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I have a portable table tennis table at home and this summer it's got a lot of use with the hot weather. The only downside of playing outside is that many of the balls have been lost over the garden fence. So, I went for a trip to Sports Direct and found these Dunlop Fort Tournament Table Tennis Balls reduced to £3.99 and bought some replacements.
The balls come in a pack of 6 and are designed with a 3 star rating meaning that they are suitable for tournament match play. They are plain white in colour as you would expect with the Dunlop logo on the front and measure 40mm in diameter.
The balls are the perfect weight and their lightness means they sail nicely through the air with a light hit. The smooth surface makes them easy to direct them where you want them without them going off in odd directions. I've also been impressed with how durable the balls are. We've been playing with them now for about 6 months and somehow they've managed to resist getting dented or split. The only exception was when one of the balls got stolen by the dog and now has some great puncture marks in the side! Another bonus is that the balls have a really good bounce on them which makes them great fun to play with.
Overall these table tennis balls are really well-made and good quality. They've lasted a long time (well those which haven't been hit over the fence or been attacked by dogs) and my family and friends have had some excellent matches with them. I would defiantly recommend them whether you play just as a hobby like us or are more professional.
Several years ago I bought an outdoor table tennis table for my children. However it has proved a huge success with all the family. It is always a popular choice of activity when friends visit and many a nail biting competition has been held on our patio! I have always believed that if you enjoy a sport you need decent equipment to get the best out of it. This is true for table table tennis balls.
There are many different table tennis balls on the market but I like to buy 3 star,tournament quality balls.One and two star balls are really best used for practice . Three star balls give a consistent bounce and are the correct weight as set out by the International table tennis federation. Dunlop tournament balls come in packs of six and can be picked up for around £3. Sports direct have these balls on offer for £2.99 at the moment. I have bought cheap table tennis balls in the past,but found that not only was the bounce inconsistent,but they tended to split easily.
To be honest I am not particularly loyal to Dunlop as a brand and think that all 3 star quality table tennis balls are similar. I bought Dunlop as they offered the best price in my local sports shop. However I have been pleased with the quality of these balls and would definitely buy them again. Table tennis is a great game and one that all my family really enjoys!
Table Tennis is one of those sports I have been playing on and off since I was about six. It's a game I really enjoy and would consider myself quite good at. I spent many happy afternoons on the kitchen table batting a ball against the ball. My dad was always a good player and I often played with him. Now I'm older I don't tend to play that often, but every now and again I will dig out my bat and go for a game with one of my friends. When I was a kid one of the most frustrating thing about table tennis was losing or smashing balls. The small white little balls you play table tennis with are quite delicate and are very easy to break. It may be a particularly hard smash shot, a stray foot when the ball is on the floor or just general over use, but table tennis balls don't tend to last long.
Then I discovered these. The Dunlop Table Tennis Fort Tournament Balls. This are pretty much the elite when it comes to table tennis balls. You can really tell the difference in a ball when you play with it. From the sound it makes as it comes of the bat and then bounces on the table, to the way it moves through the air. These Dunlop balls are probably the best I have ever played with.
If you buy cheap balls you can find they sometimes go slightly out of shape, some over have a seem on them which makes the ball move in odd directions. This is certainly not something you want when you are playing. The Dunlop balls stay perfectly round and have no seams. They fly straight and true and as long as you hit your shot well, they will go where you want them to. They have a very crisp and true feel when they come off the bat, it almost makes playing the game more satisfying.
When it comes to durability these Dunlop balls are excellent. Admittedly they are not indestructible, I did stand on one a while back and it burst right open. But when it comes to general wear and tear they seem to last longer than the average ball. Price wise they are a little more expensive than some balls, but you are still only looking at around £5 for a pack of six, so they certainly won't break the bank in any way. That is one of the good things about table tennis, it is a very cheap sport to play!
Overall then I would have to say the Dunlop Fort Tournament Balls are top notch. They come in white and are a standard size of 40mm. So if you play just for fun or take the game very seriously then I doubt you will go far wrong with a set of these balls. Even if like me you just want to bat a ball against the wall in the kitchen, then I am sure the Dunlop balls will be perfect for your needs. So next time your off for a game of ping pong, use these balls!
I've played table tennis on an infrequent basis for the last few years, and although i'm by no means an expert, I recognise the fact that using decent equipment is important - oh, and i've also realised that the sport should never be referred to as "Ping Pong"... unless you want to offend the Ping Pong... sorry, 'Table Tennis' playing fraternity. Today i'm taking a look at Dunlop's Tournament Balls - of which, a six pack can currently be purchased for £2.99 from Amazon's affiliate seller. From sports shops the balls can be picked up for around £4.
Choosing Your Balls
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So why not buy cheaper table tennis balls - you know... the ones you can pick up for 99p for a pack of ten? Well, if you're simply having a knock-around on the kitchen table, then those balls will be fine - however if you take your table tennis seriously, then you really should consider finer quality offerings.
Table tennis balls are categorised in a rating system which ranges from one to three stars. One star balls are best used for practice, whereas three star balls are of tournament pedigree, and have gone through rigorous testing to ensure their quality. The Dunlop Tournament balls are three star - so they're suitable for competition.
The cheaper balls are often joined with a slightly raised seam which can lead to an inconsistency of bounce - an unwanted evil during competition play. Quite simply then, it may sound obvious but the best table tennis balls are the ones which are the roundest. The other factor that should be considered is weight - sometimes lesser balls can be too heavy, whereas the three star ones should (in theory) be of the perfect grammage!
The Dunlop Tournament Ball in Use
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To be completely honest, Dunlop Tournament table tennis balls are very similar to the majority of the other three star rated balls that i've used from the other leading brands - there's a perfect consistency of bounce, and the ability to impart a great deal of spin upon the ball. The weight is excellent too - not too heavy, and not too light. In terms of their longevity, the only time that i've had one that's split isn't is when i've accidentally trodden on it. Overall then, You can't go too far wrong with Dunlop Tournament table tennis balls - they offer decent performance at a reasonable price.