Child's beginner bat size

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Paul Senior

Paul Senior Asked 8 years ago

Hello Coach

Is it a good idea to choose a child's bat for an 8 year old which I assume has a narrower handle and a smaller playing surface on the blade?

If such a blade is selected, should it then have a slower rubber?

Best regards

Paul

Thanks for your advice (Good Adult Learner bat) on a blade for me - I think a Butterfly Primorac and sriver 1.7 should do the trick? Do you think it's slow enough?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Paul,

I think it is important that the young player has a handle that is comfortable and the bat isn't too fast.  The size of the playing surface doesn't matter too much as long as the bat isn't too heavy.  Go for a slower rubber to make sure it isn't too fast.

Regarding your bat, I think that would be a good choice for you.  Right speed and good control.


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Hannes Lemberg

Hannes Lemberg Posted 8 years ago

I first gave to my daughter primorac fl with 1.8 mark V's on both sides. It was too heavy and too fast.
I then just bought stiga targus. It has that wrb handle, what is narrow and light.
She played with smile after that. From butterfly better look at flextra and 1.5mm and any all+ blade what is light.

In my opinion and experience with children in club - they can handle fast blades right from start as slow ones, but it seems that they feel like blade is playing by itsself and they wont try to learn strokes.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Yes, I think with the slower blade they have more confidence and almost are forced to play a full stroke rather than worrying about the ball flying out of control when they hit the ball.

Paul Senior

Paul Senior Posted 8 years ago

Thanks for your advice, The Stiga Targus doesn't seem to be around anymore.

What do you think of the Butterfly  ADDOY SERIES BAT for an 8year old girl?

This range has been endorsed by World Champion Werner Schlager. It is the slowest of the three available, but has the most control. This bat suits learners of the game and comes equipped with two sheets of Addoy rubber with 1.5mm sponge It is capable of generating reasonable amounts of spin for the beginner. Great first bat with straight handle. Superior to most sports shop/ebay type bats at great price.  

 Any others you can suggest in the Donic range? They're just down the road from us. 

Best regards

Paul 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

The Addoy is a good beginner bat.  I don't have any suggestions of Donic bats.  Others might.

rajiv gollerkeri

rajiv gollerkeri Posted 8 years ago

my son is 8 years too, and he was finding it tough to use the backhand with the regular bats, i got him a tibhar junior blade, its amazing as the handle is much smaller and narrower, use a mark 5 on the forehand and maybe an attacking short pimpled rubber on the backhand till he learns the backhand stroke. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Excellent.  I agree but would probably recommend a thin reversed pimple on the backhand.

Hannes Lemberg

Hannes Lemberg Posted 8 years ago

Key is to learn basic strokes correctly so, that there is nothing more to worry about but hitting the ball and bit more wide stance than just standing like stick.
Any bat will do that, but slower one is better ..... slowest one is best.

Go to that donic store, take slowest one and your child is ok for next year. With nice coach he/she learns at least fh bh tops and pushes. After that you can see what are strenghts and buy next but.
Dont buy expensive, children hammer bats against table at first etc.

Remember how hard was learning pushes with that fast bat?
Dont do that for child :)

As Alois I advise strongly regular rubbers on both sides.
Dont give for starting player too much things to think about.
For child maximum 2 things at time, they cant focus on too many things at time - same with as, some thing are in muscle memory. They have nothing there.


Paul Senior

Paul Senior Posted 8 years ago

Thanks to all of you for your excellent advice - I'm in NZ so a little limited for buying unless I shop on the Internet.

However, I can get Butterfly and a variety of rubbers. 

I have one older Wilsons bat that is quite light that I have stripped the old pimple out rubbers and may replace them with Donic Liga rubbers DONIC LIGA is a moderatly priced allround rubber.

The DONIC LIGA is designed with a longer lasting top sheet and a somewhat more noticeable amount of grip and spin.

Outstanding control.


Other Details

Control:
9/10
Speed:
5-
Spin:
6+
Character:
Friction & Control
Hardness:
Medium

I'm thinking of doing the same with a  Donic all-round Appelgren

Product Description

Depending on the rubber you combine this blade with, it is suitable for all modern table tennis strategies where ball control is most important. It provides high acceleration reserves for a fast spin game.

Now available in the two SENSO versions: V1= optimum speed V2= optimum control.

Mikael Appelgren, the record European Champion, will use an APPELGREN ALLPLAY blade designed according to the SENSO V1 principles.


Other Details

Control:
8+
Speed:
6+
Elasticity:
Control-Elastic
Plys:
5
Weight:
85gm
What do you think?
Best regards
Paul
Christchurch NZ

 


Hannes Lemberg

Hannes Lemberg Posted 8 years ago

http://www.donictabletennis.co.nz/products/Waldner-400.html

Why not that?
Better invest money into comfortable grippy shoes than blade.

Alois will beat me with rubber boot, but he cant beat me wearing iceskates.

Custom make his next bat, when you know what is strenghts and weaknesses. Maybe he learns chopping at glance and you need totally different gear.
Remember he needs to develope basic strokes, stance and ability to watch the ball.
Bat should be light, cheap and controllable.


Paul Senior

Paul Senior Posted 8 years ago

The blades in good shape. I've had the Wilson re-rubbered and I will do a little re-shaping on the handle - a little shorter and narrower and finer for the smaller hand.

 Thanks for your advice on learning skills. The club she's just joined seems great and is starting from basics.

I may still pick up a Tibhar Junior blade as they've just agreed to ship to NZ.

Best regards

Paul 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Good work Paul.  Let us know how she gets on.


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