When you go to a store or online store to buy a TT bat, there are hundreds of table tennis rackets out there to choose from. When looking to buy a table tennis bat, you will be confused on what would be a good right choice.
Also added to the fact that these rackets are different from each other.
So, How do you choose a Table Tennis Racket?
To help solve that dilemma, in this post I’ll discuss how you can select your table tennis racket. All you need to make that right decision is some information and knowledge.
Let’s get started with basics
Is it called Racket Or Paddle?
The answer is: Well it depends.
Depends on what?
Depends on where you are living in the world. Depending on which location you live, it can be called rackets, paddle, tt bats, ping pong rackets, ping pong paddle, blade etc.
The fact of the matter is that it doesn’t matter whatever you might call it as long as you know we are talking about “the equipment used to hit the balls in Table Tennis”.
But, officially by the laws of Table Tennis by ITTF, Racket is the term referred to it.
Having got that out the way, let jump ahead to next…..
What is a Racket Anyway?
As I have said above,
The racket is the equipment which is used to hit the table tennis balls on the table. It comes in various ranges according to the different style of play.
What is it made of?
The table tennis racket consists of two parts:
- A wooden blade which includes the handle
- The Blade rubber which goes on the surface of the blade.
Basically, it consists of two elements: the wooden frame handle and the rubber on it. The rubbers are glued to each side of the handle.
In most rackets, you would find sponge between the wooden layer and the rubber layer. The Sponge layer affects the performance of the racket like speed, spin and control. Sometimes, racket may not have the sponge at all.
The rackets can be of any size, shape or weight. But, the handle blade must be flat and rigid. It should be made of 85% wood.
These are the specification necessary stated by ITTF official rules.
So, by now you must have known the basics of the table tennis Racket. Let’s move on ahead…
Types of Rackets to Choose From?
There are essentially two types of rackets you must look out for as a table tennis player.
- READY MADE BATS
- CUSTOMIZED BATS
These two basic choices are available when you are starting out as a TT player. You can either buy a ready-made racket or assemble each component individually as in customising it.
Ready Made Bats
Ready-made bats or the pre-assembled bats are best suited for players who are just starting out and have no experience. So basically,
Beginners and Pre-intermediate players
Ready-made bats generally don’t have control, spin and speed as you might want.
When you assemble each of your racket components, it is a customised bat. A customised bat is for players who have at least 8 months to 1-year playing experience.
Pre-intermediate to Experts use the Customised bat.
Customisation provides full control of your racket because you can select the rubber, wood and sponge of your bat. Doing so, you can have greater control of your game which is best suited to you.
If you are a beginner player with experience of 0-6 months, go for Ready-made bats.
If you are an Experienced player with experience of more than 1 year, go for the Customised Rackets.