The Nittaku Superior 2-Star Balls are new poly balls made in Japan by
Nittaku. These non-celluloid poly balls are the next best thing to the
Premium 40+ Ball. They are made in the same factory with the same
materials and production methods as the Premium 40+, but are offered at a
lower price! White only at this time. Packaged in boxes of 3 balls.
Q & A about the new Poly Balls:
introduction of the new plastic “Poly Ball” for table tennis has
created a lot of excitement in the table tennis world. Here are some of
the most frequently asked questions with answers direct from Paddle
1) What is the new ball rule?
Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) passed a resolution that all ITTF events
after July 1, 2014, must use non-celluloid plastic balls. This deadline
has a few exceptions; for example, the upcoming Youth Olympic Games
taking place in Nanjing, China, August 16-28, 2014, is using a celluloid
2) Are celluloid balls no longer legal?
balls continue to be legal for the sport of table tennis. The ITTF
continues to approve celluloid balls. All the of the 3-star balls
available at Paddle Palace are legal for tournament play.
3) Which tournaments are affected by the ITTF resolution?
Sanctioned tournaments only are included in the resolution. This
includes the World Championships, the ITTF World Tour, ITTF Junior
Circuit, and ITTF sanctioned continental events.
4) Are USA tournaments required to use the new ball?
No. Domestic tournaments can choose to use any approved ball, eithercelluloid or non-celluloid.
5) Why did ITTF make this resolution for a new plastic ball?
is a plastic, but it is a fl ammable material that has restrictive
international shipping and storing regulations. Celluloid was once a
widely used industrial plastic, but it is no longer a common material.
Table tennis balls are one of the last products on the market still made
6) Have table tennis balls always been made of celluloid?
Non-celluloid plastic balls were used in competition decades ago. And
for many years, low quality recreational plastic balls have been
available. But the new ITTF approved competition grade balls are a big
improvement over the “toy” balls, and they also have been improved since
the first prototypes were produced over a year ago.
7) Will there be more than one kind of poly ball?
Palace will have two new models of Nittaku 3-star poly balls. One
Nittaku ball is made in China and one is made by Nittaku in Japan. The
Made in China ball is the Nittaku 3* SHA 40+ ball and the Made in Japan
ball is the Nittaku 3* PREMIUM 40+ ball. The Nittaku Premium 40+ ball is
made with a premium poly material that is exclusive to Nittaku. It is
more durable than previous table tennis balls, and it has very
consistent roundness and hardness.
8) When are the new poly balls available?
The Nittaku SHA 40+ ball is in stock! The Nittaku PREMIUM 40+ balls are projected to be available October 2014.
9) What color is the new ball?
this time, only white balls are being produced and have ITTF approval.
Eventually, the new plastic balls will be available in both white and
10) Will celluloid balls continue to be available?
Palace will stock celluloid balls as long as they are available. The
ball manufacturers advise that they will stop making celluloid balls in
the future; the timing depends on material availability and market
demand. Paddle Palace will have celluloid balls for at least another