If you are a professional table tennis player or one who wants to achieve a professional level, then getting the right paddle can make all the difference. Obviously skills are still the main factor, but the right paddle plays a role on the performance of the player as well.
Killerspin is a Chicago based company that produces premium quality table tennis gear, equipment and sports apparel. The Killerspin Jet 800 is the best pre-made racket that Killerspin has to offer but can be hard to control for a player with less skills. It is a great paddle that offers an all round performance in terms of both power as well as spin. It is ITTF approved and has been trusted by a host of Olympic players to say the least.
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Full Review of the Killerspin Jet 800
When you talk about the construction or the built of a table tennis paddle there are two things that are taken into consideration, the rubber on both sides of the racket and the handle. While the quality of the rubber attributes to the performance in terms of speed and spin, the ergonomic design of the handle with it’s weight distribution is responsible for the grip or the hold which is so necessary when you are playing. But that doesn’t mean that the quality of the racket blade is not of much importance and is often neglected but it contributes equally to the performance and the durability of the paddle.
The Killerspin Jet 800 blade is made of 5 layers of light wood coupled with two layers of carbon to give it a perfect balance of speed and weight with a seven layered construction. The carbon code not only makes it light in weight but also increases its overall strength. So it gives you the much need power along with a large “sweet spot” that allows you to absorb the hat from opponents. The carbon space layers provide a higher uniformity recoil with less vibration and hence the racket is never shaky and has an intense feel with a lot of speed. The light weight design takes away the risk of any kind of fatigue that could have developed after hours of holding the paddle through multiple games. There is a wooden side tape at the edge of the blade. This wooden tape technology is responsible for the optimal power and deflection that this paddle is known for and keeps the energy from each hit encased in the paddle.
The Killerspin Jet 800 boasts off a 2mm thick Nitrix-4Z rubber on each side of the blade. The grippy surface of the rubber gives you an advantage to tackle spin as well as to pull out some of the best ones. The high tension rubber provides exceptional grip to counter heavy spin shots from the opponent and allows you to play your own spin shots on trick serves, top spin shots and back pin set up strokes. The high resolution footage provide a fair amount of defensive management especially on finishing touches and more powerful shots.
The Killerspin Jet800 has a well designed ergonomic handle that fits in to your left or your right hand snugly and you will never feel the muscles cramp even after prolonged playing hours. The sleek handle adds an extra bit of flare and will give an edge to your performance while the burnt wood makes it look beautiful.
The Killerspin Jet 800 has a great overall balance that is suited for repetition and strong shots. The weight of the paddle is evenly distributed between the handle and the paddle blade so much so that its feels extremely light on your hands and you will never feel any imbalance when you finish the shot in any direction. The advantage of this balance can be well felt while performing loops and forehand or backhand drives.
When we talk about the performance of a table tennis paddle, the features that are taken into consideration are the speed, the spin and the control of the racket.
The Killerspin Jet 800 has a speed rating of 9.0 which is considered to be optimum for aggressive mode of play. The seven layered blade along with the 4Z rubber has the ability to generate plenty of power when the ball connects. You will be amazed at the speed at which the ball can be sent back to the opponent. The light weight along with the uniform distribution of weight adds to the effect.
The Killerspin Jet 800 provides an outstanding optimum spin of 4.7/5 which most players would strive for. The 4z rubber with the dual carbon sandwich give the Jet 800 an advantage over other paddles with regards to a higher spin rating. As mentioned earlier not only does it help in generating spin but it can also absorb spin shots thrown by opponents with equal ease and efficiency.
The control of the Killerspin Jet800 is brought about by the wooden side tape. The tape is designed to absorb the energy from your shot and transferring it to return the ball back to your opponent with accuracy and at a much greater speed.
PROS AND CONS:
We have mentioned so much about the Killerspin Jet 800 that finding a con is a real difficult thing in case of this paddle.
It has a host of advantages or pros like a lightweight seven layered blade with a two layer carbon code, the 4z high efficiency rubbers, the sleek ergonomic handle, the perfect balance of weight and performance along with the right combination of speed spin and defensive qualities. The Jet 800 is also backed by a 30 day warranty.
The only disadvantage that you may face while using this paddle is that it needs quite a bit of practice to get accustomed to this paddle. The high speed and tension are difficult to control and will require some time for you to get used to it.