Y&T V-981 Table Tennis Robot Review

The Y&T V-981 table tennis robot is a brilliant robot that is simple to use and suitable for all levels of players. Here is our review.

Y&T is probably the most popular brand of table tennis robot. There are a lot of different robots available. Y&T robots are rebranded as “Practice Partner” in the UK and “Paddle Palace” in the USA. They are manufactured in China.

Y&T V-981

Here’s everything you need to know about the Y&T V-981 table tennis robot…

The Y&T V-981 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 Y&T…

The feature of this model is light and handy. No matter where you go, you can carry it aroundas your personal trainer. 8 different spins. 25-80 balls per minute. 3-30 metres per second. To fixed point or two points on the table. 40 degree adjustable height. Digital display.

And here’s a video of Welsh player and coach Ryan Jenkins demonstrating the features of the Practice Partner 20 robot – a Y&T V-981 clone.

This is a basic table tennis robot that is aimed at new players looking to use a robot for developing simple stroke technique.

The 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 Y&T V-981 in the US from Megaspin.

Or why not check out our favorite 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.

You might be interested in reading our popular article The Best Table Tennis Robots, which has information on all of our favourite robots.