Top ping pong paddle

Last Updated on April 20, 2021

Ping pong paddle that best suits your level of play.

Are you a beginner, or do you play as a hobby and want the best complete racket?

See why we chose this as the best combination of ball control, soft rubber, enabling a high rotation. In other words, blade Zhang Jike, which is fast enough for your needs.

Ping pong paddle for beginners and advanced players

This racket will be fast enough for your needs as a beginner. As a result, you will have control over the ball and will be able to perform all the shots that exist in table tennis with full effect.

If you practice several times a week or play ping pong as a hobby, this is the ideal combination of blade and rubber combined in one racket. Why was this one chosen as the best? See the most important benefits.

Zhang jike ping pong paddle red rubber Flextra

Ping pong paddle composition

  • 5-layer wooden construction + 2-layer carbon fiber
  • Flextra rubber 2.1 mm thick
  • Gift set containing a racket case

Carbon fiber strengthens the racket and adds speed to it. In other words,  achieving a perfect balance between spin and stroke. Flextra rubber is known for its durability and, on the other hand, has excellent ball control.

Zhang Jike ping pong blade and Flextra rubber

Ping pong paddle characteristics

  • Rubber
  1. Speed: 8.25
  2. Spin: 8.75
  3. Hardness: 3.2
  • Blade
  1. Speed: 9.2
  2. Spin: 8.5
  3. Control: 5.5

To make it easier to understand the whole racket’s characteristics, it is listed separately for rubber and blade. However, when it comes together as you get with this racket, you have a combination of speed and softness.

You will have a completely balanced game, from basic movements for beginners to spins and blocks that more advanced players need.

Table of benefits

Great control

Zhang Jike great control OK

Good for topspin with rotation

Zhang Jike topspin with rotation OK

Cutting is very easy to do

Zhang Jike cutting OK

Quality and durability of the racket

Zhang Jike quality of the racket OK

Slow speed for professionals

Zhang Jike slow speed NO OK

Connection of the world brand and the top player

The world’s most famous manufacturer of table tennis equipment is Butterfly. For decades, it has been known that their equipment is of exceptional quality, be it rackets, tables, or clothes.

Two-time world champion and gold medalist at the London Olympics Zhang Jike. The blade you get in this set is made after him. In addition, he is an athlete sponsored by Butterfly, whose Flextra model rubbers are on this beautiful racket.

Why choose Butterfly ping pong paddle?

The main reason for that is the exceptional quality of their products. Because they sponsor world players, clubs worldwide,  tournaments, and training camps. Butterfly managed to get renowned world players to sign contracts with them.

However, this is why you can be sure that you have made the right hit by choosing this racket. The Flextra rubbers on it are long-lasting, soft enough, and you will be able to achieve the maximum effect with all moves in table tennis.

About Butterfly as an equipment manufacturer

The company was founded in 1950 in Japan by the then table tennis player Hikosuke Tamasu.

Butterfly history sign Tamasu table tennis

“I want to make better rubber. I want to make the ideal table tennis rubber with my own hands”,  says Tamasu.

Until 1997, the brand began to grow, and the branch office based in Tokyo changed. Butterfly opened a factory for the production of rackets. Therefore, Butterfly also opened a subsidiary in Moers, West Germany, called “Tamasu Butterfly Europe.”

Firstly, there were 62 brands as equipment manufacturers. Now are over 120 of them, which means that the competition is much bigger. Butterfly as a brand is still the best to this day. So, they expanded to the European market, and they showed more and more how high quality and always innovative they are with their products.

From 1997 until today, they continue to provide top quality and innovation. In 2003, they opened a Shanghai subsidiary office, establishing production and sales in the Chinese market.
In 2008, the rubber that is currently the most famous in the world and used by professionals at the world competitions “Tenergy 05” was published.

Butterfly table tennis head office building finished in 2018

The new head office building was finally completed in 2018.
With all this in mind, you can be sure that you can’t go wrong with Butterfly. Above all, the only thing that matters is that you understand what style of play you have and how often you play table tennis.

Therefore, the goal of this review is to help you find yourself a racket that is top quality and, at the same time, suits your needs if you are a beginner or a player with a few training a week.

About Zhang Jike as a world table tennis player

Born on February 16, 1988. A Chinese table tennis player. He won the Grand Slam in 445 days, making him the fastest player ever to do so. Therefore,  he won first the World Table Tennis Championship 2011, the World Cup 2011, and the Olympic Games in London 2012.

After that, he won the World Table Tennis Championship 2013 and the World Cup 2014, so he is a two-time world champion. You can see the current ranking on the website of the International Table Tennis Federation ITTF.

Zhang Jike playing a ping pong match returning a topspin
His game boils down to attack combined with fast topspins and loops. He makes perfect use of his backhand, often playing in the middle of the table. It succeeds because it is set very low on the ball, giving it good movement and returning to the old position.

When playing under pressure, Zhang Jike is the best then. Above all, he has exceptional mental strength in key moments.

What to consider when choosing a ping pong paddle

Since each racket has 6 important parts in its entirety, we will briefly clarify what is most important when buying a ping pong paddle. Handle and blade as one whole, forehand sponge and rubber as another whole, and backhand sponge and rubber as a third whole.

Firstly, how do you hold a paddle? Aside from Asian players who like the penhold grip, the vast majority of players use a shakehand. Therefore, it means that you have 3 options, flared, straight and anatomical.

Anatomically or flared style is perfect for beginners. We recommend a straight handle for more advanced players who hold the racket tighter. Although this mostly depends on your taste and older habits.

Secondly, the composition of the wood is fundamental. Beginners should choose slower ping pong blades with less carbon in the composition. In contrast, while more advanced and professional ping pong players need faster blades and more material layers in the composition.

That is why Zhang Jike is our choice as a top ping pong paddle. This paddle has enough control of the ball and the speed to play the middle level.

Sponge and rubber type

Top ping pong paddle sponge and type of rubber

Thirdly, sponge on the rubber. The thickness of the sponge depends a lot on the speed of the game. Most players prefer thicker and faster rubbers, but the rubbers should be thinner if you are a defensive player. The Flextra rubbers that come with our selection of rackets are 2.1 mm and are approved by the International Table Tennis Federation for tournaments.

The fourth and most important, the type of rubber that is on the racket. As much as the blade affects the game, we can say that rubber also affects. With the choice of rubber, you can change a lot in the way you play. Harder ping pong rubbers are more for attacking players, while softer for players who like to wait for an opponent’s mistake or attack with lighter topspins and more rotating balls.

I want to say that the Flextra rubbers in our selection of Top ping pong paddle are perfect for mid-range style players. Moreover, this means that you have enough control of the ball with them, and they are fast enough if you play with topspins with more rotation.

You can see many rubber models and manufacturers on the site in the table tennis rubbers section.

Ping pong paddle – Summary

Firstly, years of working as a coach and having tried many rackets. Secondly, I have seen that beginners and advanced players but non-professionals have to use middle-speed ping pong paddle.

However, as a professional, you need faster and harder rubbers, but that means you will achieve control by training 3 to 5 hours a day.

Beginners need softer rubbers and slower blades to have better ball control.

With that in mind, Butterfly Zhang Jike’s complete racket is my best choice and recommendation based on all the analyzes.

In conclusion, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on the most expensive rubber and blade unless you are a professional. This choice is the best combination of price, quality, and durability.

Ping pong paddle black rubber

 

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