Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 - 2018 USATT Coach of the Year
 

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Choosing a Beginner Racket

5 Things to Look For

Choosing a Beginner Racket
 
When choosing a beginner racket, there are several key elements to look for.
1. Surface
Choose a racket that has inverted rubber.  It should have sponge that is about 1.5 mm with a pips-in topsheet that is slightly grippy.
 
2. Speed
The speed should be medium-low to allow for best ball control and stroke development.
 
3. Weight
The weight should be fairly light, especially for juniors.
 
4. Approved
For tournament use, the rubber must say “ITTF Approved”. 
 
5. Type
For players under 800 level, I would recommend using a pre-assembled racket.  These rackets generally have the best control.  For tournament-level players, a professional racket is preferred – but remember to purchase one with good control.
 
As a beginner, I made the mistake of choosing a very fast blade with extremely tacky rubber.  This really hindered my progress.  As I mentioned above, I would recommend starting slow and working up.  I now use a Nittaku Ludeak Blade combined with Nittaku FastArc G-1 rubber. 

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