Why is spin important when you choose a paddle?
Spin is the difference between playing table tennis and winning at table tennis. Without the paddle control and shot control that is offered by injecting spin into the mix of your play style, you will not have the speed or the accuracy on tap to be able to confuse or overextend your opponent.
Features to consider before you buy a ping pong paddle for spin
Ping Pong paddles are rated based on their speed, accuracy, and the control that they offer. These items are all factors in play, and your ability to utilize these factors in your play style can determine your ability to win matches.
We looked at the spin rating, speed rating, control, and size when we reviewed these paddles. We feel that this is the right blend of features to give you a good overall feel for the paddles that we looked at so that you can have an accurate idea of the capabilities of each of them when you are shopping for the perfect paddle for your needs.
The spin rating refers to the ability of the paddle to generate more or less spin when these shots are needed. The JOOLA Infinity offers a superior amount of spin per shot, and the sensitivity of the playstyle it offers is superior to the other advanced paddles on this list.
Speed is an important part of advanced play, and you cannot hope to win your matches without speed on your side. The Butterfly Boll Control FL Proline offers an excellent speed rating that is balanced with a great all-around playstyle. These kinds of features do not often co-exist in a paddle.
Control is a prerequisite for all-around play as well as trick shots and spin shots, and we made sure to review paddles that offered the perfect amount of control for the level of play they were made for. This is where the Spindragon Apex Carbon Professional Ping Pong Paddle really stood out from the pack.
Being able to offer advanced play with great control is a necessary feature for any experienced player’s paddle.
The size of the paddle has a lot to do with its forgivingness for beginner players as well as having a direct effect on speed. Beginner paddles will often be bigger to help offer margin for error, but they are therefore also going to be slower. The STIGA Evolution offers a larger surface area that does not impinge on speed which makes this a great paddle to use to transition from intermediate to advanced play.
Handle style can affect your comfort, and you will want to make sure that you are using a paddle with an ergonomic grip that will be comfortable for hours of play.
There are many styles of grip and handle designs out there, and you will need to consider your hand size as well as the amount of time that you will spend playing.
Construction can affect speed, precision, and durability, as well as comfort. This list has quality paddles on it that will hold up to extended play. Every model from the Killerspin Impact D5 to the JOOLA Infinity Edge will allow you to enjoy hours of play without peeling or bubbling rubber surfaces or frayed edges.
The weight of the paddle affects the speed of your shots as well as the power that you can put behind each attack. You may not want a heavier paddle if you are focused on spin and other trick shots, but for an all-around paddle, weight can deliver power and accuracy with each stroke.
This is a bigger factor in your selection process than many people realize. You cannot hope to enjoy playing if you are not paired up with the right paddle for your skill level. Playing with an advanced paddle when you are a beginner will only result in frustration.