How To Choose Your Table Tennis Racket

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“What is the best table tennis paddle?”, 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”.

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 about the paddle. They used the referral link to the Amazon and profit if the links are clicked. The review is not credible because the equipment is biased to the referral subject.

How to choose best table tennis racket

The definition of the racket in Chinese philosophy about table tennis is:

  • The blade is your hand. It will give you the feeling of the ball
  • The blade should be flexible and offensive. Flexibility will increase the rotation of the ball.
  • The blade decides 80% of your playing style. If you are more a hitter than a top-spinner, choose a very fast blade. If you want to loop at a mid and far distance from the table, choose a larger blade.
  • The more you accelerate your blade, the more you make the ball spin.

Best offensive rubbers in table tennis

What is the best table tennis rubbers for your playing style?

  • Rubbers increase the speed of the ball.
  • Choose a rubber not too soft, neither too hard. Too soft rubber will bottom out the ball. Too hard rubber is difficult to spin the ball.
  • Choose a rubber with thickness around 2.0mm to 2.15mm or 2.20mm. Don’t choose too thick rubber.

How to choose 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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  1. If I am a forehand dominant, have to choose for tacky or hard rubber , which one is more important choise?

  2. choose hard rubber, tacky is less important. But on Forehand you should hit hard, and with harder rubber, you won’t loose power.

  3. Hi, coach. I liked the suggestion for choice rubber based in hardness (mainly for begginers). Flexible blade and Hardness Backhand rubber with ~40 degree of hardness. And in Forehand, rubber with hardness between 45-47 degrees. But I’m actually use Butterfly Sapphira on backhand and Forehand on a Butterfly Grubba Blade (I’m begginer). But Sapphira rubber is only 35 in hardness. What rubber I have to choose for more hardness? Thanks.

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