PingPod #39 – 40mm vs 38mm Table Tennis Ball

Welcome to the PingPod, the ping pong
podcast by PingSkills. Welcome Alois.
Thanks Jeff
Now today we’ve got an interesting topic.We’re talking about the 38mm ball vs the 40mm ball. Very exciting. Now how big a change has this been for table tennis
when they introduced the new bigger 40mm ball?
Well there was a lot of talk when we first came out with with the bigger ball. The
game was going to change, it was all going to get different, it was going to be slower.
So it was going to be much better for defenders because it was
going to be slower, it was going to bring back choppers into the game That’s right.
How did that turn out? Well, let’s have a look.
I mean there’s just not that many defenders that are at the top of the world still. And looking at table tennis as a whole, as a spectator sport, I don’t think its
changed at all Not at all. So if we look back before the
2000 Olympics and see when Waldner was playing Kong Linghui are the rallies any different?
I don’t think so. I mean if you’re looking at it purely from a spectators
point of view there isn’t any real difference with what is
happening. The rallies look the same, the game looks the
same. It hasn’t made any big difference to the
promotability of the game.
Okay so in hindsight, looking at what we know now was the change worth it or because it made no difference it just doesn’t
make any difference? Yeah, I just think it hasn’t made any
difference. Was it worth the change? Probably not.
Okay there you go. So we want
to know your thoughts. What do you think about the change from
the 38mm, if you’re old enough to remember when we did play with 38mm,
to the 40mm ball. Let us know!

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