spin the Ping Pong Ball high and steady as it starts to slide away from you.
Your paddle rubbers have to keep going.
Using water, paper towels or a rag to wipe the surface keeps your paddle clean at the cheapest cost.
The gum dries in a matter of minutes.
If you use too much water, your tires and even the blade will end up soaked, which isn’t good.
You can remove most of the dirt and dust from the rubber with a little water to dry it more quickly.
After every match, be sure to do this.
6. Cover The Paddle:
To cover the paddle is sometimes the easiest and most effective method.
After many uses, the rubber becomes less sticky, so to protect it.
You might want to decrease the amount of contact between the paddle and the ball.
Protect the paddle’s rubber by covering it with a protective film or spraying the paddle with a protective layer.
It can also prevent dust and dirt, not just reducing the possibility of interaction.
7. Replace Rubbers:
Assessing your current rubber is the first step towards making it sticky or grippy.
Are they old?
Are the rubber edges worn down?
Do they have pimples?
If so, it might be time to replace them.
You can tell for sure by pinching your rubbers, pushing them from left to right, and observing their resistance.
To produce a sidespin, you can also throw the ball against your bat to produce a high bounce.
Make sure that your angle of attack counteracts the ball’s spin when it hits your bat so that it flies straight up.
You get more grip with your bat if you hold it at an angle.
Get a new set of rubbers if your old ones aren’t very grippy.
Although getting cheap rubbers can seem appealing, I recommend investing a little more to get a great set.
A rubber with the best grip will hold its grip longer. Since my rubbers last a long time, I only have to replace them once or twice every year.
Hey, My Name is Timothy Wang. I’m the U.S. National Table Tennis champion of 2010, 2012, and 2013 and playing the game since the age of 12. The purpose of this blog is to share my experience, tips, and tricks with others so they can master and enjoy this game like I’m doing for years.