OOAK Table Tennis Shop update

February 4, 2018

As some of you may have noticed the OOAK Table Tennis Shop has had a major update, with improvements in all areas.

The layout has changed completely, making it must more friendly to navigate. It’s also mobile friendly, so you can easy find stuff and place order directly via your mobile phone.

The site is also completely https, which means all area are now fully secure, whether you’re just browsing, or placing an order.

A table tennis blog has been added to the site, which is where we talk about new equipment or provide more information about some of our more specialised equipment. We also include table tennis manufacturer interviews, where we probe the makers of table tennis equipment about their special items and what makes them special. We’ve also created a table tennis rules poster, which is handy for hanging up in may place where you play table tennis.

We also created a table tennis bats section, which we’ve designed and tested a variety of rubber and blade combinations, and have come up with the best custom table tennis bats on the market.

OOAK is now a dealer of almost all the top table tennis brands, including the major ones like Butterfly and Donic and but also new ones like Xiom and Victas., and spcialised ones like Spinlord and Re-Impact.

There’s also a variety of new article and further information on the new website, all to help you make the most informed decision on your choice of table tennis equipment.

OOAK are experts on table tennis equipment, and carry the widest range of unique table tennis products you’ll find anywhere, so it’s worth checking them out.




Re-Impact blades – the ultimate user and selection guide!

January 6, 2014

re-impact-logo200A prominent member from OOAK Table Tennis Forum has written a detailed guide on selecting an appropriate blade to suit your style from the Re-Impact range of blades.

The blades are very light weight with high control, as well as good power when you need it, also makes it particularly well suited for elderly players, or players that are not as mobile or strong as they used to be. Many ofd the blades are combinations blades, offering a large difference in both speed and catapult between the forehand and backhand.

The comprehensive guide, written by Dr. C.H. Glimmerveen, consists of three parts intended to help players to

  1. Understand the general properties of Re-Impact blades which make them effective for special styles of play,
  2. Select the type of forehand and backhand sides which suit their specific needs and style best, and subsequently select the Re-Impact blade having these sides, and
  3. Play technically effectively with the blade of their choice.

Click here to open the PDF containing the guide:

Re-Impact blade Selection and User Guide


Butterfly Tenergy 05 FX – Another Winner?

June 20, 2010

Butterfly Tenergy 05 FX is finally here, and first reports sound very promising.

The general perception is that it’s a more controlled version of the regular Tenergy 05, and therefore suitable to a wider range of players, particularly lower level player, who struggled to control the Tenergy 05.

Basically the Tenergy 05 FX is a Tenergy 05 topsheet with a softer but similar sponge. It retains most of the benefits of the regular 05, but it’s more forgiving and easier to play with.

You can find some early detailed reviews and pictures on this rubber on OOAK Table Tennis Reviews here:
Butterfly Tenergy 05 FX Reviews


OOAK Table Tennis Forum

June 2, 2010

The OOAK table tennis forum is a friendly and lively table tennis community, committed to providing a comprehensive and independent source of information and advice about table tennis, and to help promote and grow the sport.

The forum is free from advertising, making it not only faster and safer to navigate, but this also goes a long way towards ensuring that information and advice is unbiassed.

In the About Us page you can read what the forum is all about, and what it stands for. You can also view key areas and the projects that the forum is involved in the Links page.

If you love the sport of table tennis and enjoy chatting about the various aspects, it’s one place that is definitely worth checking out.


Robot guide

October 6, 2009

The OOAK review site has just added a comprehensive robot guide called: Table tennis robots – The Ultimate Guide. It covers the robot basics, but also discussed the important features in detail, and it includes pictures, videos, and some very comprehensive reviews. So if you some need help choosing a table tennis robot, this may be well worth checking out.


OOAK table tennis forum – Major Upgrade

May 22, 2009

The OOAK table tennis forum has recently had an upgrade of the forum software and graphics. The new forum has greatly improved new look, and thanks to the new software, it’s rich in new features too!

– There is now a coaches/ex-pro section, where you can ask these some top players/coaches questions directly and get your expert answers!

– Adham Sharara, the ITTF president, is there as a member, who has been kind enough to answer and discuss a wide range of questions relating to rules and ITTF issue.

– In the spirit of providing information and discussion on the less common equipment (like pimples, antispin, etc) and technique in table tennis,  a dedicated penhold grip section has been created, which is often excluded in most English speaking forums.

– The new video section has been reorganised and has really come alive, partially due to the fact that videos are now embedded. Meaning videos from youtube, googlevideo, etc can now be watched from within the forum.

OOAK Table Tennis Forum

OOAK Table Tennis Forum


ITTF Document on treated long pimple rubbers

July 7, 2008

Document from ITTF regarding the ban of certain pimple rubbers:

“Treated rubbers.

The authorisation of coverings has so far been given without any reference to playing properties – just physical dimensions, colour and gloss.

We have had this phenomenon with treated rubbers for some years, but it was when it began to be produced in factories that it really called for our attention.

Various methods have been used, from private exposure to sunlight and microwaves, via professional coating with glue or lacquer, to some more advanced and secret processes.

The end result was usually a reduced friction on the pimple tops, which could be easy to discover by moving a finger across. The problem was to find a more precise and reliable method.

We found a company in Germany that is able to measure micro friction on the pimples. This is utilizing highly professional equipment which is partly protected by patent.

This equipment is not suited for bringing into a playing hall. So the first phase – where we are now – was to stop treated rubbers from entering the List of Authorised Racket Coverings by introducing a minimum friction level for pimples-out rubbers.

Some preliminary tests seemed to indicate quite clearly that our rubbers could be divided in two groups – treated and normal ones – based on friction.

A resolution was accepted in Bremen last year. To avoid mistakes we had to measure all pimples-out rubbers, and we began this last autumn.

In Zagreb recently we discussed the results for 220 coverings, and it confirmed what we had seen earlier. The minimum level was then set to 25 microNewton (mN) for new coverings. The introduction date was set to 1. July 2008, meaning that the List should then not contain treated rubbers.

An overview over our 260 pimples-out coverings at present gives:
33 that have too low friction, i.e. less than 25 mN,
25 where the supplier has given instructions “no measurement”,
25 where we have had no answer after repeated messages; we are rounding up these now.

By this action we have said something about what kind of rubbers we want, and it will have the impact that it will not be so easy to buy treated rubbers. We have no other choice then to deal with all these above in the same manner.

However, there will always be some who might want to continue this one way or another, but we do not know how many. What to do then will depend on the size and nature of the problem.

Rubbers change over time, as we know. 25 mN on a new rubber may be around 15 mN after a couple of years under normal conditions.

We have seen a very simple device from a German factory consisting of four pieces of rubber each with a specific friction level. By sliding a ball over the samples it is fairly easy to get a rough idea about status. A problem could appear when we are close to established levels. This can be compared to checking gloss in a hall, where a referee gives his views and makes a decision.

Before we make more out of this, it would be good to have a better idea about the potential problem, and then see if we can attack it accordingly.
It seems to be important to some to be able to link this to long pimples only. However, the picture is more mixed as there are both short and long pimples here. See below.