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Guide to Shakehand  Grip Table Tennis Blades

SPEED-Blades vary in their ability to transfer arm and racket movement into ball speed based on such factors as wood types used and how they are combined. Our speed ratings are designed to make choosing as simple as possible. The speed ratings are provided by manufacturers for comparisons of blades within the same brand.

Fast Table Tennis Blades-(speed 7 to 10) are popular with attacking players.

All-around speed blades (speed 6-7) are popular with many players who mix consistent play with selective attack. Players who emphasize controlled topspin also often use these blades as do some defensive players who want to mix occasional offensive shots.

Control Speed Table Tennis Blades-(speed 5 and below) are preferred by many defensive players and players still developing their games. When combined with thin (1.5mm and 1.0mm) rubber these blades allow highest consistency, but at the expense of some point winning power.

WEIGHT-Most blades weigh between 70 and 100 grams before rubber is added. As with a tennis racket, golf clubs or baseball bat, the ideal blade weight for you is based on style and strength.

Light Blades-(under 77 grams) allow quickest racket acceleration. They provide a higher ratio of spin to speed. Medium to very fast light blades are favored for quick attack styles (topspin close to the table play).

Medium weight blades-(77 to 89 grams) balance some of the extra power and solid feeling of the heavier "power" blades preferred by many combination attacker/blockers, with some of the advantages of lighter blades.

Heavier weight blades-(over 90 grams) are often more stable when hit off center and once accelerated, produce a higher speed to spin ratio for topspin attacking shots.
Fast, heavy blades-have the greatest power producing potential if accelerated to maximum speed at ball contact.

BLADE POWER FACTOR-Our table tennis blade power rating is an index that combines each blade's speed rating and weight, in order to rate the maximum potential of a blade to transfer it's velocity into maximum ball speed.

CONTROL-Blades with high control ratings are easier to use for steady, consistent play. Blades high in control are usually lower in speed and visa-versa. A well designed blade combining soft and hard wood plies (or carbon plies) can however produce high speed on fast shots with good control for soft play. Note that like speed ratings, control ratings were provided by the manufacturer of each brand for comparisons within that brand and not with blades from other manufacturers.

HANDLE TYPE-Handle size and shape are primarily personal choices based on what feels good in your hand.

Flared handles (FL) also called concave are the most popular table tennis blade by far. They allow a loose grip with less risk of the racket slipping out of the hand during play than with straight handle rackets.
Straight handles (ST) are the second most popular type of grip with players of all styles and are more popular with defensive type players.
Anatomic (AN) or "double flared handles have the widened end of a flared handle with a second wide part in the middle, these are not very popular.
Conic (CN) handles are preferred by some players with larger hands.

High Performance Table Tennis Blades

The blade, wood part of a table tennis racket is made of thin slices of wood Veneers some blades have a lamination of other material (type called carbon fiber) that provides a larger sweet spot.

The type of wood veneers used in the blade construction determines the overall contribution of speed and spin that the blade will help to produce, along with the rubber and sapping. The veneer configuration will determine much of the "feel" of the complete racket.

High Performance Composite Table Tennis Blades

Composite Blades

Carbon Fiber (Graphite) Blades incorporate a layer of layers of carbon fiber or other synthetic matter. The rules require that 85% of the total blade wide be wood.

The type of wood veneers used in the blade construction determines the overall contribution of speed and spin that the blade will help to produce, along with the rubber and sponge. The veneer configuration will determine much of the "feel" of the complete racket.

Consumer Guide to Penhold Grip Table Tennis Blades

PENHOLD BLADES FOR OFFENSIVE PLAY-Penhold style blades are designed for the Asian style of play. They are often used with a rubber sheet only on the primary hitting side which is used for both backhand and forehand play Some use rubber on the second side for selective use. Because this style is suited towards a powerful, quick forehand and not well suited to defensive or all-around style play, most penhold blades are very fast.

THE PENHOLD GRIP-Penhold gripping players hold the handle between the thumb and index finger (like holding a pen) with the remaining fingers and hand behind the racket.

JAPANESE PENHOLD GRIP-With the Japanese style the other fingers are fanned out behind the blade for maximum forehand power.                                      

CHINESE PENHOLD GRIP-With the Chinese grip the non-index fingers are curled around the handle for  greater ease in adjusting the racket angle and therefore better control and backhand play.

JAPANESE PENHOLD BLADES-Japanese style penhold blades are best for quick hitting and topspin attack. They have a more rectangular shaped head which is longer and narrower than shakehand style or Chinese penhold blades. They may also have thicker non-symmetrical handles. The shape and very fast woods these are made of produce maximum power and lightness, but minimum control and backhand flexibility.

CHINESE PENHOLD BLADES-Chinese style penhold blades are also made for attacking styles, but are somewhat less powerful and easier to control for steady play and placement than Japanese style blades. Chinese penhold blades have a more conventional round shaped head and a thinner, symmetrical, rounded handle The smaller handle makes it easier to adjust your grip and racket angle for different shots or to rotate the blade in your hand for use of the second side, if the second side is covered with a legal rubber sheet.


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