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How to Choose the Right Table Tennis Blade – Yumo Pro Shop - Racquet Sports online store
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How to Choose the Right Table Tennis Blade

How to Choose the Right Table Tennis Blade

For those of you who are more advanced and wish to buy a customized table tennis racket, you will need to choose a blade and rubber combination that will suit your playing style.

In this post, let's focus on the different types of blades that are available.

When choosing a blade, you should consider the grip style, handle shape, and your play style.

 

Grip Style

If you are at the stage of buying a customized blade, you likely already know which style you prefer. 

This is important as different grip styles will have a different selections of blades.

 

 

Handle Shape

Penhold blades only have one type of handle so you don't need to worry about this part if you chose the penhold grip.

Shakehand blades on the other hand have three different handle shapes.  The handle can be either anatomical, flared, or straight.

Handles shapes depends on your preferences when holding the blade.  The most popular shape is the flared handle. There is no advantage in choosing one shape over the other, just choose the one that is most comfortable for you.  

 

Play Style 

Weight, Ply, Thickness

Blades will generally weigh between 75-95g.

Lighter blades (75-80g) are better for defensive play as you have better maneuverability of the blade.

Heavier blades (90-95g) are better for attacking play as it provides better stability and generates more power.

 

Blades can come in different # of ply ranging from 1-9.

For those of you who don't know what ply means, it is basically the layers of wood.

eg.  5 ply = 5 layers/sheets of wood

The general rule of thumb for blades is that:

Less Ply (<5) = more flexible = more spin/less speed = good for looping 

A more flexible blade increases the trampoline effect that promotes spin.

More ply (7+) = more stiff = more speed/less spin = good for driving/blocking

A stiffer blade increases the speed of the ball for driving shots.

 

Aside from looking at the number of ply.  The thickness of a blade also affects how it plays.

Thin blades ( <6mm ) are good for spin/looping

Medium blades ( 6-7mm ) are good for driving

Thick blades ( 7+mm ) are good for blocking

 

SUMMARY

All-round

For an all-round play style, you should go for blades with medium ply (5) and medium thickness (6-7mm) weighing at 80-85g.

Check out our selection of all-round blades here [ Shakehand | Penhold ]

Attacking

For an attacking play style, you should go for blades with more ply (7+) and medium thickness (6-7mm) weighing at 90-95g.

Check out our selection of attacking blades here [ Shakehand | Penhold ]

Defensive

For a defensive play style, you should go for thin blades (<6mm) with less ply (<5) weighing at 75-80g.

Check out our selection of defensive blades here

Once you have chosen your blade, you are ready to move on to the next step which is to choose a rubber. 

Read our guide on how to choose a rubber here