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How A Ping Pong Robot Can Improve Your Game

If you’re serious about your Ping Pong and want to improve as quickly as possible, then the idea of a “ping pong robot” may seem like an appealing concept.

Indeed, this is an item that’s probably going to be considered as a serious purchase for those really looking to work on various aspects of their table tennis game, and want to minimise the amount of time it’s going to take to reach their skill and learning goals in the game.

There are several advantages of using a robot to help you train, and various things that you can do with them, so here we’ll be looking at the main ways in which you can benefit from a ping pong robot for improving your game, and then we’ll list a few possible examples.

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The 3 Most Common Uses For A Ping Pong Robot
– Skill Repetition
– Footwork Drills
– Service Returns
What Different Kinds Of Ping Pong Robots Exist?
A Few Popular Models Of Ping Pong Robots
Final Thoughts

The 3 Most Common Uses For A Ping Pong Robot

We consider the following as the most beneficial reasons for investing in a ping pong robot, though there maybe other benefits that we’ve left out. It’s basically going to come down to the following:

– Skill Repetition

Obviously in order to get your game to a good level, you need to be able to consistently make the right shots in the right situations. For example, you need to really get your back hand topspin good when dealing with incoming chop or backspin. These fundamental skills are really learned by first learning to have the correct form (ie, having good posture and using your body in a balanced way in order to maximise control and power). This is then mastered or improved upon mainly by repetition, and this is where the ping pong robot can really give you a lot of leverage.

Although you might be serious enough about your table tennis game to practice several times or more per week, it’s likely that having the ability to practice a lot of returns and shots WITHOUT having someone else around to train with, is going to greatly increase the amount of practice time that you’re able to get in. This is where having a robot setup in say your garage or spare room with your table tennis table will VASTLY increase your ability to practice and get that all important skill repetition.

– Footwork Drills

Another very very important piece of being a solid player, like with many sports, is having the correct feet positions during various shots (otherwise known as foot work). Some of the more mid to higher range ping pong robots are advanced enough to vary the ball placement and power so as to give you various kinds of “footwork drills”. This again is an excellent way to get that skill repetition in and for such an important part of your overall game, this training can really pay off. Good footwork in table tennis being such an integral part of proper and well balanced play.

 

– Service Returns

Similarly to correct footwork, being able to reliably and correctly return a wide range of different serves in terms of both ball placement and spin is an important part of the game, and again is something that having a ping pong robot can really help with.

Although ping pong robots may not be the greatest (yet) at emulating a really good serve, say for example with backspin and side-spin combined, the more mid/high range machines are still able to place the ball consistently on a certain part of the table and use the same power each time. This again will give you the opportunity to practice your skill repetition and build your ability to return certain types of serve with a good amount of spin, or the correct placement on the table to make your return more difficult to answer to.

What Different Kinds Of Ping Pong Robots Exist?

There are literally dozens of different table tennis robots available, of varying levels of pricing and possible features. The choice of ping pong robot that you go with is really going to depend on how serious you want to get with your training, and the goals you have for building (or refining) your skills.

A Few Popular Models Of Ping Pong Robots

Here’s a few reviews that we’ve done on some of the table tennis robots that we consider a good investment (dependent on your usage, skill levels and goals for improvement). Click on the following links to read our full reviews on each product:

  • IPong V300
  • Newgy Robo Pong 2050
  • Butterfly Amicus
Final Thoughts

As we’ve explored, it’s no doubt that for the right person, who’s looking to improve their game in various ways, choosing the correct ping pong robot for them can make a HUGE difference to their speed in improving at the game overall, and provides an excellent tool for training yourself to higher levels in various aspects of the game such as returning serves, footwork and overall shot positioning and balance.

For most people the main challenge will be choosing the right robot for them, as for example, the IPong V300 is probably not going to be good enough for someone who’s already competing at a semi pro, or professional level, and they’ll want something with more “serious” features that they can tweak and use to really challenge themselves.

That being said, for the beginner who’s just really getting into table tennis and really wants to be able to hone their skills at home in the garage, the V300 could be just what they need. So understanding your needs is really going to be crucial in finding the right robot for you.

Check out our reviews above, and look at the features of each of the different ping pong robots with these points in mind, and you’re sure to find a winner!

About the Author Nick.E

I consider myself a pretty regular dude, a dude who LOVES his hobbies... Aside from just being darn fun, hobbies have literally kept me going during times of my life that were challenging. I've always found the relatively harmless escape of video games, chess, other commonly played board games and more recently poker, to be an excellent way to spend my time. I hoped you enjoyed my content, and please stop back anytime :)

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