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Balls

Table tennis balls may be classified into balls for training and balls for competition. Based on the set of rules of the ITTF table tennis balls exhibit a diameter of 40 mm (before: 38 mm) and are made of either celluloid or plastic. During competitions, either white or orange table tennis balls are permitted. Balls for competition exhibit 3 stars. Balls for training commonly exhibit 1 or 2 stars. Many of those are, however, just equipped with the manufacturer´s logo.

Categorization of the table tennis ball as a sports equipment

In table tennis, there are various so called pieces of sports equipment, which ware more or less essential to perform the sport. Pieces of sports equipments may be in direct (e.g. shoes or bats) or indirect (e.g. balls during rallies) contact to the athlete. In this example, table tennis balls are also essential to perform the sport.

All table tennis balls are made of plastics. They consist of carbon and hydrogen atoms, which form a composite together, a so called molecule. Those molecules contain basic modules, which repeat themselves over and over again, forming even bigger molecules. For this reason, such molecules are called macromolecules (macro=huge, gigantic). Plastics may be divided into various categories. Often, they are divided into thermosetting plastics, thermoplastics and elastomers. Table tennis balls are thermoplastics: If you heat up those materials, they´ll be softer and easier to deform. If you continue the heating process, they´ll eventually melt and even go up in flames. The subsequent cooling they´ll be stiffer and harder to deform again, whereas those processes are repeatable as often as desired.

The brands of table tennis ball

There are incredibly many brands manufacturing balls in both, the recreational and club section. In general, however, all those manufacturers do basically the same thing: Just like in every field, there is a modest number of manufacturing plants producing table tennis balls. Afterwards, the brand companies imprint their logo on the balls. In our shop TT-SHOP.COM, the following products are available:

All table tennis balls at a glance - summary tables


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