I've talked to many people over the years,
through several forum discussions and polls to see which is the most
popular ball. When looking purely at performance, the Nittaku Premium
balls are by far the most popular, although also the most expensive. When
it comes to looking at value, with only a slight compromise in
performance, the DHS or Double Fish balls seem the most popular.
Below are some reviews and/or comments on 3 star balls.
In order not to appear biased, I should disclose that our shop sells DHS 3
Nittaku and Nittaku Premium:
The Nittaku Premium have always been my favourite and still are, and the
price is usually the only thing that turns people way from them. These
balls are actually still made in Japan, and the quality and consistency is
outstanding, although the durability has dropped off quite a bit over the
years, and in this way itís similar to most other 3 star balls. This
ball is not to be confused with the normal Nittaku 3 star ball (without
premium), which is made in China and is definitely does not feel as nice,
although they are a little cheaper and still have good performance.
Iíve always liked these balls in the past and found them to be quite
durable too, but like the Nittaku balls there are presumaably made in
Japan, and therefore a little expensive. TSP does not have many
distributors around the world, so these balls are not as common either....
I have not seen one for many years, so I don't know what they are like
These balls seem similar in feel and performance to the DHS balls, and are
also similarly prices, which makes them also very good value.
Iíve personally never liked these balls, they always seemed a little
softer and did not bounch as well. Durability is about average and the
quality is quite good.
These balls seem very similar to the Butterfly balls, so I suspect they may
well be made in the same factory and re-badges. As with Butterfly balls
Iím not too keen on these balls either, but the quality and durability
Double Happiness (DHS)
I quite like these balls, and although not as much as the Nittaku ones,
they are much cheaper and at least as durable. A lot of our local clubs
have changed to these balls as they play well and are much cheaper than
I never liked these and they seemed to break all the time. Iíve heard a
few other say this as well so I assume Iím not the only one.
I have not tried these myself, but I hear they are quite good. They
are harder than most balls, which many people seem to like.
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