Choosing a Robot

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 9 years ago

parth limbachia

parth limbachia Asked 9 years ago

Hi Alois,

Will a robot help me improve my game, footwork and technique if I invested in one since I dont have any serious TT partner. What could be the advantages and disadvantages of buying one? eg Newgy Robo pong 2050. If a robot is worth buying then what are the good choices?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Parth,

The robot can be a useful tool if you don't have anyone else to hit with.

They are costly.  They also don't teach you the cues that you learn when hitting with another player.  However, they can teach you to groove a stroke and make it more automatic.

I don't have a lot of information or experience with different robots.

Perhaps some of our readers can help you out.

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Dii Nee

Dii Nee Posted 9 years ago

I would recommend a robot with a system that automatically puts the balls back to the robot after you hit them, like the robo pong. I tried out the Joola TT Buddy, aka iPong(

It's really cheap but the problem is, that you have to put the balls back manually.

Robots can help you, especially with the drills from pingskills, because you can easily practice to attack 100 topspins of long backspin balls or something like that. But it should only be a combination to a real partner and not a replacement.

Remember, the balls coming from the robot will always be different to the ones from a real person.

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