In table tennis, can you change paddles mid game to adjust to the opponents play style?

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No you can't change paddles mid game, according to the International Table Tennis Federation Handbook for 2017:

  • A racket shall not be replaced during an individual match unless it is accidentally damaged so badly that it cannot be used; if this happens the damaged racket shall be replaced immediately by another which the player has brought with him or her to the playing area or one which is handed to him or her in the playing area.
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    A good first answer, backed by the quoted rule and referenced to a source. Welcome to Sports Stack Exchange.
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    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 0:48

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