Killerspin has made the JET200 for giving players some killer spin on the ball. The blade is 5-ply wood, comes with a 1.8mm sponge and measures 5.9mm thick for a racket that’s all about delivering powerful spin while maintaining firm control. The rubber isn't overly tacky but the JET200 has been built for just enough grip to hold the ball for that split second impact and deliver it back at your opponent with speed and precision, especially on topspin forehands. This paddle is aggressive and lightweight, but best of all, it's priced affordably enough to let burgeoning players enjoy its advantages at a price of around $30.
Every component of the Excell 3000 has been carefully considered and designed to help make your shot response quicker with greater stability and accurate precision. It all starts with the 5-ply wooden blade that uses carbon inserts which add stiffness to the paddle. Then, a 2mm thick covering of Fast Sponge backing is laid down beneath Cornilleau's ITTF approved Performa 2 rubber. These three elements combine to add speed on your topspin and power to every shot.
Perhaps even more remarkable is the Excell's handle, which has been perforated with two circular channels running through it. These modifications provide better handling and performance by pushing all of the energy of your blade into the head of the paddle. This feature, combined with the perpendicular positioning of the fibers in each ply of the blade itself, results in a paddle that affords you maximum control alongside all that speed and strength. This paddle truly is a triple threat.
The Rosskopf Classic is an advanced paddle that uses a 5-ply wooden blade with a flared handle and 2.0mm soft sponge laid under JOOLA's ITTF rated "4 You" inverted rubber. The 4 You is an offensive-minded rubber that has inverted pips and a smooth, sticky top surface that brings higher spin and top speed to your shot. This also affords improved control, even in a paddle that feels heavier than some of the other picks on our list. You'll feel the difference after just a few games and despite the steep price, retailing around $100, this is a great racket for any emerging player who thinks they're ready to take their game to the next level.
The 401 is a shakehand paddle made of Butterfly's usual high quality wood and is layered in a 2.1 mm sponge, giving you enough control and spin on the ball without alienating the offensive player who likes having speed on their side. The blade has been enveloped in the company's Yuki rubber on both side, offering enough of a sticky texture to get some real power and spin on the ball. The handle they slapped on this one is a bit shorter than usual which might require an adjustment period for some players as they acclimate to the length. Maintenance on this paddle is key, otherwise the rubber might lose some of it's sticky texture, so make sure to store in in the included cover when the games are over.
The Pure Color advance is certainly one of the more eye-catching choices on the list, equipped with a 5-ply blade with concave handle and the rubber they use on the 3 Star line, this is a racket for the beginner and intermediate players alike. That 3 Star rubber produces strong spin and elevated control. Using Stiga's ACS technology the rubber is made up of numerous microscopic air-capsules which keep it lightweight while still providing the right combination of elasticity and control. Stiga has also given it their Crystal tech which hardens the surface of the blade for increased speed and velocity combined with precision and control for accurate placement of your shot.