Last updated on 04-Mar-2012 10:20:01 PM
I'm wondering how long table tennis balls last. I'm playing with 3-star rejects; those that were intended as 3-stars but couldn't quite make the cut.
Related to that question I have a few others:
* Do better balls last longer?
* Should I clean table tennis balls? Invariably they pick up the table's paint
The three star rejects are still good. In fact all balls that aren't 3 star are 3 star rejects. When they manufacture balls they are aiming to make a three star ball. Some end up lighter and get put into another basket and are sold as lesser balls.
The better balls will last longer because they are a little heavier and have more material in them. They will also give you a truer bounce. However, it is a matter of economy. If you are using a lot of balls for training, you will spend a lot of money.
I don't tend to clean the balls. I think cleaning tends to make them a bit shiny and slippery if anything.