When it comes to picking out table tennis or “ping pong” paddles, it could get a little confusing. Although your choice is largely based on your opinion on the design and feel of the paddles, there are three main factors that determine the difference between paddles:
- Speed: Maximizing speed is essential to reducing the amount of energy wasted. The faster the paddle blades and rubbers, the less effort it will take to make the ball travel more quickly. If you are just beginning, stay away from paddles that are too fast because you will develop bad habits by relying on slapping the ball.
- Spin: Spin can become an essential factor to your game. The higher the “spin” number, the more the ball grips to the rubber and the longer the paddle is touching the ball. When your paddle starts to age or the rubber becomes “dead”, your spin will not work the way you want it to.
- Control: When you figure out how you like your speed and spin rating, then you worry about control. Control is about how easy it is to get the ball to do what you want it to do. According to PingPongRuler.com, if you’re a beginner in the market for a new paddle you want the control to be right up there with a lower spin and speed rating.
At Nelson’s HomeTowne Recreation we provide a wide variety of different paddles with various ratings of spin, speed and control so our customers can get a feel for what’s the best fit for them. From professional paddles to beginner paddles all the way to children paddles, we have it all!
By Charlie Platts