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.

Table tennis with tennis rackets and a ball on it isolated on white background. 3d illustration.

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.

folding TT table             Table Game World ‘A’ Rated table Good quality outdoor Table tennis table

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.

 

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