A Tougher Newgy?
But there were problems with this robot too. The slowest frequency of ball feed was still much too fast for my liking, less than 1 second in between balls at the slowest speed. This wasn't enough for me to do serve return drills where you get in ready position, the robot serves short, you step in and flip and then get back to ready. It was suggested to me that I just let every other ball go, but that's obviously inconvenient. Calling for customer service didn't help at all, I was told the robot's designers and manufacturers were in Shanghai and there was nothing anyone could do.
more reviews to follow...
Comment from Forum Member 'Tobhik' About the Y&T 989 Table Tennis RobotHi Marco,
I just bought the Y&T 989 robot. The first thing I did when trying the robot at my house was checking the ball frequency as I was afraid that the ball feeding was too fast. And fortunately the ball frequency is about right, it is 32 balls per minute.
I believe the construction of this Y&T 989 is just the same with the 988. The difference is this 989 can do random placement on the oscillation mode.
Comment from Forum Member 'TMTM' About the Y&T VT989D Table Tennis RobotI JUST missed picking up the VT989D here in China by 1 week. Anyways, it is now a 2 wheel design capable of dead balls and any kind of spin and angle EXCEPT for corkscrews. I am picking up a XuShaoFa instead.
Anyways, the VT989D has random oscillation, spin independent of speed, and probably higher speed since you can use two wheels to accelerate the ball instead of one etc.
The thing about the VT series is that they are very durable.
Marco AnswersIt will be interesting to see if the VT 2-headed robot can swivel 360 degrees or will it be limited to only 45 degrees like the Amicus and the TW-2000-05?
It will also be interesting to see just how much spin can it make on short balls. So far, as far as 2-headed robots are concerned, only the Amicus and the Prakttismate can make heavy spin on short balls. Seems like every robot can make good speed and spin on long balls. I agree that the VT series is very durable and convenient in their design. Not having to attach either a net or a robot to the table is a big plus in terms of convenience and set up / break down time.
Comment from Forum Member 'haggis2' About the Y&T 989D
OK so for short backspin, I aim the head on the ball machine's side first and let it bounce there before it comes over the net right? I guess I'd have to shift the head up a little to make it clear the net.
For faster backspin I would shift the head right up, and aim down, straight onto my side, right?
I DO find it curious that the topspin wheel only goes down to 1, whereas the backspin to 0. Perhaps it's so that the ball does not get stuck when you set them both to 0. Even the low settings seem pretty fast to me.
I'll have a go tonight when i get home and can hopefully give some feedback here.
(in a later post)
I can confirm now that it CAN turn the head 90 deg, so it CAN do pure sidespin.
Now I'll spend a few more hours to see if it can do decent backspin...
Nothing like trying it yourself though. Even if I managed to do a (clumsy) review, I have nothing to compare it to (no reference) so the review would be very subjective.