The Practice Partner 20 table tennis robot is a brilliant tabletop robot that is simple to use and suitable for all levels of players. Here is our full review of the robot.
“Practice Partner” is a brand of table tennis robots found in the UK. If you recognise the range of Practice Partner robots on offer that is because they are actually rebranded Y&T robots from China. The Practice Partner 20 is also known as the Y&T V-981.
Practice Partner 20
Here’s everything you need to know about the Practice Partner 20 table tennis robot…
The Practice Partner 20 is a tabletop robot that is able to deliver every spin (except float/no spin) and can place the ball to one spot or alternate between forehand and backhand. The remote control gives the player control over the speed and frequency of ball delivery.
The following description comes directly from Practice Partner…
Practice Partner 20 is great for home use and school use, it is suitable for all levels of players, it is simple to use and produces topspin, backspin and sidespin with up to 8 variations. The Robot Ball feeding unit is made from alloy with resistant rubber which stabilizes the ball direction. The Robot feeds between 25-80 balls per minute. The Practice Partner 20 has an easy to use control box and can feed the ball to one point and to 3/4 of the table. The robot is mounted on the table surface when in use.
And here’s a video of Welsh player and coach Ryan Jenkins demonstrating the features of the robot.
This is a basic table tennis robot that is aimed at new players looking to use a robot for developing simple stroke technique.
As I mentioned earlier, the Practice Partner 20 table tennis robot is identical to the Y&T V-981 robot. Practice Partner have simply rebranded the Y&T robot for the UK market. Therefore, the review below is copied directly from our Y&T V-981 review…
The Y&T V-981 table tennis robot is small but quite heavy and very sturdy. It is made of metal (not plastic). This makes it very durable/long-lasting and also allows it to produce a strong amount of speed and spin on the balls it shoots out. Some other tabletop robots are a lot more lightweight and flimsy.
All Y&T robots come with the easy to use rotating spin head. This makes it easy to choose between one of eight different types of spin by simply twisting the mechanism on the front of the robot. I like this way of selecting the spin as it can be changed really easily.
One great bonus to this robot being able to sit on the table is that it means it can deliver balls from lots of different positions. Most robots are fixed and can only shoot out balls from the center of the table. With the V-981 you can place the robot close to the net or right in the corner of the table.
Another great feature of the Y&T V-981 is the ability to practice receiving serves from it. You can angle the robot down so that it shoots the ball into its own side of the table. This is a really cool feature and it’s easy to position the robot and set the spin so that it is identical to receiving serves from the training partner.
Finally, I’m pleased to say that the Y&T V-981 table tennis robot works well with both the old celluloid 40mm balls and the new plastic 40+ ones. For a while, I know a lot of players were worried that the new balls wouldn’t work in their robots due to the small increase in size – but they do. You can read our ball reviews here.
Buy the robot
You can buy the Practice Partner 20 in the UK from Amazon.
- Amazon.co.uk: The Practice Partner 20 is roughly £250-350.
Or why not check out our favourite table tennis robot, the Newgy Robo-Pong 2050. The Robo-Pong 2050 is the top-of-the-range robot from US company Newgy. It is very reasonably priced and can do everything you might want from a table tennis robot.
- Amazon.co.uk: Available for £650. It is imported from the USA.
- Amazon.com: Much better value at $749 (roughly £500).
- Tabletennis11.com: Available for €890.00, with free shipping worldwide.
You might be interested in reading our popular article The Best Table Tennis Robots, which includes all of our favourite table tennis robots.