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

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Removing the Handle

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For various reasons, some players choose to change their racket handle.  In this article, I’m going to give you a step by step process of what needs to be done.

 

#1 Remove the rubber

 

#2 Boil a large pot of water

 

#3 Dip the handle of the racket into the water and allow it to boil for 10-15 minutes

 

#4 Take the racket out of the water and dry it off

 

#5 Using a flat-head screwdriver, gentle pry the handle off the blade starting near the head of the racket

 

Perfect Racket?

What should beginners use?

Equipment Details

Racket, Rubber, and Poly Ball

Which racket/rubber combination is the best?  It depends on your skill level and your style.  I’m going to outline several styles and give racket/rubber recommendations.

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

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