Nittaku SHA 40+ New Plastic Three Star Table Tennis Ball for Tournament Play.
The Nittaku SHA 40+ is a three star premium table tennis ball for designed for tournament play and for international competition. The ball is new and is designed to comply for the International Table Tennis Federation requirements for a non-celluloid poly ball. Made in China. Made of plastic material. Packaged in boxes of 3 balls. Available in white only.
Manufacturer Specifications and Important Facts:
The SHA 40+ ball is slightly larger than traditional 40 mm ball as manufacturing tolerances with plastic verses celluloid enable Nittaku and other manufacturers to get much closer to the 40mm specification.
The New Plastic Ball will now be used in all international competitions that are sanctioned by the International Table Tennis Federation. USA Table Tennis and other National Federations have yet to mandate the new plastic ball as a requirement for tournament play. As a consequence, tournament directors currently have the option of using the traditional celluloid ball or the new plastic ball for upcoming tournaments.
The existing celluloid ball is also a plastic compound, but is flammable. The new plastic ball is more environmentally friendly. Celluloid was once a widely used industrial plastic, but it is no longer a common material.
The new poly ball should play similar to the old celluloid ball. It will be slightly larger, and slightly heavier but will move through the air, despite these changes at similar speeds to the celluloid ball.
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