Choose Heavy or Light Racket in Table Tennis

Choose Heavy or Light Racket – Which One Is Better?

If you are a new player, you should pay attention to your first equipment. Don’t make the same mistake when choosing your first racket. There are many parameters that you should consider to choose the right weight of your racket. Are heavy table tennis racket better than lighter ones? What is the optimal weight of a table tennis racket?

Racket’s weight

In table tennis, the weight of a racket can vary from 150g to 250g. A racket is a blade and 2 rubbers (one backhand, and one forehand rubber). In general, a rubber has an average mass of 40-50g. So two rubbers weigh about 80-100g (it also depends on the thickness of the rubber, the density of the sponge, and the size of the blade).

Fan Zhendong personal racket
Fan Zhendong personal racket (Viscaria with Infinity handle)

I will classify the blade’s weight in 3 domains: Light, Normal, Heavy.

  • Light blade: 75g to 80g. They are all light blade.
  • Normal range: from 80g to 87g. Most of the table tennis blades in the market are in this range.
  • Heavy side: from 90g to 95g. Used by the advanced player, and most professional players use a custom blade, which is always heavier than the commercial version.

Fact: Fan Zhendong used a 93g custom made blade (Stiga). Ma Long used a 91g DHS custom blade.

Many players insist to use light and lighter blade. Is it really good for you? And you, an amateur player, just want a lighter, lighter, and lighter blade (around 70–80g). I don’t think so.

Actually Ma Long is using DHS 968-997 blade
Actually Ma Long is using DHS 968-997 blade
Fan Zhendong blade in World Cup 2018
Fan Zhendong blade in World Cup 2018

Advantages of a light racket

Light blade:

  • Easier to swing. Easier to spin, and maneuver close to the table.
  • But lack of power!
  • Lighter blade, with just a small force, you can accelerate it faster.

Is heavier racket better?

Heavy blade:

  • Require good acceleration, and good technique (hit at the right timing)
  • Power, Faster, (especially at far to mid-distance)
  • Easier to dampen the shot – better for a blocker. Better re-bounce force.
  • Better control because the heavier blade will vibrate more (give more feeling) for the hard shots.
  • Better power to attack and counter-attack (crucial in the modern table tennis nowadays)
Ma Long personal blade with his smile
Ma Long personal blade with his smile


So it’s up to you to choose. I’m using a 91 g table tennis blade for info. But I recommend you more on the heavy side.

personal racket of Ma Long, and Timo Boll in this German Open 2018
Personal rackets of Ma Long, and Timo Boll in this German Open 2018

My advice:

For the good of your table tennis, use the heaviest racket as possible as you can. My overall racket is 205 g. What about yours?

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  1. Wow. That’s very inspiring. Again, thank you for showing the good way. Yes, no pain, no gain. I really thank you for any advice given by you coach EmRatThich.

    Good side is no one will dare to try or even borrow my heavy racket.

  2. Mine is 92gram, with two max rubbers the combo is 184gr which i found a little on heavy side. But the spin created is incredible.

    For amateur level i think optimal range varies from 80-88gr.

  3. Very interesting information!
    I’m a penholder, and I don’t have much strength (I’m only 14 years old). I’m currently using the Stiga Allround Classic. Should I still get a heavier blade when I’m good enough to go a level higher?

  4. When I first started my TT journey at the ripe old age of 42 years old, it was with the intention to get healthier. My initial idea was two middle age blokes hitting a light weight ball around a table with some paddle whilst holding a bottle of Lager on the free hand. I mean, how difficult can it be?

    Until Coach Emrathich comes in with all the scientific and technical explanation about TT. It is just so mind boggling.

    But, please don’t stop Coach… please continue your good work and research. Really really appreciate it. If I ever have the good fortune to meet you in person, you can have as much beer you want from me.

  5. Dear SpinnerZ

    Thank you very much for your nice words. 😀
    We just love the same sport – table tennis. I don’t even know other players.
    But I’m happy that you love my articles.
    Thank you for your beers 😀

  6. Thank you for all of your advices, coach 🙂 I love most of what I ready from you and I try to apply it whenever I can 🙂

    As for the weight of racket, I have one question: is your today’s piece of advice for all kind of rubbers?
    I have a short pip rubber on forehand, is it also more viable to add weight on my blade?

  7. Hola
    Con respecto a la madera de Fan Zhendong, en lo personal no creo que use madera Viscaria con mango infinity, pues en la foto mas bien parece un infinity por que esta cuchilla realmente luce así tiene dos placas de madera mas oscuras que se asimilan al arylate-carbon de la madera Viscaria, esa es mi humilde opinión.

    Lo otro que me pareció súper buena la información sobre el peso de la raqueta, estoy totalmente de acuerdo que el peso le da mas poder al golpe, quedaría mas claro con alguna información sobre la distribución del peso en la raqueta.

    saludos desde Horcón, Chile.

  8. Hi coach,

    I have a Chinese penhold set up of 203g. Do you think it’s too heavy for a penholder? I find when I use between 187-190g, I’m a bit more consistent and confident, but I really must exert much more body and power to make any kill shots.

    Do you know any professional penholder weight set ups?

    Thanks and nice work!


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