Top 10 Professional Ping Pong Paddles – High Quality

Top 10 Professional Ping Pong Paddles – High Quality

What are the best paddles in table tennis? Selecting the right paddle is never easy. Today, I will explain my best advice during my coaching experiences that help you save your money before buying your first rackets. Some new players just wasted a lot of money for nothing. They tried and changed a lot of equipment but don’t know the right way to go.

If you are totally new to the sport, you should never commit these mistakes when buying your first table tennis equipment. Don’t waste your money when buying the wrong racket. And finally, I recommend the list of top 10 Competitive Ping Pong Paddles that high-level professional players can rely on.

How to choose the right ping pong paddles

First of all, you need to know that in table tennis, the paddle is the most important equipment. There are some synonyms of a paddle: racket, bat, or “racquet”.

In the United States, peoples often use the word “paddle”. While in England, table tennis bat is often used. And in the rest of the world, in Europe, in France, Belgium, Canada, etc. I often heard the word racket.

  • US: paddle
  • UK: bat
  • EU, World: racket or racquet

So racket, bat, or paddle is the same thing.

The paddle is composed by a blade (wood), and 2 rubbers (one black and one red). The black rubber is often used on the forehand side, and the red one is often used on the backhand side. There is a reason behind that explains why the top player prefers using black rubber on the forehand side (due to the color difference).

table tennis racket composition of a blade and 2 rubbers
table tennis racket composition: a blade and 2 rubbers

In general, a high-quality paddle must consist of a high-quality blade and a good backhand rubber, and a good forehand rubber. I’ve listed:

It’s better to make your own racket, rather than buying a premade paddle set.

If you have time and want to become a serious table tennis player, I recommend you go buy a blade and 2 rubbers. Then you combine it by yourself. If you are totally new and don’t know how to combine a blade with rubbers, then you should read below, and buy a paddle set in the recommended list.

What is the best paddle?

So what is the best paddle in table tennis? Is it the most expensive racket that exists in the world?

Or is it the rubber used by the best players? The personal racket of Ma Long? Or the customized racket of Zhang Jike? or Harimoto Tomokazu’s equipment? Or is it the fastest combination that you can buy? Or something else?

The right answer for this is:

The best racket is the racket that suits your playing-style the best!

This is confirmed by the legend Liu Guoliang.

Liu Guoliang There is no best paddle in the World. The best paddle is the one that fit your style the best. (2)
Liu Guoliang says: There is no best paddle in the World. The best paddle is the one that fit your style the best

So there is no short-cut in table tennis. You can’t just copy anyone’s equipment and hope that this is the “best racket” for you. No!

You must find your own way! Study your own style! And find the best that fits your style!

It’s very hard! Time-consuming, and expensive! I know! That’s the reason why I help you! The main motivation that I wrote this guide.

Cheap or Expensive

Many amateur players make deadly mistakes. Just focus too much on “EJ – Equipment Junkie“. Spending hours of hours to looking for “what is the pro’s equipment”. He is my idol! I want to copy his table tennis equipment. I want to improve and play well like him.

I understand well this problem. I understand well your desire to improve fast and play well. But it’s a waste of time and money for you.

cheap table tennis racket - but fits very well your playing style
cheap table tennis racket – but fits very well your playing style

I know a lot of players who spent more than 600 USD/year just to buy and try the pro’s equipment. Some blade and rubbers are very expensive. It could a fortune for someone. But then, they are just disappointed, because the equipment doesn’t fit his playing style. Normally, it’s too fast, or too hard. So no feeling, no spin, and a lot of unforced error (therefore no more fun during a match, and competition).

Here, I showed you 2 examples. Two real showcases that you should read:

Fit your playing style

Determining your playing style is crucial. But who can do that?

Normally, that’s you that understand well your strength, your weakness. It’s your playing style! Not mine. I will write a post to analyze each playing style. Stay tuned. Or just search “playing style pingsunday”.

There are many playing styles in table tennis. And each style requires a specific paddle combination. For example, a fast-attacker close to the table can’t use oversize all round, off- blade. Or a defensive player can’t use a fast, thick, small head racket. Or a two wing looper with slow footwork can’t use a very bouncy rubber on the backhand. Or a blocker loves playing with a light racket composition, normally a balsa blade. While a powerful Chinese style looper loves playing with ALC and heavy racket with Flared handle. Many many examples that you should understand.

If you can’t determine your playing style, I recommend you ask for help. Ask a higher ranked player in your club, or ask your coach.

How to choose the right table tennis racket for your style
How to choose the right table tennis racket for your style (read here)

In China, the coach will ask the player about his playing style first, and then propose him the best equipment.

Never buy premade paddles

On the Internet, there is a lot of non-sense information which is bad for ping pong players. They just search a simple keyword “best ping pong paddle” and buy very bad paddles on some generic review sites. And most of these sites just propose low quality premade paddles. Completely trash in my opinion if you buy these paddles. Here is my quick guide “which racket should you buy as a first set-up”.

When you search on the Internet, you can see that many sites will recommend this racket is the best, this one is the best.

But in fact, this is not true. Never buy a premade racket! It’s the worst thing that you can buy as a beginner’s racket.

Here are 3 reasons:

  • As there are many styles in table tennis: blocking, looping, two-wings, one-wing, counter, defender, etc. Do you think that a premade racket will fit all of these styles? Is it good for your game? No!
  • Premade racket is cheap and bad quality. They are produced in mass (normally in China). The blade has bad wood quality. It will absorb humidity quickly.
  • With the same amount of money, you can buy a much higher quality setup. (for example with 40 USD)
Never buy a premade table tennis racket with cheap wood quality
Never buy a premade table tennis racket with cheap wood quality. Note: it’s not a butterfly racket, it’s just a ribbon.

It’s not the question of money, but it’s also the question of time. You wasted the golden development stage in your ping pong career. Do you know that you should peak your performance before the age of 17? And you are wasting your 3 years of your first table tennis life by playing with these cheap quality rackets, with no feeling, no clear vibration, or too hard, too dead to spin the ball.

Guide to choose the right table tennis racket for the beginner
Guide to choosing the right table tennis racket for the beginner

How can you feel the ball, spin the ball with confidence, with consistency with these “trash wood”? I’ve explained the 3 main reasons to never buy a premade paddles in table tennis. And also common mistakes when buying your first racket. New players also forget to seal their racket, which is rather dangerous. Or how to remove or glue their rubbers correctly? Just search on pingsunday.

Four Types of Paddle Combination

Depend on the stiffness of the blade (less or more flexible), and the hardness of the rubber (soft or hard sponge), one can combine his racket in these 4 combinations:

  1. Soft rubber on Flexible blade
  2. Hard rubber on Stiff blade
  3. Soft rubber on Stiff blade
  4. Hard rubber on Flexible blade

I’ve explained the 4 types of paddle combination in this video:

 

 

I recommend you watch it and read also the comments from real players. Hereby, I cited some of the comment:

Ultra Magnetic Sago said:

I sold my PG7 because I find it stiff (I had H3 neo on FH and T80 on BH) for my strokes, most of my topspins are out. I bought a slower one, Xiom Vega Pro, it has more dwell time than PG7, I follow your lessons on power on the ground and how do I say this, I improved a lot, no one actually explained this to me before. Now, I am working on my footwork and explosiveness and consistency. current setup Xiom Vega Pro FH: H3 neo. BH: Tenergy 05.

 

1. Soft rubber on Flexible blade

Soft rubber on flexible blade - best for consistency and rotation
Soft rubber on the flexible blade – best for consistency and rotation

This paddle composition is best for players who love spinning the ball. This setup is slow, but give you a lot of control.

Soft rubber on the flexible blade is a mainstream setup of a defensive player or controlled-spin oriented players. You win more point by spinny shots. You make little unforced error because you have a lot of control in your paddle.

soft rubber on flexible blade
soft rubber on a flexible blade

2. Hard rubber on Stiff blade

Hard rubber on stiff blade - highest rebound speed - fast but less spin, and no control
Hard rubber on the stiff blade – highest rebound speed – fast but less spin, and no control

 

This paddle setup is great for very offensive player: hitter, attacker close to the table. With little spin, but huge speed. This setup gives the little or no control in your hand. You won’t feel much the ball due to the stiff blade. The vibration is too small, or the vibration frequency is too high to notice.

This composition will give you a lot of speed. In general, you will combine with carbon blade: the fastest setup you can make.

Pro and Cons of hard feeling setup
Pro and Cons of hard feeling setup – hard fast rubber on the stiff blade

3. Soft rubber on Stiff blade

Soft rubber on Stiff blade - good catapult effect - good speed and spin
Soft rubber on Stiff blade – good catapult effect – good speed and spin

Soft rubber on the stiff blade is very common for European players. The mainstream of European playing styles which relies on the catapult effects to create spin. Very good for offensive style, and blocking style. Optimal playing strength is close to mid-distance. The speed and spin in good. But lack of consistency at a far distance.

 

Pro and Cons of soft rubber and stiff blade
Pro and Cons of soft rubber and stiff blade

4. Hard rubber on Flexible blade

Hard rubber on Flexible blade - very good composition of the paddle - good spin and kick effect
Hard rubber on Flexible blade – very good composition of the paddle – good spin and kick effect

This setup (hard Chinese rubber on Flexible OFF- blade) is the mainstream equipment in China. This composition is great for looping style. Optimal distance mid-range to far. Great kick effect and spin. Speed is not great and must be compensated with the correct techniques (power from the ground, hit by the legs, yin pai).

Great if you play hard, and tacky Chinese rubbers, on the OFF blade (like Viscaria ALC, or Timo Boll ALC, or Stiga Carbonado blade for a poly ball).

One of the best paddle composition right now - hard rubber on flexible blade
One of the best paddle composition right now – hard rubber on a flexible blade

 

Blade characteristics

In Chinese philosophy about table tennis, the blade is very important. It’s considered as the soul of your paddle. It decides your playing style.

  • 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.

Rebound (aka Speed)

The rebound speed is the time when the ball stays on the racket. The faster blade has a very small dwell time. The speed of the blade depends on the thickness of the blade, and also the hardness of the outer-layer (limba, or koto, or walnut, or rosewood, etc).

Butterfly Rebound speed on the scale of 10 to 12
Butterfly Rebound speed on the scale of 10 to 12

The “reaction property” measures the speed of the ball after bouncing off the racket “straight on”.  The higher the speed of the ball bouncing off the blade, the higher the reaction property. (from Butterfly scale). (Reference Butterfly Magazine 2015)

The higher the rebound speed index, the harder the outer-layer of the speed. ALL+ blade has the index of 8-9, while OFF+ blade has the speed index of 10.

To summarize this rebound speed, people often classify as Offensive or Defensive speed. 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.

Vibration (aka Feeling)

The blade’s dimension, blade’s sweet spot will affect your feeling. The feeling comes from the vibration frequency when you hit the ball. Then these vibrations will be transferred to the handle, and to your hand.

Vibration Frequency Index of Butterfly blade
Vibration Frequency Index of Butterfly blade

The “vibration property” measures the number (or frequency) of swings the blade produces in the hands of the player. The higher the number (or frequency) of swings produced by the blade, the higher the vibration property. A higher frequency equals less feedback from the blade, making it more difficult to control. (from Butterfly scale).

The higher the frequency index, the higher frequency that the blade vibrates. Due to this higher frequency, the blade feels harder in your hand.

On the other hand, there are players who will value a high vibration property and are not compromised in their control of such blades. Both values aim at informing a player of the property they can expect from each Butterfly blade – and supporting their decision for one product. This will help players more compared to the subjective “speed” and “feeling” values, which thusly have been replaced.

Weight and Size (aka Control)

The weight of the blade also contributes to the control of your style. In general, the lighter blade will facilitate the control on the table. Light blade helps you increase the maneuver like the backhand flick, forehand flick, drop shot, quick topspin, backhand topspin on the table (mainly using the wrist). While heavy blade will increase the control for a bigger shot, further from the table: forehand loop, backhand loop (far from the table), the block, the push, etc.

Never choose a too light blade (Lighter than 80g). The heavy blade is not comfortable to play with at the beginning. But it will prevent you the bad habit of some players: Hit only by the wrist. Some new players just love playing with a very light blade, because they have a bad habit, (hit with only the wrist). Heavy blade forces you to use your body, and develop the full mechanism of the stroke.

Choose Heavy or Light Racket in Table Tennis
Choose Heavy or Light Racket in Table Tennis (read here)

The optimal weight of a blade is about 85g to 93g.

The size of the blade also affects your playing style and your control ability in table tennis.

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).

Blade composition

The blade composition (5-ply wood, 7-ply wood, 9-ply wood, ALC, ZLC, Allwood, carbon racket, etc) will decide the speed and feeling. The most popular blade composition nowadays is 5+2 composition: 5 wood layers and 2 layers of carbon (in general ALC). Koto surface and Limba outer-surface also decides the feeling.

5 wood 2 ALC blade's composition - The most popular blade's composition nowadays
5 wood 2 ALC blade’s composition – The most popular blade’s composition nowadays (more info)

Never choose carbon, too hard, too fast blade. Another big problem of new players, they always want “faster, faster and faster”. But they don’t know how to spin the ball. Chinese philosophy about table tennis “The blade gives the feeling. The blade is your hand. That is the rubber and your power will give the speed to the ball”.

Butterfly Viscaria Composition - Thin ALC blade fast but good feeling and have rather flexible blade
Butterfly Viscaria Composition – Thin ALC blade fast but good feeling and have rather flexible blade

Blade thickness

In general, a thicker blade is stiffer, less flexible. The thickness of the blade will impact the flexibility of the blade. It’s the main core thickness. Don’t choose too thick blades if you are new players.

The optimal blade thickness is from 5.7mm to 6.1mm in this modern table tennis.

Blade handle

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).

You should choose flared, anatomic and straight handle.

Viscaria FL handle vs ST handle
Viscaria FL handle vs ST handle
  • The flared handle has a gravity center that is closer to the grip and the blade fits in the palm of a hand. This handle provides confidence in your hand. That’s why the Flared handle is great for forehand dominant player, who prefers using powerful strokes at mid-distance.
  • The anatomic handle has a wave-shaped grip that fits in the palm and provides stability. That’s why Anatomic handle is best for the hitter playing style, attacker close to the table.
  • The straight handle enables players to change the way the handle is gripped in different game situations, which favors backhand-forehand transition.
different handles type of Timo Boll ALC
different handles type of Timo Boll ALC
6 types of table tennis blade handles, from OSP
6 types of table tennis blade handle, from OSP

Rubber characteristics

You need to choose the best offensive rubbers for both forehand side and backhand side. These rubbers should fit your playing style. Here is the list of top 10 offensive rubber for backhand.

  • 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.

Sponge Thickness

Choose a rubber with thickness around 2.0mm to 2.15mm or 2.20mm. Don’t choose too thin rubber. Some new players just choose too thin (less than 1.8mm) or too thick (MAX). It’s not good in your development stage, you need a fast enough but not too thick sponge so that you can feel the ball.

What is the Optimal Rubber Sponge Thickness in table tennis
What is the Optimal Rubber Sponge Thickness in table tennis (read here)

Never choose too thin rubber, thinner than 1.8mm. Some coach just asks a new player to play with thin, to very thin rubber (1.5mm). No! Playing with too thin rubber, the new players tend to open more his racket’s angle. Thin rubber makes the ball “bottom out” very soon. So the players need to open more the racket to topspin and to compensate this “bottom out”. This is a very bad habit. The ball is weak, and less accuracy. You will not improve fast with this setup.

Sponge Hardness

Never choose a too soft rubber (softer than 40 degrees on your forehand side, and softer than 35 degrees on the backhand side). If you want to improve fast, choose the hardest rubber that you can manage to hit. The harder you choose, the faster you improve. Chinese kids always play with hard rubbers.

Pimple geometry

Pimple geometry is also important. In general, the larger pimple will increase the speed of the rubber but reduce the spin. While the longer pimple and the less dense pimple will increase the throw angle, hence increase the spin a little. This is an advanced topic, so I will explain it later.

Pimple diameter T05 (top) vs T25 (bottom) by Butterfly - Larger pimple will increase the speed and reduce the throw angle
Pimple diameter T05 (top) vs T25 (bottom) by Butterfly – Larger pimple will increase the speed and reduce the throw angle

Topsheet

In general, there are 2 types of topsheets in table tennis: tacky topsheet and grippy topsheet. If you want to use tacky topsheet, you should use Chinese rubbers. While most modern ESN and Japanese rubbers have grippy topsheet. There is the main difference between Chinese rubbers and Tensor rubbers.

Spin capacity on hard and tacky chinese rubber versus ESN Tensor rubber
Spin capacity on hard and tacky Chinese rubber versus ESN Tensor rubber

Top 10 ping pong paddles

Here is the list of 10 recommend paddles for you. This list is based on the favorite selection of many intermediate and advanced level players, and my coaching experiences. These paddles (blade and rubber) have a good combination, that gives good vibration to your hand and let you improve faster.

  1. DHS Hurricane-II Tournament
  2. Stiga Tournament Titan
  3. Butterfly Zhang Jike Box Set
  4. Butterfly Zhang Jike ZLC Pro-line
  5. Butterfly Timo Boll ALC Pro-line
  6. Elite Topspin Professional 4
  7. NuLandings Paddle Set
  8. Palio Master 2
  9. Stiga Pro Carbon
  10. Killerspin Jet900 Speed N1

You can also check the list of Bestseller paddles that buyers voted.

 

01. DHS HURRICANE-II Tournament Ping Pong Paddle

DHS HURRICANE-II Racquet (check price) has the flared handle, combined with the G555 rubbers. You also get the racket’s case and 2 balls. This setup provides great control, and fit to all level.

DHS HURRICANE-II Racquet with G555 black rubber - Insane spin setup
DHS HURRICANE-II Racquet with G555 black rubber – Insane spin setup (check price)

 

Advantages of the DHS Hurricane II racquet are:

  • A very high amount of spin.
  • Easy to topspin on both wings (backhand and forehand side).
  • Not too fast, fit new players.
DHS Hurricane red rubber with Landson protector added
DHS Hurricane red rubber with Landson protector added
Very comfortable Flared handle from DHS
Very comfortable Flared handle from DHS

However, this paddle is slow compared to the Tenergy set-up. I recommend this setup (Hurricane on the forehand side, and G555 on the backhand side) for players who love using Chinese rubbers (spin and attacking play). This combo helps you learn table tennis skills easier than using too fast and too bouncy racket.

Nice racket box
Nice racket box (check price)

02. STIGA Tournament-Quality Titan Table Tennis Racket

STIGA Tournament-Quality Titan racket (check price) is a good racket (ITTF Approved). The blade is a light blade with 5-plywood. It provides a lot of spin and control. Very lightweight and feels comfortable in the hand. If you want to learn and improve your game, you should learn to add more spin and perfect your techniques.

 

Stiga Titan racquet equipped with Stream rubber
Stiga Titan racquet equipped with Stream rubber (check price)

This paddle is much better than other cheap paddles. Solid for the upper-level beginner. I recommend it because it gives you the classic feeling of Stiga blade.

Would recommend for the price and for the good ball feeling. However, the 5-plies blade will lack power. You should use Butterfly Zhang Jike boxset (check prize) racket if you want more power.

 

 

03. Butterfly Zhang Jike Box Set

Butterfly Zhang Jike Box Set (check prize) is a Professional Ping Pong Paddle, provided with a nice Paddle Case. Zhang Jike (two-time World Champion) is one of the best players in the world. The racket is the 5+2 composition, which is great. With 5 plywood and 2 ALC carbon layers, this is a fast blade with a larger sweet spot.

Combined with 2 Flextra rubbers which are great all-round rubbers. I recommended this paddle for the advanced recreational player due to its great speed and spin capacity.

This paddle is a good gift, with attractively designed gift box, ‘Tour’ style racket case that can hold two rackets and four balls. Very good racket for its value. Perfect racket (ITTF approved) for aspiring professional player who wants to improve. Very nice and comfortable Flared handle of Butterfly. 

Zhang Jike paddle is equipped with two Butterfly Flextra rubbers (check prize)

 

Zhang Jike set box blade composition: carbon layers with wood core
Zhang Jike set box blade composition: carbon layers with the wood core
I like the large sweet spot of this paddle. A decent paddle with good control and spin. It’s also faster that have you beat stronger players. Good paddle for intermediate and advanced level players.
Nice rackets case
Nice rackets case

Butterfly Zhang Jike ZLC Pro-Line (check prize) is the upgraded version of the Zhang Jike Box Set above. If you can afford an expensive paddle, I recommend this one. Very very good blade for the advanced player. Blade’s weight is about 86-89 grams, blade thickness of 5.5mm, blade size of 157x150mm and handle’s size of 100x25mm.

Butterfly Zhang Jike ZLC Pro-Line Table Tennis Racket - FL handle
Butterfly Zhang Jike ZLC Pro-Line Table Tennis Racket – FL handle

 

It’s the professional setup, with Flared handle, combined with two Tenergy 64 2.1mm Red and Black Rubbers. This racket can be considered as the most expensive paddle (check prize).

This ping pong paddle is ideal for the professional player that is seeking a strong and lightweight racket. It provides powerful attacks at all distances. The blade is ZHANG JIKE ZLC (carbon blade) which is fast and powerful!

TENERGY 64 – one of the best rubbers right now (with Tenergy 05). The advantage of Tenergy 64 over Tenergy 05 is it provides a lower throw angle. And therefore it is made for precise attacking. This paddle is assembled by hand in Butterfly USA factory, using the Free Chack glue. Then it is packaged in the original Butterfly Zhang Jike ZLC Blade box.

Tenergy 64 red rubber for the backhand side
Tenergy 64 red rubber for the backhand side
Zhang Jike ZLC blade - one of the best Butterfly blade right now
Zhang Jike ZLC blade – one of the best Butterfly blade right now (more info)
The advantage of Tenergy 64 rubber - great to attack and block
The advantage of Tenergy 64 rubber – great to attack and block

5. Butterfly Timo Boll ALC Pro-Line Table Tennis Racket (Spinniest set up)

Butterfly Timo Boll ALC Pro-Line racket (Check price) is another option of Butterfly professional racket. Timo Boll pro-line has a Straight handle, combined with two Tenergy 05 rubbers (2.1mm).

This racket setup is ideal for a professional player that is seeking speed and heavy topspin strokes. The blade is the Timo Boll ALC (Arylate-Carbon, providing the speed and heavy topspin). The paddle is equipped with Tenergy 05 2.1mm rubber, which enables a full range of topspin play at or away from the table. Tenergy 05 rubbers give a higher arc than the Tenergy 64 rubbers.

Tenergy 05 vs Tenergy 64 arc trajectory
Tenergy 05 vs Tenergy 64 arc trajectory
Butterfly Timo Boll ALC Pro-Line Table Tennis Racket - ST Blade - Tenergy 05 2.1mm Red and Black Rubbers
Butterfly Timo Boll ALC Pro-Line Table Tennis Racket – ST Blade – Tenergy 05 2.1mm Red and Black Rubbers (Check price)
Timo Boll ALC's blade composition - 5+2 ALC carbon layer - great for powerful topspin attacking style
Timo Boll ALC’s blade composition – 5+2 ALC carbon layer – great for powerful topspin attacking style
Butterfly Timo Boll ALC Blade | Arylate-Carbon Table Tennis Blade | Professional Table Tennis Blade | 5 Wood + 2 Arylate-Carbon Plies | Made in Japan
Butterfly Timo Boll ALC Blade | Arylate-Carbon Table Tennis Blade | Professional Table Tennis Blade | 5 Wood + 2 Arylate-Carbon Plies | Made in Japan

The Butterfly Timo Boll ALC blade is assembled by hand with Tenergy 05 2.1 Rubber. Butterfly Free Chack glue is used to apply the rubber and is packaged in the original Butterfly Timo Boll ALC Blade box.

This paddle is one of the spinniest rackets that you can buy. This paddle is the table tennis blade of choice of professional player Timo Boll (one of the best European players in the world – 2016 Rio Olympic Games, silver medalist at the 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships and a bronze medalist at the 2014 Men’s World Cup).

Pro: Heavy spin, very fast offensive paddle. Suited advanced table tennis player, who use spin to win. Very spinny serve, and counter topspin ability.

Three different handle styles for Timo Boll ALC
Three different handle styles for Timo Boll ALC

This racket has a medium-hard feeling, and offensive spin attacking style. The ALC carbon increases the stability and the sweet spot of the blade. The main advantage of 5-plywood + 2 ALC composition.

It is a very popular racket among professional players. The unique feeling when combining the Timo Boll ALC with Tenergy 05: great for imparting spin on the ball.

6. Elite Topspin Ping Pong Paddle Set – Professional 4 (Best Valued)

Elite Topspin Ping Pong Paddle Set (check price)- Professional 4 is the best-valued paddles for family. It includes 4 Premium Wood Paddles, 8 Tournament 3-Star Balls, and Portable Storage case – Gift Bundle for The Family.

 

Elite Topspin Ping Pong Paddle Set (check price)- Professional 4-Player Table Tennis Racket kit Includes 4 Premium Wood Paddles, 8 Tournament 3-Star Balls, and Portable Storage case - Gift Bundle for The Family
Elite Topspin Ping Pong Paddle Set (check price)- Professional 4-Player Table Tennis Racket kit Includes 4 Premium Wood Paddles, 8 Tournament 3-Star Balls, and Portable Storage case – Gift Bundle for The Family

This kit includes 4 performance paddles, 4 orange, and 4 white tournament balls, and a portable storage bag with secure mesh compartments for easy travel; 2 – 4 player game.

 

The blade is a fast 7-ply all wood blade which improving durability. Combined with a 2.0mm sponge which adds better control and better feel. A protective film is added to each rubber to preserve the stickiness and cleanliness.

The paddles are of exceptional value for the family – one kit but for 4 players. The handle fits well in your hand. I recommend these paddles for budget-minded, affordable players. They are definitely solid and lightweight paddles. The very nice case also.

 

Usually, some pre-assembled racquets have a lower quality rubber that does not last long and shows that the rubber slowly detaches from the sponge over time. But this racket shows very little wear. If you need additional paddles for a friendly night of ping pong with friends, you should consider this setup. The edges are smooth and have never felt uncomfortable after hours of play.

 

7. NuLandings Ping Pong Paddle Set (Outdoor)

NuLandings Ping Pong Paddle Set (check price) is a great Bundled Kit. Included are 4 rackets and 8 high bounce ping-pong balls. The portable case makes it convenient for outdoor use and includes a built-in pocket to keep your game gear organized and protected at all times. Meets ITTF equipment standards.

Great bundle for your company lunchroom. Good weight. Nice padding. Great sound. Tacky rubbers mean they make great spins. A great deal for the money, but not only that, the quality is great.

NuLandings Ping Pong Paddle Set (check price) - 4 Professional Table Tennis Rackets/Paddles - 8 Premium 3-Star ITTF Standard Balls Portable Cover Case Holder - Precise Racquet Control, Speed and Spin - Bundled Kit
NuLandings Ping Pong Paddle Set – 4 Professional Table Tennis Rackets/Paddles – 8 Premium 3-Star ITTF Standard Balls Portable Cover Case Holder – Precise Racquet Control, Speed and Spin – Bundled Kit (check price)

The racket blade is covered with a tacky rubber providing precise speed and control. 40 mm thick 3-star ABS balls for higher bounce, durability, and speed in white and orange colors. Expertly packaged to avoid damage during shipping.

Anyone looking for a table tennis racket gift set for special occasions or parties for family, this is a good option.

 

The grip is very nice, and the paddles are solid. These rackets provide enough spin for you, for the amateur to intermediate players. This is the perfect recreational kit. AMAZING quality ping pong set!

Eight balls are included in two different colors. The portable case makes it convenient to take with us to family events.

 

8. Palio Master 2 Table Tennis Racket & Case

Palio Master 2 Table Tennis Racket (check price) an exclusive collaboration between Palio and Expert Table Tennis. Equipped with the Palio CJ8000 rubbers remain unchanged, provide great spin and are ITTF approved. This bat is the best all-rounder, perfectly balancing speed and control. Overall, the racket has a nice response and good speed. It’s a little faster than the average racket and has good control.

Palio Master 2 Table Tennis Racket with tacky Chinese Palio rubbers
Palio Master 2 Table Tennis Racket with tacky Chinese Palio rubbers (check price)
This paddle is the intermediate offensive paddle. Excellent for an offense-oriented intermediate player. Great paddle for the price.

The new and improved Palio Master 2 is the perfect bat that will give them a high level of spin and power without losing control. It is recommended to players that have mastered the basic strokes and are now looking to add power, learn more advanced strokes and test their skills in competitions. The ITTF approved Palio CJ8000 rubbers are well known for their ability to generate spin while maintaining a good level of control and feeling due to their softer sponge. The tacky rubbers will help you produce topspin, backspin and sidespin with ease.
Palio blade with CJ8000 rubbers: Very durable and consistent setup (check price)
The all wood Palio x ETT Master 2 blade has been completely redesigned to improve quality and feel. It features a flared handled that is very comfortable to hold and it provides the perfect combination of power and control. The Palio Master 2 is a terrific all-round table tennis bat. A free Palio bat case is also included to help you protect the bat and keep the rubbers clean.
The thing that really sets the Palio rackets apart is the high quality CJ8000 rubber. Very sticky rubber which is good. Stickiness was important to play with heavy spin. This is by far the stickiest paddle in the list.

 

9. STIGA Pro Carbon Performance-Level Table Tennis Racket (Best For Intermediate player)

STIGA Pro Carbon Performance is the Bestseller paddle (check price). The best paddle for Intermediate competitive player. If you are a tournament player, you should consider this paddle.

STIGA Pro Carbon Performance-Level Table Tennis Racket with Carbon Technology for Tournament Play

  • Performance-Level Table Tennis Racket
  • ITTF Approved Rubber for Tournament Play
  • Features Carbon Technology for Power and Speed
  • 7-Ply Extra Light Blade, S5 Rubber, and 2mm Sponge
STIGA Pro Carbon Performance is the Bestseller paddle
STIGA Pro Carbon Performance is the Bestseller paddle (check price)
Balsa blade is light but responsive: Fit well close to the table aggressive style

 

Very good for its price. Very light balsa blade, which is good for driving and smashing. Heavier than most premade bats at 165grams. If you are absolute beginners, you should buy Stiga Titan. This paddle is faster with balsa core, so less dwell-time.

However, this blade is considerably lighter than other offensive blades. I would say that the weight of this bat is perfect for people who are starting to develop an offensive style of play. Rubber is the Stiga S5, a rubber for beginners with very little speed and spin. (Very good control). The topsheet is not very adherent. Good quality material, suitable for serious recreational games.

Disadvantages: Durability: Rubber quickly loses its tackiness. Choose DHS Hurricane II or Palio setup for longer durability.

 

Stiga paddle for the advanced player (check price)

 

 

10. Killerspin JET800 Speed N1 Ping Pong Paddle (Nice gift)

Killerspin JET800 Speed N1 Ping Pong Paddle (check price) is a very good-looking and nice paddle. With 7-Ply Wood/Carbon Fiber Blade, this paddle is fast enough for you to play at the advanced level. The Memory Book Gift Box Storage Case makes this paddle a good candidate to offer someone as a gift.

Killerspin JET800 Speed N1 Ping Pong Paddle – Professional Table Tennis Paddle| 7-Ply Wood/Carbon Fiber Blade, Nitrx Rubbers| Flared Handle Ping Pong Racket| Memory Book Gift Box Storage Case
Killerspin JET800 Speed N1 Ping Pong Paddle – Professional Table Tennis Paddle| 7-Ply Wood/Carbon Fiber Blade, Nitrx Rubbers| Flared Handle Ping Pong Racket| Memory Book Gift Box Storage Case (check price)

I recommend this paddle for the intermediate level. Well constructed racket with high-quality material. The blade is a large head which allows better defending, blocking. The larger head blade also provides good control. The spin is great.

Disadvantages: You need to seal the blade, or there could be a cracking sound problem: the wood layer is cracked due to humidity.

Killerspin high-quality paddle (check price)

 

The JET800 Speed N1 is a great all around paddle that performs even better than it looks. The power it generates will definitely bring out the ping pong competitor in you.

The blade is an Aggressive attack 7-Ply wood blade which makes for powerful shots and precision accuracy. It provides exceptional grip on ball strikes and heavy spin on serves. This bat is ITTF-approved for use in competitions. It has a really nice large sweet spot.

 

Conclusion

Here are my recommend paddles for you:

Most Expensive and Fastest (Advanced player)

  • If you can afford expensive paddle, and you want the highest professional level racket, I recommend you to buy the Butterfly Zhang Jike Pro-line. With this setup, you can go to a very high professional level. Recommended for intermediate to advanced players. (This is also one of the fastest paddles for you).

Best for Beginners – Intermediate:

Best for family

  • If you want a good value paddle for your family, I recommend you to buy Elite Topspin Ping Pong Paddle Set. With 4 high-quality paddles, it’s great value for the family.

Best for outdoors:

Most durable:

Spinniest paddles:

  • And the spinniest paddle that gives the highest amount of spin is the: Butterfly Timo Boll ALC Pro-Line. Combined with 2 Tenergy 05 rubbers, this setup is the great weapon for you to attack strongly, and with spin loaded shots.

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Top 10 Professional Ping Pong Paddles – High Quality”

  1. Hello Coach!
    I can confirm your statements.
    I also changed my setup to your prescription.
    I combined an old BTY Grubba wood with an old FS 729-08 (1 x boostet). I got both very cheap from a friend of mine (the old 729-08 was for free).
    I did not want to spend much money for this test because in the beginning I was not sure if your advise is correct.
    And I can say that this combination is very very good. The control is very high and the spin is insane! Speed is also high but I had to learn to use my legs and my hip for the stroke. This adjustment took some time : )

    Thank you for your work. This is one of the best sites about table tennis I found so far!

    Best wishes

  2. One of the best tutorial about choosing table tennis equipment! Congratulations!
    (P.s. What equipment would you suggest to a chopper? I saw that there are many choppers in china!)

  3. Hi Coach Emratich,
    Thanks a lot for your informative website. I have played tt at a competitive level(university team) this was before the ban on speed glue.
    I have my old Butterfly Jonyer H-an blade (off) and would like to know your opinion regarding this blade for the new poly ball. (40+).

  4. I have a palio legend 2. Do you think this bat is good for me. I am an extremely offensive forehand dominant looper. Thank you

    • I use the black side for forehand and I do find it fast enough for my level since I’ve now being playing for nine months

  5. Hi Coach
    on the top part you said never buy a premade paddle and then later you suggested all premade paddles and some of them cost more than $300.
    If I buy an expensive one and then later I want to change the rubbers only and keep the blade. Is it possible?
    Thanks coach

  6. Hi Tony.
    If you already know your style, I recommend you to combine the blade, and the rubber yourself. But most new players (who didn’t practice at a club) just buy a premade racket. If you want to buy a premade racket, choose a good one (from Stiga, or Butterfly). And you can keep the blade, and upgrade the rubber as your level improve.

    Best regards,
    ERT

  7. Hello Coach!

    Here comes a short update. Since I changed to BTY Grubba and FS 729-08 I improved very fast. I can win now against all players in my Club. And I became Club Champion.
    Your advice is very good and you are right! Thank you!
    To all readers: Please test it by yourself. Take a 5 ply flexible blade and pair it with medium-hard and sticky rubber. You will improve very fast.
    Good luck and have fun!

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