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The quality of the new plastic table tennis balls has been atrocious ever since it was introduced three years ago. There have been unending complaints about it, not only from professional players but also for the home or club player. Now it seems no more.
I've copied/edited relevant sentences from TableTennisDaily article about the fantastic new 'D' ball from DHS.
- "This is the best plastic ball in table tennis right now.
- Slightly better than the Nittaku Premium! I never thought possible about a Chinese plastic ball!
- The balls are absolutely perfectly round. Note 'D' in front of 40+. The '+' means the new plastic ball compared to the older celluloid technology.
- The D40+ is cheaper. As DHS stops production of their previously horrible, awful, terrible and miserable plastic balls, these will become the standard. Hopefully other companies will be putting their brand names on this ball. It would be a major improvement for the sport. It depends if DHS can make enough of these D40+ balls to meet the demand and still maintain this level of quality.
- The dominant balls might become the D40+ made by DHS and Nittaku so we will return to the celluloid situation where the brand of the ball is inconsequential."
So, finally the saga of the ball is over. We are one of the few clubs that freely lend balls out to players when they play at our club (disregard those clubs which have only one ball per table for lending all night, zealously guarding each ball like a gold brick).
We're able to source good quality celluloid balls cheaply and our players love them. Of course, some comp players only practise with their favourite plastic ball and Nittaku balls are available at approx $3 each. But currently we can't afford them because our balls are 4.5 times more affordable.
The new DHS D40+ balls are selling at $2.30 each, still extremely expensive for our club which goes thru 100 balls every 2-3 months which is simply not affordable.
AliExpress is selling the balls at $71 per 100 box. Perhaps you can buy a box, then make a profit of $160 per order when selling them off to friends or by trolling the local tt clubs. Unfortunately China is famous for selling fakes! Still, it might be a good opportunity to make money if you want to take the risk. (hint, hint, our club will buy hundreds of genuine balls from you for $1 each if you do take the suggestion).
Apology - I looked more closely at the AliExpress ad and realised they are selling the one star ball. They would probably be the same quality as the 'three' star celluloid balls we use at the club, the cost is slightly more expensive and so I would not buy them. However, if they are three star standard, you could make easy money by selling them at around $2 each to others, warning again that you might be buying fakes from the Ali site.
Another note - if you look closely at the image, the logo is CTTA Approved. This will not be used at ITTF sanctioned tournaments. It's also an indicator that this ball could be a fake. I'll write an article later on how to spot fakes, how not to buy fakes and how to get compensation if fake balls are delivered to you.
Final note - I played with the ball recently. It certainly is different from the old celluloid ball. It is not as fast because there's less spin altho the hardness is similar. Therefore you need to hit with more spin in order to get your loops to land on the table. Owen Ow has read where the professionals have suffered more injuries trying to get the same speed on the ball.
Really final note - I checked the ITTF website, and it indicates that until December 2017 the D40+ is not approved!
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