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Questions tagged [table-tennis]

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

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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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Why do these players rub their hands on the table near the net?

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What happens when ball touches net during serving?

I found some information on rules, but I never found a clear answer to what should be done when a served ball touches the net. Is it point for opponent, or should the serve be redone? If redone - will ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Table tennis league scoring

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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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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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?
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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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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 table tennis?

I have never understood who serves first, and when it switches, in table tennis. Could anyone explain it?
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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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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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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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Table Tennis free hand on table

Can my free hand touch the table when hitting a ball in play?
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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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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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Why do table tennis players inspect each other's rackets?

I was reading up on some table tennis rules, and there seems to be a lot of regulations regarding the racket/paddle/bat. One of the regulations is that the players inspect each other's rackets before ...
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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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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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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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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 ...