Another powerful member of JOOLA’s Infinity series is the Infinity Edge table tennis racket. JOOLA has aimed to keep this series consistent in performance and quality, and the Infinity Edge fits all the standards required. We provide the complete JOOLA Infinity Edge review.
The Infinity Edge is a professional-grade ping pong paddle with a focus on speed. This means that players will need a decent technique and background on the basics if they are to be effective and efficient with this racket. We think this racket is ideal for the advanced player, who has mastered the offensive strokes and is able to control the ball with high speed. However, an intermediate player can learn a lot from practicing with this paddle.
|Speed: 95, Spin: 94, Control: 94
|7 ply – 5 real wood 2 carbon
Who is it for?
Who is it not for?
Should you be looking to buy the Infinity Edge? Well, it's a high quality paddle that can be used by anyone really. However, this paddle will have serious speed to it if you're someone who's been using a standard grade paddle. We recommend this paddle to more experienced intermediate players who have learnt how to control a ball with high speed.
We don't recommend buying this paddle if you're new to the game of table tennis. The reason we say this is because you'll have a tough time in keeping the ball in play due to the high speed. Rather look at a paddle with less speed and more control if you're new to the game.
Once again, for this review, we’ll focus on the key components of any ping pong paddle, namely: the blade, the rubber, the handle as well as what the paddle specializes in.
If interested, we’ve written a complete ping pong paddle buying guide here – which may help you in determining which paddle suits you best.
The Infinity Edge racket has a carbon blade consisting of a combination of 5 plywood and a 2 ply carbon, making it a 5.7mm thick blade. The wooden components consist of:
- Hinoki (fast attack): This is seen as the ‘golden’ wood of blades. It is a delicate, but dynamic wood which suits all styles of play.
- Koto (for quick counterattacks): This wood is nimble and stiffer, helping with faster block and explosive counters.
- Ayous (precise control): A more lightweight, firm and elastic wood which is why it’s often the heart of many all-round blades. This wood is great for players looking to keep the ball in play.
This is a common combination for JOOLA’s blades. However, each paddle differs slightly in it’s woods used, to help suit the specialties of the paddle.
The 2 ply carbon layers help reinforce the blade while giving it a larger and more responsive sweet spot. The carbon also plays a role in reducing vibration when contact is made with the ball – this benefits elements such as control and spin.
The blade thickness is exactly the same as that of the Infinity Balance, making it pretty similar in weight. This paddle may seem heavy at first and may take some time in getting used to.
Overall, the Infinity Edge blade is of serious quality – and it matches the professional-grade that JOOLA always seems to deliver. This is definitely one of the better blades you’ll get in its price range.
The rubber used for the Infinity Edge racket is JOOLA’s inverted Driver 42 rubber. This rubber has a smooth surface on the outside, however, it provides exceptional grip, giving players the ability to put any kind of spin on the ball. This benefits all kinds of stroke play – but requires a decent technique.
The sponge thickness is 2.2mm, which is rather thick. A thick sponge is used for more speed, and any sponge thickness above 2.1mm is ideal for a player looking to add some serious pace. Having a thicker sponge means that there is a greater ability to put spin on the ball – however, a thicker sponge also may have a noticeable effect on control. This can come right with hours of practice.
JOOLA are very specific with their rubber choice, and they’ve chosen the Driver 42 rubber to give a focus on speed and spin in the Infinity Edge. This is a premium rubber that is great for offensive-minded players.
The Infinity Edge uses the classic flared handle, making it the perfect match for someone who uses the Shakehand grip. This handle is ergonomic, meaning it is designed for both efficiency and comfort.
The flared handle is used often in JOOLA’s paddle builds, and they are well known for their comfort. JOOLA makes it a priority to have comfort as well as performance.
The handle also comes in various colors, which is another cool benefit of the Edge. These colors all have a stylish design and come in red or blue.
We’ve put together a table highlighting both the pros and the cons of the JOOLA Infinity Edge:
We’ve also put together some ratings out of 100, for the 3 key characteristics – speed, spin, and control.
We feel like the Infinity series has been a great success by JOOLA, and there isn’t really a weakness out of the three (Infinity Balance, Infinity Overdrive). The Infinity Edge is a high-grade paddle and will definitely benefit your ping pong. If you’re able to control this paddle, then the chances are you’ll be able to handle most of the other offensive paddles out there.
The Infinity Edge is another successful build by JOOLA. The paddle performs in all areas with the main focus on speed. This paddle is ideal for intermediate to advanced players who are looking to intimidate their opponents with fast-paced play. This is definitely one of the best offensive paddles you’ll get in this price range.
If you’re in the market for a new paddle and this one doesn’t quite suit your style of play, we’ve reviewed plenty of other paddles here – which can definitely help grow your game.