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Recommended Table Tennis Rackets

Table tennis rackets are expensive, so it's important that you buy the right one. Here are my recommended table tennis rackets.

Recommended Table Tennis Rackets

The most important piece of equipment in table tennis is your racket, but it can be very difficult to choose the right one.

With such a bewildering array of choices and prices, it's easy to make an expensive mistake and buy the wrong one.

So let's take a look at my recommended table tennis rackets.

Rackets, Blades and Rubbers

Although table tennis rackets are known as table tennis paddles or table tennis bats in some parts of the world, "The Official Laws of Table Tennis" refer to it as a table tennis racket, so I'll be using that term from now on.

 

Table Tennis or Ping Pong?

By the way, if you call the sport ping pong rather than table tennis, you may be interested to know that there is a subtle difference between the two names.

In the early days of the sport (around 1890-1900) various names were used for this new game.

Different manufacturers used different names and Indoor Tennis, Gossima, Whiff-Waff and Ping Pong were all early examples of patented or trademarked names.

But as the sport developed and manufacturers began to enforce their patents and trademarks, a new name was required, so in 1926 the international sport of TABLE TENNIS was born.

So although most people use the names ping pong and table tennis interchangeably, Ping Pong is actually a registered trademark and a brand of equipment used to play the sport of table tennis.

 

A table tennis racket is made up of two distinct parts - a wooden blade which incorporates the handle, and table tennis rubbers which are affixed to each side of the blade using special table tennis glue.

So when we refer to a table tennis racket, we are referring to a blade and two sheets of rubber which have been combined together into one piece of equipment.


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Size of a Table Tennis Racket

One of the most frequently asked questions is... "Can a table tennis racket be of any size?

Well the answer is ... yes it can.

However, although "The Official Laws of Table Tennis" state that a table tennis racket can be of any size, shape or weight, the rules also state that the blade must be flat and rigid with at least 85% of it (by thickness) made of natural wood.

Most rackets are actually all very similar in size - about 15cm (6 inches) across and 25cm (10 inches) long, including the handle.

 

table tennis rubbers

You'll also need to be aware that, although there are many different types and styles of table tennis rackets made for recreational purposes, the official rules of table tennis state that the colour of the table tennis rubbers must be Red on one side and Black on the other.

However, if you're just playing for fun they can be any colour and style you want.


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Ready-made or a customised racket?

Although you can buy ready-made table tennis rackets, I wouldn't recommend buying one.

The main problem with this type of racket is that you don't know how long it's been in the packet, and table tennis rubbers deteriorate with age and exposure to light, even if they've been kept in a sealed packet.

This type of racket is therefore only suitable if you're just starting and / or for recreational play.

If you're serious about playing table tennis then I'd recommend that you buy each element of your table tennis racket separately.


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Choosing YOUR Table Tennis Racket

Many players mistakenly believe that by using a particular table tennis racket, they will elevate their game to new heights.

Therefore they believe that they must have only the latest or "best" (and most expensive) racket.

But the simple truth is this...

You will improve your game much more by IMPROVING YOUR TECHNIQUE and by PRACTISING MORE, than you ever will by choosing a particular blade or rubber.

Once you understand this simple truth, you can forget about trying all the hundreds of different blades and rubbers available until such time as your standard improves to a high level.

Just choose from the blades and rubbers I recommend here and you will have all you need.

The subtle differences between blades and rubbers (within their own category) are not enough to make ANY difference to the majority of players.

So here's how to choose YOUR racket...

Choosing a table tennis racket is all about choosing one which complements your style of play, and not about choosing a particular brand.

So therefore you need to first determine your style of play, and then choose a blade and rubbers only from the category which matches your style of play.

If you haven't yet determined your style of play, then you should buy a racket which is categorised as Allround, or just buy a ready-made, recreational racket until your game has developed further.

The vast majority of players should choose a blade and rubbers which are in the category "Allround".


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Recommended Table Tennis Blades

I recommend that you choose your table tennis blade (and table tennis rubber) from the category which matches your style of play.

It does not matter which particular brand of table tennis blade you choose - Just make sure that it is from the correct category.

All brands classify individual blades into one of three different categories...

  • ALL-ROUND (also known as ALL-, ALL and ALL+)
  • DEFENSIVE (also known as DEF)
  • OFFENSIVE (also known as OFF-, OFF and OFF+)

I have recommended table tennis blades within each category based on my personal experiences of using many different blades.

However, as there are 100s of different table tennis blades available, other elements (such as the shape of the handle) may be a deciding factor in choosing the table tennis blade which is right for YOU. (I have discussed these factors in my downloadable book).

 

So, although there are many equally good table tennis blades within each category, I recommend the following table tennis blades...

ALL-ROUND,
COUNTER-HIT
or OFFENSIVE
style of play
DEFENSIVE
style of play
OFFENSIVE
style of play
(Beginner or Intermediate level) (All levels) (Advanced level only)
Any brand of blade classified as being "Allround" or
"ALL-" "ALL" "ALL+"

These blades consist of hard inner plys of wood and softer outer plys. They are medium speed blades and will help you to control the ball.
Any brand of blade classified as being "Defensive " or
"DEF"

These blades have soft flexible plys of wood. They are slow speed blades which will give you better ball control.
Any brand of blade classified as being "Offensive " or
"OFF- " "OFF " "OFF+"

These blades have harder outer plys of wood and some also have a layer of carbon fibre. They are fast blades which will enable you to generate more power in your shots.
Table Tennis Blade - Allround Table Tennis Blade - defensive Table Tennis Blade - offensive
Butterfly "Timo Boll All" blade Butterfly "Defensive X" blade Butterfly "Maze Passion" blade

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Approx $55

Buy in the USA

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Approx $80

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Buy Table Tennis Blade
Approx $70

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Recommended Table Tennis Rubbers

I recommend that you choose your table tennis rubbers (and table tennis blade) from the category which matches your style of play.

It does not matter which particular brand of table tennis rubbers you choose - Just make sure that it has the correct sponge thickness and that it's an inverted (also known as reverse or smooth) rubber.

All brands specify the available sponge thickness of each individual rubber.

I have recommended table tennis rubbers within each category based on my personal experiences of using many different rubbers.

However, there are 100s of different table tennis rubbers available.

 

So, although there are many equally good table tennis rubbers within each category, I recommend the following table tennis rubbers...

ALL-ROUND,
COUNTER-HIT
or OFFENSIVE
style of play
DEFENSIVE
style of play
OFFENSIVE
style of play
(Beginner or Intermediate level) (All levels) (Advanced level only)
Any brand of inverted (reverse) rubber with a sponge thickness between
1.5mm and 1.7mm

These medium speed rubbers will give you great all-round control.
Any brand of inverted (reverse) rubber with a sponge thickness
less than
1.6mm

These slower speed rubbers will give you greater control for a defensive playing style.
Any brand of inverted (reverse) rubber with a sponge thickness
greater than
1.9mm

These fast speed rubbers will give you much less control, and are only suitable for an advanced attacking style.
Butterfly Sriver Table Tennis Rubber Butterfly Tackiness Chop Table Tennis Rubber Butterfly Bryce Table Tennis Rubber
Butterfly Sriver
1.5mm or 1.7mm
Butterfly Tackiness Chop or Chop II
1.5mm
Butterfly Bryce or Bryce FX
2.1mm

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Approx $43

Buy in the USA

Buy Table Tennis Rubbers
Approx $37

Buy in the USA

Buy Table Tennis Rubbers
Approx $67

Buy in the USA

Buy Table Tennis Rubbers

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Free Guide - Choosing Table Tennis Equipment

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