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Table tennis tables advice

Updated on September 30, 2010

Table Tennis


Table tennis is a sport which is much underrated; most of us would have played it at one time in our lives but never took the sport seriously.  Being a player myself I decided to write an article on the sport and the equipment which is on the market at the moment.

I have played table tennis ever since I was a 12 when I joined a club with my father. I lost interest in my later teens but since I have worked for Big game hunters I have started to play a lot more. Not much of the sport has changed since I used to play but the equipment and bats are a lot more modern and perform a lot better.  

Last year Big Game hunters had a visit from a forma common wealth champion in Table tennis Nigel Eckersley he taught us all about the new equipment and also gave us some training.

I now go to my local leisure centre weekly and play the sport with my younger brother who also works for Big game hunters.

I am a customer services representative for the company and deal with a lot of customer’s questions and problems with table tennis equipment, over the years I have built up a vast knowledge of the game and the equipment itself.

Table tennis is a sport which can be played by anyone, anywhere. There are so many tables on the market now which are designed for different environments and performance levels.

The main factors of a table are the playing surface and the under carriage.

On an indoor table the playing surface itself will start at a thickness of 16mm or 19mm this is perfect for beginners as the ball will bounce at a slow steady speed. Tables at this level can range between £200 and £300.

The next tables up will be at a thickness of between 22mm to 24mm these are more professional tables and give a faster speed. There is nothing saying a beginner cannot play on this table but the price ranges can be a lot higher usually ranging from £300 up to £900.

Indoor tables use a playing surface made out of high quality compressed chipboard. Outdoor tables use a plastic resin called melamine resin these range in thickness’s of 4mm for hobby tables all the way up to 12mm for the more professional tables.  Melamine resin is used on the outdoor tables as it is water proof and will withstand the elements better then chipboard which would rot over time.

Thomas Staton - A Table Tennis and Outdoor Games expert


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      Annie From Table Tennis Talk 7 years ago

      Thanks for the Info Tom