The Mapol 4 Star is a beginner to intermediate grade racket that will give you great spin and control while playing. It has great value for money and is something you should consider if you want to upgrade your equipment.
Mapol 4 Star
The Mapol 4 Star sells on Amazon.com for $18.88. This is a great deal as you will get 2 rackets for the price of one! The racket does lean towards spin and control while lacking in speed. Novice players will find this great for practice as you get to improve your technical game and form before letting in the power.
The Mapol 4 Star is a heavier racket. Made of 7-ply wood the racket weighs about 205 grams. It comes with a 2mm sponge that performs consistently. The rubbers on it allow you to spin and brush balls with ease and the tackiness will last.
We find the Mapol 4 Star to be a great racket for the price you pay to get it. Where else will you find a $9.44 ($18.88 for two) racket that can actually perform well? Although it is on the heavy side, being 205 grams, you can expect consistent bounce with a large sweet spot.
We would recommend the racket to beginners to improve on their spin and control. It excels in these fields and will help you hone your skills. Power is something that we find it lacks and if you are an aggressive offensive player it might not be for you.
For intermediate level players, we would recommend this racket because of its weight. Playing with the Mapol 4 Star takes some getting used to but will strengthen your wrist and arm.
Overall the Mapol 4 Star is a great racket and one we would recommend if you have spin and control in mind. Power players should stay away from this racket, though. After getting used to it the racket can take you quite far for what you pay.
The Mapol 4 Star is definitely a solid choice and one we can recommend. However, if you are looking for an all around racket with power included it may not be the right choice for you.
Buy The Racket
You can buy the Mapol 4 Star from Amazon.
- Amazon.com: The Mapol 4 Star is $18.88 (for 2 rackets!)
- Palio Expert 2: The best bat for beginners. Only £29.99 (Amazon.co.uk) or $39.99 (Amazon.com)
- Palio Master 2: The best allrounder. Only £34.99 (Amazon.co.uk) or $49.99 (Amazon.com)
- Palio Legend 2: The most powerful bat. Only £39.99 (Amazon.co.uk) or $59.99 (Amazon.com)
You might be interested in reading Ben’s popular article The Best Table Tennis Bat for Beginners, which is available on his Expert Table Tennis blog. And don’t forget to check out all of our other Table Tennis Racket Reviews as well.
Have you used the Mapol 4 Star racket yourself? What did you think of it? Please share your experiences and leave a review below in the comments.