When I first saw a paddle in black and red on each side, I thought it is normal in the sport. But I noticed that every racket is in black and red on both sides. Then the query came in my head why are ping pong rackets black and red? And I surprisingly found ITTF mandated a ruble that every racket has to be black on one side and red on another.
You can not find such a sport like ping pong that has ruled for color. Today we will discuss how the colors black and red comes on the ping pong racket.
Why are ping pong rackets black and red?
A rule is ruled when people take advantage of not being ruled. In the same way, ping pong had no rule for color before.
In 1970-1980, people used to use their rackets as they wished. Some players took advantage of this and they used the same color on both sides with different rubbers. The consequence is, the player couldn’t understand which side the opponent was using of the racket while serving. So, the players got confused. In 1986. ITTF give importance to this issue and introduced a rule that the ping pong rackets have to be black and red on both sides.
Forehead and backhand color
Forehead and backhand colors are not determined. Basically, red is used for the forehead and the black is for backhand. By the way, there is no rule like the forehead must be red and the backhand must be black.
How black and red rubber perform?
The black and red rubbers are performed differently. Red rubber is a little harder and the black is tackier of a racket. That’s why the red is faster than the black and black creates spin.
Let’s see what kinds of rubber are used to perform differently in black and red.
There are two types of rubber in a racket surface. The first one is the inverted rubber and the second one is pimple rubber.
Inverted rubber is known as “Reserve Rubber” or “Smooth Rubber”. This rubber is used for the forehead. This rubber delivers the ball so fast. But you cannot make the spin with this rubber. It is made for attacking purposes. Most of the players use this rubber on the forehead in black surface.
You will find three types of pimple rubber in the market. Long pimple rubber, middle pimple rubber, and short pimple rubber. All these rubbers are used to block the ball. the pimple rubbers can manipulate the spin. They deliver the ball slowly. But they can generate spin while returning a ball. the pimple rubbers are used for backhand on the surface.
Colors can not make a difference in a racket. You can choose a racket which forehead in red or black as well as backhand. But it should be only black and red on two sides of the racket.