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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

The official rules state that the ball shall weigh 2.7g, but any weight between 2.67 and 2.77g is acceptable for any one ball. No more than 1 ball out of the 24 sampled may be outside this range. The sample mean must be between 2.69 and 2.76g.


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Size

The official rules state that the ball shall have a diameter of 40mm.

This is measured using a calibrated electronic device with a precision of at least 0.001mm and which measures the diameter with a precision of 0.01mm.

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 official rules state that the ball shall be spherical.

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

By rotating the ball about its axes, the minimum and maximum diameters are determined. The difference between the two values gives the lack of sphericity.

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 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.

For non-celluloid balls all 24 balls must rebound to a height of not less than 240mm and not more than 265mm when dropped from a height of 305mm 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***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
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 A40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Magenta
11 Butterfly G40+*** Plastic with seam White Gray + Magenta
12 Butterfly*** Celluloid White Black + Red
13 Butterfly*** Celluloid Orange Black + Red
14 Carlton GT1 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
15 ChenVul Maruara 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
16 Cornilleau P-Ball*** Plastic with seam White Black + Magenta
17 Cornilleau P-Ball ABS Evolution*** Plastic with seam White Black + Lime Green
18 Cornilleau*** Celluloid White Black
19 DF 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
20 DHS 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
21 DHS D40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
22 DHS*** Celluloid White Black + Red
23 Donic 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
24 Donic P40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Blue
25 Donic***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Celluloid White Black
26 Donic***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Celluloid Orange Black
27 Double Fish 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
28 Double Fish V40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
29 Double Fish*** Celluloid White Black + Red
30 Double Fish*** Celluloid Orange Black + Red
31 Gewo Ultra SLP 40+*** Plastic seamless White Black
32 Gewo Ultra Super Selected***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Celluloid White Black
33 Giant Dragon 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
34 Giant Dragon***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Celluloid White Blue + Red
35 GKI Premium 40+*** Plastic seamless White Black
36 Guoqiu 40+*** Plastic seamless White Black + Red
37 Hanno*** Plastic seamless White Blue
38 iPong Sphere 40+*** (
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Plastic seamless White Black
39 Joola Flash 40+*** Plastic seamless White Blue
40 Joola Prime 40+*** Plastic with seam White Blue + Gold
41 Joola Super*** Celluloid White Black + Blue
42 Joola Super-P 40+***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Plastic with seam White Blue + Red
43 Kingnik 40+***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Plastic seamless White Black + Red
44 Kinson 40+***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Plastic with seam White Black
45 Kinson K40+*** Plastic with seam White Black
46 Kokutaku 40+*** Plastic seamless White Black
47 Komann 40+***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Plastic with seam White Black
48 Lion L40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
49 Nexy 40+*** Plastic seamless White Black + Red
50 Nimatsu*** Celluloid Orange Black
51 Nittaku Nexcel 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
52 Nittaku NSD40+ Plastic with seam White Black + Red
53 Nittaku Premium 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
54 Nittaku Premium***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Celluloid White Blue
55 Nittaku Premium***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Celluloid Orange Blue
56 Nittaku SHA 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
57 Nittaku*** Celluloid White Blue + Red
58 Nittaku***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Celluloid Orange Blue + Red
59 Palio*** Plastic seamless White Black + Red
60 Peace 40+***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Plastic with seam White Black
61 Peace S40+*** Plastic with seam White Green
62 Raise 40+*** Plastic seamless White Black
63 Red+Black 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
64 Sanwei 40+*** Plastic seamless White Black
65 Schildkrot Champion 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black
66 Schildkrot Super 40+*** Plastic seamless White Blue
67 Schildkrot Super***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Celluloid White Blue + Black
68 Stag Peter Karlsson 40+*** Plastic seamless White Black
69 Stag Premium 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black
70 Stag Supreme 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black
71 Stiga Competition*** Celluloid White Black
72 Stiga Optimum 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black
73 Stiga Optimum***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Celluloid White Black
74 Stiga Perform 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black
75 Sunflex 40+***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Plastic with seam White Black
76 Sunflex SX40+*** Plastic with seam White Black
77 Tibhar 40+ SL*** Plastic seamless White Black
78 Tibhar 40+ SYNTT NG** Plastic with seam White Black
79 Tibhar 40+ SYNTT*** Plastic with seam White Black
80 Tibhar JPS+*** Celluloid White Black
81 Tibhar*** Celluloid White Black
82 Tibhar*** Celluloid Orange Black
83 Tmount Prime 40+***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Plastic with seam White Black
84 Tribax*** Plastic with seam White Black
85 TSP ***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Celluloid White Black
86 TSP 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black
87 TSP CP40+*** Plastic with seam White Black
88 TSP SL-Premium 40+*** Plastic seamless White Blue
89 Tuttle T40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Red
90 Xiom 40+*** Plastic seamless White Black
91 Xiom Bravo 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black
92 Xiom Pro Select 40+***
(can be used until 30 June 2018)
Plastic with seam White Black + Blue
93 Xushaofa Sports*** Plastic seamless White Black
94 Xushaofa*** Plastic seamless White Black
95 Yasaka 40+*** Plastic with seam White Black + Blue
96 Yasaka SLB40+*** Plastic seamless White Black + Red
97 Yinhe S40+*** Plastic seamless White Black + Red
98 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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