REBOUND QUALITY AND PLAYING EXPERIENCE
The rebound is an essential element of table tennis because, in addition to player skill, it is a major factor in the quality of rallies. According to international federation guidelines, when a regulation ball is released from a height of 30 cm, its rebound must be around 23 cm. In competitions, the tables used have a rebound that is more like 26 cm. Two main criteria influence the height of a rebound: the material of the playing surface and its thickness. The indoor playing surfaces produced by Cornilleau are made using chipboard, while outdoor tables use solid-core laminate. To achieve competition-level rebounds with chipboard, you need a panel thickness of between 22 and 25 mm. Similar rebounds on a solid-core laminate panel will require a thickness of 8 to 9 mm. For outdoor tables, a solid-core laminate (HPL) panel of 5 mm offers good rebounds. It is very difficult for the casual player to see a difference in rebound quality between outdoor tables with panels of 5, 6 or 7 mm thicknesses.
Thickness of the table surface and bounce
|Thickness||Laminate resin 4mm||Laminate resin 5mm||Laminate resin 5mm||Laminate resin 5mm|
|Thickness||Laminate resin 6mm||Laminate resin 7mm||Laminate resin 8mm|
|Model||100 indoor||250 indoor||500 indoor|
|Thickness||Chipboard 19mm||Chipboard 19mm||Chipboard 22mm|
|Model||510M Outdoor||540M Crossover||Park||740 Longlife outdoor|
|Thickness||Laminate resin 7mm||Laminate resin 7mm||Laminate resin 9mm||Laminate resin 9mm|
|Model||540 ITTF||610 ITTF||640 ITTF||740 ITTF||850 Wood ITTF|
|Thickness||Chipboard 22mm SKILTOP||Chipboard 22mm SKILTOP||Chipboard 22mm SKILTOP||Chipboard 25mm SKILTOP||Chipboard 25mm SKILTOP|
LESS GLARE FOR GREATER PLAYING COMFORT
To improve outdoor playing experience and keep the sun from reflecting off the playing surface and blinding players, Cornilleau has developed anti-glare surfaces: Softmat, which reduces glare off the playing surface by a factor of 3, and Mattop, which reduces it by a factor of 10. All tables in the Sport range are equipped with Softmat playing surfaces, and those in the Performance range are equipped with Mattop surfaces.