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Special balls

In addition to training balls and balls for competitions, there is another category of balls in table tennis sports: Special balls. Although they are used and implemented in training sessions (and hence belong to the category "training balls"), special balls exhibit various differences.

The following special balls are not only suitable for training purposes (differential training) and to train fine motor skills – they are also very suitable for recreational activities. Kids are also having much fun playing with them!

Large table tennis balls This category of balls exhibit a diameter far larger than 40mm (mostly approx. 44 mm). With this size, they are considerably larger than normal training balls. With those balls training sessions may be designed in a very variable manner. Due to the larger diameter compared to normal balls, jump and flight behavior is different in special balls. Therefore, in a scientific way, the training of coordinative skills is particularly suitable, especially the ability to adapt and adjust (and many more).

Small table tennis balls Just as there are big table tennis balls, there are also small ones exhibiting a diameter of <<40 mm. Those balls are characerized by less air resistance during flight and, hence, they reach higher velocities, but also exhibit different sound patterns and a different jump behavior. Small table tennis balls are very appropriate when training coordinative skills, for example, the adaptation ability, or when performing adjustment specific training.

Table tennis balls to identify spin Table tennis balls to identify spin are characterized by two (sometimes three) colors. For example, one half of the ball is white, the other half is blue. If the ball rotates (e.g. topspin or backspin), the degree at which the ball rotates is easier to identify with two colors compared to only one color. Table tennis balls to identify spin are hence a reasonable add-on for training purposes, whereas colors rich in contrast are the best choice. A short digression: Due to his powerful visual capabilities, Timo Boll is able to assess ball rotations quite easily, which is a great benefit. Although the balls are not bi-colored in competitions , Timo Boll can still assess the rotation of the ball because of its imprints. Since not every player has eyes as good as his eyes are, table tennis balls to identify spin are very suitable to improve the ball´s individual degree of spin during training.

Colored table tennis balls Table tennis balls are available in different colors. Mostly, they are white, orange, or yellow; or they are equipped with imprints of varying color(s). For competitions, however, only matt white or matt orange balls are permitted, yellow balls are prohibited since 1997. The regulation guidelines do not necessarily require to use white balls on green tables, or orange balls on blue tables.

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