• This entry was posted in Table tennis on August 01, 2016

  • A racquet or paddle is the most important piece of equipment in a game of table tennis. It’s what controls the speed and spin of the ball when you serve or hit it back to your opponent. Having a quality paddle that feels comfortable in your hand will make a huge difference in your game.


    How They’re Made

    Paddles are typically purchased by the manufacturer, but many serious players and professionals have their paddles custom made.

    Pros of Buying a Pre-Made Paddle

    - Typically cheaper

    - The paddle is already assembled and ready for use

    -  No need to purchase edge tape, glue, or tools for assembling the blade

    - Simpler options when choosing a paddle, if you are not an experienced player yet

    Pros of Buying a Custom Paddle

    - Greater options in rubber choices

    - Blades are categorized so you can choose one that best fits your playing style

    - Higher quality blades

    - As you learn to play and change your style you can change the rubbers

    - Replaceable rubbers let you replace them when they wear down

    - Rubbers can be speed glued

    For those custom making their paddles the first step is choosing a blank blade, or a paddle without rubber, this is usually decided based upon a person’s playing style. The type of wood, or synthetic material used to make the blade will determine its speed. Next a sheet of rubber is glued to a blade using glue made especially for table tennis. The different types of rubber sheets affect the level of speed and spin when you hit the ball.

    Maintaining and protection

    The surface of your table tennis paddle will become smooth and sleek with use. Water and gentle soap can be use on the paddle for cleaning to maintain its high friction service for ball spin. The rubber may be damaged with long exposure in the sun, so for your outdoor table tennis tables be sure to keep your balls and paddles indoors or in a protected place. Or check out KETTLER’s Halo 5.0 Outdoor TT racquet. For a quick fix if rubber begins to peel up, rubber cement or other similar products can be utilized as a temporary way to keep your paddle usable.

    Grip Techniques

    When using your table tennis paddle there are two common grips: the pen grip and the shakehand grip. When using the pen grip you hold the paddle just like you would hold a pen or pencil. For the shakehand grip you place your hand on the paddle's handle as if you were shaking hands with it. While both styles of grip are common, no matter which you decide feels more natural for you always hold the paddle loosely, allowing your wrist to move freely. Many KETTLER racquets featuring concave handle with ergo grip and shock absorber inside the handle to absorb any vibration that may affect play.