At the point when players I mentor advance from amateur to middle standard, I urge them to purchase a superior bat. Yet, what the hell would it be a good idea for them to purchase? There are simply such huge numbers of bats accessible – all with various dimensions of speed, turn and control. In addition choices should be made about elastic thickness, cutting edge speed and handle shape.
For a player who is purchasing their first ‘appropriate’ bat, it very well may be a significant overpowering knowledge. Be that as it may, don’t stress, help is close by. In this blog entry, I share the counsel I provide for the transitional players I mentor (counting explicit proposals). I trust my recommendation causes you as well…
[Related: If you are a novice player, investigate my blog entry ‘Best table tennis bats for fledglings’. In case you’re a propelled player, investigate my blog entry ‘Best table tennis rubbers and cutting edges for cutting edge players’]
Numerous novice players begin with genuinely fundamental bats. They’re not too quick or spinny but rather they do have a lot of control. This is perfect for a learner. Be that as it may, as your procedure enhances, you ought to enhance the nature of your bat as well. As a general guide, you ought to look purchase a bat which is somewhat quicker and can produce more turn than your current bat, yet at the same time holds great control.
At the end of the day, don’t bounce from an amateur bat to a truly propelled, super-quick and super-spinny bat. You may think that its hard to control the ball, as the rubbers on these bats are extremely responsive. Rather you need something in the middle of – quicker than your learner bat, yet not as quick as the bats the experts play with.
At the moderate dimension, it doesn’t generally make a difference on the off chance that you purchase a hand crafted bat or an instant bat. It won’t be your ‘eternity’ bat. You’ll most likely use it for a 12-year and a half and after that purchase something better once more.
In the event that you need to purchase a specially designed bat, you have to pick an elastic for your forehand, an elastic for your strike and an edge.
The advantage of a hand crafted bat is that you can pick any blend. For instance, you may need a quicker elastic for your forehand (for assaulting play) and a slower elastic for your strike (for all-round play). You can redo the elastic thickness (thicker = quicker, more slender = slower) and the state of the bat handle.
For table tennis nerds, such as myself, this dimension of customisation is awesome. You can lose hours inquiring about and perusing surveys, as there is simply so much decision accessible.
Notwithstanding, this doesn’t speak to everybody. On the off chance that investing hours trawling through table tennis gear sites isn’t your thing, you ought to consider purchasing an instant bat (proposals beneath).
An instant bat normally has a similar elastic for both the forehand and the strike and restricted decision on sharp edge, elastic thickness and handle shape. The nature of the bat is great, however there is essentially less customisation and less decision accessible. However, in the event that you play a comparative style for both forehand and strike strokes, it’s fine the have a similar elastic on the two sides of your sharp edge.
A moderate bat will cost in excess of an apprentice bat. You’re paying for the additional nature of material. Be that as it may, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Normally, a great middle bat will cost between £50-£120. From my experience, an instant transitional bat is generally somewhat less expensive than a uniquely crafted middle of the road bat.
There are many rubbers and cutting edges accessible to purchase and it is highly unlikely I (or any other person) have tried them all. In any case, here are a couple of edges and rubbers I suggest for middle of the road players dependent on my own playing and training knowledge.
Joola Falcon Medium Blade
Stiga Classic Allround Blade
Andro Super Core Cell Allround+ Blade
Tibhar Balsa Allround cutting edge
Yasaka Silver All Wood
Tibhar Evolution EL-S
Yasaka Mark V
Andro Shifter Powersponge
On the off chance that you need to purchase a hand crafted table tennis bat, you should buy by means of a table tennis shop. Investigate my rundown of shops in UK, USA, Europe, Asia and Australia.
You can likewise purchase instant bats from table tennis shops. On their sites search for ‘pre-gathered’, ‘instant’ or ‘finish’ bats.
Another great choice for instant bats is Amazon. The beneficial thing about Amazon is you can peruse bunches of client surveys to enable you to settle on an educated decision. My undisputed top choice is the Bribar Allround Professional (read survey), yet all the table tennis bats recorded beneath are great decisions for middle of the road players.
Recommended bats (UK)
Recommended bats (USA / Canada)
Whatever bat you choose to purchase, recall – get something quicker and spinnier than your current bat, yet not all that a lot quicker and spinnier!
I recall the primary ‘legitimate’ table tennis bat I purchased when I played my first alliance season around 10 years back. I was middle of the road standard, however needed something quick like alternate players in the club. I glanced through the inventory and selected a quick elastic for my forehand, a quick elastic for my strike and a hostile sharp edge. It was a speedy bat, to enable me to play quick table tennis.
What was the deal? I had a horrible season. I just couldn’t control the ball. Truly, my shots were quick, however they weren’t arriving on the table! Assaults went long, pushes sprung up high, close shot off my elastic. To put it plainly, the bat was too quick for my creating procedure.
At the point when the season completed, I purchased my next bat. This time I went for an inside and out cutting edge, and rubbers with more control. There was a moment enhancement. I quit making such a significant number of unforced mistakes and I was making the most of my table tennis once more.
Lesson of this story? Because you’re enhancing, it doesn’t mean your Ma Long yet! Purchase a quicker bat, truly, however not very quick! Ensure regardless you have a lot of control.