"What paddle should I get if I just started playing ping-pong?" - this is the question I get asked most of the time by my beginner clients. So, I decided to write a little guide post for you guys to help to choose your first equipment.
If you are just giving a try to see if you will like table tennis and would like to purchase a beginner's paddle, I would recommend to start with either Killerspin or Gambler brand paddles.
This paddle has a good grip and a bounce on the blade which makes it very helpful to learn initial technique of the game. Gambler pro gives you basic minimum need to help you learn table tennis technique properly. It has a good grip and soft controlling bounce which is all you need to have when you just have just started to learn. It costs $40 and you can buy it here.
Killerspin Jet 200.
Killerspin Jet 200 is a similar paddle to Gambler Pro, it has may be a little bit more tackiness on it to start with. This paddle as you can see has a blue color rubber which is now approved by ITTF. It is a bit cheaper than Gambler Pro and it comes in a price of $34.99 on megaspin.net. Here is the link to get one here.
Killerspin Jet 400 Smash N2
This paddle is a bit higher end of entry beginner paddle. It has a good grip and a good speed. It is all wood blade gives a good control for a beginner when they just starting to learn table tennis. You can get it for $54.99 and here is the link to consider.
These 3 paddles will last probably about 6 month and by this time you will probably know if you are in table tennis or not. Usually, rubbers wear out in 6 months and the next step could be either replacing rubbers for a new professional once or getting new blades as well.
Once you determined that you love table tennis and would like to take more private lessons and really see how far you can go in this sport, it is the time to start considering entry level professional paddles.
In table tennis professional paddles comes with rubbers separate from blade (the wood part). You will need to assemble and glue them together, which can be on its own fun project. If you don't know how to glue you can ask online shops to glue it together for you. The blades will last at least 2 years and rubbers about 6 month depending on how often you play. So here is my list for entry level professional blades:
Yasaka Ma Lin Soft Carbon
As the name of the blade says, it is soft blade with a good control and feeling. It has very thin layers of carbon which gives a good speed and sweet spot. Having thin layers of carbon makes this blade not as hard but it is still has a good speed of carbon. It is a really good blade with very affordable price to start with. You can feel softness of the blade in your strokes and it can give you better control and feeling of the ball in your games. It is really good for all around style to start with. It does a great job in blocking and at the same time playing offensive loops. If you are interested to purchase you can get it here for $49.99.
Xiom offensive S
Xiom offensive is a good control blade. It has a good speed but it is not too much that it affects your ball control. It is 5 ply wood. The blade has a wide and somewhat flat handle. If you like wider handle this can be a good fit. You can purchase it through this link.
Primorac is a Butterfly brand blade. It has a decent speed and has a very high level of the vibration meaning you can feel the ball very well. It is good for all around style and even offensive style. It is all time classic good wood blade. I think it can be a really good fit for a beginner level player. You can purchase it here for $69.99.
Stiga Clipper CR WRB
Stiga Clipper CR WRB blade is one of the most popular wood blades between young and adult athletes. It is 7 ply wood has a good feel of the ball and has a high speed to help with getting some punch in the game style of the player. It has a good price and very popular blade. You can get it for $76.95 here.
Butterfly Maze Advance