Correct Balls/Paddle

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 7 years ago

Nikolas Fantocone

Nikolas Fantocone Asked 7 years ago

Hello.  I want your opinion on the balls and the paddle I have.  I don't have the money (or means of transportation) to get a new one, but I wanted to know what you thought of these (for now).  My paddle is an EastPoint eps 3.0, and the balls (for training) are EastPoint one star pack of 36.  Thank you!  I am interested in buying a paddle (possibly from you guys) but I just don't have the money for it now (i'm 15).


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Nikolas,

The bat and balls look OK for a beginner level and to first start playing you strokes.  You will find that the bat will not last very long as far as your development is concerned.


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Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago

Hello Nikolas,

I to use the EastPoint EPS 3.0 and find it as a pretty good bat for the money. Just make sure you clean it after you are done playing and or practicing because the rubbers tend to get dirty pretty quick. The EastPoint balls are not bad either but watch out with the 1 star balls. Some of them have a small crease where they bond the 2 half's together.


Nikolas Fantocone

Nikolas Fantocone Posted 7 years ago

Thanks Steve! I have been trying to get a better paddle, but can't afford the price.  Know where I can get any cheap, relatively decent paddles?  And as far as the balls, I have noticed the same thing with them. I have seen the crease on a few of the balls, so i try to stay away from those ones.  Thank you!


Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago

Nikolas,

I have been waiting for Pingskills to get some more of there "Rook" paddle's. Alois and Jeff recommend them for us that are begginers or intermediate beginner's. For around $70 US I think it is pretty reasonable, but like I said they are out of stock right now. So I may wait but have been looking into buying something else in the mean time. Not sure where you bought your EastPoint paddle but I bought mine at a place called Walmart here in the US. It only cost me $5 or $6 buck's and for me I think it is a pretty good paddle for the price. I have been looking at some other paddles, but if you read some of the thread's here. You will find that you really need to hold the new paddle before you buy it. Also rubber's are real important, so again you will need to check out that as well.

I'll let you know if and when I buy another paddle, because I don't know when Pingskills will get more Rook paddle's. And I don't know if I can wait until they get more of them. Until then happy gaming and keep practicing!!! :-)


Nikolas Fantocone

Nikolas Fantocone Posted 7 years ago

Steve,

I live in the US too, so I know what Walmart is lol. :)  Being just a teen who has no job, the price is really what is hurting my chances of getting a new paddle.  But for right now I will keep this paddle until I cannot use it anymore.  And I got it at Walmart too, and I think it was between $9-12.  Not sure exactly. 


Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago

Hey Nikolas,

I have a question for you, when your paddle gets dirty. What do you do to clean it? I know Alois says to just use water and then wipe it off. But I find with these EastPoint EPS 3.0 paddle's. The rubber's are pretty darn sticky and tend to get dirty quickly. So I am wondering what you are using to clean your paddle.

Also, if you want to know how I clean mine, I'll let you know a little secret if you want to know. ;-)


Nikolas Fantocone

Nikolas Fantocone Posted 7 years ago

Steve,

I'd love to hear your secret! To be honest, I do the same as Alois, but I'd like to know a better way, because I don't know about if the water damages the paddle.  I like to only use a little, and then use a towel.  And I agree, the rubber is REALLY sticky! :)


Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago

Nikolas, 

You are still here, cool.

Anyway, what I was talking about with cleaning our EastPoint paddle's. Most of the time I play TT in my garage and it gets pretty dirty as you imagine. So one day I was looking at some YouTube videos about cleaning paddle's. I came across one where they had used dish washing liquid and a sponge. So here is what I found that seems to work very well. I use Dawn Ultra dish washing liquid, with warm water and a sponge. Use a little bit of the dish washing liquid on a very wet warn sponge. Work it in the sponge and make sure you have a dry towel ready. I take the paddle and wipe both sides with the sponge then wipe off the little bit of amount of soapy water on that dry towel. Then I let it dry for a couple of minutes where both sides of the paddle can dry evenly.

Now my secret, after you have let the paddle dry for a few minutes. Put it in a sandwich size zip lock baggie and push the air out of it until you see that the baggie is sticking to the paddle. The next time you go to use your paddle you will notice that you will have to pull the baggie up and off the paddle. Ones you have removed the baggie, you will notice how clean and sticky your paddle is.

Now I don't recommend this for more expensive paddle's. But I have been doing this for a while on my EastPoint paddle's and I have 4 of them. But give it a try and make sure you don't get it to wet. Just wipe it and dry it as explained above. Then dry it and then put it in the baggie.

I hope that this help's.


Nikolas Fantocone

Nikolas Fantocone Posted 7 years ago

Yes that does very much!  Hopefully this weekend I can give your idea a try!  What do you recommend for a good paddle that is relatively cheap?


Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago

Hello Nikolas,

 

Good to hear from you again, do you have a "Dicks Sporting Goods" in your area? Or maybe Academy Sports? I have been to Dicks sporting goods and they have a good variety of TT paddle's from different manufacturer's. Most of them are at a pretty good price, like under $50 bucks. Tell me, what is your spending limit? That would help a lot to know. Knowing what you are willing to spend will help me so I can find something in your price range.


Nikolas Fantocone

Nikolas Fantocone Posted 7 years ago

Probably $50-75.  And yes I do have a Dick's close by.  Have a specific paddle you recommend?


Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago

Hey Nikolas,

I was just reading your first comment that you had asked the coach/ Alois. You say that you don't have the money or transportation to get a paddle. So I am thinking that you might want to go online and look for a paddle. The only drawback about buying online is you don't know what you are really getting, especially a paddle. Where you really need to hold it in your hand and get a feel of it. Touch the rubber's and make sure that are of quality. You can't do that when buying online, plus there are some pretty unscrupulous people out there. Who will sell you what you think you are getting, just to find out it is a fake or replica of the actual product you think you are buying.

Unless you are buying from a manufacturer that makes the paddle you are looking to buy. Knowing that you are only 15 you might want to ask your Mom or Dad and see if they will take you to a sporting goods store. Of course make sure wherever you go they have TT paddle's, some do some don't. You might even want to call them first to make sure that they have what you are looking for. There are a lot of good beginner paddle's out there, so it really depends on how much you can or want to spend.

I know the EastPoint is not the best, but it is not the worst either. I don't know what kind of player you are and how long you have been playing TT. So that is going to make a big difference in the type of paddle you buy. For myself I have been thinking about getting either the Stiga Master Series Indoor TT racket or the Stiga Master Series Cannon Indoor TT racket. If I were you I would go to the Dicks website and search under Table Tennis. Then look at the TT racket's. Look at your price range and read the reviews about the rackets you are interested in. 

Hopefully this will help you.


Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago

Hello Nikolas,

I hope you are doing well. I have not heard from you in a couple of days. Have you had time to go look for a paddle and if so have you made a decision on what you might want to buy?

In the mean while keep practicing with what you have. Because whatever paddle you use is better than nothing. :-) 

H


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

HI Nikolas,

As long as the bat has some sponge under the rubber and the rubber has some grip then it should be OK to start with.


Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago

 Hello Alois,

I am about to buy a new bat/paddle for myself. I have been looking at the "Nimatsu" Spinfighter II that is supposed to be good for beginner/ intermediate level players. I would really like your opinion on this bat as soon as you can please. Because I am so tired of the junkie Eastpoint EPS 3.0 I am using now. I have out grown that bat a long time ago and can't wait for the "Rook" to come in.

Thanks in advance!!!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

I don’t really think either of these will get you very far with you development.  They are a very basic bat.


Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago

Thank you Alois,

I almost went and ordered one. I just don't understand why it is so difficult to buy a beginner/intermediate bat. I have been looking around at a lot of websites that sell bats for all levels of play. I have read a lot of good reviews on some of the ones I have been looking at. But I guess is like anything in life, you need to be able to look at it feel it in your hand. Maybe even play with it and see how you like it. But those are not options for me and I don't want to just go out and spend a bunch of money on something that ends up not working out for me.

Hopefully you guys will get the "Rook" in sometime soon. Otherwise I'll just have to keep looking for something better than what I am using now. :-( 


Nikolas Fantocone

Nikolas Fantocone Posted 7 years ago

Sorry I have had computer issues and haven't been able to get on.  But I am on now! :)  Unfortunately, I haven't bought any paddles yet, but my B-Day is coming up...


Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago

Hello Nikolas,

Good to hear from you again. Just wanted to let you know I bought a custom made paddle from a guy here in the states. He will make a paddle for you and your playing level for a really good price. Now that you are back on the internet go check out: colestt.com

Then look around and see what he has to offer on his home page. After that you can go to his "Combo" page and make your own paddle. If you still can't decide what you want for your playing level. Give him a call from his contact page and he will be more than willing to help you. He can make you you're custom paddle and ship it out to you in a couple of days. I bought 2 paddles from him and both cost less than $40 each and come with covers to protect the rubber's. He also has cases for the paddle that are of good quality and cost less than most other places.

If you are still looking to buy a new paddle check out his website. For the price I don't think you could do any better.


Nikolas Fantocone

Nikolas Fantocone Posted 7 years ago

I will look at it. :)  Alois, what do you think of it?


Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago

Nikolas,

I have already asked Alois about the paddle setup I am buying. He does not no much about what colestt.com sells. But I guarantee Cole will sell you the right paddle setup for your playing level. If you are not sure what to buy then give him a call. He will take the time to listen to you and make a paddle for you for under $50 included shipping.


Nikolas Fantocone

Nikolas Fantocone Posted 7 years ago

That sounds good.  I think next month I might be able to buy one.


Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago

Hello Nikolas

Wanted to let you know that I received my new paddles today. All I can say is WOW what a difference between the old and the new paddles. Whatever you end up buying, you will probably notice a difference. These EastPoint paddles are good for beginners but I found that the rubbers don't last long. Our maybe its just me because I have played a lot with the old EastPoint paddles.

The one thing that I need to get use to is the weight of the new paddles. They are a little bit heavier than the old EastPoint paddles, but not to much to worry about. :-) 



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