As a professional table tennis coach, I am often asked, “What’s the best table tennis bat for beginners?” It’s an important question. As a beginner, you don’t need to have the best table tennis bat in the world but you do need to have a bat (sometimes called a racket or paddle) that allows you to spin the ball and develop good feeling.
I’ve had players turn up with some awful table tennis bats in the past and the worst thing is that often they have paid good money for these useless branded bats. So, I’m going to start by showing you what not to buy before going on to make a few recommendations of my own. Hopefully, I can point you in the direction of a decent bat or two.