View Full Version : should bh be harder than fh?

03-27-2013, 02:43 PM

I realize that I play bh closer to the table than my fh.. so should my bh rubber be harder than fh rubber of mine?

03-27-2013, 07:25 PM
Gonna go with Sir Carl on this:

If the rubber you use on the backhand is a little softer than the rubber you use on the forehand there is an advantage. The forehand being a larger stroke with a lot of power from the body behind it, having a harder rubber is good because your power helps the ball sink in so you get the spin with the power. Then the harder sponge which is faster will add to the power of your stroke. With the backhand the stroke is necessarily smaller than the forehand and you cannot put the same amount of body into it. So, with a softer rubber, you can get the ball to sink into the topsheet more and get more spin, more control and more mechanical advantage from the rubber for speed and control. That is why so many pros use a rubber that is softer on the backhand than what they have on the forehand.

03-28-2013, 01:39 AM
Gonna go with Sir Carl on this:

Totally agree with Carl's post to! Slightly softer rubber on the backhand will give you dwell time and help get a lot of control with spin. You can see in my Stiga review below I get a lot of control and spin on the backhand side as the rubbers are softer as Carl mentioned.


03-28-2013, 10:16 AM
thank you so much.. I ask that because it is said that hard rubbers are for closer games.. so how should the thickness be on bh and fh..