Ping Pong Paddles Are More Complex Than You Would Think
If you are on a search for the very best ping pong paddle, your search will be in vain as there isn’t one. This is because there are many different types of paddles and each player will have his or her own preferences. One thing is for sure though, and that is that a good beginner paddle will be an awful one for an advanced player and vice versa. The more advanced you are the more you will want to spin the ball which can only be done with an advanced paddle. Likewise, beginners will not want to spin the ball and should use a beginner paddle.
The more expensive paddles have better rubber and more of it as well as a handle and bat that are made out of better wood. They have a much more “solid” feel and this will immediately be evident if you try playing with both and comparing them. Paddles that inflatable paddle board cost upwards of $100 have a tremendous feel to them and allow you to spin the ball and control it much better than you ever could with something less expensive.
The Butterfly company is one of a few big ping pong paddle makers that are highly respected. Butterfly makes custom paddles as well as stock paddles for all levels of play and some of them can get quite expensive. They also make table tennis tables that are used at the highest level in competitions.
Although Butterfly makes a wide variety of paddles, it might be hard to find the selection you want in a store. This is because ping pong is not a very popular sport in America and sporting outlets usually only carry a limited selection. Children in America don’t dream of growing up and being a professional table tennis player like they do in some other countries and so the demand for equipment is not high.
In China or Japan you would not have this problem because the sport is much more popular and large selection of paddles, balls, and tables is easier to find. In America, if you want a really good paddle, you best choice and only choice might be to go online. Luckily you can find and order almost any paddle online including custom made paddles. The only drawback might be that you will not have an opportunity to try it out first.