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How To Understand Table Tennis Basics

Posted Jan 19 2009 4:19am
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Believe it or not table tennis commonly known as Ping-Pong (a trademarked name) is the second most played sport in the world and is recognized as one of the worlds major sports.

It originated in the late 19th century in England and its popularity rapidly spread throughout the world. Table tennis today is huge business in Asia.

Although you might think this isn’t what you had in mind when you began to think of an exercise regime, playing table tennis is very energetic and if you take it up regularly as a part of your regular work out it will help make the weight should roll off.


  • If you have a large enough space table tennis can be played indoors and all the year round if not you can play outdoors in an area sheltered from the wind.
  • Tables can be purchased that are weatherproof and can be folded up and stored.
  • It is a very sociable game and joining a table tennis club can lead to a new circle of friends.
  • The tables are not expensive and adequate bats and balls cost very little. No special clothing is necessary
  • Playing singles or doubles with friends is fun and competitive which makes a change from the usual exercise regimes where you have no company and all too easily lose focus through repetition and boredom.


  • You can become hooked on the game as millions already have allover the world.
Definition of Table Tennis

The following is from the Encyclopedia Britannica

Game similar to lawn
tennis that is played on a tabletop with wooden paddles and a small, hollow, plastic ball. The object is to hit the ball so that it goes over the net and bounces on the opponent’s half of the table in such a way as to defeat the opponent’s attempt to reach and return it. Both singles and doubles games are played. A match consists of the best of any odd number of games, each game being won by the player or team who first reaches 11 points or who, after 10 points each, gains a two-point lead. Invented in England in the early 20th century, it soon spread throughout the world. Since the mid-1950s, East Asian countries have dominated the sport. It has been an Olympic sport for both men and women since 1988.

Useful Sites for followers of table tennis tournaments

International Table Tennis Federation

Table Tennis – – The Official Web Site of USA Table Tennis

Watch this incredible video of two really rather good players and then try your hand at online table tennis



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