A Beginner's Guide to BDSM Whips, Paddles and Floggers

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Are you ready to get a little kinky and whip things up in the bedroom? Then impact play may be just what you are looking for! Impact play has been a staple of BDSM for centuries but it's recently been thrust into the spotlight thanks to movies like Fifty Shades of Grey. If you're new to impact play, don't worry - this article will be your guide through the ins and outs of this tantalising world, from the best implements for spanking to the funniest safe words that will make you laugh even while your butt is turning red.

What is Impact Play?

First things first, what is impact play? Impact play is a BDSM practice that involves using different types of implements such as whips, paddles and floggers to create sensations of pain and pleasure. The idea is to stimulate the nerve endings in the skin, which can create a sense of euphoria and release endorphins. To put it in layman’s terms, it means giving or receiving a kinky beating to get your juices flowing. 

But impact play is not just about pain (although for some people, the line between pain and pleasure is a blurred one!) It's also about trust, communication and exploring your boundaries with your partner. It can be incredible foreplay, a great way to experiment with new roles and just a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

What are the Most Popular Implements for Impact Play?

You can use just about anything for impact play from cucumbers to your bare hand but the most popular implements are whips, paddles and floggers. 


BDSM whips are flexible implements that are usually made from leather, PVC rubber or nylon. They come in different lengths and thicknesses and are designed to create a sharp, stinging sensation when used in impact play. The type of whip you use can greatly affect the sensation it creates. For example, a shorter whip will produce a more intense stinging sensation while a longer whip will produce a more drawn-out crack. Using a whip requires a lot of skill and practice so if you are a newbie, start with a shorter, lighter whip and work your way up to full Indiana Jones expertise.


Paddles used in BDSM are solid implements made out of sturdy materials like wood, rigid leather or hard plastic. They are typically flat and can vary in size and shape and when used in impact play, create a thud rather than the stinging sensation of a whip. This makes paddles a popular choice for those who enjoy a more intense, deep impact and also for impact play beginners because they are easy to handle and can be controlled with precision. If you have never seen the film Dazed and Confused, it is worth a watch to learn some useful paddling techniques!


Floggers are flexible implements that consist of multiple tails or strands, like a “cat o’ nine tails”. They are usually made from leather, rubber, PVC or suede and can vary in size and thickness. Floggers are incredibly versatile and can create a variety of sensations depending on how they are used. Light flicking motions can create a gentle, teasing sensation, while harder strokes can create more intense heat. Floggers can be commonly found at most BDSM stores as they're a staple tool in BDSM play. Floggers require a bit of skill to use, but with practice, they can be a very satisfying implement for impact play enthusiasts.

Tips for Unforgettable Impact Play

If you're new to impact play, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your impact play sessions:

1. Communication is key

Before you start any impact play, it's important to establish a clear and open line of communication with your partner. This includes discussing your limits, desires and any concerns you may have. Make sure you both feel comfortable and safe before you start.

2. Take it slow

If you're new to impact play, it's best to start with lighter implements and work your way up to heavier ones. This will allow your body to adjust to the sensations and prevent injury.

3. Use safe words 

A safe word is a word or phrase that you and your partner agree to use if the play becomes too intense or if you need to stop for any reason. Make sure you choose a safe word that is easy to remember and understand. Some of our favourites include: “Justin Bieber!”, “Dropbear!” and “Spankosaurus!”

4. Take the time for aftercare

After an impact play session, it's important to take care of yourself and your partner. This can include cuddling, talking or just taking some quiet time to process the experience.

By following these tips, you can make your impact play sessions unforgettable and enjoyable for both you and your partner. Remember to always prioritise safety and communication and never do anything that makes you or your partner uncomfortable.

Final Thoughts

Impact play can be a fun and fulfilling way to explore your sexuality and experiment with your partner. It's important to approach impact play with an open mind and a willingness to communicate and establish boundaries. From whips and paddles to floggers and a stiff palm, there are so many fantastic implements to use during impact play to dish out some serious pain and pleasure. Just make sure you start off slow and take all the necessary safety precautions and you will be all set for some cheek-stinging fun!