Table tennis, which is also known as “ping pong,” is a sport that has been an official Olympic sport since the 1980’s. There’s more to table tennis than just hitting a ball and making sure the other player misses it to earn a point on your end. Aside from the proper form and technique, your ping pong paddle plays a pivotal role in your performance as it’s the tool that makes direct contact with the ball. If ever you want to step up your game, you need to have the best table tennis paddle.
Stiga Performance 4-Player Table Tennis Racket Set
Distributed as a value pack or a starter pack, this table tennis set from Stiga has all you need to play a doubles match of ping pong minus the table and net. The performance set is perfect for practice or recreation or for doing some simple trick shots on your own. The paddles are padded with a grippy rubber that enhances ball control and promotes ball spin for that unpredictable spinning hit. Unlike your ordinary recreational paddles, the Stiga Performance paddles offer a balance of price without compromising quality and performance. Constructed with a 5-ply wood structure and inverted rubber, this set of paddles are a step above your standard free ping pong paddles that come with any other table tennis starter pack.
The package includes 6 Stiga branded 3-star balls that come in two colors in two sets orange and white. These light high-velocity balls meet the International Table Tennis Federation standards and are certified to deliver an exciting competitive play that relies on player skill and control.
This table tennis starter pack from Stiga is recognized and approved by the USA Table Tennis standards and are of the same quality as competition level paddles without unnecessary gimmicks and added cost.
Stiga Evolution Table Tennis Racket
Moving out of the amateur or recreational market, the Stiga Evolution is the table tennis paddle that’s designed with high performance whatever the competition. Equipped with International Table Tennis Federation approved materials such as high-performance rubber that are ready for tournament play and patented Stiga Shock Dispersion Technology, this ping pong paddle has its eyes set on the competition.
The contact surfaces on the paddle feature an option to use the grippy rubber surface or the sponge-padded surface for an unpredictable play style that’s sure to catch your opponent off-guard. The paddles also incorporate an advanced technology that makes the rubber pads on the paddles lighter than standard rubber padding to reduce weight and maximize efficiency in every swing.
The handles on the paddles feature Stiga’s Shock Dispersion Technology that adds efficiency and performance to every hit by effectively reducing the shock and maximizing the energy transfer to the ball rather than letting the energy reverberate throughout the whole paddle. The multiple layers of lightweight wood composites are bonded together with Nanocomposite technology that makes sure the paddle and the rubber pads stay together during intense play.
The Killerspin JET200 is another performance-oriented table tennis paddle that has a lot of technology and research put into it. Unlike the overkill Stiga Evolution, the JET200 balances speed and control with the right combination of materials and course player skill. Just like any other competition grade paddle, the JET200 is certified by the USATT and meets the criteria of the International Table Tennis Federation.
Set at a reasonable price for a game-grade ping-pong paddle, the Killerspin JET200 is ideal for gifts thanks to its attractive packaging as it comes in a rather sleek white box with the Killerspin logo. The JET200 is balanced enough for newbie and pro players alike. You can use the JET200 as a practice paddle to hone your senses or head straight into the competition with the JET200; it’s versatile and strikes a balance between control and speed so it can keep up with a professional player’s movements as well as not give amateur players a hard time adjusting to the paddles.
The JET200 comes in three color choices such as lime, mocha, and navy blue; each paddle is color coordinated with the handle color, and the paddle is fitted with either a dotted rubber surface or a smooth grippy surface for both power and spin respectively.
Killerspin JETSET 2
Like the Stiga Performance 4 – player set, this is Killerspin’s take on the value market but includes competition-grade paddles for best performance and the full competitive experience even for recreational use. The Killerspin JETSET 2 comes with two paddles and three Killerspin branded ping pong balls for instant one on one action out of the box (net and table not included)
Based on the Killerspin JET200, the paddles on the JETSET 2 are certified by the USATT and pass the competition standards set by the International Table Tennis Federation. Unlike the JET200 which is more expensive than two pieces of JETSET 2 paddles, the JETSET 2 is optimized for control rather than the balanced ergonomics of the JET200; this makes the JETSET 2 perfect for beginners. The rubber padding on the paddles is inverted rubber with a super smooth texture to ensure optimal grip once it makes contact with the ball to allow an easy spin. The paddles are made with 5-ply wood bonded together with lightweight adhesive and are paired with a sleek-looking ergonomic handle for a secure grip and easy switching of grip styles and pad position.
The included balls in the set are also USATT and ITTF approved and came in a white color. The balls are part of Killerspin’s premium line of ping pong balls and are competition grade balls.
Slyspin Rapture Table Tennis Racket
As one of the best rated products, the Slyspin Rapture not only looks good but it performs superbly. Unlike the other paddles in this ping pong paddle roundup, the Rapture features carbon technology that results in a light and stiff paddle without compromising performance.
The blade of the paddle is made with a blend of different types of lightweight wood and infused with carbon for stiffness which prevents the paddle from feeling spongy when hitting the ball. The handle is also made with the various combinations of wood to ensure a balance of weight and shock distribution that won’t become a hindrance to your playing style. The pads on the paddles are made with rubber on one side for grip and spin while the other side is padded with a thin foam sponge which enables unpredictable movements and delivers outstanding handling.
The Slyspin Rapture is packed with technology while retaining a reasonable price for a competition-grade table-tennis paddle. As a bonus, the whole package includes a premium grade paddle bag for easy storage and transport. With the Rapture’s excellent price and performance, it’s a perfect tool for intermediate players looking to push the boundaries of their skills during competitive play.
EastPoint Sports 3.0 Table Tennis Paddle
With its modest price tag, the EastPoint Sports 3.0 paddle is the cheapest competition paddle you can get among the other paddles on this collection of ping pong paddles. Despite the lower price and minimalistic looks, the 3.0 is a certified competition-grade table-tennis paddle that’s aimed at beginners or as a practice paddle. At a low starting price, this makes the EastPoint Sports 3.0 a perfect gift for holidays, or for a backup pad during practice or replace those cheap free paddles that come with a typical table tennis set. If you want to push the limits of their skill level by challenging themselves to use a simpler paddle, this is the perfect way to brush up on your skills.
However, there’s more to this paddle than just a budget table tennis racket. For its price, you get a paddle that’s equipped with high-quality rubber that’s tuned to deliver a balance of speed and control while retaining the ability to introduce a decent amount of spin on the ball for some tricky strikes. On the other side of the paddle is a thin sponge padding that can accommodate powerful blows that are sure to catch your opponent off guard and send the ball flying.
Caleson Table Tennis Paddle
The Caleson Table Tennis Paddle is the perfect paddle that’s set at the right price point while still delivering competition level performance and quality. The paddles have a subtle yet striking aesthetic that puts them second to the rather good looking Slyspin Rapture. The Caleson Paddle features contrasting stripes that go well with each side of the paddle. Also just like the Slyspin Rapture, the Caleson Table Tennis Paddle also incorporates carbon technology in the blend of wood materials inside the blade to add stiffness without sacrificing weight and balance. However, unlike the Slyspin Rapture, the Caleson Paddle lacks the mixed wood handle and instead opts for a much simpler design that focuses the weight on a common point, so the paddle remains balanced amidst intense play.
Caleson also promotes their Ergo Grip technology on the paddle to give it excellent handling while protecting your fingers from being cut by the rough edges of the blade. The surfaces of the paddle are equipped with either a super smooth and grippy rubber for ball spin or a smooth foam pad that’s indiscernible without close inspection, so your opponent doesn’t know what your next move will be giving you the advantage of the element of surprise.
Franklin Sports Performance Table Tennis Paddle
The Franklin Sports Performance Tennis Paddle is another bang for the buck item on this list. This affordable ping pong paddle offers competition grade quality without any significant performance sacrifices to keep the paddle simple and competitively priced. Even with its low price point, the paddles are designed to meet the high standards of the United States of America Table Tennis regulations as well as pass as a competition grade paddle on the International Table Tennis Federation standards.
The paddle is made with a 5-ply hardwood combination that’s laminated together to ensure a solid paddle even on the most intense of exchanges. The paddle surface is concave style and is padded with a smooth rubber surface to provide a balance of spin as well as control, speed and comfort, which are rare traits to find in a sub $10 table tennis paddle. On the other side of the item is a smooth foam surface that’s catered for quick and powerful hits to send the ball flying. The blade is designed to balance the weight of itself and the handle making for a perfect beginner paddle but has the potential to be used as a pro paddle in the long run.
If you’re looking for a new ping pong paddle, a practice paddle, a way to improve your skills then you might want to consider looking at the table-tennis paddle rating chart first. As each type of ping pong paddle is rated in speed, spin, and control by the International Table Tennis Federation Standards, any table tennis paddle that’s certified by the ITTF is sure to have its characteristics rated by the said table tennis regulatory committee.
On that note, you need to reflect on your play style and examine which type of paddle you often find yourself liking the most. For example, if you find yourself wanting the characteristics of a paddle with an official rating of 80 for speed, 82 for the spin, and 72 for control, then chances are you’re going to keep looking for this type of paddle during your search. So make sure you check out the ratings first before you buy.
On the other hand, if you’re seeking to try and improve your play style or try out a new play style then looking at the chart is still helpful, this time look for the opposite of what you usually play with and try to adjust to it if you like it. If not, then look for another paddle.