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Do You Know Your Madero?

The first thing to take into consideration is that all the players in the world have different qualities, be it speed, strength, reflexes, movement, hours of training, etc. There are many points that influence even the custom and knowledge of the players with their own equipment.

It is essential that when choosing your Equipment it is according to your abilities, for which you must know what your strengths and weaknesses are.

It is also essential that you know your style of play, you like to defend, perhaps attack or counterattack, play as close to the table as possible or at medium distance or you want to be further back because your strength is topspin blows loaded with a lot of effect.


When buying a wood you have to think that you are not the one who has to adapt to the wood, if not the opposite. The wood you use must be adapted to your needs, your rhythm and the training process you apply. You must think that the wood at the time of playing is an extension of your arm so you must know it and love it since it will be part of you.

I say this because there are people who buy logs because they are supposed to be the most top in the market and the players do not adapt and end up discarding them perhaps weeks after they have bought them, without considering that there is a really necessary adaptation process, the times and hours of training with the implementation, if they are fundamental and the rubbers used must

necessarily be commensurate with your abilities and the wood itself.


Here we will give some Tips so that you can understand what can best accommodate you for choosing your Madero.


Before we start, let's start with the First, choosing your Wood well will go hand in hand with the strategy you use to play your games in a good way. The type of strategy you use will determine the characteristics of the wood in terms of speed, control, spin and weight of the wood.

Classification of the Timber.

DEF or DEF +: for defensive players looking for control and regular attacks.

ALL (AllRound): for players of all levels who vary their shots both offensively and defensively.

OFF -: for variable offensive players.

OFF: special category and the most suitable in my opinion for players who like to attack near the table

OFF +: for offensive players looking for great speed, spin and technique.

According to these categories, our Alobe team performs vibro-acoustic frequency measurements with measurement tools that, according to values, determine what classification our timbers are in.

After identifying which category we belong to, we can analyze what type of balance we can choose for our Madero, since the weight distribution will be an important point for the form of movement that we choose within the table.

What does the weight distribution mean in table tennis clubs?

Most players are unaware of the importance of weight distribution in their Rackets, and well we are here to inform and publicize the possible preferences they may have when building their Racks.

Balance in the Racketa: Balance is the measurement of the Center of Gravity categorized by (very Low - Low - Medium - High and very High). This means that the center of gravity is more loaded towards the tip or lower towards the grip.

When the Center of Gravity is more loaded towards the tip of the rack, it means that the Madero itself will feel heavier than normal, but this will make the distribution of energy go outward when performing the correct movement, this is essential. for offensive players looking for charged topspin and long strokes.

When the center of gravity is closer to the handle (Low Center of Gravity). It means that the wood used in the grip is heavy wood, a strong grip sensation, players who want to be close to the table, the distribution of the weight downwards will make the movement of the wrist faster and at the same time the feeling of the wood more light than it seems.


2 Timber of 90 g. equal in weight.

Wood A You will have a very High Balance.

Wood B will have a Very Low Balance.

Qualities: B will feel incredibly lighter than A.

A Better energy distribution translated into more power than B.

B wrist acceleration better than A.

A plus B suitable for topspin.

This distribution of Balance can be strategically implemented in the construction of a sheet using heavy woods and handles with light wood or vice versa a construction of sheet with light layers and handles with heavy wood, or a medium balance of intermediate layers, there are many variables that The type of handle if it is straight or concave, the length of the handle, even if the surface where the handle is stuck is hollowed out or if the handle itself is hollowed inside all these parameters influence the final balance of the wood .


I want to emphasize that there is no better way than the other, as I have said before, all the players in the world are different and look for the qualities that most closely resemble their style of play.


We will be able to identify the balance we are looking for, now we will have to know if we will privilege rigidity over flexibility or vice versa.

What is Rigidity vs Flexibility in Timber?

Rigidity refers to the hardness of the wood, the amount of elasticity and flexion that the timbers have, the greater the stiffness, the more possibilities to generate control and speed but the lesser possibility of generating spin or turns.


The lower the stiffness, the greater the flexibility and wrapping power, which translates into a greater turn.


Greater Rigidity qualifies for flatter shots and greater flexibility for spin shots.


At this point it is important to mention that all the woods in the world have different densities (weight) and different hardness of the wood, in our case we use the Chaláis-Meudon scale that measures the hardness of the wood. In our Queries - Wood Types menu you can find the densities and hardness of the woods that we use in construction.


To consider is that the harder the wood is, the greater the capacity to generate speed.

A softer wood greater feel and control, but less speed.

Does the thickness of the Madero influence the Flexibility?

Yes. The thickness of the log indicates the following: thinner logs less than 6 mm are used to make turns, while the thicker logs between 6 to 7 mm are used to drive the ball and the thicker logs of 7 mm or more are used to block.


In the market there are different combinations of the timbers to give the appropriate thickness from timbers of 1 layer to 9 layers, they can even be more, depending on the thickness of each layer.

1 Wood Layer

3 Layers of Wood

5 Layers that can be 5 of pure wood or 3 of wood + 2 of composite.

7 layers that can be 7 pure wood or 5 wood + 2 composite.

9 Layers that although they are scarce, they still exist even with more than 2 layers of compound.


The 1-Layer Timbers are usually from 5 mm upwards and made of Hinoki wood, which is one of the most desired in the world of table tennis.


What are the compounds or fibers used for in Table Tennis clubs?

There are different types of materials or technologies implemented by the different brands of table tennis logs such as Carbon, Tamca (Butterfly), ULC, ALC, ZLC, Aramid, Arilato, Aratox, Basalt, Fiberglass, Kevlar, Zilon, Glass Fiber, PBO c, Etc. all these technologies in their essence as the first instance seek to enlarge the sweet spot of the wood or the so-called (sweet spot). Then some will be stiffer than others, and others will be softer, more or less vibration and speed contribution towards the wood, all with the aim of these technologies to provide different additional characteristics to the wood and depending on where the fiber plate is already applied. Whether it is closer to the core or closer to the outer layer, the orientation in which the fiber is placed also influences, be it horizontal, vertical, 180 degrees or 270 degrees, among others.

Let's go Native !!! What is the Sweet Spot?

The sweet spot is the best area to hit the ball, the most identical and stable area of your wood and starts from the center of gravity expanding towards the sides.

Starting from the construction base of a Pallet that has only wood, the sweet spot will be smaller than that of a Wood with fiber. For which, the wider the sweet spot, the less energy wasted and it will have more amplitude in the identical area of the boat, reducing the range of errors.

What does it mean if the fiber is closer to the core or closer to the outer layer?

There are 2 different techniques, one called INNER (Internal (a)) and the other OUTER (external (a)). Inner the plate closer to the core, will allow greater control and the ball remained on the wood, while Outer is based on generating more speed with less energy or force, maintaining good power.




Outer Layer

Outer Layer

Outer Layer

Carbon Fiber

Carbon Fiber

Carbon Fiber


Inner Layer

Inner Layer

Inner Layer

Alobe mango types

There are quite a few types of handles and designs on the market, however at this point we will refer to the types that we manufacture.


It is important that you feel comfortable with the grip you choose, whether your style is that of a Classic grip player or a Pencil grip player, if you are learning to play table tennis, we recommend that you start with a Classic grip Since it will be easier for you to get used to learning strokes.

Taken ST is which handle is straight without curves, very manageable for players who like freedom of movement and the necessary ease on the wrist. Ideal to better work serve services.


Taken FL Concave with a long flared shape, to avoid slipping of the hand due to sudden turns or sweat. Among the benefits of this type of handle you feel with more grip to perform TopSpin, safety and assured power.


Taken China Pen (C-Pen) It would tend to think that the Chinese Pen player would play with only one side of the palette, however, players of this style have evolved over time and today use both sides of the paddle. pallette. Creating a backhand blow called a butterfly that is very difficult to perform, but at the same time very effective and fulminating.


Taken Japanese Pen (J-Pen) of the oldest and most popular styles of play of the 70s and 80s. Through the new times this style of play has been left behind due to the high physical demand that this style requires, without However, it is still one of the most beautiful styles of play that exist in table tennis.




Japanese Pen


I hope this information is of great help to you, our goal is that you know all these parameters that help the table tennis family to improve and get the most out of it when choosing a kit. We also seek to resolve your doubts and the answers to the great question, Do you know your Madero?

That improves Competitiveness. !!!!!!

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