What is the best Table Tennis bat?
As a coach, I often give advice to beginner players about what table tennis bat to buy. There is a lot of choice available and if you have never played before it’s quite difficult working out a good bat from a rubbish bat.
Rather than giving my wisdom only to players I coach, I thought it would be good to share my thoughts on the best beginner bats to a wider audience. So here’s what I tell my beginners…
Avoid really cheap table tennis bats
Before I start a coaching session with a new beginner, I always check their bat first. Often the bat will have an impressive sounding name, like ‘G Force’ or ‘Nitro Power’. But in reality, the quality of the rubbers and blade don’t get remotely close to living up the name.
These are the bats which usually cost less than £10. They’re cheap for a reason – the materials used to make the bat simply aren’t very good. The biggest issue I have with these bats are that they are useless at generating spin. Some of the really cheap bats, play more like anti-spin rubbers. A player will play a drive shot and instead of the ball coming back with a bit of topspin, the ball comes back with no spin at all.
With cheap equipment like this, it’s much more difficult to learn the basic strokes and technique you need to play table tennis, as you have to play exaggerated strokes to generate spin. This leads to bat habits, which will limit the progress a player can make.
Avoid really expensive bats with fast rubbers and a fast blade
Occasionally a beginner will turn up with a really nice bat. They have done some research and spent a load of money to get the best equipment. The bat is beautiful, but the problem is that it’s far too responsive for the beginner player and they have great trouble controlling the ball.
The ball flies off the rubber and will shoot off left and right, pop up high and sail past the end of the table. There is nothing wrong with the quality of the bat, but it is too advanced for the beginner player. It takes time to develop the technique you need to play with these fast bats.
It’s not necessarily a bad investment, as the player could use the bat in the future when they are more advanced. But for a beginner, a really fast bat is not going to be very helpful for their initial development.
What are the best table tennis bats for beginners?
The good news is that you really don’t need to spend a lot of money. You can get a decent starter bat for around £20-£40. For beginners I coach, I often recommend getting a bat with Palio rubbers, such as the Palio Expert table tennis bat. This bat offers much better control for the beginner player compared to a really fast bat. But you can also generate much more spin compared to the really cheap bats. Players I coach who switch from a cheap bat to a Palio bat are often surprised by how much easier it is to spin the ball. And the price is very reasonable too.
You can buy the Palio Expert table tennis bat on Amazon in the UK and USA.
A Palio bat isn’t the only option. There are loads of other good starters bats available. Here are a few I recommend…
You should do your own research too. All table tennis retailers will stock suitable bats for beginners. On their websites look for ‘pre-assembled’, ‘ready-made’ or ‘complete’ bats. If in doubt, contact the retailer and ask for their advice.
Take a look at my list of table tennis retailers in the UK, USA, Europe, Asia and Australia.
If you’re a beginner, the most important thing at this stage of your blossoming table tennis career is to buy a bat which allows you to develop good technique, generate some spin, but is not so fast that you keep over-hitting the ball.
A beginner bat won’t be forever. It will probably be good for a year or two depending on the speed of your progress. As you improve, you will need to switch to a bat more suited for an intermediate standard.
If you only ever want to play table tennis for a bit of fun, it’s fine to buy any old rubbish. But if you’re serious about improving, you should avoid the really cheap bats. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but a little extra investment in a decent starter bat will help you improve quicker.coworking space istanbul uncommon coworking space creating a coworking space coworking space bethnal green day pass coworking space coworking space norfolk croydon coworking space coworking spaces san francisco coworking space in boston coworking space plan coworking lisboa coworking space swansea coworking spaces around the world coworking places london fields coworking space coworking space southend coworking space boston women's coworking space coworking solutions coworking space new york coworking space clerkenwell edinburgh coworking how to find coworking space chicago coworking spaces international coworking day coworking space for lawyers best coworking space london free coworking space why coworking betting suburbs coworking space canggu nottingham coworking coworking space lincoln coworking space southwark amsterdam coworking pay as you go coworking london coworking space solihull coworking spaces cardiff coworking spaces bangalore coworking space belgrade luxury coworking space london cancun coworking space coworking space munich community coworking space affordable coworking space brooklyn open space coworking fora coworking london coworking space margate chiswick coworking space coworking space london city tbilisi coworking spaces manchester coworking spaces are coworking spaces open coworking spaces chicago hammersmith coworking coworking chester free coworking space birmingham coworking warszawa coworking moscow coworking space covent garden coworking space maidenhead coworking space target market coworking space budapest coworking space lagos portugal coworking space rental coworking space manhattan coworking space tooting cheap coworking space near me coworking space enfield platform coworking coworking space vs office coworking office space in london wimbledon coworking space coworking space in san francisco coworking space gent coworking spaces rome coworking central london office coworking space hot desk coworking malta coworking coworking space preston coworking space san francisco selina coworking coworking berlin coworking furniture coworking spaces in toronto who works in coworking spaces coworking space warrington east london coworking space andco coworking coworking space bangalore coworking space highbury and islington liverpool coworking space york coworking space coworking space research coworking montreal liverpool street coworking how many coworking spaces in london coworking space stockholm coworking or co-working coworking newcastle upon tyne coworking guildford coworking brands coworking in hotel best coworking london paddington coworking space coworking space cape town smallest coworking space coworking spaces betting suburbs coworking space derby london free coworking space coworking chelsea coworking spaces north london dallas coworking greenwich coworking space coworking space swindon copenhagen coworking spaces virtual coworking space coworking space for writers city space coworking coworking space hertfordshire creative coworking spaces scottish coworking network coworking winchester coworking events london boston coworking space coworking space whitechapel coworking spaces harrow free coworking space leeds coworking space amsterdam coworking space tulum coworking wandsworth colony coworking space coworking space london price shared coworking space coworking space scotland coworking ealing coworking space winchester cheap coworking spaces near me coworking farringdon coworking europe free coworking space bristol the guild coworking hub shared coworking spaces flexible coworking coworking providers cheapest coworking space in bangalore coworking space architecture coworking space birmingham al coworking office space for rent successful coworking spaces london first coworking coliving