Advanced blade

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jiri Simacek

jiri Simacek Asked 4 years ago

Hi, I bought probably to „advanced“ blade and rubber. (butterfly inerforce layer zlf + andro rasanter r37) Im just beginner (50 years old) im trying to start with table tennis.

Shall i play with my blade or shall i start with something more suitable for beginners?

Thank you

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Jiri,

I would probably buy something more suitable.  Keep the other one for when you are more advanced and will be able to cope with the speed.

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Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 4 years ago

Jiri, having just completed a little over a year of TT (had never played before) and having started at a slightly more advanced age than you, I can fully endorse Alois' recommendation.  Your blade and rubber combo is more suited to an intermediate (or higher) player and will make learning the correct strokes and technique somewhat more difficult. The blade in itself should be OK as it is rated for control but combined with soft rubbers, especially if they are thicker than 1.8 mm, will reduce the control and increase the speed too much.  The Rasanter R37 are rated highly for control but also very high for speed.  This isn't really what you need. As a beginner it is especially important to have control and touch, while having enough spin to learn how to impart it and receive it.  Speed is the least important factor at this stage.

You will be much better off, and will progress more quickly, with a bat designed to help you develop new skills. I found the Ping Skills Rook an excellent bat for me during that stage (6-9 months).  There are plenty of other choices of course but I found making that choice was confusing with so many options so I went with Alois' and Jeff's offering. I'm glad I did. I have since replaced the original rubbers with Mark V and this upgrade suits my current level of play. So the blade itself has longevity and can take you from total beginner to intermediate player.  If you don't go with a Rook, try to get a similar all wood blade rated ALL-/ALL and rubbers rated most highly for control, then spin, then speed.  Alternatively, keep your blade and add some new, control oriented rubbers - something like the Ando Backside or Joola Topspin could work well on your blade.

Good luck and enjoy your TT.



jiri Simacek

jiri Simacek Posted 4 years ago

Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 4 years ago

I haven't used either Jiri so can't recommend one over the other.  However, I can recommend Yasaka Mark V in 1.8 mm (perhaps even 1.5 mm on the backhand side).  It is a little more 'advanced' than a pure learner's rubber but is versatile enough and forgiving enough to do the job.  It also provides good control, especially in thicknesses of 1.8 mm and less.  I've tried the normal Mark V, the HPS and the GPS and cannot discern any significant differences between them so you could go for any variant.  The Mark V will also enable you to maintain a consistent rubber as you develop your technique from beginner through intermediate levels.  As you improve you can can simply select a thicker version to increase your spin and speed.

If you have trouble getting certain rubbers, try buying online from


jiri Simacek

jiri Simacek Posted 4 years ago

thank you


D K Posted 4 years ago

Greetings,seems like I have a countryman here :D


Rohan Keogh

Rohan Keogh Posted 3 years ago

So Jiri, did you decide on a new bat or new rubbers on the old bat?  What did you choose?

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