Ted from NC asks: “having only played a few games, I don’t know how graphite and fiberglass paddles differ. I’ve tried both and don’t see that one is any more effective than the other.”
ANSWER: A traditional paddle is made up with both a face (skin) layer and a core (the guts). Each paddle can be made up of a variety of material combinations—each offering a different feel and weight. Because of the numerous combinations of materials and blends a graphite face paddle with an aluminum core feels different then a graphite face with paper core, but both paddles are called graphite. With so many different combinations from a variety of manufactures finding your perfect paddle can be tricky. Take your time and try an assortment of paddles, borrow your friends and hit for 5 minutes… you can quickly tell which paddle feels best or you.