Questions about the sport of table tennis, also known as "ping-pong."

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What is it called when 2 players make a full run around a table in table tennis?

In modern table tennis it is a common practice to acting the fool when the match is almost over. I.e. players used to flip the side and play a little bit awkward analogue of table tennis when you need ...
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Who serves when in ping-pong?

I have never understood who serves first, and when it switches, in ping-pong (table tennis). Could anyone explain it?
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New Table Tennis ball rules for ITTF

I was reading on reddit that there's a new ball being used for table tennis. Is this true? Are there new rules in place regarding a new ball? If so what caused the change to of rules?
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Cleaning table tennis rubbers

Just bought a new table tennis paddle. I've bought a new cleaner. I forgot to purchase one of those sponges. Is there any problem with using a plain microfiber cloth to clean my table tennis paddle ...
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Does being good at table-tennis help when playing tennis

I'm a sport fan, playing ( at amateur level ) numerous sports. 10 years ago, I was quite good at playing table-tennis, participated in several amateur competitions. Even now I often play with my ...
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In table tennis, why is a ball that hits the edge considered in?

The answer to this question states that a ball that hits any part of the top of the table (including the edge) is considered in-bounds. My question is why is a ball that hits the edge (and bounces ...
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Is table tennis based on tennis?

According to Wikipedia, tennis was first played sometime between 1859 and 1865, and table tennis was first played in the 1880s. I tried to do some research online, but couldn't find an answer. Was ...
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Is Elmer's rubber cement a viable choice for assembling Table Tennis Racket?

So I'm facing a dilemma, on one end my friend assembled his by looking on amazon for the highest rated water-based glue. On the other end, my other friend uses and recommends Elemer's rubber cement, ...
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Is it legal to have a table tennis blade glued with one smooth rubber side rubber another pimpled rubber?

I know it's illegal to have both rubber sides of the table tennis blade be the same color. Is it illegal to have one side with the smooth part of the rubber, and another with the pimpled (anti-spin) ...
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Double Handed Racket Usage

Is it allowed to play a racket game, like badminton or squash or tennis or table tennis, both left or right handed at the same time? So, if the ball or shuttle is played towards the backhand side, ...
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What are rules for serving in Table Tennis?

Can anyone please eloborate on the rule for service in table tennis. Do you have to serve cross table?
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Are consecutive let (net services) allowed?

Is a point awarded to my opponent if I serve two lets in a row? Or can I serve as many let serve as I want until one of my services is legal or illegal?
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How do I make my rubber less sticky?

I've only been playing table tennis/ping-pong for about ~3 months now at work. Some of these guys are brutal when it comes to spin. While I have gotten a lot better at handling top/bottom spin, I am ...
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Is it legal for a table-tennis ball to reflect off a person?

The other day the ping pong ball bounced to person-1's side of the table, followed by to his chest, then surprisingly bounced back on person-2's side of the table. Is that legal play or a foul?
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Can I use my hand to hit the ball on table tennis?

I've read in somebody's comment in another question: USA Table Tennis rules: 2.5.7 A player strikes the ball if s/he touches it in play with his/her racket, held in the hand, or with his/her ...
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Rubbing hand on the table in table tennis

I am watching the 2012 Men's Table Tennis championship between Timo Boll (DEU.) and Ma Long (CHN.). I've never really watched a professional table tennis game, and one thing that I am seeing these two ...
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Is hitting the side of the table legal?

In table tennis, on the rare occasion when the ball makes it over the net but hits the side of the table rather than on top (which is pretty hard to counter), Is this a valid point?
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Is it a “let” if the ball touches the net then bounces back?

There's been an argument with several friends about what happens after a serve. I'm aware If the ball touches the net and makes it over to the opponent's side of the table, it's re-serve. If the ...
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If you hit your opponent, do you get a point?

I saw this question: "Can my body touch the table in table tennis?", but I am wondering something far more sinister: if I hit my opponent with the ball, and it doesn't touch the table, do I get a ...
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What are some techniques for masking a ping pong serve?

There are several ways to serve a ping pong ball. I have noticed that some serves are far more obvious to read/understand than others. For example, if a player contacts the top of the ball during the ...
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Changing Rubber on a Ping Pong Paddle

I have a ping pong paddle with one side that has sandpaper grip and another paddle with a nicer rubber that unfortunately is broken. I want to put the rubber from the broken paddle on the paddle ...
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Table tennis receiving rules

Does the reciever need to wait for the ball to bounce on the table before hitting it back to the opponent? My question refers to both singles and doubles.
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What should I consider when buying a table tennis racquet?

I have an old paddle from my college days from over 10 years ago. It's starting to show some wear and tear most noticeably on the rubber (scratches, scuffs, etc.) due to poor maintenance and storage ...
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Effective way to learn spin in table tennis

I am 25 and I started playing table tennis 6 months ago. Since then I've played almost every weekday for at least 20 minutes. Currently I can play the standard shots. But I am not winning matches ...
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Is this custom table tennis ladder fair?

I am going to run/administer a table tennis ladder in the department and have been reading a bit on different ladder systems. I have read the suggestions on a relevant question but, with all due ...
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Scoring in a table tennis league

At the office, we'd like to start a table tennis league with perpetual standings. That is, as each match is completed, the scores should be logged and individual player ratings should be adjusted ...
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How can I improve my smashes in table tennis?

I realized that I tend to play really bad returns or do mistakes when I get a high and/or slow ball from the opponent in the middle of a tight rally. I think it has to do with the fact that all of a ...
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What do the cards in table tennis mean?

I saw in an Olympics table tennis match a Chinese athlete being given a red card. I think she lost the point but I'm not too sure. So why would would some receive a red/yellow card in table tennis ...
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Interpreting table tennis racket stats

I have always been confused by the stats system that is used to rate table tennis rackets. Some companies use a three dimensional scale as: "speed", "control", "spin"; while other companies use other ...
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Can my body touch the table in table tennis?

Suppose I am about to hit a "overhead", then my stomach touches the edge of the table... Is this allowed? Can I "dive" on the table?
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Are there “Lets” in table tennis?

In tennis if I serve the ball and it goes into the opposite service box, but hits the net on the way, it is a let. Is there such a thing as a let in table tennis?
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Pros/cons: custom build rackets (for hobby/casual players) [closed]

I'm considering whether or not it's worth the time or the money to invest in getting parts and put together a racket for a hobby/casual player. I am not horrible in the sport but it's pretty obvious ...
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What are characteristics of shoes needed specifically for table tennis? [closed]

I've been playing at the recreation center more often and see some of the more intense players buying table tennis shoes. Are there any advantages of utilizing table tennis shoes over regular tennis ...
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Are there drills or methods for improving reaction time in table tennis or overall?

Reaction time is critical to many sports. My sport in particular is table tennis. Are there drills or methods that would allow you to improve reaction time? Or is it just a basis of pure repetition ...
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Red and black side of table tennis raquet

There's a red and a black side on a table tennis raquet. Does the color of the side have any significance? E.g. is the black side suppose to be used for the forehand and the red side used for the ...
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Overtime rules in table tennis and in doubles

In table tennis, when both players are at 10. Who serves first? Does one pick who goes first? Or does it go to the first person that reached 10? Also, in doubles table tennis how do those rules ...
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Is it legal in racket sports to pass the racket from one hand to the other?

Can you hit with different hands during the same point? set? match? Also, is racket throwing authorised?
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In which racket sports can you hit the shuttle (or ball) with the head?

In this video, Roger Federer hits the ball with his head. I know that in tennis, it is allowed to hit the ball with the head. And AFAIK, it's also allowed in table tennis. Can you confirm that? And ...
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What happens when ball touches net during service?

I found some information on rules, but I never found a clear answer to what should be done when service ball touches net. Is it point for opponent, or should the service be redone? If redone - will it ...
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Doubles rules in table tennis

I curious about what the official rules are for playing doubles table tennis. It seems like every time I play, someone has a different set of rules from what I've played before. For instance, do the ...
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the net position on a table in table tennis

Are there any rules indicating how the net is placed on a table tennis? Should it touch the top? Should it touch the table? I'm not totally sure. It always seems that we just put it in the middle of ...
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Countering heavy top or bottom spin in table tennis?

What options are there when your opponent serves you very heavy top spin? Often, just a slight push forces the ball to hit the ceiling. On the flip side, is it possible to use the same strategies ...
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Table Tennis exercises by yourself and without a table?

Is it possible to improve your table tennis skills by yourself without a table as well? If so are there exercises that one could do to improve your table tennis skills by yourself?
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Stomping after a table tennis serve or follow through?

I often see a lot of veterans stomp their feet after hitting the ball. Why would one want to stomp after hitting the ball? Is this purely a stylistic issue? Or does it improve ones follow-through? ...
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Why are there different stars on table tennis balls?

What determines the rating of a table tennis ball? I know there are several different star ratings. The ratings go from 1 star to 4 star. I think there maybe a 5 star ball. What factors determine the ...
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Why would you use oil on your table tennis raquets?

I often see vendors selling oil for table tennis racquets. Why would one want to use oil on their table tennis racquets?