The Killerspin JET600 Table Tennis Paddle is a very lightweight shakehand style ping pong racket that is made especially for the intermediate and (all the way up to) advanced player. And at the price that it sells at, this paddle is certain worth its weight in gold. The JET series of paddles from Killerspin is designed for relatively less spin, and more feel. It is perfect for the beginner-to-intermediate level players who want to start progressing in their game. JET paddles are all manufactured using premium wood and tough rubbers. We have also looked at and reviewed the JET600’s two younger siblings, the Killerspin JET400 and Killerspin JET500. While they share a family name, they could not be more different. In the JET family, the 600 is part of the top-of-the-line tier, with its two older siblings, 700 and 800, sitting at the very top.
The ratings for the Killerspin JET600 are:
- Speed: 8 out of 10
- Spin: 9 out of 10
- Control: 8.5 out of 10
This means that in comparison to the JET500 (reviewed here), the JET600 ranks higher in both speed and control. Of course, the comparisons to the JET400 are more extreme in those two categories. Surprisingly enough, the ratings for spin remain consistent across all three paddles. I guess spin is pretty important when your company is called Killerspin.
The handle is built to be used as a shakehand paddle, which is longer than the penhold handle. If you’re not sure what the difference is between the two, check our ping pong paddle guide. The handle utilizes a hollow air pocket that is relatively common in the ping pong paddle world, normally used to decrease the overall weight of the paddle, thus increasing the user’s ability to make quicker movements. This does, unfortunately, throw off the balance of the paddle in many cases.The handle is slightly flared for ergonomic purposes, starting narrower near the head of the paddle and widening as it gets to the end of the handle. It’s a relatively simple shape and sticks to the old tricks of the trade. This prevents the paddle from slipping out of your hand during play. But that’s not all! It also makes it so that you can move your hand up and down the paddle in order to find the spot that is most comfortable to you. Killerspin has engineered a highly balanced paddle with the amalgam of 5 layers of different types of premium wood.
The paddle itself is designed and engineered for competitive purposes. The blade consists of five plies of wood which are made visible on the edge. The sponge layer beneath the rubber is 2mm thick. In terms of relative thicknesses, a thinner sponge means more control and improved level of play when using block and push shots. A thicker sponge, on the other hand, means a faster speed. The density of the sponge also contributes to this effect, where a highly dense sponge means a faster paddle. As basic knowledge suggests, defensive pros require a much thinner sponge and offensive pros require a thicker sponge. And for the most part, players who play recreationally prefer a thinner sponge because the paddle allows for players to have more command over their shots and a lower chance of the ball bouncing out of control.
The Killerspin rubbers are ITTF-approved, meaning it is ready for competitive play if you ever become good enough to join a tournament. Killerspin uses its well-respected Nitrx-4Z high-tension rubber, which provides the spin needed to counter opponents’ spins, throw other players off with tricky serve shots, and backspin shots that will set you up for success in competitions…and in life. Additionally, the sticky rubber means that your topspin shots will have more control. If you underestimate the effect of a good paddle, try it out for yourself. Most people say that it’s not the tools that make the player, it’s the skills. While this is true, the tools in ping-pong, which is such a micro-level sport, greatly affect performance. But unless you’ve practiced the skills, don’t expect to be beating Ma Long anytime soon.
Overall, the Killerspin JET600 is a great paddle that will serve you well. If you’re a beginner, it will take you a few rally sessions to get accustomed to the more aggressive, sticky feel. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll see how a good paddle will help you control your shots.