I was playing ping-pong the other day. Little did I know at the time, my rubber was slowly coming off with every stroke of my paddle. When I was about to close out the game, I attempted to smash but twice, my balls died on the return and didn't clear the net. Knowing this was unusual, I checked out my paddle and saw a quarter of my rubber detached from my paddle with a slight tear. I still was able to win, but not without adjustments. This has happened during practice, but never during the heat of the moment. I'm considering replacing my paddle.
Is there a foolproof way to prevent this?
Would a higher quality rubber/paddle prevent this problem from occurring in the future?