If you’re a beginner table tennis player, you might still want to upgrade your racket.
Cheap commercial rackets are usually made out of very low-quality materials, and in many cases, they’re not good enough even for beginner players.
Better rackets won’t make you a better player immediately, however, they can smooth your learning curve and let you easily reach better skills.
I’m not telling you to go and spend a lot of money on the professional racket. You will be able to find paddles suitable for beginners or intermediate players at a very reasonable price.
What To Look Out For When Buying a New Racket
Looking for a new table tennis racket can be overwhelming, especially since there are so many brands and rackets.
They all claim to be the best and that they can be used at the professional level, but how to actually know which ones are good enough for you?
It’s important to pay attention to some factors, in order to know if the racket is worth it.
Factors you should pay attention to are:
- Wood material
- Rubber sponge
- Weight and Shape
A brand is something you should look out for. The most popular brands in the sport of table tennis are STIGA, Killerspin, Butterfly, Gambler, Palio. Rackets from brands aren’t expensive at all because they have lineups of different rackets to suit different skill levels and playing styles. You can’t miss by going for one of these brands. It will also help you narrow your choices.
Wood material is the second important thing to look out for. The greatest paddles are made out of at least 85% wood, which makes the racket a little bit heavier, yet give it speed and control needed.
Rubber sponge is a sponge layer which goes in-between the wood and rubbers. The thicker the sponge is, the better it will absorb ball hits. A thicker sponge might make the racket a little bit heavier, but it will give it more speed. On the other hand, a thin sponge will give the racket more sensitivity which will let you slow down the game a little bit and have better control.
Rubbers can make or break the racket. They’re as important as wood material and the sponge. Rubber will define how the racket will behave, and which playing features it will have. There are different rubber textures such as pimples, dimples, or waffling. Rubbers with such textures will help the ball stick more briefly after contact with a ball. If you are a player who uses spin a lot, “grippy” sticky rubber will help you achieve better spin results. Killerspin is a great brand for such rackets.
Weight and shape have an impact on the racket features and comfort. You don’t want too heavy nor a too light racket. Heavier rackets are good because they add more momentum to the ball which results in more speed. Also, you want a racket with a good shape and handle for maximum control during the intense matches.
Price will be defined by your budget. If you are on a tight budget, I’d recommend you save some more money if you can’t find the right racket for yourself. Also, know your budget and don’t go overboard. The more you pay, the better the racket will be – and that’s true. Yet, keep in mind that there are some great rackets for an affordable and reasonable price as well.
Finding the right racket as a beginner might be a bit of a hassle, however, now you will know what to exactly look out for.
Take it slow, and if you still don’t know which racket is the right for you – don’t panic. There are a lot of different rackets and brands to choose from, and brands especially, make different kind of rackets to suit different playing skills and playing styles.
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What table tennis racket do you use?
Feel free to leave a comment and let’s discuss, and if you have any questions or need any kind of help, feel free to ask and I’ll be there to help you out.