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Paddle Basics:

A Paddle Is Made Up Of 6 Core Pieces. There Is The Handle, A Blade, A Forehand Sponge And Rubber, And A Backhand Sponge And Rubber. Each Of Those Pieces Can Be Chosen To Create A Paddle That Is Tuned To Support Your Playstyle. Let's Walk Through How To Figure Out The Best Paddle For You!

Step 1 - Grip:

How Do You Hold The Paddle? A Vast Majority Of Players Use A Shakehand Grip. But There Are Still Players, Particularly In Asia, Who Play With A Penhold Grip. You'll Want To Select A Handle That Supports Your Grip Style. Our Rtg Paddles Are Designed For Shakehand Players And Come In Flared Or Straight Handle Options.

Choose Your Flared Or Straight Handle Option To Your Taste. Generally Speaking, The Flared Handle Is More Comfortable For Players Who Grip The Paddle A Little More Loosely, While The Straight Handle Is A Little Bit Thinner And Suits Players With A Firm Grip.

Step 2 - Playstyle:

A Paddle Is Ultimately A Very Personal Choice. Every Player Has A Unique Style And Swing, But There Are Paddles Suited For General Playstyles.

So, How Do You Play? Are You An Attacking Player Who Hits Powerful Shots? A Defensive Player Who Uses Placement, Patience And Guile To Beat Opponents? Or Do You Prioritize Control, Choosing To Place Your Shots Carefully And Move Your Opponent Side To Side?

Play A Few Games And Pay Attention To Your Style And Preferences. Or Ask A Friend, Coach, Or Opponent To Watch You Play And Give You Their Input On Your Preferences And Tendencies.

This Info Will Help You For The Next Few Steps.

Step 3 - Picking A Blade:

The Blade Is The Solid Part Of Your Paddle And Does The Most To Determine The Power Rating Of Your Paddle. Lighter, More Rigid Materials Create A More Attacking Paddle, While A Heavier Paddle Made From Softer Stuff Will Help A Defensive Player.

If You Like Playing A Fast Paced Game, You'll Want A Blade With 5 Or More Layers Of Material. The Lighter The Better, So Blades That Incorporate Rigid-But-Light Carbon Fiber Or Titanium Carbon Are Suited For Your Playstyle.

Defensive Players Are Best Served With An All-Wood Blade That Will Absorb Some Of The Ball's Energy And Help Slow The Game Down To Suit Your Style.

Step 4 - Picking Your Rubber:

Rubbers Are Typically Measured In Their Tackiness And Their Firmness. More Tackiness Creates More Spin. A Softer Rubber Typically Produces More Spin.

So, If You Want To Play A Slow, Defensive Game, You'll Want A Soft, Tacky Rubber. If You Play An Attacking Game, You'll Want A More Firm Rubber.

See more about rubber below

Step 5 - Picking Your Sponge:

Sponges Are A Layer That Goes Between Your Rubber And The Blade. They Usually Come In Three Ratings, Thick, Medium And Thin. A Thick Sponge (2.0 Mm Or More) Usually Results In A Faster, Attacking Paddle. Defensive Players Tend To Prefer Thinner Sponge. Stiga Flow
Stiga Nitro Pro Spin Carbon

Some Ratings:

There are hundreds. These were just a few recommended somewhere or popular at Amazon. Most popular ones are listed on Amazon.
Paddles At Amazon
Rating: 4.x-rating, (number of reviews)
Model Price Skill Level Rating weight
speed * spin * control *
Pro Spin Carbon $25 Intermediate
4.6 (4,620) 185 80 90 90
Stiga Raptor
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$67 Intermediate
4.6 (1,151) 170 99 100 80
Stiga Evolution $59 Professional 4.5 (2,049) 158 96 94 90
Stiga Nitro $50 All 4.4 (293) 133 90 92 89
Stiga Torch $30 All 4.6 (130) 136 80 77 82
Stiga Flow
$32 Professional 4.5 (271) 207 45 45 90
Peace Maker ALC
$89 All 4.5(92) 180 9 6 8
Stiga Force $19 Active 5 (1) 45 51 55
Stiga Aspire $12 Family 37 35 52
Stiga Hardbat $9 Family 24 48 28
Stiga Sandy $6 Family 26 35 35
Stiga ? 150
Peace Maker ALC
$89 All 4.5(92) 180 9 6 8
* Most Manufacturers rate their paddles for speed, spin, and control. They each use their own system to come up with their speed, spin, control, and sometimes stiffness ratings; therefore you can't use them to compare paddles from different brands.
Each brand uses a different scale for their ratings, e.g., ANDRO uses numbers that range up to the 110s, JOOLA uses words, not numbers, DONIC uses a 010+ scale, and STIGA uses numbers that range up to the 160s.
Ping Pong Depot says,
Control should probably be how easy it is to block, return a serve, and generally move the ball where you want. However, in practice, it seems that control is mostly just the inverse of speed and spin.

Faster is not necessarily better. If the equipment is too fast, you cannot control it. Top players can generate plenty of power, so they do not need the fastest equipment. On the other hand, top players often play with very fast equipment because they can control it better than lower-level players.

Spin is affected by the rubber on the blade and it's construction.

Rubber Info:
Table tennis rubber has four common types: inverted and short pips rubber are primarily offensive, while long pips and antispin are primarily defensive. The word "pip" refers to the usually conic-shaped raised bumps on top of the rubber in short and long pips rubber or the bumps on the inside attached to the foam on inverted or antispin rubber.

Blades with pimples (pips).
Short pips rubber, is a more controlled attack rubber that provides more speed but less spin to an attack than inverted rubber. Due to the small contact surface with the ball, short pips rubber is not easily affected by the opponent's spin/
Rubber with short pips has less grip than inverted rubber. Short pips can make any shot except a fast loop and is particularly good for blocking, hitting, and returning short serves.
A shakehand player who uses short pips usually uses it only on one side (normally the backhand) of the racket.
In long-pips rubber, the pips are longer, thinner, and more flexible than in short-pips rubber. With long pips, it is very hard to generate your own spin, but you can easily send your opponents' spin back toward them in reverse.
Inverted rubbers (Smooth) are able to generate tremendous spin due to their tacky surface.
Some have smooth rubber on the top with what looks like small pips underneath.

More than 80% of paddles are smooth now. No one in our small group of intermediates has a blade with pips.

Stiga Raptor:

ACS: Stiga - Numerous microscopic air capsules in an ultralight rubber allows high speed to be combined with maximum elasticity and outstanding control.
Allows high speed to be combined with maximum elasticity and outstanding control.

Carbon: Layers of carbon fiber in the blade improves rigidity and response, which results in increased speed and power. Some have carbon fiber handles for less weight.

ITTF - International Table Tennis Federation.

NCT: Stiga Nano Composite Technology creates stronger and tighter bonds in the rubber to increase speed and spin.
Creates stronger and tighter bonds in the rubber to increase speed and spin.

SS rubber - SS expanded cellular silicone rubber has a predominantly closed cell structure with an integral smooth surface skin, leading to very low water absorption. It has high compressibility and low compression

WRB: The Stiga WRB System lightens the blade for faster returns, more power, and extra sensitivity of touch. Weight Balance - Rate of Recovery - Ball Sensitivity
Lightens the blade for faster returns, more power, and extra sensitivity of touch.

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