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How To Choose A Table TEnnis Paddle


One of the best ways to select a blade and rubber combination is to look at the combinations that other players of your style use.  Spintech has now developed a guide to help you do just that., in a simple process.

Using the Style Definitions below, select your primary and secondary style of play.  Remember, that your equipment should be able to perform both well.  Each style has a number associated with it. Once you have selected your style of play with its corresponding number, click on the yellow bold sub heading of that section to display the appropriate Spintech Blade/Rubber combinations chart that have proven successful for many of our players.


# 1. Attacker Pips-Out Penholder, Traditional Style


Pips-Out Penholder Attackers generally stand within three feet of the table. The contact point on all strokes is as early as possible top of the bounce or rising. This is a forehand-dominated style with the player exhibiting a strong, quick pivot move to use the forehand from the backhand side. The Pips-Out Penholder wants to end points quickly and keeps great time pressure on his/her opponents, forcing many errors.


#2. Attacker — Shakehands Hitter


Like their Penholder counterparts, this style generally stands within three feet of the table. This style is forehand dominated and all ball contact is on the rise or at the top of the bounce. Unlike the Penhold Pips-Out Attacker, this style will often open a point with a backhand drive. This style often features a strong backhand counter-drive, hitting well through opponent’s topspin shots. While still trying to finish each point quickly, the Shakehands Hitter is often content to maneuver the opponent out of position before pivoting to end the point with a forehand kill.


# 3. Attacker—Inverted Looper


Inverted Loopers generally stand within three feet of the table. The contact point on all strokes is as early as possible, top of the bounce, or rising. This is a forehand-dominated style with the player exhibiting a strong quick pivot move to use the forehand from the backhand side. This style will try to end points as quickly as possible. Most points are finished with a strong loop-kill. This player often has both an outstanding slow loop and a fast loop-kill from the forehand side. Players of this style can open with a backhand loop but normally do not re-loop with the backhand. They choose to counter drive the backhand instead. This style will on occasion move back into mid-distance (5-7ft from table) and counter loop with the forehand.


#4. Attacker-All-Round


This is perhaps the newest style in the evolution of the modern game. This athlete typically exhibits great hands, a wide variety of attacking strokes executed with almost equal strength from both sides, and the ability to adapt his game to attack the opponent's weaknesses.

This athlete is equally comfortable when generating powerful strokes or simply redirecting the opponent's power against them. Players of this style can produce a wide variety of topspin attacking shots from any position or distance from the table.


#5. The Counter-Driver


Often referred to as "walls", this style plays close to the table and redirects their opponent's speed and spin against them. Using forehand and backhand counter-drive and blocks, this style seeks to force their opponents into making errors. This style mostly uses topspin simply as a means to get into a counter-driving rally. Often this style of player lacks real finishing power, and rarely uses a fast loop or hard kill shot.


#6. Mid-Distance Aggressive Looper


This style prefers to stay within six to eight feet from the table. Their longer topspin strokes carry considerable power and spin, from either forehand or backhand. This style will loop from both wings when playing another attacker. Against underspin, this style will often step around and use the forehand loop from the backhand side.

The recent introduction of the 40mm ball has had a major impact on this style of play. The resulting loss of spin caused by the larger ball has forced this style of player to become even more fit and powerful to survive. Gone are the days when this style would defeat opponents by building up spin with each loop. In today's game, this style is much more dynamic, with even faster point winning loops.


#7. Attacking Chopper



 This style can be best thought of as an attacker who uses underspin to set up their attacking shots.  Players of this style most often use to different racket surfaces and will flip the racket to produce great variation in their defense and their attack.

Attacking Choppers usually have powerful forehand loops or kills.  They will strongly attack any weak return by their opponent, as well as any third ball opportunity.


#8. Close to the Table Defender


This style is build around a chop/block executed from close to the table.  Players of this style most often use combination rackets with long-pips or anti-spin on one side and inverted rubber on the other.  Players of this style use underspin blocks to force weak topspin shots from their opponents.  They will then attack the weak topspin with a well-placed drive or loop.  This style is often the master of placement but lacks real finishing power.


Click to View the master Spintech Blade/Rubber matrix. for all styles of play.