The PingSkills Rook was specifically designed for players looking for their first "real" Table Tennis bat. It gives you good control and good spin so you can develop your game. The bat weighs 185 grams including the rubber. The blade is a 5 ply wood and is fairly soft to give you good control. It has a flared handle. It comes with ITTF approved Lion 5 star 2mm rubber on both sides. It has ratings of 7 for speed, 9 for control and 9 for spin.