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      New Table Tennis Ball (REVIEW)

      The new table tennis ball is expected to be put in place by 2014 in International competition. TTEDGE and TableTennisDaily member William Henzell did a review on the new table tennis ball. William Henzell was given a few packs of the new 'plastic' ball by Wang Liqin at the recent World Team Championships 2012!



      ***Latest Review***



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      So what are your thoughts?

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      This review is very insightful. Thanks William.

      From the sounds of the review the new ball still has some way before it is good enough to replace the old celluloid balls. However, this ball actual looks like it will be good for the game. More rallies hopefully due to less spin and being able to hit through the ball more. Also, physical fitness will become a bigger factor in table tennis if this is the case.
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      Quote Originally Posted by lgreggs View Post
      This review is very insightful. Thanks William.

      From the sounds of the review the new ball still has some way before it is good enough to replace the old celluloid balls. However, this ball actual looks like it will be good for the game. More rallies hopefully due to less spin and being able to hit through the ball more. Also, physical fitness will become a bigger factor in table tennis if this is the case.
      That's true. If players adjust by choosing softer rubbers in order to get more grip on the ball, we will probably get longer rallies as well.

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      hope manufacturers creates the "perfect" plastic balls soon..

      so guys do you will it be cheaper or pricier?

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      Well William seems to think it won't be a huge deal and that players will be able to adjust to it relatively quickly so I'm kind of glad, coming from him that makes me feel better about the new ball lol
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      Something this important.. Must.. Post..

      Alright..
      First thing first, much thanks to the review, Sir William.
      Its like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert.. Phew..

      Even though it is still on dev, I do hope that it will be good for the sport even though much hate will manifest in the first few years of change..

      True indeed, due to the longer rally and the new mechanism of the stroke, physical fitness will play a bigger role on our sport. Its sport anyway

      I do hope that defenders could actually benefit or at least don't get smothered because of this change.

      Once again, thank you Sir William its been great to hear that the new ball is not THAT bad
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      Quote Originally Posted by YosuaYosan View Post
      Something this important.. Must.. Post..

      Alright..
      First thing first, much thanks to the review, Sir William.
      Its like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert.. Phew..

      Even though it is still on dev, I do hope that it will be good for the sport even though much hate will manifest in the first few years of change..

      True indeed, due to the longer rally and the new mechanism of the stroke, physical fitness will play a bigger role on our sport. Its sport anyway

      I do hope that defenders could actually benefit or at least don't get smothered because of this change.

      Once again, thank you Sir William its been great to hear that the new ball is not THAT bad
      Yosua, You are back, even for a short cameo. Good to hear from you. We all miss you. Hope your studies are going well. By the way, I love your new Avatar.

      William, thank you so much for posting this. This is a great video to show us what the new ball is like and you give great details. I really appreciate the time you took for this. Thanks again.
      Last edited by UpSideDownCarl; 04-07-2012 at 11:59 PM.
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      Does it still fits on the old rubbers?

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      Quote Originally Posted by PingPonger View Post
      Does it still fits on the old rubbers?
      I don't get what this post means. Does the new ball fit on the old rubbers? What are you trying to ask?
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      Thanks, this is great info.

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      Wow, about time something like this has been posted! I'm mostly curious as to serving, it looks like a lot of the people had trouble getting the ball to go over the net. Is this due to the fact that this ball is less grippy than the celluloid ball? And does it match up with the posts from some time ago about how some said it was just harder in general to generate spin with the new ball, especially with going for heavy backspin serves?

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      We had another short go at training yesterday with the plastic ball. I did a heavy backspin tomahawk serve and the opponent just tried to push it back on the table. I did 1 serve with the plastic ball and 1 serve with the celluloid ball, over and over again. There was a massive difference. Much less spin with the plastic ball.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ttEDGE - William View Post
      We had another short go at training yesterday with the plastic ball. I did a heavy backspin tomahawk serve and the opponent just tried to push it back on the table. I did 1 serve with the plastic ball and 1 serve with the celluloid ball, over and over again. There was a massive difference. Much less spin with the plastic ball.
      what do you think should be done to the ball or to other equipment's William? as you used already the ball.

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      The review is very informative. But the ball maybe be quite hard but as the video has shown it is not that firm or sturdy.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ttEDGE - William View Post
      We had another short go at training yesterday with the plastic ball. I did a heavy backspin tomahawk serve and the opponent just tried to push it back on the table. I did 1 serve with the plastic ball and 1 serve with the celluloid ball, over and over again. There was a massive difference. Much less spin with the plastic ball.
      Much less spin is not so good in a sport where spin is everything.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Carl Horowitz View Post
      Much less spin is not so good in a sport where spin is everything.
      Yup, Spin is a very important factor in table tennis.

      I wonder how Joo se hyuk would adapt to the new balls

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      New balls, means new technology in rubber development. The same thing happened after the speed glue ban
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      WOW interesting :P how change the game of we now :P
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      Hopefully they keep working on the product. If the ball gets significantly less spin than a celluloid ball, I don't care what changes they make to rubbers, it will not be very good for the sport.

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