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We’re pretty into ping pong here. Joel and I play every week at the Stony Brook Table Tennis Club (warning: ugly and outdated website) and we’re also on the team. It’s kind of a weird sport but extremely fun. You have all sorts of players using all sorts of different equipment. I’ve seen a lot of paddles before but this is probably the weirdest of them all.
I’ve never seen a paddle like this. It’s so WEIRD. It was designed by Fredi Brodmann. Apparently its supposed to “improve accuracy, control and swing” but I doubt it. It’ll probably be useful for those kids who play handball since it will be like hitting with their hand.
I think ITTF rules state something like the wooden part of the paddle, the blade, has to be 85% wood and maintain a consistent shape? So this paddle probably ITTF approved. The rubber on the other hand is a different story. They have to be ITTF approved with a stamp and everything.
You can get the set with two paddles, two wristbands and four ping pong balls at uncommongoods.com for $100. Yeah that seems kind of expensive but it’s not. There are paddles WAY more expensive than that.