Best Ping Pong Paddle 2018

Ping Pong Paddle

Once you’ve got it all figured out, where to buy that ping-pong table, how to set it up, and learn all the rules, it’s time to buy your first ping-pong paddles (sometimes called bats and in some cases, racquets). As you may already know, no two paddles are created equal; however, one bat may help you perform better than another. How to know will surely take time and commitment to the game. Here are some things to think about when buying ping-pong paddles, but first let’s start with some history.

The first ping pong paddles were actually the tops of cigar boxes, used to hit a cork ball back and forth over books dividing a dining room table (other materials used included sponge, sandpaper and wood). This equipment, of course, didn’t last long and racquets, like the ones in tennis but smaller, were used to get the ball over the “net.” With the snowballing popularity of the sport in the early quarter of the 1900s, the equipment for the game soon improved. Today, ping-pong paddles are made from a range of materials, wood, to aluminum to carbon and titanium. Usually, a ping-pong paddle has a glued rubber matting, dimpled to allow players to create unique spins against the ball.

The first thing you should figure out before investing in a ping-pong paddle is the type of blade you’ll need. The blades can be more oval, round, square or anything between. The blade shape you choose should fit your style and level of play. You don’t want a blade that is too fast or too slow for your playing class. Blades can cost anywhere from ten dollars to hundreds of dollars; if you’re a beginner, anything over $50 dollars may be too much. If you are truly a beginner, consider buying a blade that doesn’t come with the rubber glued already on. A great beginner paddles that is priced right is the Butterfly paddle.

The next thing to consider when procuring your first ping-pong paddle is the grip. Ask yourself, “What grip will I be using?” There are a number of grip techniques and variations depending on your comfort and skill level. Some grips include the Shakehand Shallow Grip, the Shakehand Deep Grip, the Chinese Grip, Japanese and Korean Grip, and Seemiller Grip (where the thumb and index finger hold and control the bat held at 90 degrees). There are more styles than can be spoken of here, but it’s important to learn your personal style and use a grip that best suits you.

Ping-pong paddles have various dimensions and measurements. The ITTF, however, makes the rules and limits the size and thickness that can be used in competitions. For training, however, the proportions are up to you. The grip of the ping-pong paddle is generally 10.5 cm long, 2.5 cm high and 3 cm wide. The blade, itself, typically measures in at 15 x 15.5 cm. The blades, as suggested, can be even larger, with beginner blades usually larger than advance blades. The rubber, too, can be dimpled or smooth, with a majority of pros going with the smooth rubber. The smoothness gives more control over angle and spin of the ball. As a beginner, a rubber-less blade or dimpled blade can be used for practice and learning certain maneuvers. The paddle you choose now will later give you confidence during that big competition.

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