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How to Protect Your Table Tennis Racket

November 9, 2019

Welcome to the channel of coach EmRatThich. Your table tennis blade is very sensitive
to the humidity. I will explain to you what is the moisture
content of wood and how to protect and conserve your racket. Table tennis racket is made from wood. As in many different industries that
involve the use of wood, your blade will absorb humidity (moisture content of
wood). And the humidity will soften your blade and
make it less powerful. By
absorbing moisture, your blade will expand slightly and start cupping or warping. You can also lose the feeling, the sharp feel
of the blade. Up to a certain amount
of moisture content, your blade is damaged. What is the moisture content and EMC? Why is it important to your blade? EMC=Equilibrium Moisture Content is the amount
of moisture your blade absorb at equilibirum, where wood stops
absorbing moisture from or bleeding moisture into the surrounding
air. At this point, wood has
reached a water content equilibrium with its environment and is no longer
gaining or losing moisture. So, EMC is the amount of humidity absorbed
by your table tennis blade (mass gained). The EMC is directly related to the humidity
and temperature of the place where you live ! Look at the diagram. EMC depends on Relative humidity and the
temperature. For example, the blue line is the EMC for
30C, at 60% humidity, your blade will absorb about 10%
of moisture. That
means, if your blade weight is 90g, it will absorb about 9g. It’s huge! For example, the relative humidity in France
is about 78%. Now, you can calculate
the EMC in your country easily by using this tool. Input the temperature, and the relative humidity,
you can calculate the EMC (the amount of humidity that your blade will absorb) How to protect your blade ? Remember, your table tennis blade doesn’t
like water or humidity. Never put your blade in a plastic sack like
this. I’ve seen many
players put their blades in a sack. It’s wrong! because the sack will
cumulate and increase the humidity. Look at the top players, they just put their
blade in his case without any additional cover. Because I understand well how important the
effect of humidity, on the blade’s quality, personally I add the silica gel in
the table tennis case to keep my racket in a dry condition. The wood quality of my blade is very good,
it gives me a sharp and clear feeling even after several years. Avoid Temperature Extremes. Table tennis blades don’t like extremes of
heat or cold. So don’t leave your racket on the dashboard
of your car. Don’t put your racket in the luggage in the
airplane, put it in the hand luggage. It’s
very cold in the luggage carbine. In winter, don’t put your racket in the boot
of your car. The quality of the wood
decreases quickly. that’s it for today. I’m rather busy now. I will try to make more coaching videos next
sunday. coach EmRatThich.


  • Reply Coc Gamer February 12, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I dont know english lol

  • Reply Marvin Witt February 12, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    finally hes back on youtube thx for your work 🙂

  • Reply WorgAgate44 February 12, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    which are the best exercises to increase the physical strength in table tennis?

  • Reply Goran .Gabourel February 12, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Please do rubbers and blades for intermediate players. Thank you

  • Reply stephanie February 12, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    7th like

  • Reply Valentinas Riauba February 12, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    PLayers like Ma long get new blade probably every week if he wants to so he doesn;t really care. dude if you doing a video do a video to people who are not professionals

  • Reply Coc Gamer February 12, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    how can translate this video in french please ?

  • Reply Laiman Akhiri February 12, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Waawww, great idea Coach.
    But I ask you something about table tennis technique. How to increase the power of backhand with red chinese rubber? Red chinese rubber give me spin and control more also slightly tacky much feeling. Better for me. Please answer me soon, Coach.

  • Reply Jlogan406 February 12, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Hi coach, can you give any advice about how to tackle multi-ball drills as an intermediate player? Thanks!

  • Reply Nikola Georgiev February 12, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    MY MAN IS BACK TO BUSINESS!! Much love <3

  • Reply Nikola Georgiev February 12, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Oh my god this is soo key

  • Reply Steve Perry February 13, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Thank you!!!

  • Reply Alfred W.F February 13, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Thanks for you video I never heard about this topic I will like coach that you cover this topics How to drop shot ,tricky serve,foot work, how to read serve ,how to counter loop backhand flip and strategy game play .

  • Reply sombasu February 13, 2017 at 3:47 am


  • Reply sultana kismis February 13, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Thanks ….Next video ..How to received serve in Tennis table plaease 🙂 or how to serve

  • Reply Ping Pong February 13, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Is it wrong to use covers on the rubber such as sticky III table tennis cover?

  • Reply Roman Žydyk February 13, 2017 at 6:32 am

    please video on how to receive, make your receives better etc.

  • Reply zZDanylorZz lel February 13, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Good video but I have a question, should I seal my blade if is it new? And in the case of yes, any sealer works?

  • Reply adel yacoub February 13, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Please can you make a video about the best Chinese table tennis rubbers?

  • Reply Paul Lynch February 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks! Always worth watching your videos

  • Reply Lance Chhuana Ralte February 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Starts at 3:29

  • Reply Suiryu February 13, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Can you also make a video about protecting the rubber?

  • Reply MokshaNow February 13, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Thank you coach! could you please tell us if we should use side tape or not? one of my friends said I should not, because it does not allow the blade to "breathe". Is that correct? I am currently using side tape to protect my blade. What is your advice coach? Thank you.

  • Reply BrotherTwelve February 14, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Absolutely useless- Ridiculous, just wasted another 5 mns of life…

  • Reply Soybean Saigon February 14, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Cám ơn Em Rất Thích 😉

  • Reply Anku J February 15, 2017 at 8:24 pm


  • Reply Nikola Georgiev February 15, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    What do I need to do if my blade has already absorbed some moisture?

  • Reply Kilogramme KG February 16, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Hey EmRatThich, I have question for you, how to serve like chinese player ?? I play with chinese rubber, (I hate tensor rubber for my FH) and my coach can't help me to serve with my chinese rubber. I want to serve with lot of spin but, I don't know how. (You can do a video on the serve ?)

  • Reply naveen kumar February 27, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Hi coach I'm using joola carbon blade and mark v rubbers. I'm playing with these from 2 years now. I want to change my rubber suggestion for intermediate player from India

  • Reply takebackthenight February 27, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    1. Use a semi damp cloth to wipe the dirt/sweat off your racket
    2. Let it air dry
    3. Put on plastic protective sheets
    4. Put your racket and a silca gel inside your case
    5. Store it in a dry environment.

    This method allowed my H3 to last 2 years

  • Reply BosniaN BoY February 28, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    what rubbers and blade u use ?

  • Reply . April 7, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    youre english is getting better, awesome! its not snail pace anymore :DDd

  • Reply R M May 10, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    He took that shit from Wikipedia… respect ✊

  • Reply Lightzy June 4, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    But how to protect the rubbers?

  • Reply Safak Ozden July 21, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I love your analytical approach.

  • Reply Tom Rocca August 4, 2017 at 2:31 am

    i use a super light set up and lately ive been lazy on putting blade in its case. My Balsa 120 gram setup felt heavier because of this. Its summer where i ive and im thinking the blade might be holding humidity. I thought this may be rediculous but from this video i guess my worries may have been correct.

  • Reply TECHNICAL KNIGHT August 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Sir please upload the video of how to clean your table tennis racket please

  • Reply Carlos Gallego September 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Awesome work… Outstanding explanation beyond technical, precise and easy to understand .. You're the best coach I've ever seen…. Keep up the great work!!!

  • Reply Sofoklis Flaboutoglou October 29, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Should I seal the blade handle as well as its front and back face?

  • Reply Naphon Tonitiwong November 17, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    What about the rubber? I heard that our sweat helps maintain the tackiness of the rubber. Is that true?

  • Reply Garvit Babbar January 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Kya bakchodi pel rha hain ye ???

  • Reply Jeongwoo CHOI February 1, 2018 at 9:39 am

    So whats the best temperature to store ur blade? And p.s. how do u get dust off ur rubber

  • Reply Jeongwoo CHOI February 2, 2018 at 7:17 am

    This is made of plastic but isnt the kind of "bag" that was a no no. Would this be ok??

  • Reply foodie crew August 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm


  • Reply Jewshua Does Random Things September 3, 2018 at 5:26 am

    3:26 yay no more science

  • Reply JohnS20 January 20, 2019 at 1:08 am

    This is wrong, a plastic bag is very good if put in a cover for a long term. The pros change rubber every 2-5 days that's why they don't really care about the rubber.

  • Reply Anh Hoang July 12, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Silica gel is perfect for protect our blade. How about protect rubber, chinese rubber?

  • Reply Axel Edfalk July 22, 2019 at 7:57 am

    So from my own experience, you should NOT put silica gel in your racket case.
    So what the silica gel does is to dry out, and that is good for the blade ONLY. But what it also does is drying out the RUBBER which is not good. I haven’t tried with any plastic sheets protecting the surface of the rubber, but this is MY OWN EXPERIENCE

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