Published on April 5, 2021 Last Updated on October 25, 2021 by Sorin Petroj
Choosing the best ping pong blades for your play style will greatly affect your further table tennis progress.
Have you progressed, or are you already an experienced player, so it’s time to move on to a new blade and a better racket?
See the table below before we analyze our top 5 selections in more detail.
Best ping pong blades selected by the author:
1. Butterfly Viscaria arylate-carbon blade
Extremely offensive ping pong blade for players who want speed and high-quality shots. What separates this blade from the other ping pong blades is the hand’s feeling when in contact with the ball. It is fast enough for attacking play and strong balls, and at the same time, it has control over softer shots and blocks.
It is a little harder to play cut balls, but that balance is achieved with more training. World champion Zhang Jike uses this blade. It is made of arylate-carbon composition, which means that arylate fibers give you flexibility and shock absorption. On the other hand, carbon fibers allow for elasticity and minimal energy dissipation.
For example, the Viscaria blade is perfect for counter-spin shots from the table and, at the same time, provides control if you move away from the table and want to have strong but controlled shots from a distance.
It consists of 7 layers, 5 wood + 2 arylate-carbon. The blade weighs 87 grams and comes with two types of handles. FL, which is rounded and ST completely flat. All in all, you will choose how you are used to it. Also, the compact head is made to help a lot when playing counter or fastballs from the table.
I do not recommend this blade to beginners. So, all the good sides and benefits of these faster ping pong blades come to the fore if you are an experienced player or a professional.
When you decide to choose Viscaria, I recommend Butterfly Tenergy rubbers, 05 or 64 models. It will also fit with slower rubbers. If you want to feel the full quality, faster and harder rubbers are needed. Of course, a lot of training, which experienced players know how important it is.
Why is Butterfly Viscaria still the most popular ping pong blade among attackers?
Firstly, because of the Balsa technology used and provides incredible power and speed when playing and fastballs.
Secondly, the middle layers of Koto and carbon fiber allow you to have a very good feeling of holding the racket, especially with the Flared handle type.
Moreover, not to mention the shock absorption, which is great with this blade as soon as you have additional control on the ball blocks and pimping on the corners of the table to throw the opponent off balance.
All in all, if you think you can’t feel the difference by going to Viscaria, you are wrong. Players who are not professionals but tend to control more are always delighted with this blade because it shows significantly better characteristics even with slower balls.
According to previous experiences, we can say that the Viscaria Arylate Carbon blade provides 20% to 25% easier play and easier playing of exercises and elements in training. The bottom line is that you need less effort and less energy to achieve the same volume and pace of play.
2. Yasaka Ma Lin soft carbon blade
The perfect ping pong blade for players who want better ball control above all else.
It has very thin carbon fibers, and that is why it has more control than the others. Overall, the blade’s composition has a softer outer layer and a harder inner layer and contains carbon. The blade’s weight is 89 grams, which is quite enough to achieve ball rotation and speed at the same time.
I recommend Yasaka Ma Lin blade to players who have used ready-made rackets so far, and now is the time to improve their game by a degree more. They will adapt very easily because the blade is not too fast, and it is also good for cutting balls and blocks.
The handle comes in all 4 options. Flared, Anatomic, Straight handle, and even in the Penhold option for Asian players. Another important thing is that this blade has a high “sweet spot.” This means that the vibration of the ball is not felt in 90% of cases.
Penhold blade version
The opposite is the absorption and the feeling that the ball is on the racket. So, when you return the serve or block the opponent’s topspin, you will have an exceptional feeling of controlling the ball’s accuracy and direction.
To more advanced players and professionals, the blade would be quite slow for them. But if you are intermediate level, you can even play balls from a distance from the table strong enough.
It also depends a lot on your partner or opponent. If they are much better players, you will feel that you are playing slower, but if they are of similar quality as you and you play tournaments at your level of play, Yasaka Ma Lin will definitely be one of the best ping pong blades for you.
All in all, Yasaka has always been known for producing quality and long-lasting rackets. So it is with ping pong blades. Quality, accuracy, control, longevity is the most important benefits.
So with the characteristics, weight 89 grams, speed 92, control 83, and seven-layer wood, we can say that it is quite a correct blade for medium-advanced players. In terms of overall quality, it is justifiably in our selection of Top 5.
3. Butterfly Timo Boll allround blade
In our opinion, the best blade for the budget. Exceptional control of the ball with lower speed for attacking players makes this blade perfect even for children who plan to play table tennis professionally later. This ping pong blade was named after the two-time World Cup champion, Timo Boll.
Firstly, it weighs only 85 grams which makes it easier to handle and play near the table. Secondly, that means cutting balls with a lot of feeling, a block of the opponent’s topspins, and even the first entry after the service with rotating balls. Finally, you will do all this perfectly with Timo Boll’s all-around blade and adequate table tennis rubbers.
The handle comes in 3 shapes, Flared, Anatomic and Straight, to choose according to your habits. The blade’s total composition is 5 layers and has a reaction of 96 and a control of 83. It is also suitable for more passive players waiting for the opponent’s mistake by keeping as many balls on the table as possible.
Rotation of topspin in fast and slow racket
As you can see, it doesn’t mean a slower blade right away and a worse blade. It all depends on the style of play. You can see the style of hitting with more rotation concerning hitting with more speed in the picture.
You already know how you are currently playing, so you will decide accordingly.
If you are a sparring partner to a professional player, I recommend this blade because the service and block ball return is ideally achieved. Another great thing to keep in mind is the precision of dividing the balls across the table.
If you opt for this blade, in short, I recommend taking a little faster rubbers in combination. This will achieve a balance between speed and ball control. Butterfly’s recommendation is to combine it with Rozena rubbers, but in my experience, you won’t go wrong with Teneregy 05 FX either. This way, you will achieve the maximum rotated balls in topspins and the maximum cut balls in pimples.
As we said, the best blade for the budget. Quality, long-lasting and versatile table tennis blade, from beginners to slightly more advanced players at an extremely affordable price. To sum up, You get it all with Timo Boll Allround blade.
4. Gewo Sensus carbo-speed blade
Another high-speed blade in our shortlist. The reason for this is its composition material of manufacture.
The blade comes with 7 layers, two of which are made of top-quality Aramid carbon. This carbon gives the wood a special control and a very high speed in combination with good rubbers.
I recommend this blade for players who really play an attacking game with many topspins and counter spins. Surely, it is not too heavy to produce good and faster shots even from a table distance.
When you read the features and see their weight of 99 grams, you think it may be too heavy compared to the others from our shortlist. Believe me, and it’s not like that. It’s a little heavier, but you don’t feel so much difference. On the contrary, it’s an advantage in terms of strengthening the game and attacking.
The recommendation is as follows:
1. For advanced and professional players. Use ping pong blades like this combined with harder rubbers to practice a minimum of 5 training sessions per week + leagues and tournaments. You will have a perfect feeling of the strength of the ball’s impact, spin on the spin from a distance will also give you the power and strength that the Gewo blade gives.
2. For players who are experienced but do not practice as much. In combination with softer and slower rubbers, you can put together an excellent racket. You will have control of the ball, and when you attack and take the initiative in the game, you will feel the strength and power of the shot thanks to this ping pong blade.
The power of carbon-aramid combination
Gewo Sensus carbo-speed is the new blade with new technology.
Due to the use of the new carbon-aramid, the wood gained stiffness, and at the same time, Aramid improves and regulates the feeling. That combination is the future of fast rackets, so the current price is a bit higher but believes me, it is worthwhile.
Carbon fiber contains 95% carbon, while Aramid is a new synthetic fiber technology and combined provide perfect effects of speed and control of your ping pong racket.
Let us remind you, the speed is 102, the control is 84, and the composition is 7 layers, 5 wooden + 2 carbon from Aramid carbon. Secondly, you have the opportunity to choose a handle in 3 shapes, flared, anatomical and straight. All in all, excellent blade with all the characteristics, the only thing left for you is training and playing matches.
5. Nittaku Acoustic Carbon ping pong blade
Even though Butterfly is the world’s leading manufacturer of table tennis equipment, this Japanese blade had to be on our shortlist. Nittaku is extremely famous for the top quality of ping pong blade making.
The technology used here for manufacturing is special and is also used in string instruments. This means a special FE-carbon material.
Nittaku Acoustic Carbon gives you the feeling of complete control of the ball and the high speed of the racket. Similarly, what sets it apart from others is the feeling in the hand.
No other blade gives you that feeling that you have complete control over the ball’s trajectory and intensity when hitting.
Video: Nittaku Acoustic blade and Andro rubbers
You need to pay attention to the table tennis rubbers that you will connect to the blade to choose the racket. Since the blade is a little heavier, 92 grams, you should take softer rubbers, and you will achieve a complete balance between control and speed.
To note, the speed is 92, and the control is 65. Therefore, it is clear that the focus is on speed, and players who practice more will easily adjust and feel the blade’s power and strength. Therefore, I should immediately mention that the Nittaku Acoustic blade is not recommended for beginners.
The material of construction is wood (5 layers) and composite (2 layers). Currently, there is only one flared handle option.
Recommendation for the type of players who should use this blade:
1. Attackers with short spins from the table play in the style of the most modern players in the world. Also, players who invest in short balls more often with a flip than pimples and wait for the opponent to enter.
2. Attackers with a style of play at a middle distance from the table. This means that the blade is perfect for spin on spin kicks or taking the game’s initiative after one block. However, I do not recommend this blade to defensive players and players who are more suited to waiting for an opponent to make a mistake.
Type of ping pong blades by handle style
There are 4 types of racket handles:
Flared – The flat is the beginning of the handle closer to the rubber, and at the end, it slowly expands to one side to ensure your safety when holding the racket.
Straight – The handle is completely flat from start to finish, which means it gives you a little flexibility to change the way you hold it during the game, which is not recommended. But many players are used to choosing such a handle and have a better racket feeling in this case.
Anatomic – At the beginning, closer to the rubber is a thinner handle, and as it extends towards the palm, it becomes wider. In this case, you get complete confidence that the racket will not fall out of your hand.
Penhold – The handle is shorter and completely adaptable to Asian players because they hold the racket like a pencil.
Type of ping pong blades by speed
There are 3 types of ping pong blades looking at speed, and this is very important to keep in mind when choosing:
Defensive blades – There are essential control and lower ball speed. Mostly, it does not include carbon wood but with as few layers as possible. In our analysis, the Timo Boll blade is the closest to this category, although it is not completely defensive.
Allround Blades – They are mostly medium speed, and the focus is on ball control. This is ideal for beginners and players who practice several times a week. In our analysis, I would single out Timo Boll blade and Yasaka Ma Lin for this category.
Offensive blades – High-speed and strong blades, mostly used by top players and players who practice more often. Their playstyle comes down to attacking as early as possible with topspins without a lot of pimping the ball. Certainly, in our analysis are Butterfly Viscaria, Gewo Sensus, and Nittaku Acoustic.
What else to pay attention to when choosing ping pong blades?
Firstly, you should pay attention to the serial number when buying and the tag located at the bottom of the racket handle. This will protect you from fake wood that may be on the market.
Secondly, the material of construction and the shape of the handle are very important when choosing, because that way you will be sure that the blade suits you.
Moreover, all these things should not worry you when buying through our partner Megaspin, but we say this as a precaution if you plan to buy from other unverified sources.
In any case, beginners should choose lighter ping pong blades by weight and without additives such as carbon and others. When you progress or are already a more advanced player, you can experiment with many combinations.
We recommend that you take the heavier blades and softer rubbers so that you will find the style and feel you need in time. There are many wood and rubbers on the market today, and it is not a crucial price to achieve success.
The most important thing is to make the best combination for yourself from everything that exists. Only in time will you know if you need a heavier or lighter racket, faster or slower rubbers, as well as their thickness and hardness.
How to protect your ping pong blade?
Firstly, be sure to put side tape around the racket when you stick rubbers on it for the reason that it will protect your blade when you play short balls or accidentally hit a ping pong table through the game. It happens to everyone. Even the most experienced players can accidentally hit the table and damage the wood. This is why side tape provides very good protection, and the racket will last you a very long time.
Secondly, when gluing the racket, I recommend that you first rub your blade with a light and not too sharp sandpaper and then wipe the wood with a dry cloth. Only then put table tennis glue on the blade, and you can start gluing rubbers. The next time you re-glue the racket, keep in mind that part of the glue is certainly left on the blade, and you should repeat this procedure with sandpaper and cloth.
Moreover, every time you don’t play table tennis, use and put your blade together with the rubbers in the racket case because you will be in a safe place. It will not wear out like if you just put it in a bag.
And the last thing we don’t have to mention, but we will still say for those who don’t know. Watch out for high or too low temperatures. A racket that stays in the strong sun can be damaged. This will not happen immediately, but it will lose its characteristics over time.
Special ping pong blades
Some blades have special surface treatments. They have special chemicals in addition to the layers on the wood and are thus produced into small crystal structures. These are the Yinhe M and Nano Series and have certain key advantages.
Firstly, the surface becomes much harder, which allows for greater impact resistance.
Secondly, the surface gets a stronger sealant, which means it will not be damaged when you remove the rubbers.
The next special ping pong blades are Hinoki. They have a much denser construction and a slightly heavier feel. They provide really good turning and a much longer retention time.
In any case, Hinoki blades are not great magic, and they are just different from the others. They are usually 10 mm thick, and the material is from the inside of a younger tree, which is why they are lighter than the others.
However, what kind of tree the layers are cut from and the blades are made the difference. The younger the tree, the softer and weaker the blade. The older they are, the heavier and more solid the blade will be.