How to choose a good table tennis blade

How to choose a good table tennis blade

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Welcome back to PingSunday, the best place
to learn table tennis. Today, I explain to you how
to choose the best table tennis blade. This tutorial is based on my several years of training,
playing and coaching. I also have some occasions to discuss this topic “what is the
characteristic of a good blade in table tennis” with some Chinese coaches. “Dear coach, I’m using Viscaria. And
my rating is 1600 TTR. Is it a very good blade? How to know a blade is good
or not? This is a very good question. Because choosing
the right blade is very very important in table
tennis. Some players said that, no, the rubber is more important than the blade. I would
say, No! Ask any coach, or any pro players, they
all answer that the blade is the soul of table tennis
equipment. In table tennis, there are several playing
styles. And you also have several types of blade
for each style. So that’s the blade that decides your playing style but not the rubber. As Joo Sae-hyuk is a defensive player. His
blade is a large head defensive blade. He will
not change the blade. But he can use the many offensive rubbers (Tenergy 64, 05). Pro players
often test new rubbers on the same blade. The blade is crucial for the FEELING! What is the function of a blade. Chinese coach
says “The blade should be an extension of your hand”. The blade gives you the feeling,
and that’s the blade will help you “SPIN” the ball.
Feel of the ball through the good vibration of the blade –
The key to choose the right equipment in table tennis In table tennis, there are Speed and Spin.
Speed will come when you have Spin. If any coach
say to you, “will choose OFF, OFF+ blade to gain speed, and combine with softer rubber.
Be careful! You are sacrificing the Feeling for
the Speed. Very dangerous! Maybe, you are in the wrong direction. While in China, players prefer OFF- blade,
and play with very hard rubbers. Here are the
choice percentage of Stiga blade in the China market, the Carbon blade is not very popular.
The most popular one is the OFF, to OFF- blade (Offensive Classical and Clipper). So Chinese philosophy focuses on the Feeling
and the Spin first. The blade is considered the
soul of your playing style. Defender, Allround, Offensive players choose a different type
of blade. Liu Guoliang once said “the blade should be
an extend of your hand”. Choosing the right blade is crucial in table
tennis because the blade decides: – 80% of your playing style. Rubber decides
only 20% – give you the best feeling when you touch
the ball – give you the ability to spin, or to accelerate
the speed of your shots (due to dwell-time) – provide the kick effect (the first speed
of the bounce) based on the stiffness of the outer layer
– the main power for your shots when you play far from the table (due to the core layer) Some players said “You are wrong. The blade
is made of wood. And we can play any type of wood. Quality blade is all marketing”.
No! The high-quality blade is not cheap like mass
production one. It’s the premium quality professional wood made by the experienced
maker. The wood quality is older, harder, and give you a clearer vibration informations. The best table tennis blade offers more spin
and crisper feeling during ball contact. It is the key to increase your potential of
winning. So focus on the quality blade which matches
your playing style. Remember, a good racket can make the same
spin with a shorter stroke than the low-quality racket. Some players can say
“Vibration? Good vibration? Are you kidding? No! It’s not a joke! When you hit the ball, the blade will vibrate.
This vibration is important for your hand (to feel the ball). These are the vibration
mode of the blade measured experimentally. The vibration is measured
in Hz. The simulation in COMSOL Multiphysics also confirm that the blade will
vibrate in several ways. Some vibrations are very good. They are transfered
to your hand. And good blade will give you a very clear vibration frequency.
That’s why you can feel the spin, and improve very fast. But with the low quality and cheap blade,
the wood quality is very bad. All the frequency is dispersed. You will lose a lot of good
information. Hitting hard, or spinning, or flick
the short ball will give you the same feeling. It’s very bad. So it’s not a joke! Science
has proved it! What are the characteristics of a good blade.
Yes, we want the highest quality blade! But how to
know which one has the top-notch quality. There are many parameters about a blade. But
a good, high-quality table tennis blade must have these typical features: 1. High quality and old wood
2. Clear vibration, and good flexibility 3. Strong power on the blade (due to the core
layer) 4. Good weight distribution between the handle
and the head There are many parameters of a blade. I can’t
talk all of them. But here are somes of them. The larger the blade, the slower and heavier
it is. Larger blade also have a lot of flexibility, control and spin. That’s why most defensive
blade is a large head blade (160-161). While offensive blade has a smaller size. The optimal
size of an offensive blade is about 157-159. Smaller size is also better for backhand attack
close to the table. Choose Viscaria (157×150) if you are the backhand player, and play closer
to the table. And longer size gives more power away from
the table (due to larger amplitude). So choose DHS Hurricane Long 3 (162×152) if you are
the forehand dominant player, with powerful Forehand
far from the table. 2. Head Shape Oval head shape is better for backhand dominant
player. Due to it’s caracteristic frequency, and easy maneuver on the table. There is also the handle dimension, and the
weight distribution (head heavy, or balance, or handle heavy) and handle types is
also important. Blade composition, core thickness layer, outer
layer, ALC, ZLC, blade thickness, etc are also very important. So many many
things to talk to you. If you have any question, you can contact me on my personal email ([email protected]). That’s it for today. In the next video, I
will give you some examples of top 10 blades in table
tennis. See you.

31 thoughts on “How to choose a good table tennis blade”

  1. There are still many parameters I want to explain: blade thickness, blade composition, and blade weight. But it's too late now (2am) in France. See you in the next video. I will go to sleep now. ?

  2. I know your suggested people to get harder rubber first when they feel like they have improved their skills enough to upgrade. What would be the time to change one's blade to a faster one? Let's say from all+ too off-.

  3. DHS Hurricane 301 best blade ever your can get for your money, just €70 but plays same like €150, DHS you make so many people happy!

  4. How about DHS Hurricane on forehand and viscaria?
    What varient of DHS rubber is best? (provincial, national, blue sponge, orange sponge)

  5. Really good as always! Could you provide some of those documents showed in the video? They look very interesting! For a nice read before going to bed ?

  6. How to choose best equipment?
    Answer: Get an equipment according to your style (If you have that already, stick with it). Play for 2 years minimum. It will be your best.

    PS: There is no problem with soft rubbers. Except the top 100, soft rubber works at every level (even with trendy counter play).

  7. I am playing with Andro Treiber Z for many years now (more than 4 years) it is a fantastic blade, i have a great feeling with it !

  8. Nice video coach…. i am not a pro player… But kind of advanced… It is still hard to believe that 80% importance to be given to blade…
    I was playing with mark V… Then i switched to tibhar mxp… Just upgrading the rubber… I have improved my game a lottt…
    I have tried some blades as well… The only time i felt blade was important is, when u are away from the table and wants to loop hard… Then the blade vibration comes to play and… both blade and rubbers come to play..
    But when u are close to table and loop the ball.. I feel.. Only rubbers play the major role
    Am i missing something coach??
    Please guide me

  9. How to choose a good blade and rubbers for players over 40 years old? I already tried chinese equipment. And it was difficult for me. The rubbers was to hard and the blade did not have catapult effect like Japan or european product. So I had to using a lot of power and it was made me very fatigue. Right now I'm using Tenergy, but the problem is too expensive for most people in my country, Indonesia. Could you give me some advice about that problems?

    Greetings from your fans from Indonesia. I play at 25 Table Tennis Club.

  10. Hi, I train since 2010 but my level was not good, so by 2015 I changed from Butterfly Korbel sk7+soft european rubbers (cant feel the ball!) "down" do Stiga Allround Evo (Rubbers: DHS H3 Neo) and had a good improvement… but then this year I felt I needed more power, so changed to Stiga Infinity VPS… an Off blade: I love it but since 4 months the adaptation process is hard to me. I am using hybrid rubbers: Yinhe Big Dipper (tensor sponge+sticky surface). What do you think (coach and readers) of my setup? Short strokes cost me a lot more but hitting mid / far from the table is very nice, service is good to and I can generate a lot of topspin in BH/FH. Maybe I should put a more "dead"/sticky rubbers…

  11. I think the "choice percentages" graph is outdated. While clipper wood should still be the most popular blade from stiga in China, titanium 5.4 is no way the the third now. And people only use OC for training but not for tournament. IMO carbonado series, dynasty and CL should be the most popular stiga blades in China right now.

  12. I played stiga allround before but now I use the Palio Yue Wang. It is a carbon blade but it is not any faster than the stiga allround. It even feels the same but you notice a bigger sweet spot I can really recommend it

  13. Blade might be more important than rubber if you consider it only within a narrow set of acceptable substitutes. Even then it is dubious. But in reality the rubber matters far more. This is easy to demonstrate. Give Ma Long long pimples both sides and see how he plays. Can he win a match vs literally any pro? Give him a different blade with the same rubbers, let's say a defensive blade like a Joo Se Hyuk blade but with his H3 both sides. He still is one of the best in the world after some adjusting I bet. Try giving him a super fast blade like Schlager carbon. Similar result. If you think changing to long pips is too big a change then substitute short pips. Or tackiness chop. So how does the blade matter more? Another example. Take a crappy premade racket you buy for 10 dollars and replace the rubbers with Tenergy 05. Now take a Viscaria and put the crappy pre made rubbers on it. Which would you choose? The answer is obvious. You play with the crappy blade not the crappy rubbers it wouldn't even be close. Ma Long has used many blades in his career, maybe 6 or 7 different ones from all+ to Off blades, slower, faster, all wood, ALC, inner, outer etc. It's importance is way overblown. Use one in an acceptable range of speed, not too fast, not too slow, your level will be almost no different with any blade in that range. Even with cheap Chinese blades like those from Yinhe. A pro could use those easily.

  14. Hello. I'm Igor, from Russia. I've been watching your blog on YouTube for a long time. Watched at all the last video, where you tell about choice good blade for table tennis. I'm currently playing for DHS Hurricane WL. This blade is very fast, but at the same time have control. It also has a displaced weight in the area of the upper part of the head of the racket. I seem to have found the best blade, but I can't find the best rubber for it.
    Tried medium hardness Tenergy 05, Tenergy 64, DHS Hurricane 3 Prov or Nat, Tibhar Nimbus, Yinhe Big Dipper, Tibhar EL-P, Donic Acuda Blue P2. With all these
    rubbers, I can't feel the blade. Once I tried Tenergy 05-FX, and started to feel the blade a bit.
    In connection with this question: should I think about sell this blade and buy new with a more control from the brand DHS, or should I try more soft rubbers like Tenergy 64FX and Andro Rasanter R37? I'm already confused, I do not know what to choose, because i need not to miss, money is not enough. Please sort out my question. Thanks!

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