Edge Tapes for table tennis rackets are available for almost all pre-made rackets and commonly used while assembling the rackets. This round tape of sticker used around the edges of the rackets are pretty popular and ofter referred as “Side tapes” as well. If you are buying a custom racket, then you probably think if it is worth spending extra (5-10$) to add a Edge tape on your racket. Let’s find out about these edge tapes.
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Players buy edge tapes because of
The edge tapes are made up of different materials but usually look similar in feed with a brand or a design. Usually these side tapes are made of either “cloth material, synthetic leather, or PVC”. The tapes comes with adhesive that can stick with the racket & rubber for a longer time. The edges tapes usually comes in either a pattern or a brand names based design and the designer tapes are usually little bit more costly because of aesthetics.
The edge tapes does protect your racket but only from a few things
It doesn’t protect your racket from table edges. However if you are having a thicker edge tape, it can protect a tiny bit of your blade but the thicker the edge tape, the more it will affect the racket. (Remember that the table tennis rackets usually are not heavy.)
The answer depends on your requirements & it’s quite simple choice to make. If you don’t change your rubber often & like the look of the tape on racket then go ahead. If you feel it affects your gameplay, then don’t use the edge tapes.
Question: Do professional players use edge tapes? Answer: Depends on player to player. Many professional players use edge tapes just for sponsorship purpose. Some player use it for making the racket balance feel better. Some don’t use it at all as they feel that the edge tapes affects racket weight & vibrations.
Some of the edge tapes of brands such as Butterfly, Stiga, Tibhar, Joola, Donic are quite popular.
TTCrunch team uses thin edge tapes for the look and feel of the racket. 🤩
Edge tapes are pretty cool if you like them and don’t feel they affect your game. Thin edge tapes usually don’t affect the properties of the game and you can definitely get them. Enjoy the sport and have fun.