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Table tennis ball weight

Five 40+ table tennis ballsSorry for the geekiness of this, but I wondered about the weight of the “new” plastic balls. Mainly, are the Nittaku heavier than the Butterfly? So, I grabbed a friend’s calibrated scale and did some comparisons.

First, the ITTF requirements

The official rules state that the ball shall weigh 2.7g, but any weight between 2.67 and 2.77g is acceptable for any one ball. No more than 1 ball out of the 24 sampled may be outside this range. The sample mean must be between 2.69 and 2.76g.

Second, the data

My data is based on weighing 3 balls of each brand, then doing a mean. So, yes, I have a smaller quantity sample (ITTF requirements are based on 24 balls), but I’m guessing that my random three balls measurement is representative. All balls were within the mean, so the weight difference between the balls is pretty damn small. All 40+.

Butterfly: 2.739g
Nittaku: 2.710g
DHS white: 2.755g
Andro: 2.747g
DHS orange: 2.714g

Not only was I wrong, but the Nittaku were the lightest of all.


Club member Paco, heads for the island life

Paco Bonilla

Paco (left) and Ed (right), on Paco’s last day at the SCTTC.

Long-time SCTTC member, Paco Bonilla, is trading in the Santa Cruz life for life in Hawaii. We will miss him and his crazy serves, but wish him well and enjoyment of the island life. Thanks to those who brought in cake and cookies!

Two upcoming competitions in the Bay Area

2019 SWAN Warriors December Open

(December 7-8, 2019)

$3,000 Prize Money

Registration Deadline Extended To: Wednesday, November 27, 2019

75 Players Registered
USA Table Tennis 2-Star Sanctioned Tournament

Contact: Meng-Yu Wang, , 217-377-9326
Venue: Swan Ping Pong, 1257 Tasman Dr, Ste. C, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089

Entry Form:

2019 Ultimate Fieldhouse December Open
(Sat, Dec 14)

2019 Ultimate Fieldhouse Year-End Open
(Sun, Dec 29)

Walnut Creek, CA – 2-Star
$400 Total Prize Money

Register Online Here:
Sat, Dec 14 Entry Form:
Sun, Dec 29 Entry Form:

Thanks to Harvey Gotliffe for sending me this info.