About me

  Michael Pollak

  Ehingen (Donau) Germany




I bought a table so that I can practice table-tennis at home. 
I’d like to play more but unfortunately
my training partner doesn’t have time to drop by.

Every  „home-player“ has experienced this !

This was my situation in 1990.At the age of 47 and after 30 years of  active football,
I started playing table-tennis at the
SC Berg Association in Baden-Württemberg.

Other newcomers to table-tennis may find themselves in a similar
Trainers tend to be more involved in youth training
and active
players are already training together.

Finding a trainer to work with when you are older
and in the
lower leagues can be rather difficult. 

The key is “learning by doing” – either you make it or you
continue to play at 6th position in the

Table tennis represented a new challenge for me since I had
play 20 to 30 year old players who were well-trained and had good

……..The situation described above was exactly what happened
with me

My training partners had little time to train with me. 
I had to do something on my own to
improve my performance. 
I decided to
buy a table and placed it right in front of the wall. 
As you can imagine, the wall returned the
balls in a very funny manner.

This happened in 1997 – and in
exactly this moment

the idea of the first RETURNBOARD was

After progressive development, a training tool is now available

that can be a valuable support for learning proper table-tennis
This tool can improve the
performance of any player

  • Players at
  • Trainers in youth
  • Active players at service

I obtained the C-Trainer License and relevant knowledge of beginners
and youth training at TTC-Ehingen.
Additional ideas then started taking shape
in my mind about the development of other unique training tools. 
These tools were to motivate children to
learn new techniques in a fun way.

More training tools which
should support the children’s motivation and support fun in learning new

Everyone interested in table-tennis should

visit this training kit on my  website.

Returnboard has finally made
high-level topspin training possible at home.




Now in 2004 – 61 years old - I’m playing in the A-league
and in front position.

Due to intensive training on the returnboard,

I achieved a result of  11 : 5.
   - 11 games won
   -   5 games lost

The training tools provide unlimited training sessions at
home under good training conditions.”




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during the training sessions within their association.

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graduated engineer Michael Pollak     




active  senior-player