December 29, 2009

Fanciest Table Tennis / Conference Table Ever

Thumbnail image for 0ryanv003.jpgI've actually just recently made my table tennis table my home office desk, but this puts that to shame. Ryan Vanderbilt's Table&Tennis is more a fancy dining room table than a work table. Beautiful wood and detailing. I'm wondering if the finish on the wood causes the ping pong ball to skid though.

If, like me, this is a little out of your budget, click here for more traditional table tennis tables.

From Core77

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December 27, 2009

Brodmann Blades

brodmann-blades.jpgWe haven't had a table tennis entry in a long time, but these new paddles from Brodman warrant at least one.

What these paddles are is a completely deconstructed ping pong paddle. They've separated the front and back - and you put your hand in the middle of them, like a glove. In essence, we've always said the paddle (or racquet) is an extension of your arm right? Well, this actually allows you to play like your hand IS the paddle.

They're running $100, which is steep but reasonable for a paddle which is bound to change the game.

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From Uncrate

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December 16, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Prince Premier LT Tennis String

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Prince Premier LT Tennis String Set
Prince Premier LT Tennis String utilizes advanced linear technology. The microfibers are aligned in parallel to pocket/cup the ball providing exceptional comfort, power and playability. 40'. Natural. 16g-7J803-000 and 17g07J804-000.

You can also get it in a reel HERE.

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December 14, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Prince Poly EXP String

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Prince Poly EXP 16g Tennis String
This premium polyester delivers a crisp feel with plenty of power and durability providing 50% more comfort.

If you need a lot, it comes in a reel as well - HERE.

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December 11, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Prince Twisted String

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Prince Twisted String
This unique multi-colored poly provides a softer feel and a cool look! It provides the most in endurance control and shock absorption.

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December 10, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Prince T22 Tennis Shoe

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Prince Men's T22 Tennis Shoe
The T22 offers improved ventilation while still providing durability and support. TPU forefoot straps proved a custom glove-like fit while stabilizing the forefoot. A RASH toe cap provides added abrasion protection for toe diggers. PU sockliner provides added cushioning and long lasting support. PRC1000 outsole with six-month guarantee provides exceptional durability and traction on multiple surfaces.

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December 9, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Prince EXO3 Products

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Prince EXO3 Ignite Tennis Racquet
The Prince EX 03 Ignite Midsize (95 square inch headsize) Tennis Racquet is designed with more weight for extra stability and an open string pattern for more spin and feel. Featuring EX 03 Energy Channel and Energy Bridge technologies, with its heavier weight the racquet is ideal for aggressive play.

The Energy Bridge is the revolutionary idea behind EX 03. It is an exo-skeletal structure that suspends the string bed from the frame, increasing virtual head size for up to an 83 percent larger sweet spot. In addition, frame vibration is reduced by up to 50 percent. The Energy Channel enhances the dynamic effects of the Energy Bridge. This sculpted groove within the frame, provides added stability, boosts ball control, and increases spin by up to 25 percent. The Prince EX03 Ignite Midsize 95 Racquet measures 27 inches long with a 95 square inch headsize. The racquet has a 22-millimeter straight-beam cross section, an 11.8-inch balance, and weighs 11.8 ounces unstrung. The string pattern is 16 mains by 18 crosses and the swing weight is 310. The racquet is composed of 100 percent graphite and is equipped with a comfortable ResiPro grip.

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Prince EXO3 Graphite MP 100 Tennis Racquet
The Prince '09 EXO³ Graphite 100 Tennis Racquet combines amazing playability for a new school racquet with old school attitude. Power Level-775. Head Size-100"². Weight (unstrung)-11.1oz/315g. Balance-13.0"/33.0cm, 4pts Head Light. Swing Weight-300. Length-27". Cross Section-19mm. String Pattern-16x18. String-Recoil. Grip-Calfskin Leather. Grip Sizes-1(4-1/8"), 2(4-1/4"), 3(4-3/8"), 4(4-1/2"), 5(4-5/8").

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Prince EXO3 Silver 118 Tennis Racquet
The lightest and most powerful offering in the new Prince EXO3 racquet line. The EXO3 Silver 118 with Prince's patented Energy BridgeTM, is designed to maximize energy return back into the ball, for the ultimate in power and comfort. The Prince EXO³ Silver also features EXO³ technology for increased energy return, more ball spin and pinpoint accuracy. Energy Channel provides up to a 25% increase on spin and up to 26% more control. Ideal for players with short, compact strokes. Recommended for the 2.0+ NTRP level players. EXO³: EXO³ technology transfers up to 26% more energy back into the ball at the moment of impact, resulting in more spin, pinpoint accuracy and extraordinary comfort and feel. Energy Channel: Enhancing the dynamic effects of the Energy Bridge, is the patented Energy Channel, a sculpted groove within the frame that provides added stability, boosts ball control and increases spin by up to 25%. Energy Bridge: The Energy Bridge is the revolutionary idea behind EXO3. It is an exo-skeletal structure that suspends the string bed from the frame, increasing virtual head size for up to an 83% larger sweet spot. In addition, frame vibration is reduced by up to 50%.

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PRINCE EXO3 Red 105 Tennis Racquet
The Prince EXO3 Red 105 Tennis Racquet is a racquet designed to redirect energy where it matters most. The Prince EXO3 Red 105 Tennis Racquet combines power and control in a new revolutionary way - without compromise. The EXO3 Red 105, an upgrade of the previous Prince Speedport Red model, is a great match for players looking for extra feel and more spin in an easy to maneuver frame. The racquet features Prince`s new EXO3 Energy Bridge, increasing the frames sweetspot by 83% and reducing vibration by 50%! The racquet also features Prince`s EXO3 Energy Channel, which increases ball control and spin by 25%. The racquet is great for players with moderate to full strokes. This Prince EXO3 Red 105 Tennis Racquet, in particular, is a very fun frame to hit with. The Prince EXO3 Red 105 Tennis Racquet has a 105 square inch head and open 16x19 string pattern that are very accomodating to all parts of your game. If you like to stick around the baseline, you`ll find the spin-friendliness of the racquet will help you hit heavy balls with plenty of pop. Have a serve and volley game? The big serves from the frame make it easy to come to the net and put away almost any shot.

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Prince EXO³ Collection 6 Pack Racquet Bag
The Prince® EXO³ collection is a premium bag line designed to match the new EXO³ performance line of racquets. Stylish features, such as accent piping and molded rubber logo plugs, meet organizational and performance features such as elongated shoulder straps with AirFlo™ padding.

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December 4, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Babolat '09 Pure Drive GT

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GT Technology is a hybrid material that combines braided carbon fibers and tungsten filaments, which can be found throughout the entire Babolat Pure Drive GT racquet. This strengthens the frame to reduce torque and provides additional energy recovery for more power. Head size: 100 sq. in., Weight: 10.6 oz., Length: 27 in., Balance point: 7 pts. HL, Composition: Graphite/Tungsten, Stiffness: 72 ra, Grip: Syntec.

Check out our full Holiday Tennis Gift Guide.

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December 2, 2009

Holiday Tennis Gift Picks: Head Liquimetal 8

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The game of tennis is changing, and one of Head's key goals is to create specific technologies that ideally fit players' varied needs. That's why the company developed Liquidmetal technology, a revolutionary new material that produces a unique blend of power and control. The unique Liquidmetal atomic structure is 2-1/2 times stronger than titanium and delivers 29 percent more power. That means faster serves, better returns, and superior volleys. The secret to Liquidmetal's performance is its liquid atomic structure, which does not deform on impact. This allows Liquidmetal racquets to efficiently utilize the pure energy of each ball impact rather than losing it during the swing. Head takes full advantage of Liquidmetal by applying it to four strategic areas of the Liquidmetal 8's head, letting you power through the ball with confidence.

The Liquidmetal 8 racquet also employs several other Head technologies. The racquet's Total Sweetspot Construction (TSC), for example, offers an innovative corrugated structure that increases the torsional stability in the racquet head. This corrugation extends the sweet spot through the entire head, resulting in superior control. Now you'll feel like you've hit the sweet spot with every shot. The racquet also includes Head's NoShox dampening system, which consists of a unique memory foam integrated into the racquet handle. The NoShox system significantly reduces racquet vibrations by more than 27 percent compared to conventional racquets, so even the most powerful game will be easy on the arm. Finally, the Liquidmetal 8 includes an integrated string dampener that's fixed onto the grommets. The string dampener reduces string vibration even more, encouraging a more comfortable swing while creating the perfect sound and feel when you hit the ball.

The most powerful offering in the Liquidmetal line, the Liquidmetal 8 is geared toward the beginning to intermediate-level player with a slow to moderate swing. The racquet is particularly appropriate for players who need an extra-forgiving sweet spot and a lighter weight.

Specifications:

* Head size: 112 square inches
* Length: 27.33 inches
* Weight: 10.1 ounces
* Stiffness: 66
* Balance: 13.98 inches, head heavy
* Cross section: 28mm/26mm tapered beam
* Swing weight: 312 kg/sq cm
* String pattern: 16 x 19
* Grip: Head HydroSorb

See our Holiday Tennis Gift Guide for more gift-giving ideas.

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December 1, 2009

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