How To Choose Your Table Tennis Racket

“What is the best table tennis blade?”, and “How to select a table tennis racket?” These are the 2 common questions that every new (beginner) table tennis players ask. But I want to answer you “There is no best racket”.

“The best racket is the equipment that suite your playing style”.

How to choose the right table tennis racket for your style
How to choose the right table tennis racket for your style

Do you need a Viscaria blade, a DHS Hurricane 3 national blue sponge rubber and a Butterfly Tenergy 05 professional version to improve your table tennis? No! Choose a good blade for your playing style! Do not choose another one’s paddle. Coach EmRatThich helps you understand your table tennis equipment (racket + rubber) under the viewpoint of a Chinese coach. From now, you can choose your best table tennis combo setup including racket and rubber.

Attentions! Some website just makes a bad review of the paddle. The review is not credible because the equipment is biased to the referral subject.


How to choose the best Chinese table tennis rubber

  • table tennis rubber is tacky, which can generate a lot of spin with the proper technique
  • always select the hard but thin Chinese rubber (2.10mm to 2.15mm)
  • always take the harder sponge version (40 to 41 degree)
  • avoid fake Provincial and National rubbers

There are many myths about Chinese rubber. See the video “the truth about Chinese tacky rubber”.

If you want to know the real personal Chinese table tennis rubber of the top players (Ma Long, Zhang Jike, Wang Liqin, Hao Shuai), read this article: “The truth about the Chinese table tennis rubber”.

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17 thoughts on “How To Choose Your Table Tennis Racket”

  1. my kid plays Joola Nobilis (1.2mm hinoki outer veneers zylon/carbon)with 50°ESN type backhand rubber and Dhs h3neo in 41°
    hardness for some time now .
    This combo has proven to be fast but unforgiving .Coaches have all been not so positive urging for much softer setup
    but my kid loves the feeling and feedback.
    fh openup has proven to be a real challenge as without power from the ground there is no hope to produce any quality with thus combo ,no scope for being hesitant or playing half effort .It’s either full commited all in brushing of the ball with maximum speed or that ball will not make it past the net , fly 3m high missing the table or you get a punishing return for your
    weak stroke.
    I guess this is not for the average youth player in europe, but when she is in full swing , this is awesome to watch and sucks you straight into the glory feeling of mastering such delicate equipment….

  2. i have blade donic ovtcharov carbon senso1 with 7 ply; rubber blue fire m2 in forehand ;Tenergy 05 in backhand

  3. Dear Coach EmRatThich,
    based on your recommendations would you recommend having the following set-up:

    Yasaka Ma Lin Extra Offensive blade (ST) with
    Xiom Omega V Asia forehand (sponge: max) and
    Xiom Omega Europe backhand (sponge: 2.0)?

    The only principle that is not respected is that the Yasaka blade is too cheap compared to the rubbers (80-20% rule). Is it still fine like that or what would you change for a beginner-intermediate player?
    Best regards,

    • Hi Cyan. The 80-20 rule is just to say the blade is important. Your setup is great. Ma Ling Offensive is a very good blade for it’s price. Xiom Asia Max on Forehand, and Europe 2.0 is a very very good combo. You have a nice combo! I’m sure!

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