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Table Tennis is a Great Sport and Fun Hobby

Updated on December 7, 2016

Paddles and Balls

2 to 4 players use paddles to hit ping pong balls across the net on a ping pong table.
2 to 4 players use paddles to hit ping pong balls across the net on a ping pong table. | Source

I Own a Ping Pong Table

When I was 11 years old my father bought a new ping pong table which we set up in our basement. I moved away at 21 and purchased a new table for myself at age 24. Normally, I played against my sister or one of my friends. Once I got better I began to play solo against the table folded in half. It is easy to keep a fast moving ping pong ball on the table for a while after you learn the game but slamming and returning slams are the toughest parts to master. To me this game is addicting and once you are playing with someone on par with you then the fun really begins. So stay relaxed and keep your eyes focused on the ball and you will be just fine.

I would love to hear from everyone out there. Please share your thoughts and any memories you have about Table Tennis.

Best Table Tennis Players Ever

Wang Hao
Liu Guoliang
Guo Yue
Yoo Nam-Kyu
Wang Liqin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Five of the best male table tennis players in the history of the sport.

Table Tennis at Home

Home ping pong tables can be folded up for storage or folded in half so you can practice solo.
Home ping pong tables can be folded up for storage or folded in half so you can practice solo. | Source

Compete with Friends

Sometimes me and my buddies played 2 on 2 but usually we played one on one with several others in elimination tournaments. Sometimes a bet was on the line but more often than not, winning brought bragging rights and trash talk galore. Anytime my family had get parties for the holidays the family always used to flock to the table tennis paddles and argue over who goes first. To be honest, a few of my buddies are horrible but it is cause they rarely play but on the other hand, several of my friends take it serious and can play really well. I played so often that I just improved over time.

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College Table Tennis National Championships

Table Tennis has a College National Championship every single year.
Table Tennis has a College National Championship every single year. | Source

The Sporting Element

Many consider Table Tennis to be just a hobby but it is considered by many to be a serious sport. Lots of Colleges have teams and tournaments against other campuses across America. Also, Table Tennis is an Olympic sport and the players perform and represent there respective countries. This sport takes a bunch of training, practice and absolute concentration in order to win against a skilled opponent. The U.S. is rapidly catching on to the sport of Table Tennis but Europe, especially the U.K., and Asia, especially China treat Table Tennis with the utmost respect. Trophy's are awarded as the top honor for winning the championships.

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Table Tennis Championships

The word "Ping Pong" was patented for another term for Table Tennis in 1901.
The word "Ping Pong" was patented for another term for Table Tennis in 1901. | Source

A Brief History of Table Tennis

Table Tennis first originated in England and it is thought to have first been started sometime in the 1870s. In 1921, the TTA or Table Tennis Association was formed in England. This indoor sport is made for singles or double play. Table Tennis has been an Olympic sport since 1988 and a paralympic sport since 1960. The golf ball sized balls are made of celluloid plastic and the two colors are orange or white. The table itself measures 9 feet long, 5 feet wide and 2.5 feet high.


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Stress Reliever

Two major stress relievers that I use when I am having a bad day is to hit the boxing heavy bag and the other is to play table tennis. As a child I had these two items in our basement but as an adult I keep them in my separate garage. It is fun to play another person for competition but it is also entertaining to play someone just for ships and giggles. Also, it is cool to fold the table in half and compete against the table when you find yourself lacking a human opponent. Believe me it can be a great method for blowing off steam. Some folks use billiards well I prefer ping pong to lighten my load or at least to ease my mind for a spell. The sport has different games you can play but you can also make up games to play.

Presidential Ping Pong

President Obama evidently likes a good game of Table Tennis.
President Obama evidently likes a good game of Table Tennis. | Source

Practice Makes Perfect

When I began playing ping pong at my middle school and at my home I was pathetic. But after a few years I began to dominate and slam on most people. People always say Ping Pong is all about hand to eye coordination but that is not true once you are playing an elite opponent. At the top level it is all about footwork or your foot position especially when it comes to returning slams or corner shots. Keep practicing and learning from and correcting any flaws in your game.

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Play to Win

Play to win is my motto. Don't get me wrong, Ping Pong is very entertaining but part of the fun is trying to be the best and conquer your foes. In this sport you can't run the clock off to pull out a victory like you can in basketball and football. Once you see an opening it is vital to go for the score. If you just hit the ball over the net back and forth without scoring then the opponent will take the score. Always enjoy yourself but remember the goal is not just to return the ball over the net but rather to make it bounce off the other side of the table and score points.

Origination of Table Tennis

Basic Rules for Table Tennis

Table Tennis is played with the winner having 11 points or 21 points depending on the game.

Each match is done in sets of best 3 out of 5. A player must win by 2 points in order to notch the victory.

Each player serves two points in a row then the serve rotates to the other player.

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© 2016 Buster Johnson

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