Best Table Tennis Paddles In 2018
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We have reviewed some of the best, good and not so good paddles. Also referred too as table tennis racket or ping pong paddle. After careful review, we have selected an Editors choice which we will mention right away. After the Editors choice and two more selections, we will describe the testing methods we used to determine the ratings towards the end of the video.
So without further ado here is the Editors table tennis paddle top choice for 2018. Killerspin JET 800 3 words suffice to describe Killerspin JET 800: power, sensation and precision. Number 2 and 3 respectively are the Stiga Pro Carbon and Stiga Supreme and all are elite level paddles with only a few points separating these three paddles so you cannot go wrong with any of these top three paddles.
Here are the criteria we used to grade the table tennis or ping pong paddles.
Power- The first of these ratings, power, reflects not only the hardness of the material used in the blade and handle of the paddle but the padding used between the rubber surfaces of the paddle and the blade. All blades are laminated wood glued together, sometimes with a thin layer of fibreglass or carbon fibre sandwiched between the layers to provide lighter weight and less absorption of energy. The power rating is more a measure of how much energy the paddle absorbs when returning a shot. The higher the number, the less power the paddle absorbs, providing a much stronger return. A drawback to a higher power rating is that it can come at the cost of control of shots and therefore less preferred by players with a more defensive style. Meanwhile, many offensive players look for paddles rated in the 9s.
Control- Next is control, which reflects how true the paddle strikes the ball, as well as how long the paddle holds the ball when hitting it. This has more to do with the quality of the rubber, thickness of padding, and the direction the pips on the rubber face. As a rule, the tackier the rubber, the more control you will have with your shots, allowing for better placement of returns. As well, a couple of millimetres of foam can provide a lot more control, usually at the expense of power though. Finally, if the face of the paddle has the rubber pips facing outward, it gives you more grip as you strike the ball, usually at the cost of spin. Defensive players prefer high control paddles, although advances in construction have led to a rise in the control ratings of all paddles.
Spin- Finally is spin. Spin again has to do with the quality and installation of the rubber but also can be improved through a lighter blade. Many players, whether more offence or defence oriented in their styles, will look for paddles that provide spin as it can make returning their shots more difficult. Higher spin paddles will usually have the pips of their rubber facing the blade, allowing for the ball to be struck with a smooth surface. As well, they will be lighter weight, allowing you to have more fine manipulation of the paddle. Even then, most paddles with a higher control rating usually carry a similar rating in spin.
Through using these guidelines, you can find the best table tennis paddle for you and understand the criteria we used in determining our choices.
Rounding out our reviews are Slyspin Rapture, DHS Hurricane, Palio Master II, Stiga Titan, Butterfly 401, Killerspin Jet 200, Mapol 4 Star.
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