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 Table tennis Robots - The Ultimate Guide!


Note: Information in this guide will continue to be added as the table tennis community shares their experiences with others, and allow us to include it in this guide. So if you've used a robot, please share your experience and allow us to add your comments into this guide, so that others can benefit from your experience.


 Free-Standing versus Fixed Robots:
Robots can be subdivided into two main catagories, free-standing and fixed. The fixed robots are either attached to the end of the table, or stand behind the table in a fixed position. They usually come with a net and recyling system, which is only viable when the unit is in a fixed position. The free-standing robots are like their little brother, and are usually lightweight and simpler in design, and are placed on top of the opposite half of the table, from where they project the balls.

If you want a feature-rich robot, you're almost forced into buying a fixed robot, but the free-standing ones have some distinct advantages which are worth discussing, as they may affect your decision.

1. Costs
These robots tend to simpler and lightweight, which generally makes them a lot cheaper. Especially if you considering a robot for a club, or for group coaching sessions, you may be able to afford several simply free-standing robots for the price of a single fixed robot. For example the Newgy Robo-Pong 540 costs only a few hundred dollars, which more people can afford, and is less than half the cost of the fully featured Newgy 2040 model.

2. Portability
Again since these robots tend to be smaller and light weight, they are real easy to transport, making a viable to share them between multiple clubs and venues.

3. Playing the angles
A robot that can be moved around on the table, can potentially give you a lot wider angles than one that is fixed at the end and middle of the table. This may be very handy for exercises that require balls to be placed very side.

4. Height and distance
If you wish to practice hitting against high balls, the free-standing robots can be placed close to the net, and shooting out the ballhard onto the table. Only some of the fixed robots have height adjustment, but even then they shoot the ball onto the table at the same angles as a robot positioned right at the net.
Similarly a free-standing robot can be placed a long way behind the table, perhaps fixed onto on a chair with wheels, allowing you to generate some long distance balls.

The free-standing robots usually come with only a small container of balls, and without any catch-net or recycling system, so your practice routine may be shorter and followed by some time picking up the balls. Still the low cost and flexibility of these units are well worth considering.

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