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Glossary of Table Tennis Terms

Don't know a loop from a lob? Can't tell a flip from a fish? Get some help from our glossary of table tennis terms.

Ace
Description of what an ace is in table tennis.

Antispin
Explanation of what antispin rubber is.

Arylate Blade
Description of what an arylate blade is in table tennis.

Assistant Umpire
Description of the role of the assistant umpire in table tennis.

Backhand
Description of what a backhand is in table tennis.

Backspin
Explanation of backspin.

Ball
Description of what a table tennis ball is.

Bat Press
Description of what a clamp, or bat press, is used for in table tennis.

Bat
Description of what a table tennis bat is, and what it is made of.

Blade
Description of what a table tennis blade is, and what it is made of.

Block
Description of what a block is in table tennis.

Blocker
Description of the blocker style in table tennis.

Booster
Description of what booster is used for in table tennis.

Carbon Blade
Description of what a carbon blade is in table tennis.

Chop
Explanation of what a chop is in table tennis.

Chopper
Description of the chopper style in table tennis.

Combination Bat
Description of what a combination bat is in table tennis.

Counterhit
Description of what a counterhit is in table tennis.

Court
Description of what the court is in table tennis.

Crossover Footwork
Description of crossover footwork in table tennis.

Deuce
Description of what deuce is in table tennis/ ping-pong.

Dome
A description of what rubber dome is in table tennis.

Double Bounce Serve
Description of what a double bounce serve is in table tennis/ ping-pong.

Drill
Description of what a drill is in table tennis.

Drive
Description of what is a drive in table tennis.

Drop Shot
Description of what a drop shot is in table tennis.

Dwell Time
Description of what the dwell time of a rubber is in table tennis.

Endline
Explanation of what the endline is in table tennis.

Expedite
Description of the expedite system in table tennis.

Fault
Description of what a fault is in table tennis.

Feeder
Description of what a feeder is in table tennis.

Fiberglass Blade
Description of what a fiberglass blade is in table tennis.

Fifth Ball Attack
Description of what a fifth ball attack is in table tennis.

Fish
Description of what a fish is in table tennis.

Flip
Description of what a flip is.

Float
Description of what a float is in table tennis.

Forehand
Description of what a forehand is in table tennis.

Fourth Ball Attack
Description of what a fourth ball attack is in table tennis.

Free Hand
Description of what the free hand of a player is in table tennis / ping-pong.

Game
Description of what a game is in table tennis.

Ghosting
Description of what ghosting is in table tennis.

Glue Sheet
Description of what a table tennis glue sheet is.

Glue
Description of what is glue in table tennis.

Hardbat
Description of what a table tennis hardbat is.

Hitter
Description of the hitter style in table tennis.

Inverted Rubber
Description of inverted rubber.

ITTF
Explanation of what the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) is.

Junk Rubber
An explanation of what junk rubber (or funny rubber) is in table tennis / ping-pong.

Kill
Description of what a kill is in table tennis.

Let
Description of a let in table tennis.

Lob
Description of what a lob is in table tennis.

Long Pimpled Rubber
Explanation of what long pimpled rubber is.

Loop
Description of what is a loop stroke in table tennis.

Looper
Description of the looper style in table tennis.

Match
Description of what a match is in table tennis.

Mechanical Spin
An explanation of what mechanical spin is in table tennis / ping-pong.

Medium Pimpled Rubber
Explanation of what medium pimpled rubber is.

Multiball
Description of what multiball is in table tennis/ ping-pong.

Net
Description of what the net is in table tennis.

Neutral Position
Description of what the neutral position is in table tennis.

Obstruction
Description of what an obstruction is in table tennis.

Opening Up
A description of what opening up is in table tennis.

Ordinary Pimpled Rubber
Description of ordinary pimpled rubber.

Paddle
Description of what a ping-pong paddle is.

Pendulum Serve
Description of what a pendulum serve is in table tennis/ ping-pong.

Penhold Grip
Description of the penhold grip in table tennis.

Playing Elbow
Explanation of what the phrase 'playing elbow' means. Also known as the 'crossover point', or the 'area of indecision'.

Playing Surface
Description of what the playing surface is in table tennis.

Point
Description of what a point is in table tennis.

Pop Up
Description of what a pop up is in table tennis/ping-pong.

Power Loop
Description of what a power loop is in table tennis.

Power Zones
Description of what the power zones are in table tennis.

Pre-made Paddle
Description of what a pre-made ping-pong paddle is.

Pretensioned Rubber
Description of what pretensioned rubber is in table tennis.

Priming
Description of what priming a rubber is in table tennis.

Push
Explanation of what a push is in table tennis.

Pusher
Description of the pusher style in table tennis.

Rally
Explanation of what a rally is in table tennis.

Referee
Description of the role of the referee in table tennis.

Reloop
Description of what a reloop is in table tennis.

Reverse Dome
A description of what reverse rubber dome is in table tennis.

Reverse Penhold Backhand (RPB) Grip
Description of the reverse penhold backhand (rpb) grip in table tennis.

Robot
Description of what a table tennis robot is.

Roll
Description of what a roll is in table tennis / ping-pong.

Rubber/ Rubber Sheet
Description of what a table tennis rubber is.

Sandbagging
An explanation of what sandbagging is in table tennis/ping-pong.

Sandwich Rubber
Description of sandwich rubber.

Seemiller Grip
Description of the Seemiller grip in table tennis.

Serve
Description of what a serve is in table tennis.

Shadow Play
Description of what shadow play is in table tennis/ping-pong.

Shakehand Grip
Description of the shakehand grip in table tennis.

Short Pimpled Rubber
Explanation of what short pimpled rubber is.

Shuffle Step
Description of what a shuffle step, or stepping footwork, is in table tennis.

Sidespin
Explanation of sidespin.

Sixth Ball Attack
Description of what a sixth ball attack is in table tennis.

Skunk Rule
Description of what the skunk rule is in table tennis.

Smash
Description of what is a smash in table tennis.

Speed Glue
Description of what is speed glue in table tennis.

Spin Reversal
Description of what spin reversal is in table tennis.

Sponge
Description of sponge.

Table
Description of what a table tennis table is.

Taraflex
Description of what Taraflex is in table tennis/ ping-pong.

Tensor Rubber
Description of what tensor rubber is in table tennis / ping-pong.

Third Ball Attack
Description of what a third ball attack is in table tennis.

Throw Angle
Description of what the throw angle of a rubber is.

Time-out
Description of what a time-out is in table tennis.

Topsheet Spin
An explanation of what topsheet spin is in table tennis / ping-pong.

Topsheet
Description of what a topsheet is.

Topspin
Explanation of topspin.

Twiddling
Description of what twiddling is in table tennis.

Two Color Rule
Description of what the two color rule is in table tennis.

Umpire
Description of the role of the umpire in table tennis.

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
An explanation of what volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are in table tennis / ping-pong.

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