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 rackets better than lighter ones? What is the optimal weight of a table tennis racket?
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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).
I will classify the blade’s weight into 3 domains: Light, Normal, Heavy.
- Light blade: 75g to 80g. They are all light blades.
- 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 blades. 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.
Advantages of a light racket
- Easier to swing. Easier to spin, and maneuver close to the table.
- But lack of power, especially far from the table
- Quicker and more reactive near the table
- A lightweight blade is better at counter-attack
- A lighter blade can help you to accelerate it faster.
Is a heavier racket better?
- 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
- You need to play further from the table, for a bigger swing, more powerful shot, and more spin
- 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 modern table tennis nowadays)
If you are a fast player, you stay close to the table, and you love counter-attacks then you should choose a light and fast blade.
If you play far from the table, with a bigger stroke, then you need a head heavy blade. You have more time to react with a bigger swing far from the table.
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.
The weight of the blade is just a small factor. The most important thing is the blade center of gravity. You need to hold the racket first, before buying it.
If you are not a professional player, then you can choose the 185 – 188g racket that works the best, where the blade is 85 – 88g.
If you are old, and you don’t want injuries then you can choose below 188g. But don’t choose below 180g, you will lack power in your shot when you play far from the table. Always ask the seller to give you the exact weight. Always confirm with the seller the weight of the blade before ordering it online!
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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