You are searching for your first table tennis racket? It is not easy, right? And you can make a lot of mistakes by choosing the wrong setup. This will cost you not only money but also the golden time for your developments. Here is the best advice from the Chinese coach to select the best beginner’s racket.
Understanding the parameters of a racket
Beginners often misunderstand the parameters of a racket. Here is the quick recap for you:
- Handle Shape: It’s very important! There are 6 types of handles. Choose the right one that fits your playing style. Handle size is very important. It’s the place where you put your finger to apply the right pressure (place the thumbs on the neck of the blade).
- Blade composition: 5-ply, 7-ply, 9-ply, or ALC, or ZLC? Allwood or carbon racket?
- Thickness: The optimal blade thickness is from 5.7mm to 6.1mm in this modern table tennis.
- Weight: The optimal weight of a blade is about 85g to 93g.
- Blade size: Don’t choose too small racket (lack of feeling and flexibility). Don’t choose too big head (only for the defender). The optimal size is about 157-160 mm (length), and 149-151 mm (width).
- Class/Speed/Control: There are DEF, ALL+, OFF-, OFF, OFF+, and OFF++ blade. A balance between speed and control. The best range is ALL+ to OFF- for beginners to advanced players.
- Price: Don’t waste your money. Around 20 USD to 80 USD is so good for a good racket. Read here for a cheap example under 40 USD.
- Combo: Combine the right rubbers on the right blade is important. Search “table tennis equipment pingsunday” to learn more.
I’m new to table tennis. Which racket should I buy?
The racket quality and table tennis techniques evolve with time. Of course, you are new to table tennis, and you may hear about the best equipment nowadays like Butterfly, Stiga, DHS, Donic, Tibhar, Joola, Cornilleau, Nittaku, Darker, etc. Each year, there are hundreds of new blade, racket, and rubber are released.
A racket is a combination of the blade and 2 rubbers: 1 forehand rubber, and 1 backhand rubber. You have 2 options:
- Option 1: Choose the best blade, the best forehand rubber, the best backhand rubber. And then glue it, combine it to make your own racket.
- Option 2: Choose the best rackets in the list below.
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Option 1 – Build your own racket
- So you need to understand your playing style first. Ask your coach, or ask me about how to choose the right racket.
- Then select the right blade. Take a look at the top 10 blades here.
- Then you add the backhand rubber (in red color). Each backhand rubber will fit your backhand style. Best backhand rubber to look at.
- And finally, complete your setup with a good forehand rubber (Chinese forehand rubber or hard ESN rubber).
Option 2 – Select the best rackets
Here is the list of the best rackets that fits very well new players in table tennis. I recommend these setup for my players. So don’t worry, these rackets are great for your development.
Read below for the top 3 rackets for beginners.
Top 3 Rackets for Beginners
1. DONIC APPELGREN ALLPLAY COPPA
This racket (check price) is recommended for new players because it’s a highly sensitive blade with excellent ball control. The racket of Mikael Appelgren, 4 times world champion, 8 times European champion at a great price! Ready To Use and you get a Free Bat Case. This bat case is very good to protect your first paddle (avoid humidity).
- Blade: Appelgren Allplay – a very good all-round blade of Donic.
- Rubbers: Red & Black Coppa X3. Coppa X3 rubbers are very spiny and the soft sponge produces a distinctive sound when playing attacking shots.
- Brand: DONIC
- Combo Weight: 175 g
2. Andro Novacell Off Blade with Andro Plaxon 450 red
Very good combo from Andro (check price). The blade has a lot of control, and fast enough for the aggressive close-table attacking style. Andro Plaxon is a modern ESN rubber with a lot of spins. You won’t go wrong with this setup.
- Blade: Andro Novacell Off Blade
- Rubber: Andro Plaxon 450 red and black 2mm
- Plus Bat Case
3. TIBHAR Drinkhall Signature Table Tennis Bat
This setup (more info) is great for heavy topspin or counter loop from mid-distance.
Drinkhall Power Spin Carbon is a great blade for an aggressive spin game both close to the table and at mid-distance. High-quality arylate carbon and create a fantastic sweet spot for you to both dominate and control your opponent.
Evolution MX-P rubbers – the top selling and most dynamic of the Evolution range. ITTF approved, great sensation, superb touch and the choice for powerful loop players.