Table Tennis robot – training pros and cons!

Posted on 8 Nov 2016 by Louis Marque

Newgy Robo Pong 2050 in action.

How does a table tennis robot work?
A table tennis robot is a machine that can automatically fire table tennis balls from one end of a table tennis table to the other end in a controlled manner.
You will be able to choose the type of shots and spins you want to practice against (topspin, backspin, side-spin,…).
The speed and frequency that the balls are fired can also be adjusted.

Why would you want a robot?
– Playing without needing an opponent.
– Practice as long as you want to.
– Improve your footwork/weak strokes/fitness level.
– A player can vary his workout by changing to different drills to learn how to play against every game style.
– Robots are great at putting the ball into the same location over and over again.  They never miss!
– It is quite the best time/efficiency value!
– This allows you to practice at speeds in excess of normal table tennis rallies.
– Robots can be useful for service training.
– Robots are also one of the best ways to work on your return and service technique

What are the cons of using a robot?
– Be careful when mastering a new skill or stroke on a robot. Because you can hit so many balls in a session on a robot, it is very easy to groove in incorrect technique if you are not performing the stroke properly.
– Robots do not have the same visual clues that you will get from an opponent. This can be a weakness in that you will not be able to practice reading an opponents body language.
– You can neglect your footwork when using the robot in a static way.

Two examples of popular robots :

NEWGY ROBO PONG 540robot newgy
Your first step to seeing how Table Tennis Robot practice can revolutionize your game. This model is ideal for recreational players and the budget-minded. Lower speed, frequency ranges and static delivery are great for learning and grooving strokes. Set on top of table and twist base to desired trajectory.
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robot newgy 2050NEWGY ROBO PONG 2050
Available spins: topspin, backspin, left sidespin, right sidespin, combination spin.  One of the best table tennis robots around.
Available shot selection: push, chop, serve, counter, lob, fast loop.
Fits all standard ping-pong tables and is easy to set-up, use, take down, store and transport. 64 drills available.

Package Includes:
– Ball Thrower (w/Oscillation)
– Recycling Net System
– Side Net Extenders
– Rubber Tips Packet
– Full Size Digital Control Box
– Transformer
– Connector Cable
– Owner’s Manual
– Set-up DVD

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Click below to watch the NEWGY ROBO PONG 2050 in action!  

Video produced by @JammyAntics and Topspin Sports Intern Louis Marque.

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