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Why do some table tennis bats have pimples on the outside and some on the inside surface of the rubber?

Question #131717. Asked by AlanHill2306.
Last updated Jul 03 2013.
Originally posted Jul 03 2013 9:15 AM.

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The pimpled surface is best for defensive play, while the inverted surface, with pimples facing in, is best for imparting spin and attacking.


The bat is more properly called a racket.


Jul 03 2013, 11:34 AM
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It can be called a racket or a paddle. And each surface has its own advantages and disadvantages. It is generally a matter of choice. Some paddles have additional padding, which can provide a cushion to the ball, and allow for more spin, at the cost of some speed. I personally prefer a paddle without padding and pibs facing out.

Jul 03 2013, 11:50 AM
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As the wiki ref says, in Europe it is called a bat. As it was for all the 50 years I played competitive TT in England. If it's called a paddle, you are probably playing back garden ping-pong.

Jul 03 2013, 3:12 PM
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