Do Ping Pong Paddles Make A Difference? You Should Know That!

Do Ping Pong Paddles Make A Difference? You Should Know That!

You want to find a proper ping pong paddle, but get confused how different they are. Trust me they will affect your game significantly. Read this article to find out more.

If you are a professional ping pong player, I think you know this fact: ITTF standardizes ping pong equipment by the blue sandpaper bats in every formal competition.

And if you haven’t known this yet, please read more about: Are ping pong and table tennis the same?

But the point is: whether these sandpaper rackets are the same or not.

I hope that my answer below will satisfy you.

But first, let’s talk about the parts of a ping pong bat.

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Parts of a ping pong paddle


The blade is a body of the paddle without any sandpaper attached.

Wood is the main component while carbon and other synthetic materials are commonly layered along with it.

The blade’s composition will affect the speed of the paddle and the control ability of the player.


They attach sandpaper to both sides of the paddle.

It has many different colors, but blue is the standard that ITTF accepts to use in all competitions.

Ping pong requires only hitting technique. That explains why there is no difference in sandpaper between two sides of the paddle.

The blue sandpaper bats

How will these parts make the difference?

Let’s find out.

The difference in Blades

Blade’s effects

Choosing the blade is crucial because it will:

  • Determine your playing style
  • Bring you the best feeling when touching the ball
  • Accelerate the ball speed
  • Give you the kick effect which is the first speed of the bounce based of the stiffness
  • Provide you the power when you’re far from the table

Materials, thickness, and weight of the blade are the causes of those above effects.

Do you want to know how? I will show you now.

Wood vs. Carbon materials

All wood blades are thinner than 6.0 mm and flexible. Beginners should use them because of their comfortability.

If they pick a fast carbon blade, they might ruin their early development stage in ping pong.

However, to increase the speed, you can choose 5 + 2 composition blade (five layers of wood and two layers of Arylate-Carbon)

Carbon blades are hard and stiff, and only for advanced players.

The hardness decreases the feeling when serving. The stiffness reduces your hand’s vibration.

Ping pong blades

Weight and thickness

In general, a paddle weighs between 82g to 95g depending on the material as well as the number of layers.

The weight of a racket will affect its flexibility. With a lighter blade, you always feel more flexible after every hit.

It also impacts your kick effect. Your serves will be more potent with a thicker racket.

How’s about the thickness?

The typical thickness of a paddle is from 5.5mm to 6mm. There are also some 5mm or 9mm bats.

The number of plies will determine the thickness. We usually have 5-ply rackets including five wood layers, and 7-ply that have five wood layers and two arylate-carbon layers.

It affects your speed and feeling with the ball.

Now you might wonder, what makes a difference in playing style.

Here it is.

Handle that suits your playing style

Handle styles

There are six main styles of the handles:

  • Flared handle (FL) is best for forehand dominant player and looping style.
  • Straight handle (ST): both Round Straight Handle (RST) and Square Straight Handle (SQT) are good for control style. It provides a smooth backhand-forehand transition. You can balance between backhand and forehand power while using.
  • Chinese Penhold (Cpen) is best to serve and serve return. It’s comfortable for your wrist, good with forehand attack but weak on the backhand side.
  • Anatomic handle (UTCan) provides deep grip for hitting. However, it’s weak at looping and long distance.
  • Conical handle (ELcon) is not very popular. It’s something between ST and FL handles. People with big hand may feel uncomfortable.

six types of handle

How do handles make the difference in your playing style?

Let’s have a look!

Handle for dominant forehand player

If you prefer to finish the point with forehand loop, a Flared handle will suit you. It has a bigger flare at the end, which makes you more confident during your forehand shots.

Plus, Chinese Penhold is not a bad option for you in this case.

Handle for a dominant backhand player

If you often stay close to the table and attack with your backhand, you had better use Straight handle. It allows quick transition from backhand to forehand and vice versa.

Handle for a hard-hitting style

An anatomic handle is suitable to hit hard. It brings a unique feeling to your hand while fitting your palm very well.

Note that choosing the handle depends much on your feeling, so prioritize it first. Consider the length of the handle too.


You have to be confident while using your paddle.

You don’t see any mention of sandpaper because there is only one type of sandpaper used in any competitions. So you don’t need to think about it much.

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Final thoughts

Blade and handle are two factors that make the difference in any ping pong paddles. An ideal bat is a good quality one, but it must be suitable for you. Keep in mind that your style and your feeling should be preferable.

You can share your thoughts in the comment section below. And don’t forget to like and share this article if you think it’s useful and informative.

Source: Sport Life Z

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