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ITTF Approved 40mm Table Tennis Balls

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Part two - What criteria do ITTF approved 40mm balls have to meet.

Part One - Introduction & types of balls  |  Part Two - Approved 40mm TT balls

 

Table tennis balls

In part one we looked at the different types of table tennis balls and what the rules say about them.

We also looked at the two most recent major changes made to the ball which affected the size of the ball and the material used to make them.

So let's now take a look at the tests which are carried out on table tennis balls in order to meet the criteria set by the ITTF and then view a list of the balls which appear on the ITTF approved list of balls.

OK, let's get started...


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General Appearance

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The ball must be white or orange, and matt, and must appear to be uniform and only have one seam.

The stamp on the ball may cover an area no greater than 280mm2 and be printed in one or two colours, but the same colour or combination must be used for all balls of the same brand and the wording must comply with ITTF regulations.

The balls must be packaged appropriately, e.g. in paper or plastic boxes or in a blister pack. And the wording used on this package has to contain either "40" or "40mm" for celluloid balls or "40+" for non-celluloid balls.

The packaging of the balls must also contain a date or a date code and must comply with the ITTF regulations.


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Weight

Although the official rules state that the ball shall be 2.7g, any weight between 2.67g and 2.77g is acceptable for any one ball in the test batch.

No more than one ball out of the 24 tested may be outside this range and the sample mean must be between 2.69g and 2.76g.


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Size

For celluloid balls the minimum diameter of every ball must be at least 39.50mm, and its maximum diameter must not exceed 40.50mm.

The sample mean average diameter, i.e. the mean of the average of the maximum and minimum diameters for each ball, must be in the range 39.60-40.40mm

 

For non-celluloid balls the minimum diameter of every ball must be at least 40.00mm and its maximum diameter must not exceed 40.60mm.

The sample mean average diameter, i.e. the mean of the average of the maximum and minimum diameters for each ball, must be in the range 40.00-40.50mm.


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Sphericity

The sphericity of a ball - or more correctly the lack of sphericity - is the absolute difference between its minimum and maximum diameters.

For celluloid balls the sphericity of any ball must be less than 0.35mm, and the sample mean sphericity must be less than 0.25mm.

For non-celluloid balls the sphericity of any ball must be less than 0.25mm, and the sample mean sphericity must be less than 0.20mm.


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Bounce

All 24 balls must rebound to a height of not less than 240mm or more than 260mm when dropped from a height of 305mm on to a standard steel block.


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Veer

Veer is a measure of the total sphericity of the ball.

It's measured by rolling the ball down a slight incline onto a horizontal surface, and measuring the distance by which it deviates from a straight line as it rolls across the surface.

The incline is 100mm long at 14 degrees to the horizontal, and on a table that is 100cm long this gives a rolling time of about 3 seconds.

No more than two balls can deviate by more than 175mm from the center-line and each ball is measured at least three times.


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Hardness

Hardness is measured with a fully automated and computerised tester.

A 20mm diameter pin presses against a pole of the ball and the indentation is recorded to a precision of 0.01mm.

Measurements are made on each pole and the average for the poles provides a measure of the hardness.


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Colour and Markings

The colour of the ball must meet the colour specifations which have been set for either white or orange.

The stamp on the ball must also include the following four components:

  • The ITTF Approval. This may be indicated by the initials ITTF or "ITTF approved", or by using the ITTF logo

  • the trademark or brand name

  • the inscription "Made in" followed by the country of production

  • the inscription "40" or "40mm" for celluloid balls

  • the inscription "40+" for non-celluloid balls

No other text is permitted.

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ITTF approved 40mm table tennis balls

No Trademark / Brand Name Ball Type Ball Colour Stamp Colour
1 729 40+*** plastic seamless White Black
2 729 P.S. 40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
3 Andro 3S*** plastic with seam White Black
4 andro 40+*** plastic with seam White Black
5 andro*** celluloid White Black
6 Artengo FB950*** celluloid White Black
7 Artengo FB950*** celluloid Orange Black
8 Asian Pacific 40+*** plastic seamless White Black
9 Butterfly 40+*** plastic with seam White Navy + Magenta
10 Butterfly G40+*** plastic with seam White Gray + Magenta
11 Butterfly*** celluloid White Black + Red
12 Butterfly*** celluloid Orange Black + Red
13 ChenVul Maruara 40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
14 Cornilleau P-Ball*** plastic with seam White Black + Magenta
15 Cornilleau*** celluloid White Black
16 Cornilleau***
(can only be used until 30 June 2017)
celluloid Orange Black
17 DF 40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
18 DHS 40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
19 DHS D40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
20 DHS*** celluloid White Black + Red
21 DHS***
(can only be used until 30 June 2017)
celluloid Orange Black + Blue
22 Donic 40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
23 Donic P40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Blue
24 Donic*** celluloid White Black
25 Donic*** celluloid Orange Black
26 Double Fish 40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
27 Double Fish V40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
28 Double Fish*** celluloid White Black + Red
29 Double Fish*** celluloid Orange Black + Red
30 Dunlop Fort Tournament celluloid White Black + Orange
31 Gewo Ultra P 40+
(can only be used until 30 June 2017)
plastic with seam White Black
32 Gewo Ultra SLP 40+*** plastic seamless White Black
33 Gewo Ultra Super Selected*** celluloid White Black
34 Giant Dragon 40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
35 Giant Dragon*** celluloid White Blue + Red
36 Giant Dragon***
(can only be used until 30 June 2017)
celluloid Orange Blue + Black
37 GKI Premium 40+*** plastic seamless White Black
38 Guoqiu 40+*** plastic seamless White Black + Red
39 Hanno*** plastic seamless White Blue
40 Imperial***
(can only be used until 30 June 2017)
celluloid White Blue + Red
41 iPong Sphere 40+*** plastic seamless White Black
42 Joola Flash*** plastic seamless White Blue
43 Joola Super*** celluloid White Black + Blue
44 Joola Super-P*** plastic with seam White Blue + Red
45 Kingnik 40+*** plastic seamless White Black + Red
46 Kinson 40+*** plastic with seam White Black
47 Kokutaku 40+*** plastic seamless White Black
48 Komann 40+*** plastic with seam White Black
49 Lion L40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
50 Nexy 40+*** plastic seamless White Black + Red
51 Nimatsu*** celluloid Orange Black
52 Nittaku NSD40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
53 Nittaku Premium 40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
54 Nittaku Premium*** celluloid White Blue
55 Nittaku Premium*** celluloid Orange Blue
56 Nittaku SHA 40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
57 Nittaku*** celluloid White Blue + Red
58 Nittaku*** celluloid Orange Blue + Red
59 Palio*** plastic seamless White Black + Red
60 Peace 40+*** plastic with seam White Black
61 Peace S-S***
(can only be used until 30 June 2017)
celluloid White Green
62 Raise 40+*** plastic seamless White Black
63 Sanwei 40+*** plastic seamless White Black
64 Schildkröt Super 40+*** plastic seamless White Blue
65 Schildkröt Super*** celluloid White Blue + Black
66 Stag Peter Karlsson 40+*** plastic seamless White Black
67 Stiga Competition*** celluloid White Black
68 Stiga Competition***
(can only be used until 30 June 2017)
celluloid Orange Black
69 Stiga Optimum 40+*** plastic with seam White Black
70 Stiga Optimum*** celluloid White Black
71 Stiga Optimum***
(can only be used until 30 June 2017)
celluloid Orange Black
72 Sunflex 40+*** plastic with seam White Black
73 Tibhar 40+ SL*** plastic seamless White Black
74 Tibhar 40+ SYNTT*** plastic with seam White Black
75 Tibhar JPS+ celluloid White Black
76 Tibhar*** celluloid White Black
77 Tibhar*** celluloid Orange Black
78 Tmount Prime 40+*** plastic with seam White Black
79 Tribax*** plastic with seam White Black
80 TSP *** celluloid White Black
81 TSP 40+*** plastic with seam White Black
82 TSP CP40+*** plastic with seam White Black
83 Tuttle T40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Red
84 Xiom 40+*** plastic seamless White Black
85 Xiom Pro Select 40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Blue
86 Xushaofa Sports*** plastic seamless White Black
87 Xushaofa*** plastic seamless White Black
88 Yasaka 40+*** plastic with seam White Black + Blue
89 Yasaka SLB40+*** plastic seamless White Black + Red
90 Yasaka***
(can only be used until 30 June 2017)
celluloid White Black
91 Yinhe S40+*** plastic seamless White Black + Red
92 Yinhe*** plastic seamless White Black + Blue

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Part One - Introduction & types of balls  |  Part Two - Approved 40mm TT balls

 


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