It is important to have an idea as to how often you should replace your rubbers.
Using the same rubbers for too long will inevitably lead to a decrease from your normal playing standard. However, changing rubbers too often could be an expensive exercise and likely to be overkill! It’s all about trying to find the right balance for you.
There are a number of factors that will determine how often you will need to change your rubbers:
- Rubber deteriorates, oxidises and hardens. Over time this will impact the rubbers properties whether you use it or not.
- Rubber wears out because we use it! So the more you play the quicker it will wear out.
Here’s a fact that we read online!
Manufacturer’s estimate the ‘lifetime’ of a rubber to be 50 – 90 playing hours !
Imagine if you play 2 hours a day, 5 days a week, then based on manufacturers estimates, changing rubbers would be every 2 months assuming you left it as late as possible.
If you play for 2 hours twice a week, then changing rubbers would be every 4 months.
Lets also look at this sensibly though, these “manufacturer estimates” are likely to be for players at higher levels and play “hard” and are sensitive to minor changes in their equipment. So for lower level and recreational players we would suggest changing rubbers at least once per year/per league season.
If you play a lot or participate at a fairly competitive level and want to maintain consistency of speed, spin and control from your equipment, you should change the rubber when you feel a lack of response.