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Questions tagged [table-tennis]

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

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If the ball hits 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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Table tennis rubber not showing brand or model

Is it legal to use a rubber cut in a way that it doesn't show the brand or any other information?
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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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When is the ball on the correct side in double table tennis serve?

I know that you must serve from server right side to receiver right side and all that. But when exactly is the ball counted as 'in' regarding the middle line. Is it the center of the ball or is it ...
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What is the name of this table tennis equipment?

What is the name of the board/wall/plank that keeps table tennis balls from running too far away from the table? In this image, it is the purple and red board/wall/plank around the playing area that ...
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How do I make my table tennis paddle's 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...