For beginning and intermediate players who are looking to develop their technique, there are many options for blades and rubber to choose from. In this section I will provide periodic updates with links and comments to the equipment that I recommend and use for testing. We also have a selection of equipment for sale at the academy.
When possible, I'll also provide links to pages where others have reviewed the equipment.
Note: since we are a non-profit looking for creative ways to increase revenue to continue funding the academy, we have teamed up with Megaspin.net to receive commissions from them whenever purchases are made on their site after having clicked our affiliate program link. Some links to equipment at Megaspin.net will contain our affiliate ID, so that Megaspin.net knows which affiliate to credit with the commission. You don't pay any extra and your purchases help sustain the academy. If you purchase a blade and 2 rubber sheets, you can have Megaspin.net assemble the paddle for you at no cost. Or if you are a Bronze, Silver, or Gold member of the academy, I will assemble it for you free of charge.
A high quality beginner paddle by Xiom, one of my favorite brands:
Blade - Xiom Allround S (reviews)
Forehand Rubber - Xiom Vega Asia (reviews)
Backhand Rubber - Xiom Vega Europe (reviews)
For a faster blade, consider the Xiom Offensive S (reviews)