Reuse the paddle from a premade bat to make a custom bat

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Sujith Sudhakaran

Sujith Sudhakaran Asked 5 years ago

Can we reuse the paddle from a premade bat to make a custom bat?

If Yes, what should be the things to care about while making such a custom bat?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Sujith,

With some of them you can use the wood again.  It will depend on the quality of the wood.  I know with the PingSkills Rook I have seen it used with better rubber with good effect.

The wood is the less important part of the set up to the rubber.


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Sujith Sudhakaran

Sujith Sudhakaran Posted 5 years ago

Thank Alois Rosario, this answer helps.

I was planning to put Yasaka Mark V rubber on forehand and Yasaka phantom rubber on the backhand. The paddle is very light weight, will it affect the performance of rubber.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

The softer wood will slow the ball down a bit but depends on how fast you want the bat to be.


Sujith Sudhakaran

Sujith Sudhakaran Posted 5 years ago

Thanks for your advice.


Johan B

Johan B Posted 5 years ago

I did this and it worked well, but i couldn't remove all the premade sponge, which caused problems every time I changed rubbers


Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 5 years ago

On the other hand, good brand new blades can be found for less than the price of a single rubber, and a blade lasts for years and years if handled carefully, while rubbers wear out in a year max. So I always think that the blade is not where you should try to spend less. Unless you use really cheap Chinese rubbers maybe. I also often buy second hand blades, which are sometimes like new for half the original price.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Hi Johan,

If you do have excess sponge use a solvent like Mineral turpentine to soften it and then it will come off easily.  You can also use a fine gripper or sandpaper.


Johan B

Johan B Posted 5 years ago

Yeah, I used sandpaper, but the wood had become really intertwined with the sponge. I managed to sandpaper it down to a nice flat surface, but the new sponge grabbed on harder to the old sponge patches than to the pure wood parts, so new rubbers would tend to break when I took them off.


Shaun Synot

Shaun Synot Posted 5 years ago

I use lighter fluid, I put a little bit on a small area let it dry for about 10 seconds then scrape off the sponge and wipe the excess with a tissue. I also use it to get the glue off the back of the rubber by doing the same as I do with the blade except I rub the glue off with my thumb. Don't rub the glue when the rubber is lying on a table etc because this will wreck the playing side, hold it in one hand and rub the glue with the other hand.


Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 5 years ago

Today for the first time I tried to remove the ruined rubbers from a cheap training bat from my club, to put some decent second hand rubbers on it and put it back in service. The sponge was very brittle and would come off only in very small bits. After trying several techniques, what worked best was to use a small spatula (about 1.5 inches wide). Once you get a good starting point, it works well if you take your time and don't push too hard in one time. That got rid of about 90% of the sponge, leaving only a very thin layer of it. To get rid of that, I tried Acetone, which is a very strong solvent normally, but it worked quite poorly and it took me ages to clean not even one half of one side. Then I tried "Solvent F" ("Essence F" in French), and after letting it soak in for less than a minute, I could rub off all of the remaining sponge very easily and rapidly. I would never have thought that it could work so well. No need for any sandpaper. At least for this particular bat I worked on. Use a disposable cloth though, and read the safety instructions on the solvent bottle.



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