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Timo Boll equipment and playingstyle

Timo Boll is a professional table tennis player from Germany who currently plays for Borussia Düsseldorf in the German Bundesliga. With three world No. 1 rankings between 2003 and 2011, as well as one in March 2018, he is one of the greatest German table tennis players ever.

Timo Boll biography

  • Country: Germany
  • DOB: 03/08/1981
  • Size: 181 cm
  • Weight: 78 kg
  • Personal coach: Jörg Roßkopf

Professional clubs:

  • 1986–1994 Germany TSV 1875 Höchst
  • 1994–1995 Germany FTG Frankfurt
  • 1995–2006 Germany TTV patrons
  • 2006– Germany Borussia Düsseldorf

He is sponsored by Butterfly.

Timo Boll has a lot of table tennis fan
Timo Boll has a lot of table tennis fan

Timo Boll Playing style

Grip: Shakehand
Playing Style:

Timo Boll, a left-handed player, is known for his lightning-quick backhand loop in addition to his forehand topspin stroke. On both sides of his blade, he has Dignics 09c rubbers attached to a Timo Boll ALC. Patrick Franziska is his current doubles partner.

very low stance of Timo Boll
the very low stance of Timo Boll

As one of the first two-winged loopers, Boll’s technique was ahead of its time. For extra pressure on his opponents, he employs the spin-block instead of a passive block. He is well-known for his ability to generate high quantities of spin, particularly in his opening topspin, making him one of the best players in the world.

3 common mistakes almost everybody makes - lesson from Timo Boll
3 common mistakes almost everybody makes – a lesson from Timo Boll

Because of his low stance, rapid acceleration, and use of the wrist, he is able to do this. In the celluloid ball era, he benefited greatly from this strategy because his opponents were under a lot of strain. Boll has increasingly relied on his counter-topspin style from both the backhand and forehand sides in recent years because of the advent of the plastic ball.

3 common mistakes almost everybody makes

Watch this video.


A noteworthy illustration of this is when he faced 16-year-old World No. 1 Fan Zhendong in the Austrian Open in 2019 when he was able to reach the final set. This tactic helps him to preserve energy, but it takes a high level of anticipation and interpretation of the opponent’s body language.

Timo Boll Equipment

Timo Boll equipment 2022

He previously used Butterfly Timo Boll ALC, but now he is using Butterfly Primorac Carbon (Tamca 5000).

The blade structure and feel are so different from his Timo Boll ALC that I’m beginning to suspect it’s not a Primorac Carbon. Because of this, my best bet is that the blade is a Butterfly-made custom ALC blade.

Someone claimed that he switched to a Tenergy backhand rubber for his game (maybe Tenergy 05 or 05 hard). However, nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Because the photo’s resolution isn’t very good, I can’t tell.

Primorac fast and stiff carbon layer of Timo Boll blade
Primorac fast and stiff carbon layer of Timo Boll blade
Tamca 5000 Primorac carbon
Tamca 5000 Primorac carbon

Blade: Butterfly Primorac Carbon (check price 1/ check price 2)
Forehand: Butterfly Dignics 09C (check price 1/ check price 2)
Backhand: Butterfly Dignics 09C

It was confirmed in a German forum that Tim is using a Primorac Carbon, which we’ve updated the post to reflect. Due to his ailments, he stated he wanted to give this blade a try because it’s easier to use and faster. Thank you so much, @sdc tt blades, for posting this information!

Timo Boll equipment before 2022

This is the personal equipment of Timo Boll. You can see that he is fan of Butterfly products. He was using the Timo Boll Spirit (Straight handle, before 2021).

Timo Boll personal table tennis equipment racket
Timo Boll personal table tennis equipment racket

Timo Boll did not use his trademark blade Timo Boll ALC in a recent German Championships match! The blade’s (ST) handle resembles the Primorac Carbon, as can be seen.

Primorac Carbon instead of Timo Boll ALC

After playing the Viscaria, Timo Boll Spirit, and Timo Boll ALC for two decades, Timo Boll has finally switched to the Primorac Carbon. Here’s what he had to say about it in the forum.

The following are a few of the reasons why:

When I played Jonathan Groth in the CL semifinals, I had the impression that the balls were coming at me with more force and speed. I had the idea back then that I should give the blade a shot. As a result of recent physical difficulties, I was not able to produce any playable topspins. That, however, had severely depleted my mental resources.

After making my YouTube video, “Fast vs. Slowest racket,” I decided to play about with the Primorac for a bit and found it to be rather enjoyable. I’m still undecided as to whether or not I’ll continue. However, it does have a little more penetration power when I don’t physically carry as much energy into the loft, which has its own set of benefits and drawbacks.

Timo Boll achievements

  • 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Men’s Singles Bronze Medal
  • 2020 Olympics – Men’s Team Silver Medalist
  • 2020 European Championships – Champion
  • 2018 Men’s World Cup – Runner-up
  • 2018 European Championships – Champion
  • 2018 World Championships – Team Silver Medal
  • 2018 European Top 16 – Champion
  • 2017 Men’s World Cup – Runner-up
Timo Boll gold medal
Timo Boll gold medal

Timo Boll childhood

Boll was raised in the German town of Erbach am Odenwald. Boll began playing table tennis at the age of four, under the guidance of his father. He joined TSV Höchst in 1987 and played on the association level there. A Hessian trainer spotted him when he was eight years old and promoted him.

Timo Boll the legend
Timo Boll the legend

During the 1990s, he began training at the Pfungstadt training center, and four years later, he moved to FTG Frankfurt (de), where he competed in the second tier of the German table tennis league. In 1995, he was hired by TTV Gönnern (de). However, Timo Boll, despite being shifted to the team’s fifth spot, only lost one game all season and helped propel them to the top of the table tennis national league.

Here is the video I made about the evolution of Timo Boll:

Timo Boll Evolution from 4 to 40

Watch this video.

He is a legend in table tennis. He turns 40 today. Evolution of Timo Boll from 4 to 40 years old.

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