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    Posted: 11/09/2017 at 1:39pm
I am planning to start my six year old daughter in table tennis and I wonder if anyone can suggest a blade with an appropriately small handle.

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Many brands have blades with smaller handles and blade faces, mostly in the ALL to OFF- range.
I would get a 5-ply, all wood, blade in the ALL+ range and 1.8 controlled rubbers.
Tibhar Samsonov Premium Junior is one. There are several more.

I see you play with a Stiga blade, so she might want to have one, too.
AFAIK, Stiga used to have at least one Junior-size blade, but I no longer see it listed.
You could still get an Allround classic with thin flared handle and sand it down a little.

You'll get divergent advice, up to buying her a carbon blade and sticking Tenergys on it, because it's best if she gets used to fast equipment from the beginning...
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This document, is also very good advice for selecting a suitable blade for young and developing players, IMHO.
http://docplayer.net/35765869-Blades-for-junior-players-developing-players.html
However, it does not list any very small sized blade.
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ILya,

You are welcome to Maria's used (but still good shape) Joola Rossi Jr.

Just let me know if you think it will work and I'll send it your way!

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Originally posted by bes bes wrote:

ILya,

You are welcome to Maria's used (but still good shape) Joola Rossi Jr.

Just let me know if you think it will work and I'll send it your way!

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Should have asked you first...

I think I will take you up on that, thanks.

Which rubbers did Maria use when she started?  I was thinking of getting her a couple of Roundells, but I am open to suggestions.

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She used Flextra for at least a year, then (if memory serves) went to Vega Europe...

Flextra is a fabulous beginner rubber, but I suspect Roundell would be dandy as well.  If she feels "Daddy Pressure", take her to see Wei now and then and see if it helps - can't imagine that it wouldn't...

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Originally posted by arg0 arg0 wrote:

This document, is also very good advice for selecting a suitable blade for young and developing players, IMHO.
http://docplayer.net/35765869-Blades-for-junior-players-developing-players.html
However, it does not list any very small sized blade.



now we need to know what rubbers to pair with that blades
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You may look at the Sanwei M88 blade and T88 rubber
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While I don't have young kids, I second the Stiga All Around Classic recommendation.

The WRB version with light, thin sponge rubbers should end up being very light.
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Yinhe (Galaxy) has a line of childrens wood and carbon blades.  
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Originally posted by bes bes wrote:

She used Flextra for at least a year, then (if memory serves) went to Vega Europe...

Flextra is a fabulous beginner rubber, but I suspect Roundell would be dandy as well.  If she feels "Daddy Pressure", take her to see Wei now and then and see if it helps - can't imagine that it wouldn't...

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I gave no intention of coaching her myself. There are a couple of coaches in the club who seem to do well with kids, while my presence anywhere near seems to give them hiccups.

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Originally posted by bes bes wrote:

ILya,

You are welcome to Maria's used (but still good shape) Joola Rossi Jr.

Just let me know if you think it will work and I'll send it your way!

bes

Rossi jr is a great blade for a 6 year old. Small handle and slightly smaller blade face to keep the weight down. Many kids in our programs use these. Jayden earned bronze in boys U10 at nationals with this blade.  

Joola has 4all and 4you which are entry level rubbers not too different than Flextra. I much prefer Mambo though.
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I think kids can use regular blades without any problem. at least all kids in our club seems using regular blades. I saw one even with Viscaria
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My son has been using some Dawei  ALL+  (forget the name) and 2008XP rubbers in 1.8 for over a year now. This rubber plays similar to Butterfly Sriver / Yasaka Mark V, maybe a bit spinnier (IMHO)
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Originally posted by piligrim piligrim wrote:

I think kids can use regular blades without any problem. at least all kids in our club seems using regular blades.

At age 6? The main problem is not the blade composition, it's the handle thickness and head size (larger size, more weight).
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Trying to compile a list of small-sized blades for children:

Butterfly Primorac XXS (OFF-)
Donic Person Youngstar (OFF-)
Donic Waldner Youngstar (ALL)
Joola Rossi Junior (ALL/OFF-)
Joola Wing Medium Junior
Joola Chen Junior (DEF/ALL)
Nittaku Violin J (ALL+)
Tibhar Samsonov Premium Junior (ALL)
Yinhe CN-1 Children Carbon
Yinhe CN-2

Discontinued:
STIGA Allround XS (ALL)



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