Table tennis is the world’s most popular racket sport that can be played indoors or outdoors, as a competitive sport or simply for recreation. When playing for competitions, choosing ping pong paddles is important because these affect ball spin, speed, placement and strategy.
Kinds of paddles
- Pre-made rackets: These bats are sold with rubbers already attached to the blade and are generally used for recreational purposes. These inexpensive and ready-to-use rackets are great for beginners and non competitive players.
- Custom paddles: These rackets must be assembled before they can be used. To build your own bat, you will need to purchase two rubbers and a blade of your choice and fuse them together using a special glue. Table tennis rules allow you to install different types of rubber on either side of the racket. Custom ping pong paddles are suitable for competitive players because they can put together the best blade and rubbers for their games. A custom racket also makes it easy for you to replace worn out or damaged rubbers.
Parts of the racket
- Blade: this is the wooden part of the racket which may be combined with other materials such as cork, glass fiber, carbon fiber, aluminum fiber and aralyte. An all natural wood blade provides the best feel and great control while the composite blade is good if you want greater speed during play.
- Rubbers: cover both sides of the bat and may be pimpled or smooth. A pimpled surface, also known as short pips, is for a defensive player whose strategy is to change the rhythm of a game, block and chop well, and produce deceptive returns to an opponent.
On the other hand, the smooth or reverse pimpled rubber is for the aggressive player whose strategy consists of high speed plays, powerful strokes and forceful spins.
A table tennis racket determines the kind of game you play because it can be used to control the ball’s speed and spin. But this does not mean that you should run out and buy the most expensive paddle you can find.