Composition of a Table Tennis Blade

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The wooden part of a table tennis racket, often called the blade, usually has one to seven plies of wood. Common materials for the blade include balsa, limba, hinoki, koto, carbon, ZLC, and so on. This Demonstration shows the composition of five-ply table tennis blades from well-known brands.

Contributed by: Quang-Dao Trinh (January 2012)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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The 3D model of the table tennis racket imitates a real racket. Each type of material is colored differently.

Some of the characteristics of the materials:

Carbon Carbon is rather hard, so it provides speed.

Ayous wood Ayous wood is light and hard.

Koto wood Koto wood is very hard, and it is generally used as the outer layer of the blade.

Basswood Basswood is cheap, and it has been used as the wood for table tennis blades for a long time.

Limba wood Limba wood is soft and is appropriate for control and spin play.

For more information, see: Robbins Table Tennis Specialities.



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