TT New Ball Selection

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 8 years ago


IMMANUEL J Asked 8 years ago

Hi Coach,

I have a question on selection of TT ball, Since the balls are now officially made of plastic, there are many to choose and most have different bounces and speed, further this affects my speed and timing. So is there a standard test by which we can conduct to see if the balls are as per international standards.

Secondly, I do find a difference in playing with different tables and locations, tables i can understand, but locations such as a closed room to a big auditorium adjustments seem necessary, does climate and weather affect play too.



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Vijay,

A good way to test the ball is to spin it on its axis on the table and see whether it looks round.  Us your fingers to spin it like a "Spinning Top".  Then look at it from above and you will see if it looks like there is a wobble or not.

Then press the ball firmly to see if it is soft or hard.  Usually the harder and rounder the ball, the better it is.

Weather effects the speed of the rubber more than anything.  In hot weather, your rubber will be bouncier.

The size of the hall will also effect the feel.  In the bigger halls the balls tend to feel like it moves slower.  With a little bit of time you will be able to adjust to the different speeds.  If you are playing at a new venue, it is a good idea to get there as early ass possible to get a good hit up in there.

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IMMANUEL J Posted 8 years ago

Dear Alois,

Thank You so much, your comments cleared my doubts that were lingering in my mind.





D K Posted 8 years ago

So this is why I am unable to play in small spaces???

And this also explains why anyone if not able to get the ball over the net in one hall where the inner temperature is nearly equal to outside temperature until the Main Referee arrives and turns on the air-conditioning

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