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Learn and improve your table tennis fast by using good bats. Use these simple
and important tips for choosing bats (paddles) for yourself or your kids.
You can play on cheap tables, in windy outdoor conditions, in poor lighting and on slippery floors but if you don't have a good bat with spinny - fast rubbers, you cannot master modern table tennis shots at all. Typically, your bat should cost at least $50; the cheap plastic bats from Paddy markets or Rebel bats costing $20 just do not have enough spin to make decent shots.
With more than 20 years coaching, I instantly recognise players who've been using cheap worthless bats all their lives. They develop incredibly bad techniques which after a lifetime of practising, are almost impossible to change. And they usually quit my coaching lessons in disgust, saying that I couldn't help them hardly. They want instant results and why can't they play comp at beginner level? Why do little children still beat them after several lessons? The reason is that they've developed so many bad shots which were moulded from using throw away bats, well it's going to take half a life time to correct their shots.
So I recommend that you NOT buy you bats from Rebel or on line if the bats are $30 to $50 each. Do you know that most comp players have rubbers that are $50 each? With two rubbers on each bat and changing the rubbers at least once a season, they spend at least $200 a year. But these are the 'cheapskates'. Butterfly Tenergy rubbers cost roughly $100 each which most of the pros use, so a committed comp player will spend $400 a year just on replacing their rubbers sheets. Yet if you think of the pleasure they get and being competitive, this is still very cheap compared to cycling ($10,000 for a light bicycle), tennis ($400 a racquet and regular re-stringing) or badminton ($300 a racquet and $20 for weekly re-stringing plus $5 each shuttlecock) on so on.
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