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Professional Paddles ($75 - $200)
If you want to play like the Pro's then you need to use what the Pro's use. Most professionals purchase a single blade (and use it for a number of years), but change each side of rubber after about 50 hours of play. Speed glue is another important component if you want maximum speed and spin.
Club Paddles ($30 - $75)
The main distinctions between club and professional paddles are speed, spin, and control. Pro paddles allow for wicked spins and curves, while club paddles help keep the ball in play with control rubber and are less expensive. Paddles in this category are usually prefabricated and have the same rubber on both sides.
Home Paddles ($5 - $30)
If you know the kids are going to use the paddles for wacking more than ping-pong balls you might want to go with the cheapest and most inexpensive paddles on the market. Some of these paddles are made of plastic, while others have same color rubber on both sides.