Best Ping Pong Paddle 2020 Reviews and Complete Buying Guide

Top 12 Best Ping Pong Paddle 2020 Reviews

Paddles are of utmost importance to improve your game, so getting the best ping pong paddles (in plural, you can have more than one!) is a no-brainer if you want to go pro. Still, there are millions of paddles available, and picking the right ones for you can be difficult. In this article you’ll learn:

  • Which are the 12 best ping pong paddles available on Amazon?
  • What makes our picks the best in the market.
  • How they can improve your game.
  • Which are the areas they can improve for you?
  • And much more!

When you finish reading this article, you’ll also get a tailored buyer’s guide, so you can pick the paddle that fits your needs and playing style. Are you ready to improve your skills exponentially? Let’s get right into it!

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Top 12 Best Ping Pong Paddle 2020 Reviews

1.     Butterfly Timo Boll ALC Blade – Best pro pre-assembled paddle!

Butterfly Timo Boll ALC Blade

The last paddle you’ll ever need is the Butterfly Timo Boll ALC Blade. There’s no secret that Timo Boll is an astonishing athlete, and he personally helped the design team behind this masterpiece. Here’s what it offers:

  • The best blade, made out of ALC, which sincerely provides the most mobility, speed, and strength we’ve tested so far.
  • It comes equipped with a Tenergy 05 rubber, which will make the ball spin like crazy.
  • The handle is of top-notch quality, highly comfortable, and customizable before ordering. This is the closest you can get to a custom setup!
  • It’s engineered to provide perfect spin in every shot.

This is the best ping pong paddle you can get that is not a custom setup, but really close to it. If you really want to feel the difference between a mid-grade paddle and pro-level ones, this will give you a sound experience.

You must know that, even though this is a pro-grade paddle, the benefits of a custom setup are always unmatched. However, this one is close to perfection!

Pros.

  • Unmatched quality in this list.
  • Best quality materials and construction. Made of Arylate-Carbon, providing the speed and heavy topspin
  • It provides you with expert-level spin shots.
  • The handle is customizable (gravity center).
  • ITTF approved.
  • You can reuse the blade.

Cons.

  • Priciest paddle on the list (totally worth it!)

Bottom line.

Straight-up; this is the best pre-assembled paddle you can use in tournaments. If you want to go pro, this is your best option. Also, this bat can work as the most efficient upgrade to any of the paddles on the list, regardless of your skill level and playstyle.

2.     Butterfly Pro-Line Hand Assembled Professional Table Tennis Racket – Second-best pre-assembled pro-choice.

Butterfly Pro-Line Hand Assembled Professional

Second on the list is the Butterfly Pro-line racket, which is a noticeable upgrade from intermediate to pro.

It was made to provide:

  • Better offensive options
  • Better speeds and spin without sacrificing control and blocking capabilities.
  • Improved defense over the Killerspin Jet 800 and DHS Hurricane-II.
  • You can also pick from different rubbers provided by the brand. It comes with a Tenergy 80, which affords more offensive options.

This is the best ping pong paddle for more balanced intermediate and pro players. We highly recommend if you want to attack with speed and strength, and block with ease. Also, it’s perfect for mid-range loopers to return services and loop against backspin (they weren’t kidding about that in the description).

Its price is affordable, even though it’s the second most expensive bat on this list. Highly recommended!

Pros.

  • Perfect for balanced players.
  • Excellent to slow-down your game.
  • Excellent for practice.
  • ITTF approved and highly recommended for tournaments.
  • Durable and made with high-quality materials.
  • Reusable carbon blade.

Cons.

  • Pricey.
  • Not better than a full custom setup.

Bottom line.

This is a perfect bat for pros with balanced games and advanced techniques in their repertoires. It’s the second-best ping pong paddle you can get on this list.

3.     Butterfly Zhang Jike Box Set – Good pick to go from intermediate to pro.

This is the first intermediate-level paddle of the list. And, even though it’s intermediate, it’s also a decent pick for you to transition into pro-level. Here’s why:

  • It comes with a good design that’s speed-focused.
  • It’s formidable to adapt to a faster, yet decently accurate game.
  • It’s easy to use if you’re a speed-based player (especially if you enjoy the Killerspin Jet 800.

Butterfly makes ITTF approved rackets, so this one is a suitable choice for you to use in official tourneys. It’s also a good substitute for the Killerspin Jet 800. Nonetheless, the Butterfly Zhang Jike offers a little bit more control and is much more durable.

Pros.

  • Great for intermediates and pros.
  • Speed-focused design that doesn’t diminish control greatly as others.
  • ITTF approved, highly durable, and made with high-quality materials.

Cons.

  • Not as good for defensive or control-based players.

Bottom line.

This is a solid option for intermediate players who want to add speed to their base skills. It can improve your game incredibly, especially since it doesn’t affect control immensely.

4.     DHS HURRICANE-II Tournament Ping Pong Paddle – Best intermediate paddle for balanced players.

DHS HURRICANE-II Tournament Ping Pong Paddle

The DHS Hurricane-II is the best ping pong paddle for balanced intermediate players!

Here’s why:

  • This one provides two different rubbers; one offensive, and one for defense.
  • Even though this is a spin-focused paddle, it also works well with defensive playstyles.
  • The spin is crazy!

We love this paddle because of its spin-focused design. Also, we can assure you that it will last, as it’s made with highly-durable materials. It is very light and also vibrates a lot, which can be good if you’re still trying to level your strength.

It is pricier, but also significantly better built and more durable than the Killerspin Jet 800. Highly recommended!

Pros.

  • Useful to practice competitive-level spins.
  • It’s possible to boost your game from beginner to intermediate with it.
  • Highly durable and ITTF approved.
  • Perfect handle!

Cons.

  • Pricier than the last one (still, totally worth it!)
  • It requires constant cleaning to provide top performance.

Bottom line.

This is yet another awesome paddle that you can use as an intermediate player who wants to go pro. We highly recommend it once you start hitting casual and official tourneys.

5.     Killerspin Jet 800 Table Tennis Paddle – Best intermediate paddle for speed-focused players.

Another from Killerspin, the Jet 800 sticks to its name as one of the best rackets for speedy playstyle. Check out its advantages:

  • Good for driving.
  • Good speed.
  • Comfortable grip (shakehand).
  • And overall great feel to weight, balance, and a quality rubber.

With that being said, this is not at all the best paddle you can get. There are much better ones! The ones we tried it agree in that it’s not as good for well-rounded players with defensive tendencies. Instead, we would recommend it for more offensive and speedy players that also care about comfort.

There are also a few downsides to this paddle that you should consider, the main two being:

It’s not as durable while it’s expensive compared to others of better quality.

Pros.

  • Excellent for offensive play.
  • Allows speedy reactions (this can improve defensive skills if you’re a highly experienced player).
  • Comfortable grip.

Cons.

  • Not the most durable paddles available.
  • Expensive.
  • Some paddles have better blades that are quite useful to reutilize (e.g., most STIGA blades).

Bottom line.

We believe that all-out speedy playstyles are just for overly offensive players, so they will benefit the most from using this paddle. Still, we highly recommend it if you want to practice your speed.

6.     STIGA Pro Carbon Performance-Level – Budget intermediate paddle!

Right off the bat (see what we did there?), we can tell you that this paddle is simply the best for intermediate players that want to add a little finesse to their game. It’s a mid-level paddle that will significantly boost your skills in:

  • Chopping.
  • Slightly improve defensive/blocking skills (even though it’s a 2.2 mm-sponge offensive racket).
  • And driving.

We tried this bad boy a few times, and the variety of shots we could pull off was incredibly high for a paddle that isn’t custom made. Spin shots are not that easy at first (for the extra cushion when compared to the last two), but once you get accustomed to it, they work like a charm.

The truth is that there are not many bad things we can say about it, except that the rubber is not that durable under intensive play. Still, you can change it easily.

Pros.

  • Lightweight.
  • Good price.
  • It offers a lot of defensive and offensive options.
  • Great for beginners and intermediate players.
  • Improves your base skills and makes practicing new ones much easier.

Cons.

  • Not that good if you’re a pro (probably a custom setup is better).
  • The rubber is not as tacky as we’d like (still pretty good though).
  • Not ITTF approved (even though it says it is).

Bottom line.

Exceptional for intermediates who want to improve their base skills. Great for practicing and for friendly games.

7.     Killerspin JET 600 Table Tennis Paddle – Good intermediate paddle/STIGA alternative.

Killerspin JET 600 Table Tennis Paddle

If you want a paddle that isn’t a STIGA, which is good to practice your spin, improve your control, and accuracy, the Killerspin JET 600 is what you need. This is a paddle that isn’t as fast as others but is improved to provide a killer spin (the name of the brand is so accurate!), and more control over where the ball goes.

It’s not entry-level, so make sure to get it if you want to compete at an intermediate level. It’s also a good option for defensive players.

Pros.

  • Intermediate-level and control-focused.
  • Good for blocking.
  • Good

Cons.

  • Not as good for players that like speed and aggressive playstyles.
  • Slightly expensive.

Bottom line.

This is a decent option for intermediate players that love precise shots and have a solid defensive game.

8.     Palio Expert 2.0 Table Tennis Racket – Best bang for your buck and beginner paddle!

Palio Expert 2.0 Table Tennis Racket

Even though the name says “expert”, we wouldn’t place this bat on top of any other of the beginner’s ones we’ve reviewed so far… but we did. Why? Because this is yet another great paddle for beginners! Here’s why:

  • Even though this paddle also offers control as the main benefit, it’s slightly better for transitioning from beginner to intermediate level.
  • Anyone can adapt to it fast (30 minutes of play give or take!)
  • Also, it’s awesome to practice a variety of shots.

This paddle excels in the practice are, which beginners and even intermediate players will get a lot. It’s cheaper than the STIGA Titan, which is also a bonus. We like it because it provides robust hits with ease, as well as good spins. You could easily get it as a first-timer and go from beginner to intermediate in a few months of practice!

The downside; it’s a little heavy. That harms speed a little bit but improves the sturdiness of your defense. Picking it is up to you!

Pros.

  • Great for beginners and intermediate players.
  • Best price you can get from a paddle of this quality and performance.
  • Durable.
  • Good for practicing.

Cons.

  • Not the best to practice speed (good for control though).
  • Rather heavy when compared to others.
  • People with sweaty hands beware; things get slippery!

Bottom line.

If you’re ready to improve your game within 3 months of constant practice and play, this is the paddle for you. You can get the best practice until you’re an intermediate player by $10 bucks less!

9.  STIGA Supreme Performance-Level – Good control-focused beginner paddle.

STIGA Supreme Performance-Level Table Tennis ping pong paddle

If you’re a beginner who slightly prefers speed over control, this is the paddle for you. Still, under $50 bucks, the STIGA Supreme is an interesting paddle to get as a novice ping pong player.

It provides you with:

  • Better speed without losing control (the Titan model offers more control).
  • Good enough blocking options.
  • A highly durable build.

This one is still an entry-level paddle with better performance over extremely cheap ones, yet the difference is not that big. The different thing is that cheapo paddles provide a basic build with control in mind. The STIGA Supreme is slightly more about speed.

The immediate upgrade after this one is the Killerspin Jet800.

Pros.

  • Good control, but better speed.
  • Good defensive options, but better offensive ones.
  • It has high-quality materials.

Cons.

  • Not as good for true beginners.

Bottom line.

This one is much better to practice speed, so we recommend it for seasoned beginners who want to add a little spark to their game.

10.  STIGA Titan Table Tennis Racket – Good control-based paddle for beginners (practice/recreational).

STIGA Titan Table Tennis Racket ping pong paddle

Yet another awesome choice for beginners, the STIGA Titan bat is a pretty darn good one. We like it because:

  • It offers great control.
  • It’s an all-rounder, similar to the Butterfly 401, but this one is much more balanced.
  • Light and comfortable.
  • Better for practice and allows for better spinning.

Even though it’s higher in price than the Butterfly 401, it’s easy to notice why it’s also superior in quality. The materials are top-notch, as is the design, and overall feel of it. This one is the perfect paddle for a beginner who wants to practice and dominate their spinning shots.

The direct upgrade after this is the STIGA Pro Carbon, which has a more intermediate-level feel to it.

Pros.

  • Good for beginners (better than the last one).
  • Great to start practicing spin shots and maybe loops.
  • Balanced and lightweight.

Cons.

  • It’s a balanced paddle, so you won’t develop any expertise in specific playstyles or shots (aside from mastering spin shots).

Bottom line.

If you’re slightly above beginner-level, this is the paddle for you. It’s also excellent for intermediate players who want to slow-down their playstyle for a more balanced or defensive one.

11.  STIGA Apex Performance-Level Table – Good novice option.

STIGA Apex Performance-Level ping pong paddle

If you’re looking to buy a set of four or more paddles for your whole family, the STIGA Apex Performance-level is the best choice. Here’s why:

  • Just like the Butterfly 401, it is really cheap.
  • It’s control-focused, so it’s pretty good for occasional and beginner players.
  • It’s good enough for recreational use.

This is one of the best entry-level paddles you can get. Still, we wouldn’t recommend it for people who want to play competitively and improve really fast.

Pros.

  • Easy to use.
  • Durable.
  • Control-based (better for beginners).

Cons.

  • Not for advanced players.
  • It’s not the best paddle for practice.
  • Only good-enough for recreational play.

Bottom line.

You can either buy a more reliable paddle to practice and prepare for competition or buy four STIGA Apex performance rackets for the same price.

12.  Butterfly 401 Table Tennis Racket Set  – Budget pick.

The Butterfly 401 paddle is all about:

  • Control.
  • It’s a very balanced all-rounder who inclines slightly to a more defensive playstyle.
  • It’s still great at speed.

This paddle is good. Its quality puts it above its price range (just 24 bucks at the time of writing this!). It holds up use well-enough, it’s cheap and functional for both beginners, intermediate, and pro players who want to add a little more control to their playstyle.

Even though it’s ITTF-approved (you can use it in tourneys), we wouldn’t entirely recommend this one over a few more on the list. Instead, we highly recommend it for practice and recreational play.

Pros.

  • It comes with a case.
  • It’s simple, yet functional.
  • It’s comfortable enough for beginners, intermediates, and pros.

Cons.

  • The paddle slows down your game when compared to better ones.
  • It’s not that good for offensive play (great for blocking though)
  • The handle is not as comfortable when compared to better ones.

Bottom line.

This here is the perfect bat for people that are barely holding one for the first time. People with more experience won’t benefit as much from it as beginners, which can use it as a go-to paddle for practicing their base skills. Good to buy several!

 

Ping pong paddle buying guide: How to get the best ping pong paddle for you?

You might not totally understand every aspect of our reviews since we used slightly technical words to describe paddles. But fear not, because here we’ll help you out understand just about everything there is to know about paddles:

  • The materials.
  • How design and materials affect speed, spin, and control.
  • Holding positions.
  • How to choose the best ping pong bat for you?
  • And more!

We’ll also provide you with some tips about how to maintain your paddles and get the best of them until you really need to get a replacement. Let’s get right into it!

Different parts of a paddle and evaluation points.

The three main aspects that most players and manufacturers evaluate about a paddle are speed, spin, and control. These evaluation points are ruled by the quality of the materials used when making each paddle. Paddles are made by layering several materials:

  • A handle.
  • A blade.
  • Two sponges: one on each side of the blade.
  • And two rubbers: one on each side of the blade.

Those six materials can be customized by manufacturers to provide you with the paddle that fits your playstyle. For example:

  • If you’re a control-focused or defensive player, who likes blocking, returning spins with loops, and accuracy, you’ll need a tacky rubber and a soft sponge of less than 2mm. A slightly heavier wooden blade can also help you absorb the impacts in blocks more efficiently. On the other hand, a lighter Carbon blade can provide you with more explosiveness and quicker attacks.
  • If you’re a speed-based player, who likes smashing, strong hard-to-reach strokes, and quick response against any player, you need a 2mm or more, slightly solid sponge. We always recommend slightly tacky, soft rubbers for more control (even to speed-focused players). Firmer rubbers can be a better option if you have an all-out speed playstyle, though. A light or medium-light Carbon blade can also benefit your mobility with the bat.
  • Instead, if you want a balanced paddle for adaptive playstyle, you can go with a 2mm sponge, tacky soft rubbers for more control, a light blade, and the grip that fits your playstyle.

You can also pick different rubbers and sponges for fronthand and backhand sides of the paddle, so you can diversify your options. Finally, there are three main types of handles:

  • Flared: This one is for players that like to switch their grip quickly, without losing control. We find it to be the best for offensive players because it provides a much steadier grip. It’s also the one that’s most available in pre-made paddles.
  • Straight: This type of handle is perfect for players who don’t tend to switch sides as much, and instead have a firmer grip. Straight handles are slightly rarer among pre-made paddles, but they do exist. 
  • Anatomic handle: Similar to the flared handle, this one has another thicker spot near to the top or in the middle of the handle for a more comfortable shakehand hold.

The length of the handle and how thick it is, regardless of its shape, is also customizable.

How to hold a ping pong paddle?

There are two basic grips; penhold and shakehand. Here’s the description for each:

  • Shakehand: The European/U.S. hold, similar to the hold of a tennis racket, with the blade pointing upwards. It’s one of the simplest grips to use, and it’s also the most used from beginner to pro-level of play. You can use any type of handle with it.
  • Penhold: This hold is mostly used by Asian players. It requires a shorter handle than the shakehand counterpart, as it’s not actually for holding it directly. In this type of hold, the blade is pointing downwards. There are two different variations, the Japanese penhold, and the Chinese penhold. The difference between them is that the Japanese penhold adds a cork block on the backhand side for added grip and stability.

However, there are just a few differences between shakehand and penhold rackets. The most notable ones are the length and thickness of the handle, whereas shakehand style handles are longer and thicker. Penhold style handles are shorter, whereas the Japanese penhold rackets add a cork block.

What makes the best paddles for ping pong?

Just as the game requires a lot of adaptation when playing against different rivals, paddles require customization. Finding a paddle that adapts to your every need is slightly hard, especially if you’re trying to find a pre-made one. We believe our reviews above can really help out any player, from beginner to pro aspirant. However, just as we said above, a custom-setup will always surpass any other pre-made paddle.

Custom-setups are made with your specific needs in mind. You can change every part or material of your paddle to make it better for you, your playstyle, and hand position. The only inconvenience with pro-custom-setups is that they are more expensive than pre-made ones, which are made just taking into account spin, control, and speed.

Buying guide: how to choose the best ping pong paddle?

Now that we covered the basics, we can start talking about picking the best ping pong paddle for you. We’ll divide this part of the guide into three parts, one for each level of play. Let’s start with the beginners.

How to choose the best ping pong paddle for beginners?

When you’re starting to play ping pong, or even more, if you want to start, picking your bat is easy. You can do so after a few games with a simple one. There are three options for beginners:

  • For first-timers: stick to a simple, control-based paddle that helps you gain confidence, master base techniques, and establish yourself as a respectable all-rounder. We highly recommend models like the Butterfly 401 paddle. When you’re starting to know the game, it doesn’t really matter if you pick a specialized paddle or a simple one; a cheaper one is probably more than enough. This is also the best paddle you can get for recreational play.
  • For seasoned beginners: Once you start to know your playstyle, have a few techniques and shots under your sleeve, and know your strengths, you can go for a better one. If you’re a defense or control-focused player, we recommend the same Butterfly 401, as it’s pretty much exactly that. If you’re an offensive-focused player, you can pick the STIGA Supreme Performance-Level, which is lighter, better suited for speedier players.
  • For beginners trying to reach intermediate: If you’re above the beginner level, but not quite intermediate, the best one you can get is the Palio Expert 2.0 Table Tennis Racket. This is the best beginner and entry-intermediate level paddle you can get. It will help you dominate most of the shots you should know in intermediate-level of play.

The real secret of knowing which one to get is self-awareness. If you know:

What you’re capable of doing.

If you can identify your strengths and weaknesses.

And the amount of effort you’ll be putting in.

Only then you’ll be able to get yourself the best paddle.

For now, you should stick to the shakehand grip.

How to choose the best ping pong paddle for intermediate players?

If you now went through the best beginner paddle, and feel like you can improve in some areas, the next paddles are what you need. You need these only if you already dominate the basic techniques, plus a few more like spinning backhand, forehand, returning loops, spins, and defensive options. Also, you need to identify what type of player are you:

  • If you’re a slower-paced defensive player who tires out the competition.
  • Or a fast-paced strong player who likes to loop unreachable balls.
  • Or more of a balanced control-focused player, accustomed to accuracy.
  • You should also know what type of grip favors you, so you can easily pick the handle type which adapts to your playstyle.

From our picks, we recommend:

  • For slow-paced defensive players: the STIGA Pro Carbon Performance-Level might be your best choice. It is defense-focused, but it’s balanced to be faster with its 2.2mm sponge. This is the best entry-level intermediate paddle. It’s also cheap! Another option is the Killerspin Jet 600, which will provide you with better spin shots.
  • For fast-paced offensive players: the best options if you’re a speedy player is the Killerspin Jet 800. This is the most effective pre-made bat for speed-focused players. It’s also awesome to practice your speed as a slow-paced player going into intermediate. However, we highly recommend that you like speed and have experience with it. Otherwise, it can damage your game. Another option is the Butterfly Zhang Jike Box Set, which provides a little less speed, but more accuracy.
  • Balanced players: if you like to dominate with sudden speed or sudden accuracy, we highly recommend the DHS HURRICANE-II Tournament Ping Pong Paddle. This one comes with different rubbers on each side, so you can switch playstyles as you please amid the game. This is the best one to keep your options open as a defensive and offensive player at the same time. Also, it can help you improve your basics and your technique-heavy shots up to almost pro-level.

You can also use the DHS Hurricane-II and the Butterfly Zhang Jike paddles to transition easily into pro!

How to choose the best ping pong paddle for pro players?

When you reach a pro-level, you’ll have a perfect understanding of your game. You should know what and how to practice, and what you need to change in your paddle to make it perfect. If that’s the case, you might want to invest big bucks on a custom setup.

You can either make your own paddle, buying ITTC-approved materials, and putting them together yourself, or getting a company to make you one with your desired specifications. If you decide to make your own, you can save some money, but you really need to know what you’re doing. You can also reutilize blades and handles from your pre-made paddles, so, if you’re accustomed to a certain type of blade, you don’t have to change it.

Few pre-made options are worth trying, aside from the ones we mentioned above.

Maintaining your paddle.

So, you got your paddle, but after a few games or if you left it outside its case, the rubber is not sticky anymore. Maybe the handle is dirty or the rubber is peeling off; no worries, because you can maintain and fix paddles easily at home. Check out the best three tips below!

Get yourself a case!

A case to put your paddle when you’re not playing is also a good method to keep it dust-free and safe. You can get one for free with some of the paddles we recommended above, but you’ll have to buy one if your preferred paddle doesn’t have it.

Cleaning paddles.

There are cleaning kits available that you can use and they will make your life much easier. However, if you don’t want to spend more on them, you can easily water down any dirt buildup and sponge it softly until it’s clean. Here’s how to do it:

  • Take a soft sponge. The kitchen ones will work.
  • Moisten it and remove excess water. Don’t use any soap (unless you get a specialized one for paddles), because it can harm the rubber’s integrity.
  • Rub softly the paddle’s handle and rubber, without moistening it too much.
  • Let it air-dry. If you have a ventilator, much better. Don’t use a hairdryer because it can damage the rubber and start peeling it off from the heat.

Change the rubbers.

If the rubbers are beyond repair, you can always get new ones for your blade. You can easily buy them online and replace the current ones. It’s not that complicated!

  • Slowly and carefully remove your current rubbers from both sides.
  • Get your new rubbers and spread the glue (read more about it below) thoroughly. Make sure to leave just a thin layer.
  • Add a similar layer to the blade. Let both dry for about 5 minutes.
  • Finally, put the paddle facing up with the glue, and put the rubber on top. Start from the top of the handle, towards the upper part of the blade, without leaving bubbles.
  • You can put some paper on top of the rubber and remove air bubbles with a pizza roller or something similar, like a bottle. Do this as slow as you can!
  • Remove the excess of rubber (which usually comes in squares to fit any paddle) with a cutter. Do it as near to the blade as possible.
  • Do the same for the other side and you’re all set!

Paddle Glue and gluing

Something you should keep in mind, especially if you play constantly with the same paddle, is that it will need its rubbers replaced.

The only ones accepted nowadays are water-based ones, without volatile compounds. Depending on the brand, you can get a glue that:

  • Dries fast (perfect for quick changes).
  • Some with better adherence (to avoid changing or gluing rubbers again too much)
  • Ease of appliance and overall use.
  • Come with or without sponges to apply it.
  • And more.

Keep this in mind if you’re planning to modify your own setup!

Ping pong paddle FAQ.

  • Can shakehand paddles be used with a penhold grip?

A: Sure, you can use them as you please, but it wouldn’t be as comfortable with a specialized bat with a penhold handle.

  • How influential is the blade in a table tennis racket?

A: It’s vital! It’s weight, thickness, material, and flexibility all play important roles.

  • Can I use a pro-level paddle as a beginner?

A: Yes, but we wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re at least intermediate. The difference between entry-level and pro bats is the quality of the materials and how optimized they are for certain playstyles. It’s like giving a racing car to a student driver; he might drive it, but probably won’t win races with it!

  • Should I switch from shakehand to penhold grip?

A: Penhold is awesome if you want to have wrist mobility. It’s the best grip if you’re good at forehands, so good that you might even give up everything else to play just with it! Still, if you have a strong backhand game with shakehand, you should probably stick to it.

  • Which shots and techniques should I learn first?

A: Depends on the playstyle you want to pursue. If you’re an offensive player, you should start learning basic forehand/backhand topspin and underspin. If you’re a more defensive player, blocks and pushing from all ranges will be your staple moves. Flicks and loops are slightly more advanced, but practicing these earlier will give you a huge advantage.

See more details at Frequently Asked Questions About Ping Pong

Comparison table.

Check out this comparison table of the paddles we recommended above. We judged all paddles the same, and the compared them, regardless of their level.

  • Note: Each aspect is judged on a scale from 1 to 10.
PaddleSpinSpeedControl
1Butterfly Timo Boll ALC Blade989
2Butterfly Pro-Line Hand Assembled899
3Butterfly Zhang Jike Box Set788
4DHS HURRICANE-II878
5Killerspin Jet 800797
6STIGA Pro Carbon687
7Killerspin JET 600777
8Palio Expert 2.0657
9STIGA Supreme575
10STIGA Titan656
11STIGA Apex555
12Butterfly 401435

Conclusion.

In a game like ping pong, there are many different playstyles to pursue, different levels of play, lots of fun, and competitiveness. Whether you want to start practicing to improve your game at intermediate or to go pro in the best possible way, there’s a paddle that fits your needs perfectly. We believe that this guide will be helpful regardless of your level, to pick the best paddle you’ll need on your way to victory.

Bat-quality aside, you must also know yourself as a player, and make the right choice depending on self-assessment. Do you want to start looping through your rivals? Then make the most efficient and honest decision according to your level.

Which one will you pick? Let us know in the comments!

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