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Questions tagged [table-tennis]

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

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Table tennis change of hand

Can I change my playing hand anytime in the game? What is the specific rule for hand change in table tennis? Is it allowed to play using one paddle by holding it any of the hands?
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Table Tennis - Time limit to serve

Is there a time limit within which you have to serve the ball? I experienced a strange game where one of the players just turned his back (as he was about to serve) to his opponent and said you took ...
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Proper grip of blade for shakehand

When holding the paddle, where should I grip the most tightly? I've been told to hold the paddle loosely because it makes it easier to switch from various stance. Are the main pressure points around ...
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My ping-pong paddle's rubber broke. How can I prevent this?

I was playing ping-pong the other day. Little did I know at the time, my rubber was slowly coming off with every stroke of my paddle. When I was about to close out the game, I attempted to smash but ...
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In Table Tennis, does a 7-0 lead mean that set is won?

Suppose we are playing a match/set for 11 points with 2 serves each. If one team get a lead of 7-0, does that mean that the team won that match/set? What is the case for a match/set for 21 points? 11-...
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table tennis rule clarification

Upon making a legal serve over the net in table tennis, can the ball hit the receiver's side more than once? And, if so can it spin back and hit the net on the receiver's side?
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How do I counter my opponent's wide angle topspin loop shots?

I regularly play against an opponent who has a very aggressive style. He waits a few exchanges then hits the ball from under the table and gives it a lot of topspin, which causes it to arc and land ...
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Are you allowed to change paddles mid game?

In table tennis, can you change paddles mid game to adjust to the opponents play style?
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How does one become ranked by ITTF?

I was playing table tennis and met someone who was ranked 250 worldwide by International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to ask him how he went about doing ...
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Double table tennis serve rules

In double table tennis does rules allow to serve in to table side (red line) or only in to green ? Player B is serving.
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The effect of various rubbers on table tennis ball

How does different rubbers effect the table tennis ball? What is the purpose of pimpled rubber,or bouncy rubber, or tacky rubber? How does thickness of rubber come into play?
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Can the angle of the paddle offset a spin?

Can the angle of the paddle offset a spin? Say you wanted to push the ball rather than spin, can you angle the paddle in a certain way such that it will offset the spin, and able to push the ball at ...
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How much bigger can the rubber be than the blade?

How much bigger can the rubber be than the blade? Watching some of the professional table tennis players, I noticed that the rubber attached to their blades, is slightly bigger than the blade itself. ...
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Understanding the concept of spin

For each spin in table tennis, there seems to be a spin to counter the opponents spin. At the moment I have been countering the opponents spin with the same spin. Backspin for backspin, top spin for ...
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Is it a let in ping pong if the serve lands on the opponents side, but hits the net on it's way back towards the server?

Imagine this, you serve in ping pong with a lot of backspin. So much backspin, that the ball (when served) bounces once on your side then once on your opponents side, but hits the net on it's way back ...
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Serve deflected to the left hand court in a doubles match, is it a let?

In a doubles match, is it a let if a serve goes to the left hand court after touching the net? What if the ball was heading for the right hand court and there was enough spinning to deflect it to ...
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If the ball is thrown, but caught by the server before it is hit, is this a service fault?

Suppose a table tennis player goes to serve. They throw the ball, but for whatever reason, decide not to play it. Instead they catch it with their hand. Is this a service fault, and therefore a point ...
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In table tennis, can you serve from the side of the table provided the ball is being hit from outside of the playing surface

Now I know that in TT, you have to serve the ball from behind the table and above the playing surface. My question is, can I stand sideways to the Table and make the serve provided my ball is still ...
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In table tennis, ITTF rules, what constitutes moving the playing surface (table)?

You lose a point if you move the table. but what does "moves" constitute? Is it rolling/moving leg? or as small as a vibration. 2.10.1.9 if an opponent, or anything an opponent wears or carries, ...
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Can you throw a table tennis paddle?

I was playing with a friend (neither of us are particularly good) and on a shot that hit the net and went over my friend threw his paddle and managed to hit the ball back on my side and score. I can'...
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Ball hit too far, opponent hits back on the full: who loses the point?

If I hit the ball and it travels beyond the surface line of the table, where my opponent takes the ball directly on their bat, who loses the point? me, for not returning the ball to their side of the ...
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Alternative to table tennis glue?

The rubber of my table tennis bat is starting to peel off one "corner". Are there any household products I can use to stick it back that will not damage the rubber too much?
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What is the difference between ping pong and table tennis?

I'm reading on the internet that ping pong and table tennis are different things and one is considered a sport and the other is not. I honestly don't know if people are just making jokes or if the ...
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Using Two Rackets in Table Tennis

I've looked on google, the official rules for Table Tennis, and on this website but found nothing telling me whether it's illegal to use two rackets to play table tennis. I understand there are rules ...
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How do rankings in competitive table tennis work?

I've often heard of 2000 rank or 1250 rank in competitive table tennis. What does this mean? How far do ranks go? How do you attain a rank? I live in the USA so the governing body is the USATT.
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Serving Changes in Table Tennis [duplicate]

In table tennis, the serve changes after every 5 serves. But I don't understand that rule. If A wins a rally, A get 1 point. After that, if B wins a rally, B get 1 point. Now, who should do the next ...
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In singles table tennis, is it considered bad sportsmanship to intentionally serve deceptively, even if following the ITTF rules

According to the ITTF Handbook, the rule about diagonal serves only applies to doubles: As the ball is falling the server shall strike it so that it touches first his or her court and then, touches ...
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Table tennis: receiver isn't ready for the serve - what are the rules?

I cannot find mention of anything about the receiver being ready or not when the serve takes place. I have known a lot of players that hustle the speed of the game somewhat, repeatedly serving when ...
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How much can heat/weather affect a table tennis table?

I live in Southern California, where the heat can reach up to 100 degrees (F) easily in the summer. I only have room for a table in the garage, and am a little worried about how the heat might affect ...
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How to benefit from playing a racquet game with a player on a much lower level?

Suppose you're teaching a beginner how to play (let's concentrate on various racquet games for that matter). Do you have some tips on how the more experienced player can also benefit on some level ...
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Table Tennis Double 'Let' Rules [duplicate]

Imagine a table tennis board divided into the usual 4 rectangles. From top-left going clockwise we have A1, A2, B2 and B1 (in that order). B1, B2 and A1, A2 are on opposite sides of the net. In a ...
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In table tennis what is the largest ITTF tournament event of the year?

Just started watching more table tennis with the use of ITTV. In sports, there are many competitions that muster the best athletes in the world: world series, superbowl, the olympics, tour de france, ...
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Best color for outdoor(/indoor) table?

I'd like to know the best color for the surface of a table-tennis table? In this case the table is coming for outdoor use (it's also played indoors during winter), where the natural white light may ...
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Are Table Tennis Bats Supposed to Be Pimpled or Even?

I searched prior to posting this question and I found this one Red and black side of table tennis raquet that didn't quite answer my question. I want to buy a cheap pair of bats and I saw these ones ...
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Is it possible to lose points while playing table tennis?

Can you be deducted points for conduct during a table tennis match? Also, if you are deducted points are you allowed a negative score?
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Can you hold a tabletennis paddle with two hands?

By ITTF regulation, is it legal to hold a paddle with two hands? On one serve, someone managed to return by using his normal hand with the addition of his other to stabilize the paddle better. Is ...
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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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2014 New Table Tennis ball material 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 elaborate the rule for service in table tennis. Is it necessary 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 deflect off a person?

The other day the ping pong ball bounced to person 1's side of the table, bounced off his chest, then surprisingly bounced back on person 2's side of the table. Is that legal play or a foul?