The Ball stars

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 5 years ago

Abhishek Joseph

Abhishek Joseph Asked 6 years ago

Hi Coach,

What are the differences between the 1, 2 and 3 star balls? I do know that according to ITTF, 3 star balls are for tournaments. Is there difference in the bounce, roundness,spin etc, of 1 and 2 star balls? And what are they for?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Abhishek,

The 1 and 2 star balls are basically the seconds from the manufacturing process.

When the balls are manufactured, the best balls are selected as 3 start balls and used in competitions.  If the ball is not quite round or is lighter or uneven then they are rated as 2 or 1 start depending on how defective they are.

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Abhishek Joseph

Abhishek Joseph Posted 6 years ago

Okay, but is it okay to practice with 2 star balls?

Abhishek Joseph

Abhishek Joseph Posted 6 years ago

I mean its cheaper to buy them in bulk so are they good enough for practice (multi ball)? 



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Yes that is fine.  As long as they are reasonable balls then training with them in bulk is a good solution.

Bhavesh Gnnanapareddy

Bhavesh Gnnanapareddy Posted 6 years ago

Hi Alois,

Is there a 4 star or 5 star ball


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

No, the 3 star is the best.

Dean Fitzgerald

Dean Fitzgerald Posted 5 years ago

I actually just ordered some 4 Star Balls from Killer Spin. I have no idea if they are better or improved in anyway or if its just American sillyness. It maybe just a marketing gimick come to think of it, and i just got sucked straight in. I also noticed their selling 50mm balls that are supposed to negate wind effect for outdoor use. Boy they look big!

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

50mm balls! They would be interesting to play a game with!

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