Whether you are new to table tennis or you are already a professional of the game, you should know that using the right ping pong rackets can make quite a difference in your performance. There is the option of simply purchasing a ready-made ping pong paddle, which has some advantages, such as a lower price and the fact that you will not have to go through the trouble of choosing, purchasing and assembling every part of the paddle. However, even though you will buy the already made paddle, you will still have to search for the one with the right features for you game style, which can prove to be harder to find than you might expect.
Granted, if you have only been playing ping pong for a short time, you should first purchase an already made paddle, at least until you get the hang of the game and figure out if you are really enjoying it, but when you want to take table tennis to a professional level, it is time to make your own custom made ping pong rackets. The performance increase in your game style will make all the hassle of gathering the right pieces worthwhile.
The most important decision whenever you will pick a paddle is the blade. If you are still trying to define your play style, it would be best to choose blades that have an intermediate speed level for your ping pong rackets. You should have no problem finding it since there is a wide variety of manufacturers on the market that you can choose from. Once you have figured out your play style, you can adjust the speed level of your racket by replacing the blade.
The next part that you will have to choose is the handle or, more accurately, the shape of the handle. Professional players state that this does not really make much of a difference when you are new to the game and it is more of a finesse choice. What really counts when it comes to the shape of the handle of your ping pong rackets is that you do not feel any discomfort when holding it for a long period of time.
After you have assembled the basic parts of your paddle, it is time to choose the glue and the rubber. For your first custom ping pong rackets you should choose smooth rubber, with no pimples or sponge. Later on, you can simply replace the rubbers of your ping pong rackets as you see fit, as each type of rubber will give a certain effect whenever you hit the ball. As far as the glue is concerned, it is a good idea to ask for advice or even have a more experienced person show you how to do it the first time.
Once you have found all the pieces that you need to build the perfect custom made ping pong racket for your play style, you should also check out how much they cost. Ideally, you should be spending around one hundred dollars on all the parts. Keep in mind that you should not be cheap with any of the parts, but you should not spend more than you can afford on your paddle, as some shops may have unjustified prices.