How long do table tennis balls last?

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 10 years ago

Michael Stack

Michael Stack Asked 10 years ago

I'm wondering how long table tennis balls last. I'm playing with 3-star rejects; those that were intended as 3-stars but couldn't quite make the cut.

Related to that question I have a few others:

* Do better balls last longer?

* Should I clean table tennis balls? Invariably they pick up the table's paint




Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi Michael,

The three star rejects are still good.  In fact all balls that aren't 3 star are 3 star rejects.  When they manufacture balls they are aiming to make a three star ball.  Some end up lighter and get put into another basket and are sold as lesser balls.

The better balls will last longer because they are a little heavier and have more material in them.  They will also give you a truer bounce.  However, it is a matter of economy.  If you are using a lot of balls for training, you will spend a lot of money.

I don't tend to clean the balls.  I think cleaning tends to make them a bit shiny and slippery if anything. 

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Michael Stack

Michael Stack Posted 10 years ago

Thanks Alois! That's really helpful.

 Do the balls wear out? Should I stop using them after any period of time, or should I feel free to use them until they break, or (more typically) I step on them?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

You can use them until the break or get stepped on!  They will not alter in performance significantly.

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