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It is a daunting task to choose the best ping pong paddle as there are a lot of paddles on the market, but the important thing is what are the things that will make the product best for you.
It is worse to spend the money on something only later to realize that it doesn’t even fit your needs. For this, you really need to understand the playing styles and experience keeping in mind the differences in construction and materials of the paddles that will fit you while playing the game.
Before we go in more details, lets have a look at our comparison table
Best Ping Pong Paddles For Spin
|1.Stiga Pro Carbon||ITTF Approved Rubber||8 oZ|
|2. KillerSpin Jet 800||Wood & Carbon Fiber||1 lb|
|3. Stiga Evolution||Premium Rubber||6.3 oZ|
|4. Butterfly 401||Shakehand Style||13.6 oZ|
|5. Stiga Raptor||Extra Light Blade||7.5 oZ|
|6. KillerSpin Jet 600||5-ply Wood Blade||10.4 oZ|
|7. Joola Infinity Overdrive Paddle||2 Layers Of Carbon kevlar||9.9 oZ|
|8. Gambler Custom Ping Pong Paddle||Carbon Flex Blade||9.4 oZ|
|9. Butterfly TB7 Ping Pong||--||84 g||--|
1. Stiga Pro Carbon
- Performance-Level Table Tennis Racket
- ITTF Approved Rubber for Tournament Play
- Features Carbon Technology for Power and...
- Performance Ratings- Speed: 99 Spin: 100...
- 7-Ply Extra Light Blade, S5 Rubber, and...
Stiga Pro Carbon is an outstanding paddle and is especially made for intermediate players looking to take their whole ping pong game to another level.
The rating for this paddle is as follows, Spin – 94, Speed – 96, Control – 80. The control is at the lowest but it is not really a big deal since the paddle is a spin centric. Before going deep into the review, let’s take a quick look at the specifications of this paddle.
|Blade||Lightweight blade with 2mm sponge|
|Rubber||STIGA S5 Smooth Replaceable Rubber|
The blade of this paddle is purely made of thin wood in the form of 7 piles out of which 5 are balsa while the rest 2 are carbon which are used on the outer layer of each side of the ping pong paddle to make the most of the strength of the balsa.
The balsa wood is very light-weight and therefore gives you the impressive speed rating.
Coming to the rubber, it is the STIGA S5 Rubber which is surrounded with a soft 2mm thick sponge designed in such a way that the one side is harder than the other side. However, the rubber is a beginner grade and only generates a regulated amount of mechanical spin and speed.
In short, the blade of this paddle has the potential to provide you with hard shots. The rubber is ITTF approved and is balanced between soft and tight to provide consistent movement of the ball and to generate a lot more spin than the normal paddles in the market. The rubber is also easily replaceable.
Stiga Pro Carbon is different from rest of the normal paddles in the market since it is equipped with WRB technology. The WRB Technology stands for mainly three things i.e, Weight of Balance, Rate of Recovery & Ball Sensitivity.
If you dig deeper, the weight of balance helps the paddle to move the balance of the blade to the point of contact with the ball.
The rate of recovery is nothing but the decrease in weight of the blade which practically improves the rate of recovery after each stroke while the ball sensitivity is positioned strategically in the handle of the paddle.
The technology used by Stiga in this paddle also makes it possible to produce amazing speed which automatically gives you a very good control, and spin. This paddle apart from good spin, satisfies all the performance requirements you need to step up your Ping Pong Game.
Overall, we really love the STIGA Pro carbon especially its built quality, the appealing design with fantastic performance which definitely makes it really feel like a premium product out there while still being in the affordable price range segment of under $100.
2. KillerSpin Jet 800
- PROFESSIONAL GRADE PADDLE: Designed with...
- SUPERIOR CONSTRUCTION: Blade consists of...
- IDEAL RATINGS: Features ratings of...
- PERSONALIZED MEMORY BOOK: Store your...
- PORTABLE SIZE: Measuring 6” x 6...
The Killerspin Jet 800 is quite a good paddle which makes it to the top of the list due to its superb power and speed.
It is clearly crafted with a whopping 7 layers on the upper end of this paddle which allows it to generate a lot of power on each stroke. Before digging more into the review, let’s have a look at its specification.
|Blade||5 Ply Wood & 2 Layer Carbon with 2mm high tension sponge|
|Rubber||High Quality Nitrx-4Z Rubber|
The KillerSpin Jet 800 is another great ping pong paddle and is made of a total 7 layers in which 5 layers are of wood and the rest 2 layers are of carbon fiber.
Usually when the paddle has more layers then the paddle is capable of great speeds and power but not necessarily always the case for every paddle out there.
This KillerSpin Jet 800 has the all 7 layers on the upper end of the paddle and gives a whopping high rating of speed at about 9.5 and therefore it is able to generate a lot of power with this table tennis racket.
All these layers it holds along the ITTF approved Nitrx-4Z solid rubber makes it heavier. If you’re not used to the heavy paddles then it will definitely take some time to adjust to this paddle.
In case if you’re a defensive player then you might find your arms getting tired quicker than usual. It is indeed the heaviest paddle we ever got hands on at around 190g.
However, the rubber surrounding the blade is about 2mm deep and high tension making it provide you with higher speed and the ball would not sink into the sponge and rubber.
The tension here is what causes the ball to fly off the bat much faster which is amazing for the aggressive players out there. Summing all this up, it generates the heavy spin too giving it a rating of 9.5 for spin as well.
On the top, the KillerSpin Jet 800 comes with flared grip which is the ergonomic handle. It is the handle which gets wider towards the end of the paddle. It helps you to maintain the firm grip and prevent the slipping.
However, this paddle is shorter and most of the time it is not comfortable in the large hands. If you have large hands, then you might have to reconsider your choice.
3. Stiga Evolution
Stiga Evolution is like the younger brother to the Stiga Pro Carbon but still an outstanding paddle in the given price segment. The lightweight feature especially allows you to play for long hours without getting tired. Mostly for this feature, this paddle is appreciated by many mid-level ping pong players who practice for hours trying to improve their skills in the game.
The specification of this paddle are as follows,
|Blade||6 Plies All Light Wood|
|Rubber||Stiga Premium Rubber|
The playing style is always crucial post purchasing any paddle out there, therefore, the Stiga Evolution is a good paddle for the defensive players.
If you’re really a novice player then you can head to your coach to know your playing style so you might not end up buying a wrong paddle which results in your poor performance.
The rubber which Stiga is a premium segment rubber which is approved by ITTF and in hands its quite soft especially when compared with the rest of parts of this paddle.
Even the rubber uses the crystal technology which means the bonds between the fibers of rubber are quite strong than regular rubber which provides you with more control.
The Stiga Evolution is made up of 6 top quality plies of light wood with a good rubber surrounding it giving you a good grip. The quality rubber enhances your performance to a greater extent.
It is a better choice when you really want to step up in the ping pong game battle and this Stiga Evolution is a pretty decent choice with a very good extra spin.
The handle on the Stiga Evolution is the flared grip concave pro and it makes use of some more technology which is called the Shock Dispersion tube located in the handle.
In simple terms, the handle is basically hollow and this provides you better control as it spreads the shock waves which are generated upon striking the ball.
Most of the paddles out there comes with great spin ability however lacks the control of racket but this is not the case with Evolution since it offers an impressive spin while the paddle is still very comfortable to control.
The handle however is also short like the Killerspin Jet 800 above, apart from that, it’s faster, gives you extra spin and offers a controlled grip as well. Overall, it’s a pretty well balanced paddle out there and we definitely recommend this paddle to the intermediate players out there looking to work on their spin and speed without compromising on the control.
4. Butterfly 401
- BUTTERFLY 401 PING PONG PADDLE – The...
- GREAT PING PONG RUBBER AND SPONGE - This...
- ERGONOMIC GRIP – The ping pong paddle...
- PING PONG PADDLE CASE – This racket...
- TOURNAMENT APPROVED – The Butterfly...
A shakehand style ping pong paddle ideal for both the beginner and intermediate players out there. The Butterfly 401 is constructed with five ply wood blades with the Yuki tacky rubber surrounded by a 2.1 mm sponge which is quite thick for the paddle.
However, this thickness adds up to create the extra power while the tacky rubber helps you generate a good amount of spin. A quick look at the specification will help you understand much better.
|Blade||5 ply wood blade|
|Rubber||Yuki 2.1 mm Rubber|
The Butterfly 401 isn’t as top notch as the Stiga above but still offers a very good amount of power when you strike the ball. The ratings of this paddle are all balanced out making it not ideal for beginner players.
The speed rating is about 8.0/10 which is not the highest but still makes a good choice if you’re upgrading from a normal paddle.
The rubber is situated on the both sides of the Butterfly 401 ping pong paddle and these are the tacky rubber such that the ball will grip the paddle slightly more when it makes contact allowing you to generate extra spin on the ball.
Again, as we said the rating is balanced therefore, the butterfly 401 offers a spin rating of 8/10 as well which is not considered the highest but a very good choice before playing with the fastest paddles out there.
The rubber that is equipped on the top of 2.1 mm thick sponge causes the ball to fall off the bat and gain extra power and spin which is definitely great if you’re an offensive player.
The control rating of this paddle stands at 8.5/10 therefore, if you’re a complete beginner, we recommend to not go with this paddle since a beginner will need a paddle with much lesser speed and higher control rating.
The Butterfly 401 ping pong paddle is ITTF approved and it can be used in official tournaments too which gives you a good sign about its quality and design.
The 401 is a shakehand style paddle featuring a round flared handle i.e, it gets wider towards the end to prevent the slipping of the paddle out of your hand.
The bonus addition, we really loved is the paddle case we got along with the paddle. Since the rubber of the paddle wears out over time if exposed to the dust therefore, a case free of cost along with it is really a great addition.
Overall, the butterfly 401 is a great paddle for the beginners looking to step up their game without going to total beast on power and spin.
This is an affordable paddle but if you have slightly more budget for the paddle, we recommend you to go with higher rated paddles which deliver a lot more value.
5. Stiga Raptor
- Performance-level table tennis racket
- ITTF approved rubber for tournament play
- Features carbon technology for power and...
- Performance Ratings- Speed: 99 Spin: 100...
- Seven-ply extra light blade, S5 rubber,...
Stiga is a leading paddle manufacturer and released many great high-quality ITTF approved paddles in the market. One of the high-quality paddle is the Stiga Raptor and we are really loving the matte black appearance it has to offer. The Raptor is becoming a popular ping pong paddle for the advanced players out there. Before digging deep, here’s a quick look at its specification.
|Blade||5 layer wood & 2 layer carbon|
|Rubber||Stiga S5 Premium Rubber|
The stiga is a pre-made paddle and consists of 7 ply from which 5 are balsa wood layers and 2 carbon layers. The 2 carbon layers keep the paddle lightweight but allows you to generate a lot of speed and power. As we discussed in the previous Stiga paddles, this paddle is no different.
It uses the same WRB technology as other Stiga paddles which basically means that the handle remains hollow to absorb the shock waves produced when the ball is struck giving you more control.
The rubbers present on the both sides are the premium Stiga S5 and are perfectly crafted with the Stiga’s Nano Composite technology and ACS technology in which the fibers are much more stronger compared to the normal rubber providing you with a lot more control.
The sponge layer beneath the rubbers and the blade is around 2mm thick which helps the ball to fall off quickly from the face of the paddle giving you extra spin. This is really helpful for all the aggressive players out there but definitely not suitable for beginners.
Moreover, the Stiga Raptor is also ITTF approved so you can head to tournament level play with this paddle. In fact, this paddle handles really really well with their so called “Concave Pro Handle”, the grip is outstanding.
While playing, it was very fast and we were able to generate a lot of spin with this paddle. If you’re an intermediate player and really want to win most of your ping pong games, then this is the paddle for you.
On the other hand, this paddle is not recommended for the beginners due to its high speed performance which can be overwhelming and uncontrollable for the beginner players but ideal for the intermediate players.
Moreover, the downside of the paddle is that the logo pops off after a good amount of use which we definitely didn’t expect from a high quality paddle but a glue can easily fix it.
One more is the price which is very expensive considering that this is a pre-made paddle. However, we can expect the prices to be lowered as it becomes more popular.
Summing up, if you’re looking for a paddle that would pump up your game then we are really happy with the performance of this Raptor and highly recommend it. If you’re a beginner then you might have to reconsider your choice with a pretty neat and stable rating of speed.
6. KillerSpin Jet 600
- COMPETITION GRADE PADDLE: Designed for...
- SUPERIOR CONSTRUCTION: Blade consists of...
- IDEAL RATINGS: Features ratings of...
- PERSONALIZED MEMORY BOOK: Personalized...
- PORTABLE SIZE: Measuring 6” x 6...
The Killerspin Jet 600 is another fascinating ping pong paddle in the market which provides all the basic necessity you expect from a good ping pong paddle. It comes with very good speed, power and control.
The features present with the paddle is what makes it different from rest of the good paddles and makes it worth the price. Here’s a quick look at the specification of this paddle.
|Blade||5 Ply Wood Extra Lightweight|
The Killerspin Jet 600 is a competition-grade table tennis paddle targeting the intermediate and advanced level players out there.
It is ITTF approved so it can be used in the competition too. The Killerspin manufacturer is one of the growing makers of the ping pong game accessories and makes both beginners to premium grade paddles, nets, and even tables.
Therefore, the Killerspin is trustable manufacturer and the products released by them are premium and well made.
In the whole Killerspin line, the Jet 600 is one of the well-balanced paddles. The blade is designed with the 5 premium wood layers which makes it lightweight and offers a solid base for the increased power and precision.
The Jet 600 is made for stepping up the aggressive player’s game and eliminating the competition with ease.
The speed of this paddle is quite impressive since the ball repels off the surface of the paddle very quickly giving you a good spin as well. The paddle is an amazing choice for the intermediate players looking to improve their skills relatively in the fields of control, precision, speed and spin.
The Jet 600 is 6mm thick and flared at the handle preferably designed for a solid control and provides you with right and proper grip which is very perfect for the both large and short hands.
However, the paddle weighs around 175 grams which is quite good but still a little heavier for some people. If you’re looking for spin and attacks then heavier paddles offer you the best.
The only disadvantage of this paddle is the price which is very expensive compared to other paddle with almost similar features although the 5 layer wood cuts down the price. The other issue is that the shots hit by this paddle are straight and not curved which allows the opponent to hit back quickly as well as get a rebound fast.
Overall, the paddle is well built with a high-quality rubber combined with premium sponge providing you with amazing power and speed as well as reasonable spin characteristics.
It is a good pick however the price point is a bit expensive compared to some of the equal quality paddle but you would still enjoy it. If you are totally thinking about getting a paddle that gives you control, spin and speed, you should be able to hasten your decision in getting this paddle.
7. Joola Infinity Overdrive Paddle
The JOOLA’s Infinity Overdrive ping pong paddle is one of the flagship professional grade paddle and there’s nothing compromised in its construction.
It is made out of the 5 ply wood which is the base of the blade while the 2 layers are of the carbon kevlar to reinforce the wood.
The materials used in making the blade helps to absorb the vibrations which makes Infinity Overdrive feel pleasant and incredible in hand. The quick specification for this paddle is given below
|Blade||5 ply all wood and 2 ply carbon|
|Rubber||Micron 48 Table Tennis Rubber|
Apart from all this, the Joola Infinity Overdrive ping pong paddle is truly a performance paddle and can handle the requirements of the skilled players.
The performance ratings stand high with Speed at a whopping 10/10 while the Spin at 9.9/10 and a control with the lower rating at 9.2/10. Infinity Overdrive isn’t a paddle for the intermediate players let alone the beginners.
It is generally due to the high speed rating which cannot be handled or made the most use of by the beginners. It can be a really good paddle for the advanced players looking to step up their skills.
The Joola Infinity Overdrive has an inverted surface which is a smooth surface. The handle design is ergonomic flared grip and is ideal such that the player can feel really comfortable playing with this paddle.
It provides not only the impressive grip but it is sweat resistant as well and looking at it overall it just feels amazing in hand. The paddle also features the Micron 48 black rubber on both sides.
The construction and the design of this paddle is indeed the best when compared to the rest of the paddle we tested. Aside from the beautiful design it has to offer, the performance of this paddle is amazing as well.
The Joola Infinity Overdrive really has the big sweet spot for strong and speedy attacks. The player whose style is to play aggressively then it can be a good choice for them. The paddle can obviously be used for both competition and practice.
Moreover, this paddle is ITTF approved which makes it suitable for tournament level plays as well.
8. Gambler Custom Ping Pong Paddle
- The Gambler ThermoPoly Carbon blade is...
- Professionally glued so rubbers can be...
- ITTF/USATT approved rubber can be used...
- Includes a single Gambler Competitor...
- Comes hand assembled from our USA pro...
The Gambler Custom Table Tennis paddle is a solid paddle crafted with an amazing hand-sealed blade giving it a professional finish.
The amazing combination of outer and inner ply used for the blade give you a very comfortable touch and feeling. The blade is made up of 7 layers in which the 5 layers are made of Limba and Kukui wood and the 2 layers of IM7 Graphite fibers. Here’s a quick look at its specification.
|Blade||5 Layer Wood + 2 Layer Graphite Fiber|
It is quite lightweight and allows you to strike the ball at an excellent speed and give you enhanced performance.
It is perfectly designed with a rubber which is a mechanical spin type which improves your spin which can be very good and certainly higher than the spin of your opponent. Apart from this, the Gambler Ping Pong paddle provides you with amazing speed and control.
The performance rating of this paddle is quite good as well, with a speed rating of about 8.9/10 and a control rating of about 9.4/10 while spin being at about 8.8/10. It can be a great choice for sure if you buy it for a better performance and for some extra spin on your hands.
The handle of the paddle is easier to hold and is not shorter than usual. The grip certainly is a good one on this paddle and it gives out a stocky sound which seems good to hear when you strike a ball.
Moreover, the quality of this paddle looks quite sturdy but not as good as other paddle out there.
However, this is a pre-made table tennis racket and you are able to use it out of the box.
The only downside is the lack of technology used in the paddle and the quality being not as good as the other paddle. Considering the price point, it is considered as a fair buy.
Overall, the Gambler ping pong paddle is indeed a great buy for the advanced beginners looking out to improve their game skills and work on their spin game. The price segment is also a good factor on why you should grab this ping pong paddle.
It is ITTF approved and therefore you won’t have any issues with playing it in tournament level games and blue case is a good addition.
9. Butterfly TB7 Ping Pong
Butterfly TB7 is one of the paddle in this list which is made keeping in mind about both of the players that are both the beginners and professional players. It is crafted out with a blade thickness of about 6.3 mm which is ideal for playing an offensive professional ping pong game. Let’s take a look at its specification before going deep into the review
|Blade||6 ply all wood|
The blade of the Butterfly TB7 is a shake hand style and this wooden blade paddle has a high level control on the game.
You can hit the ball with good control including a good amount of accuracy and spin at the same time. The blade design is in such a way that you have full control whether you’re a beginner or an expert.
The Butterfly TB7 is really useful for those players who are facing difficulty in controlling the ball and racket throughout the game, this paddle can help them overcome these issues and learn the skills.
The performance rating is upto the mark for this paddle as well, while the speed is excellent at about 8.9/10. The control is exceptional at 9.6/10 while the spin at 9.5/10. The best thing about this paddle is that you don’t need to use your energy and force
Butterfly TB7 has really a great grip due to the handle size of paddle being at 102 x 25 mm which is ideal size for holding it properly with a strong grip to play your game with utmost confidence. Like the rest of the handles, it is not slippery or short.
Overall, it is a great choice for many of the players either beginner or advanced out there if they are looking to improve their skills in speed and also get extra spin to eliminate their opponent with ease.
Before you buy any paddle, here are some common problem
The main and first of all the ratings, which is power and it shows the hardness of the material used between the rubber surfaces of the paddle and the blade.
All blades are usually laminated wood plys glued tightly together, and in some paddles with a thin layer of carbon fibre or the fiberglass to provide the less absorption of energy as well as the lighter weight.
This rating also determines the energy it absorbs when returning a shot, the higher the number, the less power it absorbs and in return provides a powerful shot. High power rating is often considered by the offensive players and very less preferred for the defensive style players.
- Play Style
Determining your style of play is pretty easy when you are mature as a player. However, if you are the novice player then you’re likely going to want a paddle that is more in the middle and is not made for any specific type of play.
You’re still developing as a player. However for experienced players, they know whether the penhold or shakehand, the grip, and if you are a more defensive or offensive player.
Many paddles which are high-end give more power which inexperienced players can’t handle.
The other important thing while purchasing a ping pong paddle is the control of the paddle. It is the feature which tells you how true the paddle strikes the ball and simultaneously how long the paddle holds the ball when hitting it.
This all criteria depends on the quality of rubber, directions of the pips in the rubber face including the thickness of the padding.
The more tackier the rubber, the better control you will have with paddle over the ball allowing you better placement of returns. The rubber pips facing outward provides you with more grip as you hit the ball, usually for the spin.
A few millimeters of the foam can increase in a huge amount of control, usually at the expense of power. However, defensive players prefer high control paddles.
The advanced construction also results in the rise of control ratings of all paddles.
Finally, Spin. All paddles in this article are selected for spin. As we discussed in the second point, spin also depends on the quality and installation of the rubber but can certainly be improved through the lighter blade.
Many players out there regardless of their playing styles either defensive or offensive, prefer the paddles that offer a good spin as it makes returning their shots more difficult.
The paddles which provide higher spin have the pips of their rubber facing towards the blade which allows the ball to be struck with a smooth surface and also gives you lighter weight which provides more manipulation of the paddle.
Most paddles with the higher control rating carry a similar rating for the spin.
By now you might be familiar with these guidelines and how it helps you in choosing the best ping pong paddle. However, if you are in a hurry then pick our top general choices below.