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Up until recently, all table tennis balls were made of celluloid. ITTF has mandated a change to a new ball, known as the plastic ball or poly ball. The deadline for the use of the plastic ball was July 1, 2014, and the Belarus Open was the first event to use the plastic ball. From this point on, all World Title and ITTF sanctioned events will use the ...


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A complete amateur here... I would say, it's far easier to tell the difference between the ball hitting the table or missing it, than between the ball touching a line than missing it. The balls just bounce and fly so quickly. And you judge basically by seeing whether the trajectory has changed (or by hearing). Spotting where the ball was at the moment of ...


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As the ITTF rules state : From the start of service until it is struck, the ball shall be above the level of the playing surface and behind the server's end line, and it shall not be hidden from the receiver by the server or his or her doubles partner or by anything they wear or carry. There's no mention of where your body has to be positioned during ...


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No, you even want your serve to be as deceptive as possible so the opponent can't read the spin. The "two-phases-serve" hits the ball in either the first or the second phase of the arm/wrist movement which results in a different spin direction for each phase. If you do it well, the opponent can't read the serve because he can't see in which phase you hit it....


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Players get ranked based on their performance in tournaments. Per the ITTF ranking page, the ranking system as of 2017 (full details here) incorporates: Wins and losses against ranked players Adjustment due to relative strength of opponent Weighting for different events Bonus points There are also multiple tiers of competition: Men Women U21 (Men and ...


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There are 2 very large tournaments. One being the Table Tennis World Cup. This tournament happens one time a year. Though, this is only a singles championship. Doubles events do not exist. On the other hand another very large event is the World Table Tennis Championship. The difference is that this event runs annually switching between doubles and singles ...


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Yes, it is legal to hold the racket with two hands. During a serve, you need to hold the racket with one hand, because you need to hold the ball with your free hand. From the ITTF Handbook, 2.06 (The Service): 2.06.01 Service shall start with the ball resting freely on the open palm of the server's stationary free hand. After the service, you do not ...


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Vibration is not a move. After a move the table, table-body or one table leg stands in a different place. This means that if you cause the table tennis table to move whilst the ball is still in play, you lose the point. This usually happens when you rush forward to play a shot. After you've played your shot, your forward momentum can cause you to move the ...


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The ITTF Handbook's racket section doesn't forbid it. This method for assembling a racket is advantageous for those looking to both be able to spin with smooth rubber that has a good spin factor, and counter spin with an anti-spin rubber in the same game (as oppose to trying to counter a spin with another spin).


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After reading the Q&A Sheet. I did some more research and watched a couple youtube reviews. The youtube video does confirm the intent of ITTF: slowing down the game. Mainly this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0-ogajfDqI Here are some key aspects they highlighted: Ball is heavier Sound of ball is different. Sounds almost like a broken ball Takes ...


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