As you can see from the photograph, the Pong-Pal is Newgy's take on a concept that is probably familiar to anybody who's been playing table tennis for a while - the ball pickup tool. I've seen a few homemade versions of these over the years, all of which operate on a similar principle - a long tube wide enough to fit a table tennis ball and long enough to hold a number of balls, with an elastic band on the bottom that gets pushed to one side to allow balls to enter the tube when the tube is pushed down on a ball, but then snaps back into place to prevent balls from falling back out of the tube.
Newgy's Pong-Pal works along the same lines, but as you would expect from Newgy, they've added a few little tweaks of their own to improve on the basic idea.
The first improvement is easy to see in the photo - Newgy have used a transparent plastic tube, which makes it easy to see how much space you have left in the Pong-Pal. Most of the homemade versions I've seen have used white PVC tubing which makes it more or less impossible to know how many more balls you can pick up, so this is a little tweak which is quite useful and oh so obvious in hindsight!
The Pong-Pal holds 22 40mm balls, which is pretty good. Once the Pong-Pal is full, you simply turn it over and allow the balls to run out of the top of the tube into your multiball bucket or robot ball holder.
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