Types of robots

Table Tennis Training and Drills

Last updated 8 years ago

Sergio Martinez

Sergio Martinez Asked 8 years ago


I am looking into buying a robot since it is hard for me to find people to train with.  There's a couple I'm looking at.  

One can only do topspin and backspin.  

The other can also do sidespin.  

I am looking at these two robots because they both include an expandable net so I can just keep playing without having to worry about reloading balls.  What do you think?  For the purposes of training is it better to get a robot does sidespin or does it not matter?  Thanks!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Sergio,

I think if you want to spend a little extra for the sidespin it may be worthwhile however, the most important by far is the topspin and backspin.

Robots are good for training if you don’t have a practice partner.

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Sergio Martinez

Sergio Martinez Posted 8 years ago

So then what exactly should I be looking for in a robot?  I want to work on getting my strokes well grooved and on footwork.  When it comes to that, it doesn't really matter if a robot can do side-spin or not?  I do have a friend I can train with and I figure I can work on match strategy with him.  He likes to play and serve with a lot of different types of spin so I feel like I get good practice at learning to read spins from him.  Sadly there is no real club I can join in my area so it makes it hard to find someone who is willing to train with me all day.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Hi Sergio,

Look for a robot that can feed the ball out regularly to a couple of different positions in a simple pattern.  I have used a Y&T robot that suits this purpose.  I don't know too much about the different options out there but others may have some advice on this.

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