5 Stars By Seth Johnson on 2014-05-20
awesome paddle -- improves your game 500%!
I have played ping pong with friends at work for several years, always using the crappy paddles you pick up at the big box stores. I picked up this Jet 400 here on BTA-MALL and suddenly my game ramped up to the point that I was playing competitively with the best guys at work!
Spins get insane due to the traction of the surface material. The spring off the surface foam is also unexpectedly strong. It'll take a few hours to dial back your swing because the ball will explode from this paddle and entirely miss the other side of the table.
In terms of whether it's worth it to pay this kind of money for a paddle, there are a couple ways to look at it.
1. How much time do you think you'll play ping pong? In a month, will you play 3 hours? You'll own this paddle for many months, so you're going to get many, many hours of use out of this investment. But, I'll tell you, delivering a whomping on the office bigshot the very first game played was an experience well worth the cost of this paddle.
2. My co-worker bought the Jet 200. Seems to be very similar specification at a reduced price. You might consider that if cost is a concern.
4 Stars By Calvin (SF) on 2011-08-05
Not a beginner paddle - will take getting used to if you've only used wood paddles with the dimples (no sponge surface)
I grew up using stock wood paddles with the rubber dimples (no sponged surface) and developed a pretty consistent flat hitting game. I wanted to upgrade my play with more spins and decided to try the Killerspin 400.
I'm still trying to get used to the paddle. First of all, the handle felt a bit short to me using my handshake grip. I gripped my paddle like a tennis racket (as I also play tennis) which forced me to slightly rotate my paddle grip depending if I was hitting a backhand or forehand. With the shorter handle, it was tougher to rotate the paddle quickly. This worked as I primarily hit 80% of my shots with my more consistent backhand. My forehand was my smash shot when I decided to take it. But after watching some YouTube ping pong tutorials, I realized that my grip was wrong. I changed my grip so that my index finger wasn't wrapped around the handle but instead was resting on the rubber almost parallel to the bottom edge. This grip allowed me to hit a backhand and forehand without rotating the paddle at all. It also allowed me to swoop at the ping pong ball with more topspin arc or slice it.
Well this paddle definitely added a lot more spin to my shots and serves when I hit them properly. However, I felt like my return of service was hindered significantly when I was facing an opponent with a good spin serve or a speed serve. Off serves, the ball flew off this paddle vs a cheap wood dimpled paddle which dampened much of the spin and provided a simple rebound of force to return the ball. My serve itself though has improved as I can hit it with more spin which has resulted in some easy points won.
In rallys, I feel my control has lessen vs a wood non-sponged paddle. But I'm trying to transition my game from being a flat hitter to player that can hit with spin or flat so I can reach a higher level of play. This transition is still in progress and I can't say I'm totally comfortable with this paddle yet. I've only owned it 1 week though. I think over time, I will get used this paddle and begin to play back up to my same level of consistency but with more spins which will hopefully result in more easy points won.
Bottom line, if you're a player that has only played with wood non-sponged paddles, this paddle will take some time to get used to. If you're already an advanced player that likes to slice or topsin the ball, I believe this paddle will suit you really well. Definitely harder to control my hits if I strike the ball wrong vs a more forgiving non-sponged paddle. If you hit the ball wrong with this paddle, the ball will fly off. So if you're a beginner, I wouldn't recommend this paddle. You definitely should be an intermediate player who already has decent control, which I did but am still adjusting.
Give the price of this bat, I would recommend the inexpensive Stiga T6940 paddle cover (under $8 via BTA-MALL) to keep the rubber on the paddle in top shape. Also, I read on the internet that you should wipe both sides of the rubbers with a slightly damp sponge to remove any dust to extend the life of the tackiness of the rubbers.
Good luck and go Ping Pong!
P.S. Killspin - if you're reading this review, what's up with the Killerspin sticker than goes over around the paddle. My came with air bubbles that I had to flatten and even then couldn't get rid of them all. For over $40, I was expecting that the sticker to be flush to the paddle.
5 Stars By Eric WF on 2011-01-31
Great... now I have no excuses....
This is a great upgrade from my old college racket. I purchased a ~$20 Stiga racket ages ago and have been continuing to use it much to my dismay. Slipper rubbers? Yikes. With the help of some generous family this past holiday season, I was able to purchase this racket without impacting the wallet. I have only a couple things to say about this product, all of them shining compliments.
Fantastic spin, speed, and control (when I strike the ball correctly). Although I am not by any means a competition quality player, this racket has improved my game dramatically in a few short sessions. I am no longer fighting a racket that produces lousy spin or unpredictable sponge response. Balance is fantastic for me. The mass center appears to be near the lower 1/3rd of the racket face, giving it a nice feel either defensively or offensively. Though Killerspin's website ranks this racket a 7, it appears to be plenty of speed at this point in my ability.
Pros: The racket has a seemingly great build with spinny, controlled response.
Cons: I can no longer blame my racket for my play being bad.
4 Stars By Ben on 2017-12-08
Great Durability and Good Feeling
Looks like they may have changed it since I bought. Mine had a green, thick stripe down the middle. All I can say is that I used almost every day for a year and then sold it to a friend who has used it a couple times per week and it still plays very nicely. I upgraded to a custom paddle (Tibhar Stratus Powerwood and FH: Donic Acuda s1 Turbo BH: Focus Snipe III) and I can still pick up my old paddle and play some great shots. It honestly feels like the same ratio of spin to power, except a bit less of both. If you hit euro style, you will get nice pop and spin, and backhands can be pretty powerful. I've used the comparable Stiga paddles, and I prefer this one. The Stigas get VERY slick after some time. This one breaks in to be soft and grippy.
Overall, technique is king here. I think you could move from beginner to intermediate with this paddle, but eventually you may want more speed.
5 Stars By R. Sommers on 2014-01-08
Great customer service
After playing with the basic, cheap rackets I finally upgraded to the Jet 400. I could tell with the first few hits that these rackets were way better than me at table tennis. Unfortunately after a few games my wife noticed that the rubber on one side of her racket was not completely glued down. I re-read some of the reviews on BTA-MALL and saw that this was an issue with these rackets. I emailed Killerspin and advised them of my issue. I received a response apologizing for my inconvenience and acknowledging that they are in the process of fixing this known issue with their rackets. They also offered to upgrade me 2 new Jet 500 rackets and a return label for the ones I purchased here on BTA-MALL. I understand companies have QC issues from time to time and IMHO this is how all companies should handle them. I will definitely keep this in mind when buying or recommending table tennis equipment in the future.
5 Stars By Robert A. Rawlings on 2012-08-28
Great "Step Up" Paddle
My employer recently added a ping pong table to our breakroom... and I decided that I kinda like the game! Partially because the paddles that came with the table were fast disintegrating, and partially because I wanted to "up" my own game, I began looking into paddles here on BTA-MALL. There are a LOT to choose from!
I am a most bang for your buck kind of person. I had $50 to spend. I read the reviews and thought that the Killerspin 400 would be a good fit.
The paddle is well balanced.. when placed in your hand, you do not feel the weight of the head. But hold it in one hand, and the stock paddle in the other and you can instantly tell that the weight is significantly more.
I was just learning to put some spin on the ball with the stock paddles and I liked that this was rated well for the spin. It seems to live up to that rating. With little effort, everything comes of this paddle with a lot of spin. But, what good is spin if you can't land a shot? The Killerspin paddle also gave me a LOT of control over my shots. Shots that would have been luck in previous games are now part of my regular game (like that tricky little corner just over the net that sends the opponent scurrying to attempt to keep it in play.. )
I don't know how well this paddle stacks up to $70+ rackets.. but I do know that it has been a great factor in my game and my confidence.
5 Stars By Adam R on 2015-01-01
Awesome Intermediate Racket - Great Price Point
I am just moving from amateur level to intermediate and this was just the racket I needed to take my game to new heights. The first change I noticed was how much faster the ball came off this racket vs. some of the beginner rackets I had used. The next thing was a massive increase in spin. I had all the strokes down, but could never really get a loop strike because other rackets lacked the tackiness as well as the foam to cause the rubber to wrap around the ball and impart massive spin.
If you are primarily a defense player, this may not be a good racket for you because as well as it puts spin on the ball, spin from the opponent is felt more as well.
In terms of durability, I play at least an hour a day and have had it for a little over a month. I am starting to see a bit of wear around the edges of the rubber, but I mostly chalk that up to accidentally striking the edge of the table during a few chop hits. Other than that, everything is still like the day I bought it.
Once this wears out, I will probably move to a blade only purchase with a couple rubbers.
I highly recommend reading butterfly's rubber comparison chart. It was very useful in understanding how the different components of the racket impact the performance.
5 Stars By Muhammed on 2016-09-02
Great bat with amazing spin.
The spin on this bat is really good. The weight is also good on this bat. It takes a while to get used to the bat but after you do it plays very well. However it isn't a magic bat and won't allow you to beat players that are clearly better than you. It's better than the stiga evolution bat. I've tried both and this one is clearly superior. The sticker on the side of the bat is peeling already but I dont think that is a big deal. All in all, a good bat with amazing spin, good control, decent speed.
5 Stars By JMagColorado on 2013-01-24
Gave this as a gift to my son...then bought one myself
My 17 year old son and I are avid and pretty good intermediate players. Our love for one another is set aside when we start playing, and up until Christmas I was beating him about 2 out of 3 games. I gave him this racket and almost immediately he turned the tables on me, winning 2 out of 3 himself. I let him bask in the glow of his newfound supremacy until the new year, when I took out the second Killerspin paddle that I had bought for myself. It took me a little longer to adapt to it (the ball kept flying high for me), but once I got used to the feel of the racket (it was a much more radical departure for me than my son relative to the paddles we had been playing with) I have regained supremacy, much to his chagrin.
The spin you can put on the ball is amazing, and both of us miss shots now and then because the opponent is able to make the ball curve viciously in the air.
The racket changed our games...for the better!
5 Stars By Ryan Alan on 2014-09-23
A very high quality product made by a company that cares about their customers.
Years ago I walked through a Killerspin expo at McCormick Place (Chicago) while I wasted time between my nephews volleyball matches (also being held at McCormick). I am a very novice player but the Killerspin brand name stuck with me due to their very cool looking tables.
I purchased a table in 2014 and I spent a lot of time researching paddles. Every review I read backed up that Killerspin made outstanding paddles at many different price points. I decided to purchase the JET800, JET600, and JET400 for some novice basement play. The build quality is top notch and the paddles are night/day better than what I was used to playing. If one was going to invest the $ in a table, they need to nix the cheap paddles. The 400 is a great paddle, but I am glad I tried the next level of paddles at Killerspin, as the 600 and 800 are sick. I did have a slight issue with my 800. I contacted Killerspin and they responded ASAP with taking care of the issue. Merideth (Killerspin's point person for the BTA-MALL account) went above and beyond with her customer service! I highly recommend even a novice player spending $30+ on Killerspin paddle and see what they have been missing out.