Wondering if you can use a sandpaper Ping Pong paddle?
You’re at the right place.
In this article, let’s throw some light on whether it’s legal/allowed to use one.
What's a Sandpaper Racket?
Before we take a look at the rules, it would be beneficial to know more about it.
It’s a racket or a bat or a paddle (depending on what you call it) that’s covered with sandpaper on the surface.
So, can you use one?
As per ITTF, no, it’s not legal.
However, if you’re competing in a tournament that has its own set of rules, maybe you can use one.
A Table Tennis racket consists of two parts:
- A blade that’s made out of wood
- Rubber that’s attached to both sides of the blade
As per International Table Tennis Federation, the side of the blade that you’ll use to hit the ball must be covered by rubber.
It can either be ordinary rubber of 2mm thickness or sandwich rubber or thickness no more than 4mm.
The color must be black on one side and bright red on the opposite side.
If you’re looking to play in a tournament, you must use gear that’s ITTF approved or you won’t be eligible to compete.
That means anything that doesn’t meet the criteria set by ITTF (including sandpaper) isn’t fit for those tournaments.
So, in a nutshell, you can’t use a sandpaper paddle.
Custom Ping Pong Events
ITTF is nothing but a large collaberation of various national organizations.
Depending on where you live, you may follow the same set of rules but with a unique spin. This will vary from country to country.
Usually, the countries will follow ITTF rules but there can be times when they would introduce and honor new rules for custom events.
If you participate in a specific Table Tennis event that allows you to use Sandpaper bats, you should be good to go.
In the USA, at times, you’d see events that use hardbat and sandpaper racquets. These are in addition to the main events that religiously follow the ITTF rules.
Apart from this, experimental events may also let you use these rackets.
So, there we have it.
This brings us to the conclusion of this quick article.
If you’re a casual player, you can set your own rules. At the end of the day, it’s all about having fun with your friends. Isn’t it?!
There’s nothing wrong with a Ping Pong paddle that uses sandpaper if you’re playing casually. But if you’re looking to compete, you must follow the rules.
Our Top 3 Table Tennis Racquet Picks (Amazon):