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Table Tennis

Table Tennis        

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Table Tennis is possibly the most sociable and enjoyable table game of them all. This is because it is inclusive. Anyone can play it. Families can play it. Friends can play it. People of any age can play together. It’s energetic. It’s engaging. You can play it at any level. It improves hand – eye – ball co-ordination. It’s good for every aspect of your health, physical, mental, aerobic and anaerobic.

You can play table tennis for fun and entertainment or you can play it competitively at various levels. Table Tennis is an Olympic sport (pool, table football, and air hockey are not).

Table tennis brings people together like no other game that has been invented. Remember the “ping pong diplomacy” of the 1970s when relations between China and the US improved due to an invitation to play the game between Chinese and American teams paved the way for improved diplomatic relationships, friendliness, trust and eventually massive trade agreements. Yes, not very long ago, America did not buy stuff from China let alone have factories there.

But the main reason to buy a table tennis table is ………….it’s damned good fun.

Anyone and everyone can play this simple game.  Don’t believe me? Read this amazing story about a player with no arms who competed at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Rio Hero

Watch a short video of this amazing man in action No Arms – no problem

 

What Should I Consider Before Buying a Table Tennis Table?

There is just one piece of advice I would give you if you are thinking of buying a table tennis table.

Buy a proper table. By that, I mean a full-size table tennis table that has been designed and made for playing competitive table tennis.

Don’t be tempted to buy a table tennis surface that rests on top of a normal table (sometimes called a table top version). Don’t buy a multi-game table that includes table tennis as one of the games. Why? Because these table top or multi-game versions are not the correct size, they are flimsy,  and will move and slide around if they get knocked during play. They will spoil your enjoyment of what is a truly great game. Trust me, they will end up being a tremendous disappointment to you.

The only real downside to buying a table tennis table is the space required.

Space

A full-size table tennis table is 9 feet long by 5 feet wide.

Table tennis is an active game that requires players to move around one end of the table when playing. Most shots are played close to the table but it is possible to hit the ball hard and to play shots a long way back from the table (up to 10 feet sometimes). If you have ever watched two top quality players having a hard fought rally where one player is attacking, hitting the ball hard and the other is defending by hitting the ball back onto the table from ever increasing distances you’ll know what I mean. It’s fantastic stuff.

Never seen one? Watch this video:  epic table tennis rally

Or this one:  A relaxing, gentle game of ping pong? Watch this game.

And if you didn’t think it was fun, watch this: 10 table tennis funnies (number 1 is rated as the funniest game ever played)

So, you need some space to place that table in. You won’t need a sports hall but you will need some room to run around a bit. If indoors you will need at least 5 or 6 feet clearance at ends and sides, or you will risk banging your hands and elbows against walls or furniture. If that doesn’t bother you then go for it but look out for light fixings on the ceiling.

Alternatively, you will need an outdoor space with a similar amount of clear space around the table.

It is possible to get weatherproof outdoor tables  but one of the practical features of this great game is that you can have full-size tables that fold away for quick and easy storage. Use these indoors or outdoors. Here are a few good quality folding tables you might consider.

Amazon has several good tables at attractive prices. that we are happy to recommend.

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Here are a few good quality folding tables you might consider.

Here are some good outdoor tables.   

Kettler Outdoor Table Tennis Table – Axos 1 with Outdoor Accessory Bundle

Butterfly TW24B Outdoor Playback Rollaway Table Tennis Table

Kettler Top Star XL Outdoor Table Tennis Table

Here is another excellent quality table tennis table that will last for years.

Killerspin MyT10 BlackPocket Table Tennis Table

To buy any these through Amazon, simply click on the link shown. 

For indoor tables try one of these:

JOOLA Inside Table Tennis Table with Net Set

This is an Amazon BEST SELLER and Is currently available at a good price. 

JOOLA Rally TL 300 Table Tennis Table with Corner Ball Holders and Magnetic Scorers

 

Table Tennis Official Dimensions

Table tennis table size

The table is 2.74 m (9.0 ft) long, 1.525 m (5.0 ft) wide, and 76 cm (2.5 ft) high with any continuous material so long as the table yields a uniform bounce of about 23 cm (9.1 in) when a standard ball is dropped onto it from a height of 30 cm (11.8 in), or about 77%.

Playing Area

Recommended playing areas vary according to the standard and level you are playing at but the following are good guidelines.

International Events (World Championships, Olympic Games):   46 feet by 23 feet  (14m by 7m)

Local Tournament Events:  30 feet by 16 feet 6 inches (9m by 5m)

Recreational Play:   28 feet by 13 feet (8.5m by 4m)

For indoor play, you need a room that is at least 18 feet  by 11 feet. Smaller is possible but be prepared for bumps and collisions.

A full-size table tennis table is 9ft long and you will need at the very least 5ft at each end of the table 9 + 5 + 5 = 18ft

The width of a table is 5ft and you will need a bare minimum of 3ft on either side meaning 5 + 3 + 3 = 11ft

If you are going to play doubles you will need even more room, say another 6 or 7  feet at the ends and 3 or 4 feet at the sides. This allows more space for people to move around easily without bumping into each other constantly or hitting each other with the bats which will get very frustrating and annoying if it happens a lot.

Folding Tables 

Folding Tables are a  tremendous space saver because they can be folded up for easy storage after play. This gives you much more flexibility you don’t have to leave them in the playing area all the time.

Folding tables also have another big advantage. They can be used for practice by one player.

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Mobility

Table tennis is an active game so it helps to be reasonably mobile and agile. However, anyone can play. Table tennis has been included in the Paralympic Games since 1960 and if you think that people with a disability can’t play or don’t enjoy it then watch this video of a match from the 2012 Paralympics in London. (tip: advance the video to 5 mins as there is a lot of waffle and talk from officials  in the introduction) anyone can play

 

 

The health benefits of table tennis cannot be overstressed. It is beneficial for your physical well-being and your mental state of mind.

You can play table tennis at any level, at any speed you wish. It can be an active physical game that gets your body moving and your heart rate up which is a good thing. Played at the top level it is an aerobic and anaerobic activity which has tremendously positive effect on the body’s state. Even played at a more sedate pace it still gets the heart rate up and will be a great benefit to all who play the game.

However, one of the biggest benefits of table tennis is the effect it has upon your state of mind. It’s active, it’s fun. It gets you interacting and socialising with others and will bring a smile to your face. The feelgood factor of this simple game is often overlooked. So positive is the overall effect of playing table tennis that many therapists recommend taking it up as a form of exercise for people suffering from depression because of the positive social benefits that occur when playing and mixing with other people.

Here is a fantastic article about the effect that table tennis can have on your brain

Ping Pong Brain

Having doubts about table tennis? Don’t. You will never regret buying a table tennis table.

Do it.

 

Buying a Football Table

Number One Golden Rule

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Buy the largest, strongest table that you can afford

Let’s use some common sense here. When people play table football they get excited and often push and pull the rods roughly.  If you buy a thin and flimsy looking table it ain’t going to last!

Guarantees don’t cover fair wear and tear. No football table manufacturer is going to refund or replace a table that has been roughly treated. Would you?

Unless they are completely stupid OR a bunch of greenhorns that have just landed from a distant planet where everyone is ‘nice’ and money grows on trees, they are not going to replace a table with bent or snapped bars. They’ve heard all the excuses before. People try it on. “Oh, we weren’t rough with it.” “We just use our fingertips to play.” “It just fell off.” “I just shot at goal gently with the front man …..and the bar just bent in my hand like a cucumber.”

Yeah right. Sure you did.

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Unless you can clearly show that there is a manufacturing fault – in which case you should have noticed it when you unpacked and assembled it – Companies don’t refund and replace instantly without question. Never mind what the Guarantee says or the Ts & Cs. Read the small print. These tables cost a lot to ship. For repair, you will have to pay the return shipping and be without your table for many weeks. Or fix it yourself.

Clubs and arcades often have maintenance arrangements with the supplier or, more likely, a local repair company.

You don’t want the time and aggravation of dealing with a dispute. You want to play football.

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The simple way to avoid this hassle is not to buy a table that looks as if it is not capable of taking a bit of rough treatment. You get what you pay for. A bar owner or someone running an arcade with several table games will never buy a flimsy looking table. If it looks as if it will break after three games – it most likely will. By paying more, you will get a better quality table.

Always buy the best quality table that you can afford. Measure your playing area where you are going to place the table, allow space for players to move freely without banging elbows or heels against walls or furniture (some manufacturers recommend a minimum space for their table). We suggest at least 4 feet. Remember most cues are over 5 feet long so you need to allow for cueing room. If space is limited buy a short cue that can be used  when the cue ball is close to the edge of the cushion.

Buy something that will last.

What to look out for when buying a table football game

There are a number of things you should look out for when buying a table football game.

1. The strength and construction of the table are the most important considerations. Just because a table looks good doesn’t mean it is well designed or well built. Look at the legs that support the playing surface. Are they made from a strong material? Are they sufficiently thick and strong to take the weight of the playing area and some additional weight from four players that will be using the rods to play the game?

2. Are the fixings well designed? Do they cut into the surface, corners or sides of the table? Are they going to work loose when people start using the table regularly?

Does the table look and feel as if it will take a bit of rough treatment during play?

Many lower priced tables have been hyped up in the marketing and simply aren’t designed or constructed to withstand serious play over an extended period of time. FACT – most cheap or ‘bargain’ tables don’t last 3 months.  Read our trusted Buying Guide for help choosing your table.

Buy the strongest looking table that you can afford. Even if that means spending more than you first wanted to.

Buy something that will last……………like these great football tables.