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Table Tennis Robots – A Guide

Serious trainers turn to table tennis robots or machines that simulate games with a real opponent by shooting balls your way at various speeds, spins and angles.

Training for table tennis requires regular practice, ideally with a partner and coach. There may be times, however, when live practice is not feasible such as when you don’t have an opponent to play with or when the playing skills of the other player do not challenge yours. Serious trainers turn to table tennis robots or machines that simulate games with a real opponent by shooting balls your way at various speeds, spins and angles.

Benefits of table tennis robots:

Practice machine

Table tennis robots operate continuously, serving the same ball repeatedly, allowing you to:

* practise specific strokes
* fine-tune strokes
* speed-up your game
* try minor modifications in playing style to obtain different results

Minimise space

When training at home, indoor space may be a constraint. With a training robot, you can practise your routine in tight areas because the robot can be propped at the end of a table, allowing you to push the table against the wall.

Exercise and health

A training robot can be programmed to oscillate and shoot out balls at specific angles, varying speeds and frequency continuously which promote arm and feet movement, the equivalent of a complete body workout.

Fun activity

A training robot provides hours of fun for adults and children who enjoy table tennis as a favourite past time.

Types of training robots

There are two main types of table tennis robots, each of which has its own advantages, such as the following:

Fixed robots

Fixed robots are attached to either end of the table or made to stand behind the table in a fixed position. These are usually equipped with a net and a ball recycling system to provide continuous playing time for serious trainers.

Free standing robots

On the other hand, free standing robots are placed on top of the opposite end of the table from where they shoot balls at a player. They come with a small container of balls but do not have a net or recycling system, so practice times may be shorter. Nevertheless, enthusiasts consider the free standing types for the following advantages:

* Inexpensive cost
* lightweight
* small size
* portability
* wide angle play
* high or long distance ball practice

Other features to consider when looking for table tennis robots include single or double-wheel heads, programmable or non-programmable systems, amount and variety of spin, power and plug compatibility, ease of use, warranty, maintenance and after sales services.

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