Knowing the type of player you are is the most important factor when choosing a paddle as a beginner. No matter the cost of the paddle you purchase, if it does not conform with your style of playing or level of experience, the paddle is useless.
You must first understand if you are buying a ping-pong paddle for beginner or a professional, and if you are a Defensive or Offensive player. You must also understand the racket construction and how the choice of material may affect the spin, speed, and control of the ball. These factors will make your choice a lot easier.
Your level of experience determines the kind of paddle you’ll need which will help you improve tremendously. Finding the good ping pong paddle guarantees more winnings than loses.
As a beginner, paddles which allow you to put the ball on the table are the best paddle. At this stage, speed and spin are not necessary since you’re only working on your fundamentals to develop correct stroke mechanics and skill.
RACKET PARTS AND HOW THEY AFFECT SPEED, SPIN AND CONTROL
A racket is made up of two main parts: the blade (consist of the handle and wood), the rubber (includes the sponge).
Blade and Handle
About 5 to 9 layers of wood make up the blade which also consist of other types of materials like titanium carbon or carbon. The number of plies and the materials used for the blade determines how rigid or flexible the blade could be, as the more the number of plies, the stiffer the blade, and carbon makes the blade more firm while keeping it light-weight.
More energy is transferred to the ball from a rigid blade which moves the ball faster, while a flexible blade absorbs some energy thereby slowing down the ball.
The handle can be Flared, Anatomic, or Straight handle.
A flared handle is the most popular. It is thicker at the bottom to prevent the paddle from slipping out. The anatomic handle is wider in the middle which helps fit the shape of the palm. The straight handle has the same width evenly. You can try different handles from friends or stores if you are not sure of the one to purchase.
Rubber and Sponge
More or less spin can be applied to the ball depending on the sponge’s thickness and the rubbers tackiness.
How tacky and soft a rubber is may be determined by the different treatment applied and technology used during manufacturing.
A soft or sticky rubber will obviously put more spin on the ball.
The amount of spin, speed, and control of the tennis ball may be determined by the characteristics mentioned above, but there are more useful things to consider when choosing your paddle:
This is the maximum speed exerted on the ball. Upgrading to a faster paddle will cause less energy to be applied on the ball while still giving the same speed. Rackets of this type travels easily to the other side even when holding the paddle for a block, whereas with others, it’ll bounce on the net.
The quantity of rubber used on a racket determines the ability of the paddle to generate a good amount of spin. The weight of the racket also play a minor role in this regard. The more softer and tackier a rubber is, the more spin it’ll put on the ball.
Speed is only used to attack a player, but spin is necessary for offensive and defensive players.
Offensive players use it to apply faster forehand loop while defensive players use it for backspin.
Control is a combination of speed and spin. A spin-focused racket will give you a little or no error that may result in loss of control. This characteristic can also determine the consistency and accuracy of your shots.
A slower, more controllable bat should be used by beginners, while the more powerful paddles could be used by the advanced or intermediate players.
Though the paddle may be difficult to control in the beginning, control can be improved through player skill.
Now that you know the basics for choosing a ping-pong paddle, consider them and have fun dominating your opponents.