Basic Understanding in Choosing Blades

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 1 week ago

Kevin Pratama Loputra

Kevin Pratama Loputra Asked 1 week ago

Dear Alois and Jeff,

Greetings from Indonesia. I hope you are doing well and still making videos and stuff!

I am trying to get a new blade and many articles from the internet say that do not choose too fast blade since it will affect your feeling while playing a stroke. What does the word "fast" here mean? Is it the speed of the ball after the stroke? The weight of the bat? I still don't understand this. 

By any chance, do you have any idea about how good is Stiga's Azalea Offensive? I am a fan of Stiga blades and wanna know more about their characteristics. *And maybe purchase a Stiga blade in the future. 

Thank you so much, Coaches! 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 week ago

Hi Kevin,

I don't know that blade in particular but it sounds like is does have some speed.

The main thing with the speed of the bat is that the ball comes out very fast which makes it more difficult to control the direction of the ball.  This can lead to you compromising your strokes or making them shorter than they need to be.  I also, would recommend a slower blade in general.

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