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Hi guys

I recently bought a pack of ping pong balls and they are nice and light and the right size for my manipulation. Plus the fact a sh*** is easily constructed. But they are really slippy and hard to manipulate, I was wondering would roughing fluid do the trick?
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I tried table tennis balls bacause that's what John Ramsay used, but I found them too difficult.

It is very cheap to buy a commercial set and would recomend getting a set. They are much easier to handle.

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Try this:

Try hanging a ball from a needle and string and spraying it with clear plasti-dip. It will give it a rubber grip to it.

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I'm afraid I'm not familiar with plasti-dip. What exactly is it?
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Tom:

I think you can get that at most art supply stores. There are also other sprays on the market that might do the same thing for you.

I would also try to buy a set of cheaper plastic billard balls. I think they make a set that is red in color and comes with a shell. They are not pricey at all and are a great way to learn billiard ball techniques without the price of a Fakini set.

If you are not worried about a shell, and just want to practice some ball moves, a nice 1 3/4 inch super bouncy ball works wonderfully. They are a great grip, have a nice weight and come in various colors. these can also be acquired at most toy shops.

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Tom,

Plasti-dip is what people use to dip tool handles in to make a rubber grip on it. It works wonders for grip.

Try Lowe's, Ace Hardware, etc.
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Hi!!

I just bought some ping pong balls here in Germany and they are very rough on the outside!!! First time I have seen such balls. They would maybe work for your manipulation.

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Do you have a brand name etc. you could tell me?
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You might be better off with Multiplying Golf Balls. They are back on the market and often listed on ebay.

Easy to handle and close to the size of the ping pong balls.

I used them for years and did the routine in Marvels of Mystery, by John Booth, finishing with a H U G E ball from a hat.

Abbott's used to sell the giant ball, the golf balls go inside the big one for the finale.

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Try using manipulation lotion on your hands. You can also try soaking the balls in Coca Cola which makes them a bit sticky.
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Try placing rubber cement/glue on the balls with a paint brush or the brush most jars supply you with.
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I like Pete's suggestion of the golf balls. They are also inexpensive and have a nice feel and grip to them. I would certainly check those out as an option for you.

Tom:

I know some people really like the Vernet balls. I personally do not like them. I find the texture is too rough on the hands and I do not like the weight of them. They seem too light and the fact that they can chip if dropped, never appealed to me. I guess they can be an alright starter set if you want a set at a decent price.
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Putting Coca Cola or rubber cement on balls you handle is a disaster...forget it. Get the golf balls. Or, I think Vernet used to make "GLITTER" Balls.

You can check for Fakini silicone balls too. They are fabulous. I may have a spare set for sale (golf balls that is).

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I have to agree with Pete, go with the manufactured versions. I would recommend golf balls or Fakini balls. I never liked the texture of the Vernet multiplication of balls.

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If price is an issue, then stick with the golf balls or a set of Vernet. If you want the best billiard balls out on the market, then invest in a 1 3/4 inch set of Fakinis. They are wonderful and will last a long time.
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Thanks very much. I currently have the sponge ball version so I have no problem with the moves!

Does anyone have any idea of prices for Fakini balls? I saw them in WCM vols 1,2,3 and I have been told they are VERY pricey indeed, so are they pricey or PRICEY. Smile

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When I first began learning ball manipulations I used ping pong balls! Yes the shell issue isn't easy to solve and they are slippery devils. I graduated to a set of Fakini golf balls, and then a set of wooden P&L's given to me by a retiring pro. I still use them. So...yes, I think your table tennis ball days are numbered if you are serious and yes, you will have to spend some money on a good set. Good news: the time you spent learning the moves on the balls will never be lost!
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