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Can you throw a table tennis paddle?

No, this is not legal. Quoting from the Table Tennis England Rules of the game: Strike – 2.5.7 – A player strikes the ball if he touches it in play with his racket, held in the hand, or with his ...
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Are you allowed to change paddles mid game?

No you can't change paddles mid game, according to the International Table Tennis Federation Handbook for 2017: 3.4.2.4 A racket shall not be replaced during an individual match unless it ...
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How do I make my table tennis paddle's rubber less sticky?

I realize this is an older question, but I think my answer might be useful to other people with the same or similar questions. Anti-spin rubber can take the spinniest of serves and return it ...
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Is it legal to change the badminton racket during play

Yes, it is legal to change the racket during play. From the Recommendation to Technical Officials (RTTO) §3.5.4.2: (...) change of a racket at courtside during a rally is permitted. Notice the at ...
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How much bigger than the blade is the rubber allowed to be?

Although there is no restriction on racket size, shape or weight there are restrictions for rubber covering the racket. From ITTF rules and regulations handbook 2017, Rule 2.4 The Racket 2.4.3 A ...
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How much bigger than the blade is the rubber allowed to be?

Rule 2.04.01 of the ITTF rules and regulations states The racket may be of any size, shape or weight but the blade shall be flat and rigid But Rule 2.4.4 states that the rubber covering may ...
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Table tennis rubber not showing brand or model

Regulation 3.02.01 states that only table tennis rubbers authorized by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) can be used in authorized events. You must ensure that you attached them to ...
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Why do table tennis players inspect each other's rackets?

To know what the opponent plays with is the most common reason. It happens that a player will never use one of their rubbers during warmup and hope that the other player doesn't notice it until the ...
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Is it legal to use two rackets in Table Tennis?

Rules of TT: 2.5.2 The ball is in play from the last moment at which it is stationary on the palm of the free hand before being intentionally projected in service until the rally is decided as ...
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Measure a tennis racquet grip size

This article has what you are looking for. Essentially the grip size is the circumference of the octagonal section of the handle. So just take a piece of string wrap around your old racquet and then ...
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How do I make my table tennis paddle's rubber less sticky?

Try a thin layer of black charcoal dry lubricant (Home Depot has them in a spray can.), test it and see if it's slippery enough (it would not smear after it drys in 3-5 min. Tape/cover the areas you ...
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Beach tennis rackets with most control?

Each racket is distinguished by the following characteristics: weight balance hardness Weight A lighter racquet allows greater ease and speed of movement. However, for hitting the shots, a light ...
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What is the best spot to strike a tennis ball?

There is no right or optimal place to hit a ball on the tennis racket that applies to everyone. Everyone plays differently and looks to get a different type of result out of each shot. I'm definitely ...
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Is there a significant difference between a 16x18 and a 16x19 tennis racket string pattern on performance?

Rackets with more vertical and horizontal strings – e.g. 18 x 20 – are described as having a “dense or closed” pattern, while rackets with less vertical and horizontal strings – e.g. 16 x 18, 16 x 19 –...
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Why do table tennis players inspect each other's rackets?

The main reason is because there are strict rules on the racket's composition, mostly on the rubber sheets themselves. While I have never seen this particular rule used as a player or an umpire, I ...
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What portion of tension reduction in a racket happens through play?

No, an idle racket will not lose tension as quickly. Any impact sustained by a string-bed will reduce its tension. A more intense impact will reduce the tension more. Thus, the effect in badminton is ...
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How can I prevent my table tennis paddle's rubber to come off?

A foolproof way to prevent that from happening is with proper maintenance, this is especially true in racket sports where wear & tear on the players' gear can greatly affect their performance. ...
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What is the best racket in the world?

Badminton rackets vary among a number of properties, none of which are a simplistic worse vs better: Their balance, some rackets being more head-heavy, others being more head-light. As a rule of ...
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Alternative to table tennis glue?

Many players I know, including myself, use Rubber Cement. It's cheaper than the "Chack" you get from Stiga, Butterfly, etc, and in my experience, seems to work just as well. It also doesn't leave ...
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Safe volley grip and serving grip in Tennis?

I've had a lot of problems with my arm that eventually culminated in ulnar nerve transposition surgery. But that was years after they had begun. Strength training does help, but don't focus on the ...
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Is it legal in racket sports to pass the racket from one hand to the other?

Surprisingly, this is not allowed in racquetball (which I think is frankly kind of dumb). From the official rules by the IRT Tour, You win a rally if one of the following occurs: [...] Your opponent ...
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