Bat Terminology

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 7 years ago

Max Foo

Max Foo Asked 7 years ago

Hey Coach!

I'm a beginner into the sport and looking to get a racket. Been using some at my college and just want to get something that will give me a sense of constancy when I'm practicing.

Problem is, i have no idea what all the lingo means; offensive, defensive, allround, +s and -s??? 

All I know is I prefer a softer feeling setup that gives me more dwell time, and I definitely prefer a racket that has more weight towards the handle. The top heavy stuff just doesn't have that 'flickability' that I want.

What should i be looking for when purchasing a racket?

Thanks in advance,

Max Foo

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Max,

The Offensive, Defensive etc just relate to how fast the blade is.  The +s means it is a little faster and -s means a little slower.

Usually the slower blades are a bit softer.  As far as particular blades that are softer and the relative weight distribution I am sure other readers will be able to help.

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Shaun Synot

Shaun Synot Posted 7 years ago

You sound like you need a blade with a soild handle. I think the PingSkills bats are well balanced, they're a great place to start.  I would recommend the PingSkills touch with Mark V, I  had one and it's very good plus you will be able to change the rubber when it wears out. Be aware that the rubber on pre-made bats are very hard to change and the quality of the wood is not that good. The PingSkills Touch is a proper professional blade with high quality rubbers. The PingSkills blade will last you for years so it will save you money in the long run. Jean-Philippe Gatien the great French player won the world championship using Mark V.  Whatever you buy keep in mind that the thing that makes the difference is practice. Good luck in your future games.

Max Foo

Max Foo Posted 7 years ago

Thanks for the replies! I know practice is key. Am glad to have discovered the joy of this sport :)

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