EmRatThich Gaming
Recently, I have many questions about how to choose a
blade, choose a rubber. You have seen my videos about “The secret
the Chinese equipment – Tacky rubber”, and you asked me many questions about table tennis
equipment. Today, I want to share you how to understand
your table tennis equipment (blade, rubber) under the viewpoint of a Chinese coach. It’s very important as your table tennis equipment
can decide your playing style and your performance. First of all, Chinese coach has a deep understand
of table tennis equipment. When you first come to a table tennis club,
the coach will ask you “What is your favorite style?”, and then he will choose a best equipment
combo for you. Young kids in China get their coach select
the equipment. In some European country, the coach does not
help the beginner to understand and to choose the best equipment. That’s why when a Chinese coach see your equipment,
he can quickly understand your playing. So, today I will explain you how to choose
a best equipment for your playing style. Table tennis equipment composes of Racket
and Rubber. First of all, in Chinese philosophy, the blade
is much more important than the rubber. That�s the racket will decide your playing
style, not the rubber. The rubber supports the blade. The blade decides 80% and the rubber decides
20% of your table tennis. In general, there are 5 types of blade that
fits some playing style: Balsa blade, 1 ply hinoki blade, all wood blade: 5 plies, 7 plies,
carbon blade and ALC, ZLC support blade. Balsa is very light and low density type of
wood. It is very soft and light. At low impact, Balsa give you good control,
at higher impact, the rebound is very fast. When you hit the ball, the dwell time is very
short, difficult to generate spin. Balsa is good if you are a blocker, long pimple
user. Disadvantages: Modern looping style game,
away from the table, balsa blade cannot loop very well. It�s mainly use to quick block near the
table. This blade is not for the looping style. The 1 ply Hinoki blade is mainly used in Korea
and Japan where the quick and fast attack is favorite in Asian country. This type of blade is used by many penholders. This blade has a soft feel as the Hinoki surface
is soft. However, the blade is very thick and very
powerful if you hit the ball. This blade is good for hitter. It blocks very good too. All wood blade is favorite in China as the
controlled looping style is actually the best style in modern table tennis. That’s why Chinese players play with good
feeling blade and very hard rubber. This blade is very good to loop the ball at
mid distance. It normally has some flex, and has a larger
dimension, and is very consistent. Consistency is one of the key that Chinese
dominate the table tennis scene. Carbon blade is normally the fastest blade
with hard surface. Carbon blade is very good for hitter and powerful
loop-hitter. However, the feeling is not very good. So it’s not good for beginner who is learning
table tennis technique. Far from the table, it�s harder to loop,
but to hit is better. Very fast blade however the ball has less
spin. Recently, the ZLC, ALC layers was add to the
classic all wood blade to increase the power far from the table, but keep the feeling of
an all wood blade. This type of blade is the best type at this
moment. However, when the new poly ball comes, it’s
bigger and harder to generate the spin. The Chinese players now, tend to use harder
rubber to hit harder. As the ball is bigger, you need to hit harder
to generate the same amount of spin compared to the smaller ball. Each type of blade has many parameters: thickness,
dimension, handle, wood quality, composition of layers, etc. However, it always belongs to “a specific
playing style”. Today, I won’t explain these parameters but
I will explain the Chinese philosophy about table tennis equipment. So, if you are a progressing player, who wants
to learn table tennis as fast as possible, the best blade for you is the Allround, Allround+
all wood racket. It’s has a best feeling, and helps you improve
your table tennis techniques as you can learn the techniques to spin the ball. Some Western players tend to “EJ” (Equipment
Junkie) too much. They change the equipment too often. The rule of thumb is you need at least 6 months
to feel your blade. Focus more on the technique and the tactics
aspect, and keep using your old blade. Waldner used his very old blade and still
win many championships. Samsonov used his old blade too. Nothing special, a good control all wood blade. But he has a very good understanding in table
tennis tactics, that’s he is a “great wall”, a great blocker, a good control player. Enjoy more your table tennis, stop changing
equipment, and see my channel to learn the tactics of table tennis and your table tennis
will improve several notes. The number 3 World ranking, XU XIN too, he
is using his old, badly damaged Stiga blade, an OFF- all wood blade. Nothing special but this old blade has a good
feeling, allow him to hit powerful, and make a ball some crazy spin, side spin and top
spin. That’s why XUXIN can top spin far from the
table easily with a crazy side spin. Because this blade fits very well his playing
style. You should understand your playing style,
and choose a good blade for it. In China, the kids want to learn the looping
style at mid/far distance. That’s why the coach often gives them an allround
wood blade. As the kids improve during training, they
will upgrade the blade from Allround to OFF- and then OFF. However, it takes time and it must be accepted
by the coach. In some Western country (USA, European), some
players just want a carbon blade to hit harder, faster but loose more. Their techniques don’t improve and the consistency
is very bad. Their ball has no spin, so no control, and
less powerful. The power is considered less important than
the spin, cited by Chinese philosophy of table tennis. Some of you has asked me that, so when I should
upgrade my blade, my rubber? The rule of thumb is: If you feel that you
have totally control of your blade, and it lacks some power, you can upgrade your rubber
faster. And even with the faster rubber, you feel
lack of power to finish the point, now change the blade. However, in every case, when you hit 5 balls
very hard, 4 balls must still inside the table. If you have only 3 balls go inside and 2 balls
go outside, you should not upgrade the blade. Review your technique. Please remember, the blade is “to feel the
ball”. The blade gives you the consistency, and helps
you spin the ball. That’s the rubber will give you the speed
of the ball. If you hit the ball without spin, you are
on the wrong way. Slower your blade, and enjoy your table tennis. If you add spin to the ball, the speed will
also increase. But if you hit the ball without spin, your
ball�s consistency decreases. You will make more error, therefore less fun! I hope this video will make you stop “changing
your equipment, stop the EJ – equipment junkie disease. Just use some good old blade, which gives
good feeling and control. Learn more about tactics and techniques and
your table tennis will improve, more fun, happier table tennis. I have another question: “I don’t want to
change my blade. But I have a problem with the new poly ball. Help me”. Yes, the poly ball is very hard for us, the
amateur players because it’s harder now to spin the ball. It requires you to hit harder, the poly ball
is slower and has less spin. Here I have 2 solutions: Train more your physical
strength to hit harder, use the power from the legs, hip, waist. Use harder rubber for both Forehand and Backhand. As harder rubber forces you to hit harder,
and it will become your good habit to deal with
the poly ball. EmRatThich Gaming

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100 thoughts on “Understand Table Tennis Equipment | Choose Best Paddle and Rubber”

  1. i have been playing with Waldner black devil blade for the last 2 years.Only after seeing your video ,i understood my mistake. i have now narrowed down my blade choice to waldner senso carbon, ma lin extra offensive and ma lin carbon. which in your opinion is a better choice.

  2. Thanks. Keep the good work. I always kept changing racket and rubbers, and my game is stuck. this will help finding right combo

  3. What about stiga classic allround or Butterfly ZOran Primorac Off+? I'm not sure if I have understood everything. Should we use a fast blade or a slow blade? A slow and light blade give more feeling than heavy or fast blade. what hard rubbers do you recommend for beginners and intermediate?

  4. you make me hard to learn .but you give me much knowledge about what i am looking for.thank you.if you don't mind, I wishes you make a discuss together.

  5. I have a carbowood blade from this racket http://www.decathlon.cz/en/p/8160688_palka-na-stolni-tenis-joola-carbon-pro5.html#/5-235-_
    And I use it with Donic Acuda S2 on FH and Joola 4YOU on BH.
    Is that a good combination? I loop and drive mostly. Sometime i chop

  6. i have two blade one is peter karlsson all round and the other one is joola eagle carbon however i cannot generate much spin from my carbon blade and the hitting speed has increased as i prefer to kill rather than looping the ball can you suggest which blade i must consider to play a game with much more consistency and spin. The rubbers i use are Joola Express One on forehand and Yasaka Mark V sft on backhand.

  7. Guys are you mad? On your level is not so much important equipment( combos,…) but your technique and movement, focus on that and you will defeat your oponent. You just lose because you have worme skill than your oponent. Just choose something what is comfortable and you can improve strokes with that doesnt depends on type, mark, price

  8. Hello! I'm going from a recreational player to a begginer player. I now have a pre-made paddle of 双鱼 (Double Fish) 236-A , 8484 rubbers. http://www.wttc.com.au/rackets/108-double-fish-236a-table-tennis-racket-set-long-handle-2-rackets-set.html

    I like to play offensive style, with much spin, but my racket doesn't generate much spin and also is very difficult to play far from the table (I need to use a lot of a power to get it back to the table, and it doesn't have much control of the ball). Is it possible that is only bad technique or should I change the equipment (I've been 4 months with this first racket).

    So, which equipment would you suggest for my playing style and my level?

    Thank you! Congratulations on your channel, I subscribed. Very good videos.

  9. Did you know there are people who play using an alternative grip called the penhold grip? Please don't use the title "Understand Your Table Tennis Equipment – Blade and Rubber" unless you also include penhold blades as well.- merely mentioning that Xu Xin played with an old Stiga blade is clearly insufficient.

  10. 1-ply hinoki is best for looping, it has great dwell and speed. Unlike other fast carbon blades, it has great control and looping flexibility. the only problem is that it's too thick for shakehand or rpb setup.

  11. Hey EmrThich,!
    I followed your advice and bought a Stiga blade.
    Its the Rosewood Xo Blade.
    Which rubbet should i use for this blade? I used H3 with Mizutani Zlc before and it was not so good.

  12. bonjour, on ne parle jamais de la taille des manches, nous n'avons guère le choix suivant la taille des mains, je retaille tous mes manches en conique en réduisant les dimensions.

  13. hi sir! Thanks a lot for ur videos! I was using michael maze for 6years and now changed to donic Warner legend carbon, I am spin oriented player dependent on forehand. the walner ply has good feel but the bh to fh transition is a bit difficult. many balls hit the edge of the bat. please help me.

  14. Love your videos! How about galaxy W-6 blade? How come you mentioned that blade should weigh 90 g or more in a previous comment?

  15. Hi! Have you created a video specific to "How to choose a chinese rubber?" You mentioned in your other video that you will make one. Are commercial hurricane rubbers good enough to start with? Thank you.

  16. well good video , thanks for everything , I have a question i use hurricane 3 for my forehand is good , but is too slow how can I Inhance the speed , i heard before that (booster ), is good to improve it , is it true ? , also I would like to know is legal o ilegal ¡?. thanks

  17. I would like to know a good blade for modern defensive style having long pimples on the backhand and having a good spin fh rubber. As the blade is very important, and I don't know which one to choose for my style, I'd like some advice.

  18. What blade do you recommend for a guy stop playing 18 years ago and want to start playing table tennis again ? Stiga Allroundclassic or Stiga allround wood nct are a good choice ?

  19. In the video when you mentioned all-wood blades you listed 5-ply and 7-ply. May I know what is the major difference between a 5-ply and a 7-ply all-wood blade? Thanks and I love your videos!

  20. Hi Coach. I have been watching your videos and it has been very helpful. Thank you.
    I want to ask, I have been playing in the office, so mainly just short games, but I want to develop my strokes now.
    Before I watched your videos, i have purchase several blades; a mazunov, primorac carbon, clipper wood, xiom vega pro, stiga intensity nct.
    I can play ok with all of those, but I am wondering if I should get an all around (maybe stiga all around classic) to improve my strokes. What do you think?

    Also, I have been using Hurricane 3 on my forehand, which I like a lot, but I do not have a go to backhand rubber yet. I am looking at Stiga Mantra S, or Rakza 7 soft, or donic acuda s2 / baracuda. What do you think? I mainly push and receive short serve with backhand while loop with forehand.

    Thank you.

  21. virtual the same recommendations my coaches taught me. learn your strokes well and then your weapon changes as you outgrow it. quality training/practice at least 4 days a week minimum. have fun and let her rip while being calm. more speed, quicker reaction times and more vision when your calm . just like martial arts 🙂

  22. Hi coach, I am an amateur player, have been training for an year twice a week. I love topspin from mid to close range. I prefer fast play. I have trouble topspining heavy backhand balls. My gear is Stiga Carbonado 195 with Stiga Genesis Soft on FH and Tenergy 05 on BH. I love the blade and it is the best I've tried so far. Should I downgrade? If yes, Stiga Celero Wood is a good option? What about rubbers? Thanks so much!

  23. i heard from american coaches that the rubber is more important than the blade and the rubber is whats important in giving the ball spin. i guess its a difference in thought.

  24. hi, just wondering, if hinoki Jpen is bad for looping, how come Ryu and a lot of other Jpen players use a really spinny rubber on it?

  25. Hello EmRatThich, I'm very thankful for your iniciative, your are the best coach in YouTube!! 😀

    I need your help, recently I injured my knee and I'm thinking in put a Short-pip rubber in my forehand to don't force it a lote like the chinese style. I'm a penholder with RBP and ofensive player (OFF – or OFF) and I play since 2010.

    I would like some advices about equipments (rubber and blade) and techniques for this playing style. In my country there are just Butterfly, Donic, Xiom, DHS and TSP.

    Do you think the short-pip in penholders will come back with de poly ball?

    Thank you EmRatThick.

  26. after study, all your videos about blades and Rubber the difference about Chinese and European style I change my paddle to Stiga Infinity VPS V Forehand Tenergy 05 Backhand DHS Huricane 3 Provincial (orange Sponge) what I really change is the blade .. So now with the new blade I feel more secure I think its take time to can make an statement but I have more felling and I will thank you for open my eyes and stop to be an EJ (equipment junkie) .. thanks a lot, and I wish you all best for you and your family.

  27. I have been playing with killerspin jet 800 for around a year. the rubber is almost worn out. I want to keep using the blade. I like to play offensive style. could you suggest a rubber for me? thanks

  28. I re-watched this video today. It was very good and I benefited very much. I am going to re-watch your technique and tactics videos. Thank you.

  29. Love this table tennis paddle/racket, it's my first one that I've gotten since starting to play about half a year ago at work. Before that I'd only used the crappy ones at work that were who knows how many years old and falling apart. This paddle made a HUGE difference! I actually started feeling like trying to put spins on the ball made a difference! After playing with this paddle for a few months, I'm spinning and chopping with ball on level with some of the people who have been playing for years. Some of my coworkers have other paddles they've bought which I've tried, but this one just feels the best to me. Lightweight with good speed and spin! http://azon.ly/imwz

  30. Mình đang dùng mặt Mark V, không biết khi giật mình có nên canh bóng sát lưới để ít bị ra ngoài không

  31. You are wrong to keep saying that Chinese coaches are better than Western coaches. I am sure there are some very good coaches in the West and equally some not very good coaches in China. But I like your videos.

  32. I am an intermediate player. And I have the Timo Boll ALC blade.
    I like it very much, it is very fast, powerful and mostly, it doesn't vibrate too much. I hate blades that vibrate, i.e. the ZLC.
    But sometimes I feel like it is too "dead", since the ALC system basically removes almost any vibration. And I feel like it lacks a bit in control.

    I would probably play better with a blade that has slightly more vibration, and a bit less faster. Maybe an all wood blade.
    Do you have something to suggest?

  33. Hi Coach, Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us, you are making a big difference for players like me who do not have a coach to guide us.
    I am an intermediate/progressing player who is still learning the correct techniques and I would like your suggestion on a good racket set-up.
    please suggest me good blade and rubbers for forehand and backhand…
    I am a backhand dominant player who plays close to table and mid-distance.
    I have a attacking game.
    After watching your videos I went back to a very old Stiga pre-made 20 dollar bat and found that it gave me great control and feeling. It was very light and had a small dimensions(small i size) so I was able to switch between FH and BH easily which made me feel that the bat was an extension of my arm.

    Your advice would be greatly appreciated!!!

  34. I am a beginning penholder and would like my first custom made c-pen racket to play competitively with it. Could i get some recommedations?

  35. Coach Emratthich, the Nittaku "Streak R-H" Japanese penhold blade is classified as All Round and is made of 5-ply soft wood instead of 1 ply hinoki. It is a little thicker than typical chinese penhold blades. Would this blade be considered flexible enough for good loops and spin?

  36. Hi coach!
    Thank u for the extremely informative and helpful video. Is an allround wood blade also known as a all+ or all? If i am a very amatuer player, still learning looping techniques, topspin, backspin, etc. I can loop backhand (it is my dominance) and somtimes forehand. Should i go for all or all+?? I have also found some blades from stiga. They r the Allround wood NCT, allround evolution, allround CR-WRB, Allround Classic WRB, Allround Classic. Can u give me advice on these blades? To view more, the catalogue is here: https://issuu.com/stigasports/docs/table_tennis_professional_2017-web

  37. hallo Coach i'm a beginner Player (know some Basics but Need to Train and improve techniques) , and i want to ask about premade blade such as stiga pro Carbon. Would you recommend to use that one? or what would you think about stiga pro Carbon? is it worth to buy? because i saw on online store, there are many Reviews over there (good Price and value). i want to have such as only 1 blade that to be able improve my skills (i don't want to Change blade in the future) but there're too many Options to pick. Thank you

  38. Thank you so much for the video. Could someone please advise, is the new poly ball is referring to the new plastic ball?

  39. Stiga Allround Evolution + Hurricane 3 Neo and Skyline TG 2 neo is awesome for intermediate players! 🙂 Awesome video!

  40. Hi coach,

    I noticed many of the top chinese players are using carbon blades now, such as the Viscaria or Hurricane Long. Do you recommend using this kind of blade?

  41. He's always talking so much about European players, even tho this year Germany is just loosing to China by 3 points

  42. i have a carbon blade with friendship faster rubber….im playing for 1 year….and for a blade like that should i play mid range or close to the table?

  43. EmRatThic Table Tennis Coach
    I use specialtibharv2(limba and balsa off- blade)Yasaka rakzaX on my forehand Mercury2 on my backhand but my legs is so slow and when I looping near the table I cant catch ball and hit the ball very bad.So How can be my legs faster?Sorry for my English.Plese answere my question.

  44. For chopper style, what blade & rubber combination you suggest coach, thx again 👍
    Love watching your videos

  45. Very useful video. I start playing table tennis after 20 years. when I stopped I had a charly roesch 6 ply blade. I started again with a donic baum esprit which is a carbon blade and the point is…I have no control over the ball. Since my charly roesch is destroyed, I am going back to my old George Bohm allround blade and see what happens.

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  47. Great explanation. When a person speaks a language which is not his / her mother tongue, it is essential to go slow. The reverse is also true, to communicate to a person with a language which he / she is nothing at, it is essential to go slow as well.

  48. Thanks for good video and great tips. A tip: accelerate it a bit, could be same video in half the time 😉

  49. I took your advice and just switched from soft rubber on carbon blade to hard rubber on all wood blade, and I'm playing terrible. But I will listen to you coach and give it at least 6 months!

  50. Is yinhe apollo 5 rubber with yinhe mercury 13 blade a good combo for an all round player that focuses a bit more on the offensive style but is still an all rounder?

  51. My blade and rubber are same with the one that you mention..viscaria blade dhs hurricane 3 neo blue sponge & butterfly tenergy 05. Now i realise that i'm not good enough for my blade…hahahaha

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