Here are some table tennis rackets (bats) designed with different interesting shapes. I’ve never used any of them, but I imagine some of the designs could improve play (or at least not hinder play) once one got used to them. They are pretty interesting looking rackets, though!
Take a look!
This racket is a part of the “Tenaly Series” put out by the Japanese maker Nittaku. This is the Tenaly Original Table Tennis Racket, the maker assures that it can be used by penholders as well.
Then next is the “Sound”, also by Nittaku. This racket is more like a table tennis “paddle” in shape and design. The ads for it say that it’s made for shakehand players primarily.
Yasaka makes a “pistol grip” table tennis racket… well, they describe it as a “handsaw grip”, and named it the “Handsaw Racket”. The ad claims that it’s easy to put the spin on balls, and both hands may be used. I also searched for it on Yasaka’s partner Stiga’s official homepage but didn’t see this particular model.
Tibhar also puts out some interestingly colored and designed table tennis blades, including the Swing IV-S racket. This is the racket used by French player Damien Eloi. The shape of the racket is often described as guitar or violin shaped.
Here’s a photo of Damien Eloi playing with the Swing IV-S.
Racket like a Glove
Table tennis is a sport that enjoyed by many people around the world. Some people like the shakehand blade while some people like the penhold blade.
However, if you use this table tennis racket, there is only one way you can hold it. The designer has innovatively designed the table tennis racket in the form of a glove. You need to put your hand in the middle of the combination of the two blades, and you can play the ball on both forehand and backhand.
I don’t know if it is inconvenient to play in this way. People who don’t know how to play ping pong will seem to feel that it is easier to play with this table tennis racket.
Brodmann Blades Glove Type Table Tennis Racket
I actually first heard of this through a Japanese table tennis site despite the fact that Brodmann Blades seems to be based in the U.S. This particular table tennis blade has not yet been approved by the ITTF, but they claim that there was a lot of enthusiasm about this new design.
The racket is made like a glove so there is no handle. Your hand fits in between the two sides of the racket. The manufacturer claims that this provides a better feel for the ball and more control.
Some of the comments I’ve read over in Japan were concerned about reduced power and reach, and the possibility of injuring the hand that’s in the racket if you happen to slash it across the table.
I think it could have some significant uses as a recreational or training device, especially for beginners who might benefit from getting a more direct feel on the ball and the way the ball plays off of the racket.
Knowledge of Table tennis Racket Handle
Shooters will polish the handles of their guns with their own palms. Gamers will carry their own mouse and keyboard around. We as a human being will feel each other’s sincerity and heart with a handshake. So, as a table tennis fan, have you ever felt like the “left hand is holding your right hand” on the handle of your table tennis racket?
Traditional Penhold Handle
Today’s penhold handles are becoming more and more assimilated. They are mostly cones with elliptical cross sections and small angles. There are two reasons for this:
First, the use of the penhold handles is mainly Asia players where the palm conditions are not much different.
Second, the penhold grip method determines that the contact range between the hand and the handle is so limited for half dimension. The root of the index finger is placed against the back of the handle, and the area between the thumb and index finger is naturally covered. The shape of the handle does not need to be varied, and the appearance of the handle is the focus for all manufacturers.
However, there are subtle differences between different brands and models of the blades. The main differences are in the width and the thickness of the handle. The mainstream rackets are having a handle with a length of around 82mm.
Yasaka penhold blade is quite popular to be used by Asia players. The inner performance is, of course, the main reason, and the handle is also a must-have.
The surface of the Yasaka blade is slightly flat and wide, and the taper is not large. Flat means that the handle wood is thinner, especially the reverse side is thin, and the cross-section of the blade in the hand is larger.
Handle with Wider Width
Some table tennis blades are specially designed with a slightly wider for the width of the handle, and the contact area between the thumb and the index finger is too large and too flat. This type of handle is not suitable for some players.
Therefore, many table tennis racket brands have the same taper shape with a slightly rounded cross section which makes the grip to give a comfortable feel to the player.
Round Shape Type
Another popular type of handle is the thin round shape. This type of blade design the handle to have a rounder cross section. Although the thickness is not so thin, the increase of the taper makes the hand grip to be not too thick.
This kind of delicate handle grip is just as lovable as a small and cute gadget. It is very flexible. It is suitable for playing a variety of straight and delicate styles. The backhand is very fast, and it is easy to use in your hands.
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