Bat, racket, paddle, what is it called? They're all acceptable, but racket is the official term. So, bat and paddle aren't wrong, but racket is preferred by the ITTF. Paddle is normally used in the U.S., while bat is preferred in Australia and Europe. I call it a racket, but once again, I want to know what you think. Should there be a definitive term, or should it stay as it is? Are there any names I haven't heard of that are used in different parts of the world? Does anybody know the English translation of what they call it in China?