The Xushaofa 40+ is the most well-known seamless plastic table tennis ball and it was the first to be released. Many people use the term “Xushaofa” to describe all seamless table tennis balls because they are all made by the same factory and are therefore identical.
The seamless ball technology is very new to table tennis. This is what Xushaofa had to say about it…
Our exclusive technology creates an entirely seamless ball rather than fusing parts together. No more inconsistency in shape, weight, and thickness. No more soft spots. XuShaofa balls offer the most clean and accurate bounce. You control the game.
Our balls are constructed from a proprietary poly plastic material rather than traditional celluloid. We are more durable and long-lasting.
Xushaofa have certainly created a unique product in their seamless plastic 40+ ball. Every other plastic ball is made with a seam. But is the Xushaofa 40+ ball any good?
We haven’t managed to do a full review of the Xushaofa 40+ 3-Star table tennis ball yet. It is our intention to film a video comparing all five of the new plastic balls and giving our opinions on which is the best table tennis ball.
However, all of us (Ben Paddy and Dan) have used the Xushaofa 40+ seamless ball in training over the last year and really enjoyed it. The Xushaofa 40+ ball, like all the other seamless balls available, is quite heavy and hard when compared to the old celluloid balls. This is good and bad. It means the ball is more durable and feels quite good to hit (nobody likes playing with a soft ball). But it also means it takes more effort to get the ball over the net, especially when trying to play with heavy spin, for example, when looping a backspin ball.
At present, and before any extensive testing/reviewing, we would have to say that it is our second favourite out of the new plastic balls. One of the Chinese seamless balls is much more likely to be hard, durable and round than the Chinese seamed balls that are produced by DHS and Double Fish. The Nittaku Premium balls are our favourites, though. They are just slightly higher quality – but a lot more expensive.
As with most of the new plastic balls, though, it is suited very much to the aggressive attacking player who likes to use power, stay close to the table, and end points quickly. These balls will only make life more difficult for defenders and allround players.
You can learn a little more about the Xushaofa 40+ ball by watching the following video review…
Here are some reviews from TableTennisDB.com…
One of the best balls I have seen. Very hard feel to them, and high bounce. Sound is not that much different from regular celluloid balls. They retain a new feel for a long time. These balls do not become overly smooth over time. To me, there are similar to a regular celluloid 3-star.
One of the best poly balls. Little difference from the celluloid balls. More hard, slow and more weight than the celluloid balls. Ideal for ‘close to the table’ players, because it wobbles in the air over long distance. Not bad durability, as well.
I bought this ball 3 months ago (a pack of 3) and till now I am playing with the second ball. I usually break a ball in 10-15 days. But this ball lasted a long. These balls are bit softer that Butterfly G40+ but more consistent, every time they are round and if you are searching for a very fast and durable ball go for this. You will not regret.
I’m looking forward to seeing the full EquipmentJunkie.com review of the Xushaofa 40+ ball. However, while we’re waiting for that, I think it is safe to agree that the Xushaofa is a very good 40+ plastic ball, especially when you consider how much cheaper it is compared to the Nittaku Premium.
BUY THE BALL
You can buy Xushaofa 40+ 3-star balls from;
- Tabletennis11.com: A box of 6 balls costs €9.90 (€1.65 per ball)
- Megaspin.net (US): A box of 12 balls costs $29.95 ($2.50 per ball)
- Amazon.com: A box of 6 balls costs $12.50 ($2.08 per ball)
- Amazon.co.uk: A box of 72 balls costs £87.65 (£1.22 per ball)
- eBay.com: A box of 12 balls costs $23.99 ($2.00 per ball)
- eBay.co.uk: A box of 6 balls costs £6.00 (£1.00 per ball)
Or why not check out our favourite 40+ plastic ball, the Nittaku Premium!
- Tabletennis11.com: A pack of 3 balls costs €7.50 (€2.50 per ball)
- Megaspin.net (US): A pack of 6 balls costs $17.50 ($2.92 per ball)
- Amazon.com: A pack of 6 balls costs $19.99 ($3.33 per ball)
- Amazon.co.uk: A pack of 3 balls costs £6.98 (£2.33 per ball)
- eBay.com: A pack of 3 balls costs $7.49 ($2.50 per ball)
- eBay.co.uk: A pack of 3 balls costs £6.50 (£2.17 per ball)
You might be interested in reading Ben’s article The Best Table Tennis Balls, which is available on his Expert Table Tennis blog. And don’t forget to check out all of our other Table Tennis Ball Reviews as well.
Have you used the Xushaofa 40+ ball yourself? What did you think of it? Please share your experiences and leave a review below in the comments.